The Mahindra Marazzo has scored an excellent 4 star rating in the latest round of Global NCAP crash tests. This is the highest rating for any Mahindra vehicle till date and also among the MPVs sold in India. The MPV scored a 4-star rating in adult occupant protection and 2-stars in child occupant protection at the rear.
The testing was conducted at the ADAC crash test lab near Munich, Germany. The Marazzo underwent a frontal offset crash test at 64 kmph which is the protocol for Global NCAP tests. The new Indian norms are much less stringent than this and the speed limit for them is 56 kmph. As seen in the video above, the Marazzo fared quite well in the collision with no deformation of A pillar and the cabin maintaining most of its shape. There was no major intrusions into the cabin also, which speaks volumes of the structural strength and rigidity of the Mahindra MPV.
The company has also made sure that the Marazzo is high on security features. All variants of the MPV come equipped with safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS, driver’s side seat-belt reminder, front seat-belt pretensioners and Isofix child seat mounts on rear seats as standard. All these features as standard also affected the overall rating in positive. The 4 start rating makes it even more safer than many butch looking SUVs in the Indian automotive market.
There were some of the finer aspects to the test that affected the rating from reaching 5 stars. The forward-facing child seat, for instance, when attached to the Isofix mounts, was not able to stop extreme movement towards the front, which could result into serious injury for children above three years of age. The two star rating in child safety was because reasons like this only. Also, the agency noted that the protection for driver’s chest was not up to the mark and less than satisfactory. The seatbelt reminder available for the front passenger also did not meet the Global NCAP standards.
Talking of the car, the Mahindra Marazzo gets powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine that produces 121 Bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six speed manual gearbox, which is standard across all variants. There is no automatic transmission on offer on the MPV, neither is a petrol engine. Starting at Rs. 9.99 lakhs, it has no direct competition as of yet but faces challenge from Maruti Suzuki Ertiga below its range and the Toyota Innova Crysta above its price range.
The Nexon also recently scored 5 starts in the Global NCAP test rankings, which is another achievement for a car developed and sold in India. It finally seems like manufacturers are taking note of passenger safety and are paying attention towards making their vehicles more safe.