Mahindra XUV500 has earned a commendable four star rating in the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). This is the highest rating given by ANCAP to an Indian product.
The four-star rating matched Mahindra’s expectation before the assessment of the XUV500. Earlier, Mahindra’s utility vehicles such as the Scorpio Getaway (called the Pik Up) have received only two and three star ratings by ANCAP.
The XUV500 got 26 out of the 37 points in the crash test. The crash test point table includes 16 points for offset crash test where the XUV500 scored 10 points and the side impact component test where the XUV500 scored a full 16 points.
However, during the crash test it was reported that there was a small rupture in fuel line, and the tailgate also opened on impact. Also, ANCAP reports say that the passenger compartment “lost structural rigidity” in the frontal test and protection from serious leg injury was poor for the driver due to excess rearward movement of the brake pedal. We guess these were the main reasons for why the XUV500 could not achieve the full 5-star safety rating.
The four-star rating for the XUV500 makes it a close match to the Great Wall X200/X240 from China, which will be its chief rival in the Australian market. However, the XUV500 is still a little behind on safety points when compared with established premium SUVs such as the Volvo XC60 that scored 36.53 points and the Audi Q5 that scored 35.21 points.
But for an Indian product, and the best rating for Mahindra on a global scale, this is indeed a commendable score.