on 16, Feb 2019

The Safest Car In India: Know Which Indian Car Has The Highest NCAP Ratings | #SAFERCARSFORINDIA

The one thing that matters the most while driving any car is human life. Safety is a parameter that should not be compromised with features, instead, a car should have both. Although Indians regard to fuel economy, reliability, resale value and other fancy features more than safety features, the trend is slowly changing.

We now understand the value of airbags, ABS and seatbelts. We have begun to demand the same features that any car in a developed country gets. As India is the fourth largest car market in the world, it deserves to get safer cars. As per reports, as many as 1.47 lakh people died in road accidents in India. It becomes necessary to tackle this alarming death rate by providing more safer cars to the buyers.

Thus, buying a car with safety features should be our topmost priority. The change is visible, as now every car that is being sold in India gets a crash test safety rating from Global NCAP. Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) is a UK based company. It serves as a platform for co-operation among new car assessment programs worldwide and promotes the universal adoption of the United Nation’s most important vehicle standards worldwide. It aspires for a world free from road fatalities and serious injuries.

Under the #SAFERCARSFORINDIA initiative, Global NCAP has already tested around 25 made in India cars. Unfortunately, only one-third of the crash tested cars have lived up to the expectation. Here will we see the most popular safest cars in India along with their safety features and crash test results. In all these crash tests, the frontal, as well as the side impact tests, were carried out at 64 km/hr.

Tata Nexon

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Tata Nexon created history when it became the only car in India to achieve a 5-star safety rating. The fact that this car is completely engineered in India makes the feat commendable. Nexon underwent the crash testing process by Global NCAP. The Nexon scored 16.06 points out of a maximum of 17 points for adult protection, gaining a 5-star rating and also scored 25 points out of a maximum of 49 points for child protection, gaining a 3-star rating.

Standard safety features: Driver & Co-Driver Airbags, ABS with EBD in all the 4 wheels with hydraulic assistance for emergency braking, driver & co-driver seat belt reminder, reverse parking assist with advanced ultrasonic sensors, ISOFIX anchorage for Child-seat and height adjustable seat belts with Pre-tensioner, Load-limiter and crash-locking tongue. Apart from these features, Nexon is built with a high-strength steel structure that absorbs the impact energy, thereby protecting the occupants.

Rating-Tata-NexonThe crash test report for Nexon showed that the protection offered to the driver and passenger’s head and neck was good while the driver and passenger’s chest showed adequate protection. Also, the driver and passenger’s knee showed good protection. The car’s bodyshell and the footwell area were also rated as stable. The car was found to be capable of withstanding further loadings.

Coming to child safety, it was found that the child seat for the 3-year-old was installed forward facing with ISOFIX and top tether and was able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact, with good protection for head and marginal protection for chest. The 18-month-old CRS (Child Restraint System) was installed with ISOFIX and leg support rearward facing and it too showed good protection to head and chest.  

Mahindra Marazzo

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The Marazzo became the first Indian MPV to obtain 4-star safety in crash tests. Marazzo underwent the crash testing process by the Global NCAP Marazzo and scored 12.85 points out of a maximum of 17 points for adult protection, gaining a 4-star rating and also scored 22.22 points out of a maximum of 49 points for child protection, gaining a 2-star rating.

Standard safety features: dual front airbags, passenger airbag off switch, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mount, child safety lock on rear doors, impact and auto-sensing auto door lock, driver seat belt reminder, side impact beams and over speed warning.

Rating-Mahindra-MarazzoAs per Global NCAP, good protection was offered to the driver and passenger’s head and neck. Driver’s chest received marginal protection, while the protection was adequate for passenger’s chest. Knee protection for both the driver and the passenger were found to be good. Marazzo’s bodyshell was rated as stable and capable of withstanding further loadings. Interestingly, the Seat Belt Reminder (SBR) for the passenger did not meet the requirements of the testing agency.

According to the crash test report of Marazzo, the child seat for the 3-year-old was installed forward facing with ISOFIX and top tether and was not able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact, making the head vulnerable through the protection offered for chest was fair. Child protection for 18-month-old showed good protection for the head and chest.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

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India’s best-selling compact SUV, Vitara Brezza scored a 4-star rating in crash tests conducted by Global NCAP. The best-seller scored 12.51 points out of a maximum of 17 points for adult protection, receiving a 4-star rating and also scored 17.93 points out of a maximum of 49 points for child protection, getting a 2-star rating. The car’s bodyshell integrity was found to be stable.

Standard safety features: dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Suzuki TECT (Total Effective Control Technology), front seat belts with pre-tensioners and force limiter and ISOFIX (child seat restraint system) and seat belt reminder.

Rating-Maruti-Suzuki-Vitara-Brezza The crash test results indicated that good protection was offered to the driver and passenger head and neck. The protection to driver's chest was marginal whereas that for the passenger's chest was good. Also, the driver’s knee showed marginal protection while the passenger’s knees marginal and good protection but they could impact with dangerous structures behind the dashboard supported by the Transfascia tube.

For the child protection, the child seat for the 3-year-old was installed with FWF (Forward facing) ISOFIX and top tether and was able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact with good protection for the head and marginal protection to the chest. Additionally, the 18-month-old CRs showed poor protection for the head limited protection for the chest.  

Volkswagen Polo

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One of the most popular hatchbacks, not just in India but globally, the Polo too was tested by Global NCAP under SaferCarsforIndia initiative. Although the Polo is lagging in terms of sales, it definitely leads up front when it comes to safety. The hatchback received 12.54 out of a maximum of 17 points for adult protection, for a 4-star rating and 29.91 points out of a maximum of 49 points for child protection, for a 3-star rating. The hatchback lived up to the expectations from a German car and its bodyshell integrity was found to be stable. Polo is built with a high strength of 100 % galvanised steel body that is enclosed by a laser-welded roof.

Standard safety features: Dual front airbags, driver and passenger side and ABS.

Rating-Volkswagen-PoloAs per the crash test report, the protection offered to the driver and passenger head and neck was good. Also, the driver and passenger's chest received adequate protection. It was also found that both front passengers’ knees could impact with dangerous structures in the dashboard like the Trans fascia tube.

The 3-star rating for child safety is truly justified as the child seat for the 3-year-old was capable of preventing excessive forward movement during the impact. The belted CRS for the 1 ½-year-old also able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact and protected the child adequately well.      

Toyota Etios Liva

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A not so stylish hatchback, the Etios Liva did exceedingly well in the Global NCAP crash test programme. It received 13 points out of a maximum of 16 points for adult protection, getting a 4-star rating and also received 20.02 points out of a maximum of 49 points for child protection, getting a 2-star rating. The hatchback’s bodyshell integrity was found to be stable.

Standard safety features: dual front SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX with child seat lock, front pre-tensioner force limiter seatbelts, driver seatbelt warning and door ajar warning

Rating-Toyota-Etios-LivaAs per the crash test report, the driver and passenger’s head were well protected. It was also found that there were hazardous structures in the area of the facia that could be impacted by the knees of occupants. The structure of the hatchback was able to withstand further loadings.

For the child occupants, it was observed that the child seat for the 1.5-year-old was able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact. For the 3-year-old, the forward excursion limit was exceeded.

Tata Zest

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A successor to the ageing Indigo, Zest is a testimony to the new age products from the homegrown manufacturer, that is not only well designed but also well built. The compact sedan is not a best seller, but it managed to receive 11.15 points out of a maximum of 17 points for adult protection, getting a 4-star rating and 15.52 points out of a maximum of 49 points for child protection, getting a 2-star rating.

Standard safety features: speed dependant auto door lock system, ABS with EBD & CSC, driver & passenger airbags, front seatbelts with pre-tensioners & load limiter and parametric alarm system (not standard across the range).

Rating-Tata-ZestThe crash test report suggests that the protection offered to the driver's head was adequate due to bottoming out of the driver airbag. The protection offered to the driver’s chest was marginal, while the passenger’s head and chest protection were good. Also, the front passengers’ knee could impact with dangerous structures in the dashboard like the Trans fascia tube. Interestingly, even after receiving a 4-star rating, the bodyshell was rated as unstable i.e., it was not capable of withstanding any further loading.

In the case of child occupants, the report concluded that the child seat for the 3-year-old was unable to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact. Though the Zest was equipped with a passenger airbag, it could not be disabled in order to prevent high risks of injuries when installing a rearward facing CRS. (Child Restraint System)  

Renault Duster

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One of the well-known and capable SUVs sold in India, Duster fared well in the Global NCAP crash tests. The SUV received 9 points out of a maximum of 17 points for adult protection, getting a 3-star rating and also received 17.75 points out of a maximum 49 points for child protection. The model tested had only the driver airbag and not even ABS.

Standard safety features: door open warning sign, ABS EBD with Brake Assist, Rapid deceleration warning and door open warning.

Renault-Duster-RatingAs per the Crash Test report, the protection offered to the driver’s head was adequate due to unstable airbag contact and the protection offered to the driver’s chest was weak. Talking of the passengers, the head protection was good and chest protection was marginal. It was also found out that the knees of the front passenger could impact with dangerous structures in the dashboard like the Trans fascia tube. Unfortunately, the bodyshell was rated as unstable, as a result of which it was not capable of withstanding any further loadings.

For child safety, the report concluded that the child seat for the 3-year-old was unable to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact.

Ford Aspire

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One of the most value for money compact sedans, Aspire’s performance in the Global NCAP can be termed as decent. The compact sedan scored 10.49 points out of a maximum of 17 points for adult protection, which translates to 3-star rating and also scored 14.22 points out of a maximum of 49 points for child protection.

Standard safety features: driver & passenger airbags, ABS with EBD, driver & passenger seat belt reminder.

Rating-Ford_AspireThe crash report suggests that good protection was offered to the driver and passenger’s head and neck. Driver and passenger’s chest had weak and marginal protection respectively. Also, the front passengers’ knees could impact with dangerous structures in the dashboard like the Trans fascia tube. It is unfortunate to note that Aspire’s bodyshell was rated as unstable i.e., it was not capable of withstanding any further loadings.

Coming to child safety, it was found that the child seat for the 3-year-old was unable to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact. Though Aspire is equipped with a passenger airbag it could not be disabled in order to prevent high risks of injuries when installing a rearward facing CRS.

Conclusion:

With the safety norms getting more stringent, the unsafe cars that are least likely to meet the crash test regulations will be phased out. According to the upcoming Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP), new cars sold in India will need to comply with voluntary star ratings based on crash safety performance tests. Critical safety features such as airbags, ABS and seatbelt reminders will become standard. Meanwhile, many manufacturers have already started providing these features in their cars.

Here we discussed the most popular safest cars in India. All the other cars that fall in a higher price bracket are most likely to be as safer as these cars. So, before you buy a new car, always check out its crash test ratings as well as the safety features on offer.

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