Indian Automotive sector is booming with advancements and innovations which are rapidly increasing as we speak. India is on the upper spectrum of the charts for the most number of deaths due to road accidents. Did you know that Over 1,37,000 people were killed in road accidents in 2013 alone? There is one death every four minutes due to a road accident in India. Indian buyers are economy and feature obsessed but safety norms are getting stingier than ever with Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program right up our alley. Safety is still a road which India is yet to tread effortlessly. Here are some of the safest cars available in India under Rs 10 lakhs:
The sub-compact SUV from Tata scoring 4-star rating in the global NCAP ratings was confounding. Tata has caught up and emerged from its abyss of being a mediocre manufacturer to a global player. The Nexon is a car which showcases Tata’s accomplishments as a brand with sales numbers telling the same story. It is one of the highest rated cars in India.
The Non-airbag variant of zest was initially tested by the Global NCAP resulting in a poor score of zero stars. Tata went back and made some substantial improvements to the entire model range and later, the airbag-equipped variant with the improvements scored 4-stars. The transformation from zero to four stars is a significant achievement and the Zest was the car which marked Tata’s return with better quality products.
Ze Germans have always been pioneers of solid build quality and safety and this reflects in the Volkswagen Polo. The car goes through rigorous safety checks and quality controls making it one of the safest cars available in India today. The Polo also scored a four-star rating in the global NCAP test.
The Etios was developed from the ground up for India and other developing countries with no ties to any other models from the Toyota range. The car was surprisingly light which was an anomaly from every other Toyota models. Low Kerb weight equals to less safety belief that prevailed in Indian customers were obliterated when the Etios Liva scored four-stars in the Global NCAP rating in 2016.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Maruti Suzuki is not exactly the brand that you associate with safety ratings, thanks to their other models like the swift, which scored a two-star rating recently. The Swift variant sold abroad fared substantially well compared to the Indian version showing MSIL’s inferiority towards the Indian market. Maruti Suzuki proved with the Brezza (four-star) that they can produce locally made models with high safety performance.