India's best safety-rated cars under Rs 10 lakh

11th Dec 2018 9:47 am

As part of its Safer Cars For India campaign, Global NCAP has tested more than 25 models and variants. We tell you of the 5 that scored the highest.

Global NCAP’s campaign to draw attention to car safety in India has been ongoing since 2014. Over the years, the organisation has tested more than 25 mass-market models and variants made and sold in India. Global NCAP’s latest round of crash tests revealed that the Tata Nexon is the first made-in-India and sold-in-India model to get a five-star rating; and Mahindra’s new MPV, the Marazzo, scored four stars. The previous round of test had seen the Renault Lodgy fare poorly with a zero-star rating, while the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza came away with four stars, making it one of the best performers yet. Which are the safest cars under Rs 10 lakh tested by Global NCAP so far? Read on to find out.

5. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza (4/5)

A feather in Maruti Suzuki’s cap, the Vitara Brezza compact SUV received a four-star rating for adult occupancy in the latest round of Global NCAP’s crash tests (12.51 out of 17). However, the SUV only managed two stars for child occupancy (17.93 out of 49) because the 18-month old dummy in the test suffered injuries to its head and shoulders; and the markings for the Isofix anchorages did not meet Global NCAP testing protocols. All variants of the Brezza are equipped with two airbags, ABS with EBD, front seat belt with pretensioners, a driver’s seat belt reminder and Isofix child-seat mounts.

4. Tata Zest (4/5)

While the first round of tests for the Zest compact sedan got it a zero-star rating, Tata was allowed another opportunity and introduced an upgraded compact sedan, which was crash-tested in 2016. This model scored an impressive four-star rating (11.15/17) in adult occupancy and two stars in child occupancy (15.52/49). It came with two airbags and a seat-belt reminder for the driver, but was later updated with ABS, EBD and corner stability control.

3. Toyota Etios Liva (4/5)

Tested by Global NCAP back in 2016, the Etios Liva hatchback was one of the few models that registered a commendable four-star rating for adult occupancy in its very first crash test (13/16); and two stars for child occupancy (20.02/49). While it was updated later with more safety kit such as ABS with EBD and Isofix child seat mounts, the model tested only had dual-front airbags and front seat belts with pretensioners.

2. Mahindra Marazzo (4/5)

The first made-in-India MPV to gain a four-star rating, the Mahindra Marazzo did far better than fellow people carriers such as the Renault Lodgy and Chevrolet Enjoy. The Marazzo MPV scored 12.85 out of 17 in adult safety and 22.22 out of 49 in child occupancy (two stars) thanks to safety kit such as dual front airbags, ABS, a driver’s side seat-belt reminder, front seat-belt pretensioners and Isofix anchorages for the rear seats – standard across all variants. For now, the Mahindra MPV has a place on this list as prices start at Rs 9.99 lakh and go up to Rs 13.90 lakh. However, prices for the Marazzo will increase in January, taking the base price above the Rs 10 lakh-mark.

1. Tata Nexon (5/5)

Tata’s compact SUV recently achieved a four-star rating from NCAP for adult occupancy (13.56/17) and three stars for child occupancy (25/49). After this, Tata updated all variants of the model with a seat-belt reminder for the driver and front passenger and had the compact SUV pass the UN95 side-impact protection requirements – resulting in the Nexon becoming the first made-in-India model to achieve a five-star rating, achieving a score of 16.06/18 in adult occupancy. The organisation rated the Nexon's body shell integrity as ‘stable’ while providing good protection for the head and neck of the driver and the passenger. All variants of the Nexon come with two airbags and ABS as standard, while Isofix child seat mounts are on offer with the top-spec XZ+ and XZA+ trims only.

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