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Safest Cars in India 2022

The Indian car market tends to put mileage above most other decision-making factors. However, there has been a significant shift towards safety, both from customers and car makers. Since 2019, the Indian government  has been proactively emphasizing car safety by making airbags and ABS mandatory on all cars. The government has also made it clear it intends to include more safety measures in 2023 to make Indian roads safer. Car manufacturers have been quick to take cues, too; they are now making cars that match international safety standards. Here’s a look at the safest cars in India and their respective Global NCAP safety ratings:

Car Name

Safety Rating

Ex-Showroom Price

5-star GNCAP

Rs. 7.39 - 13.34 Lakh

Mahindra XUV700

5-star GNCAP

Rs. 12.95 - 23.79 Lakh

Tata Punch

5-star GNCAP

Rs. 5.64 - 8.98 Lakh

5-star GNCAP

Rs. 8.16 - 13.67 Lakh

Tata Altroz

5-star GNCAP

Rs. 5.99 - 9.69 Lakh

Mahindra Thar

4-star GNCAP

Rs. 13.17 - 15.53 Lakh, 

Tata Tigor | Tigor EV

4-star GNCAP

Rs. 5.79 - 8.41 Lakh | Rs. 11.99 - 13.14 Lakh

Renault Triber

4-star GNCAP

Rs. 5.69 - 8.25 Lakh

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

4-star GNCAP

Rs. 7.69 - 11.34 Lakh

Mahindra Marazzo

4-star GNCAP

Rs. 12.80 - 15.00 Lakh

Tata Nexon

Tata Nexon

The Tata Nexon became the trendsetter by becoming the first made in India car to score a 5-star Global NCAP safety rating. The Tata Nexon is a compact SUV that is muscular and robust in design and it is a looker too. The Nexon offers safety features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, traction control, roll over mitigation, hydraulic brake assist and many other features as standard.

Tata Nexon Safety Rating

Global NCAP 5-star safety rating for adult occupant protection and a 3-star rating for child occupant protection.

Tata Nexon Specifications

Engine and Transmission

Engine Type

1.2-litre Turbo Petrol

1.5-litre Turbo Diesel

Power

118.3 bhp

108.5 bhp

Torque

170 Nm

260 Nm

Transmission

6-speed Manual | 6-speed AMT

Mileage

17 kmpl

23 kmpl

Tata Nexon Safety Features

Dual Airbags

Standard

ABS with EBD

Standard

Electronic Stability Program

Standard

Electric Traction Control

Standard

Roll Over Mitigation

Standard

Hydraulic Brake Assist

Standard

Hill Hold Control

Standard

Electric Brake Pre-Fill

Standard

Brake Disc Wiping

Standard

Mahindra XUV700

Mahindra XUV700

The Mahindra XUV700 raised eyebrows on its launch for a number of reasons. Not only is the SUV palatial, but it’s design rivals offerings from Korean and European car makers. The XUV700 carries the distinction of being the first made in India SUV to feature Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS). This system monitors the surroundings through a wide network of sensors and onboard computers that help keep the car under control and avoid unwanted accidents. Safety features like the standard dual airbags, Anti Lock Braking System with EBD along with Electronic Stability Program contribute to the XUV700 securing a 5-star safety rating in the GNCAP. 

Mahindra XUV700 Safety Rating

Global NCAP 5-star safety rating for adult occupant protection and a 4-star rating for child occupant protection.

Mahindra XUV700 Specifications

Engine and Transmission

Engine Type

2.0-litre Turbo Petrol

2.2-litre Turbo Diesel

Power

197 bhp

152.8 bhp | 182.3 bhp

Torque

380 Nm

360 Nm | 420 Nm

Transmission

6-speed Manual | 6-speed AMT

Mileage

10 kmpl

12 kmpl

Mahindra XUV700 Safety Features

Dual Airbags

Standard (7 airbags on the top model)

ABS with EBD

Standard

Electronic Stability Program

AX5 Variant onwards

Advanced Driver Assist System

AX7 Variant onwards

Forward Collision Warning

AX7 Variant onwards

Curtain Airbags

AX7 Variant onwards

Automatic Emergency Braking

AX7 Variant onwards

Lane Departure Warning

AX7 Variant onwards

Tata Punch

Tata Punch

Small, nimble, agile and safe. The Micro-SUV HBX concept of Tata finally came into the flesh and has a real ‘Punch’ in its name. Built on the same platform as the Tata Altroz, the Tata Punch is just as safe and muscular in its design. The Punch features the standard safety measures like ABS, EBD and dual airbags along with brake sway control, another safety feature that is unique to the AMT variants is the Traction Pro Mode that assists with driving on unruly surfaces.

Tata Punch Safety Rating

Global NCAP 5-star safety rating for adult occupants protection and 4-star for child occupant protection.

Tata Punch Specifications

Engine and Transmission

Engine Type

1.2-litre Petrol

Power

84.4 bhp

Torque

113 Nm

Transmission

5-speed Manual | 5-speed AMT

Mileage

18.82 Kmpl

Tata Punch Safety Features

Dual Airbags

Standard

ABS with EBD

Standard

Brake Sway Control

Standard

Traction Pro Mode

With AMT Variants

Also Read: Compact SUVs in India

Tata Tigor | Tata Tigor EV

Tata Tigor

The Tata Tigor’s fastback styling gives it a distinguishable presence on the road and is one of the made in India sedans that features a 4-star safety rating. The Tigor comes with standard safety features like airbags, ABS, EBD and corner stability control to give the car an edge when cornering. The Tigor EV also features the same safety features as its ICE counterpart.

Tata Tigor Safety Rating

Global NCAP 4-star safety rating for adult occupants protection and 3-star for child occupant protection.

Tata Tigor | Tigor EV Specifications

Engine and Transmission

Tata Tigor

Tata Tigor EV

Engine Type

1.2-litre Turbo Petrol

Battery Capacity - 26 kWh 

Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor

Power

84.8 bhp

73.75 bhp

Torque

113 Nm

170 Nm

Transmission

5-speed Manual 5-speed AMT

Single Speed

Mileage

19 kmpl

Range - 306 km

Tata Tigor | Tata Tigor EV Safety Features

Dual Airbags

Standard

ABS with EBD

Standard

Corner Stability Program

Standard

Renault Triber

Renault Triber

The French carmaker did everything right when it made the Triber MUV for India. The sporty SUV like design complements the Renault Triber and gives it a unique style quotient. For its price the MUV scores a big 4-star safety rating, out-scoring its expensive rivals, like the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. Apart from the standard safety measures, the Triber also features pedestrian safety.

Renault Triber Safety Rating

Global NCAP 4-star safety rating for adult occupants protection and 3-star for child occupant protection.

Renault Triber Specifications

Engine and Transmission

Engine Type

1.0-litre Petrol

Power

71 bhp

Torque

96 Nm

Transmission

5-Speed MT | 5-Speed AMT

Mileage

18 kmpl

Renault Triber Safety Features

Dual Airbags

Standard

ABS with EBD

Standard

Pedestrian Protection

Standard

Mahindra Thar

Mahindra Thar

Mahindra Thar is the king of offroading vehicles in India and is a cult favourite as well. But apart from its retro modern looks the rugged 4×4 car is also one of the safest made in India vehicles. The Thar features Hill Hold and Descent control as standard to keep the driver always in control. The Electronic Stability Program and Roll Over Mitigation are included in the LX variant onwards. 

Mahindra Thar Safety Rating

Global NCAP 4-star safety rating for adult occupants protection and 4-star for child occupant protection.

Mahindra Thar Specifications

Engine and Transmission

Engine Type

2.0L Turbo petrol engine

2.2L Turbo diesel engine

Power

150 bhp

130 bhp

Torque

320 Nm

300 Nm

Transmission

6-speed Manual | 6-speed AT

Mileage

Petrol -15.2 km/l (manual)

Petrol - 9.16 km/l (auto)

Diesel -15.2 km/l (manual)

Diesel -11.21 km/l (auto)

Mahindra Thar Safety Features

Dual Airbags

Standard

ABS with EBD

Standard

Electronic Stability Program

LX variant

Roll Over Mitigation

LX variant

Hill Hold Control

Standard

Hill Descent Control

Standard

Roll Cage

Standard

Also Read: 4×4 Cars in India

Mahindra XUV300

Mahindra XUV300

Lean and stylish, the Mahindra XUV300 is a compact SUV that has an impressive road presence. Launched in 2019, the XUV300 is one of safest cars in India with a safety rating of 5-stars and features corner braking and collapsible steering column as standard along with up to 7 air bags, ABS and EBD. The XUV300 also has ESP, which is included in the W6 variant onwards.

Mahindra XUV300 Safety Rating

Global NCAP 5-star safety rating for adult occupants protection and 4-star for child occupant protection.

Mahindra XUV300 Specifications

Engine and Transmission

Engine Type

1.2-litre Turbo Petrol

1.5-litre Turbo Diesel

Power

108.5 bhp

115 bhp

Torque

200 Nm

300 Nm

Transmission

6-speed Manual | 6-speed AutoSHIFT

Mileage

17 kmpl

20 kmpl

Mahindra XUV300 Safety Features

Dual Airbags

Standard

ABS with EBD

Standard

ESP with Rollover Mitigation

W6 Variant Onwards

Corner Braking Control

Standard

Collapsible Steering

Standard

Tata Altroz

Tata Altroz

Smart, stylish and popular, the Tata Altroz is one car you can’t take your eyes off of. The Altroz also has a 5-star safety rating under its belt, making it one of the safest premium hatchbacks. As standard, the Tata Altroz comes equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, corner stability control, and a chassis based on Tata’s ALFA-ARC platform.

Tata Altroz Safety Rating

Global NCAP 5-star safety rating for adult occupants protection and 3-star for child occupant protection.

Tata Altroz Specifications

Engine and Transmission

Engine Type

1.2-litre NA Petrol

1.2-litre Turbo Petrol

1.5-litre Turbo Diesel

Power

84.8 bhp

108 bhp

88.7 bhp

Torque

113 Nm

140 Nm

200 Nm

Transmission

5-speed Manual

Mileage

19 kmpl

25 kmpl

Tata Altroz Safety Features

Dual Airbags

Standard

ABS with EBD

Standard

Corner Stability Control

Standard

Collapsible Steering

Standard

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Maruti Vitara Brezza

The safest Maruti in India, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has a 4-star global NCAP rating among its strongest attractions. In addition to that, the SUV features loads of space and a host of upmarket features making it a fairly comfortable and convenient SUV to own. In the safety department, the Brezza packs dual airbags, ABS and EBD, rear parking sensors as standard, whereas the AMT variant additionally features hill hold control.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Safety Rating

Global NCAP 4-star safety rating for adult occupants protection and 2-star for child occupant protection.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Specifications

Engine and Transmission

Engine Type

1.5-litre Petrol

Power

103 bhp

Torque

138 Nm

Transmission

5-speed Manual | 4-speed AT

Mileage

18.76 kmpl

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Safety Features

Dual Airbags

Standard

ABS with EBD

Standard

Corner Stability Control

Standard

Hill Hold

AT Variants only

Also Read: Essential Safety Features in India

Mahindra Marazzo

Mahindra Marazzo

The Mahindra Marazzo is a large MUV that looks muscular and robust just like a shark, the animal it is designed after. The Marazzo boasts of a 4-star safety rating with standard safety features: dual airbags, ABS with EBD, all-wheel disc brakes, and safety crumple zones which can be found on all variants.

Mahindra Marazzo Safety Rating

Global NCAP 4-star safety rating for adult occupants protection and 2-star for child occupant protection.

Mahindra Marazzo Specifications

Engine and Transmission

Engine Type

1.5-litre Turbo Diesel

Power

121 bhp

Torque

300 Nm

Transmission

6-speed Manual

Mileage

17 kmpl

Mahindra Marazzo Safety Features

Dual Airbags

Standard

ABS with EBD

Standard

Crumple Zones

Standard

Toyota Urban Cruiser

Toyota Urban Cruiser

The Toyota Urban Cruiser is the rebadged version of the Maruti Vitara Brezza and inherits the same safety standards as the Maruti compact SUV as well as the 4-star global NCAP safety rating. This robust safety combined with an attractive host of premium perks, and the peace of mind of the Toyota badge, is what makes the Toyota Urban Cruiser an ideal compact SUV. In the safety department, the Urban Cruiser sports dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, hill hold control, and ISOFIX child seat anchors.

Toyota Urban Cruiser Safety Rating

Global NCAP 4-star safety rating for adult occupants’ protection and 3-star for child occupant protection.

Toyota Urban Cruiser Specifications

Engine Type

1.5-litre petrol

Power

105PS

Torque

138Nm

Transmission

5-speed manual | 4-speed torque converter (mild-hybrid system)

Mileage

17 km/l | 18.7 km/l

Toyota Urban Cruiser Safety Features

ABS with EBD

Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Standard

Hill hold assist

Automatic only

LED fog lamps, rear parking camera and rain-sensing wipers

Premium variant

Automatic headlamps

Premium variant

Honda City 4th Generation

Honda City

The fourth-generation Honda City was tested by Global NCAP and secured a comfortable place among the safest cars in India with a 4-star safety rating. Widely acclaimed for its durability and reliable character, this Japanese sedan has had a reputable run in India. For now, while accompanying its 5th generation model in Honda’s portfolio, the Honda City (4th gen) features a host of safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, multiview rear parking camera.

Honda City 4th Generation Safety Rating

Global NCAP 4-star safety rating for adult occupants’ protection and 4-star for child occupant protection.

Honda City 4th Generation Specifications

Engine Type

1.5-litre petrol

Power

119 PS

Torque

145 Nm

Transmission

5-speed manual gearbox

Mileage

17.4 km/l

Honda City 4th Generation Safety Features

ABS with EBD

Standard

Dual airbags

Standard

Rear parking sensors

Standard

Engine immobiliser

Standard

Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz

Recently scoring a 4-star safety rating in the Global NCAP test has become one of the chief highlights of the Honda Jazz. Coupled with robust safety, the Jazz packs oodles of space rendering it as a perfect family car. In addition to that, the Japanese hatchback is replete with premium traits, some of which are rare to avail in its segment, paddle shifters, CVT automatic transmissions, a sunroof, to name a few. On the theme of safety, the hatchback sports dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, a rear parking camera, etc.

Honda Jazz Safety Rating

Global NCAP 4-star safety rating for adult occupants’ protection and 3-star for child occupant protection.

Honda Jazz Specifications

Engine Type

1.2-litre petrol

Power

90 PS

Torque

110 Nm

Transmission

5-speed manual | 7-step CVT

Mileage

16.16 km/l | 17.1 km/l

Honda Jazz Safety Features

Dual front airbags

Standard

Rear parking sensors

Standard

ABS with EBD

Standard

Rear Parking Camera

Standard

Renault Kiger

Renault Kiger

The Renault Kiger is a stylish compact SUV that also has a 4-star G-NCAP safety rating. Featuring upmarket features and pricing that undercuts rival premium hatchbacks, the Kiger delivers on value. In terms of safety features, the Kiger is equipped with ABS with EBD, up to 4 airbags, a rear camera, and parking sensors.

Renault Kiger Safety Rating

Global NCAP 4-star safety rating for adult occupants’ protection and 2-star for child occupant protection.

Renault Kiger Specifications

Engine Type

1-litre petrol

1-litre turbo petrol

Power

72 PS

100 PS

Torque

96 Nm

160 Nm

Transmission

5-speed manual and AMT

5-speed manual and CVT

Mileage

19.1 km/l

18.2 km/l – 20.5 km/l

Renault Kiger Safety Feature

Dual front airbags

Standard

ABS with EBD

Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Standard

Rear Parking camera

RXT variant onwards

Nissan Magnite

Nissan Magnite

Just like its sibling Renault Kiger, the Nissan Magnite is famous for its chic appearance and 4-star G-NCAP safety rating. Moreover, while the SUV is packed to the rafters with upmarket perks, it’s the most affordable one in the segment. On the front of safety features, the Magnite sports a 360-degree camera, dual front airbags, electronic stability control, etc.

Nissan Magnite Safety Rating

Global NCAP 4-star safety rating for adult occupants’ protection and 2-star for child occupant protection.

Nissan Magnite Specifications

Engine Type

1-litre

1-litre turbo-petrol

Power

72 PS

100 PS

Torque

96 Nm

160 Nm

Transmission

5-speed manual

5-speed manual and CVT

Mileage

18.7 km/l

17.7 km/l – 20 km/l

Nissan Magnite Safety Features

Dual front airbags

Standard

ABS with EBD

Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Standard

Vehicle Dynamic Control

Turbo only

Hill start assist

Turbo only

Rear view camera

XV variant onwards

Tyre pressure monitoring system

XV premium variant onwards

Tata Tiago

Tata Tiago

While many entry-level cars in India have not received safety ratings, the Tata Tiago bucks this trend with a 4-star G-NCAP safety rating. Dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, and ABS with EBD come as standard on the Tiago while also coming equipped with premium features like rear parking camera, rear defogger, and front fog lamps.

Tata Tiago Safety Rating

Global NCAP 4-star safety rating for adult occupants’ protection and 3-star for child occupant protection.

Tata Tiago Specifications

Engine Type

1.2-litre petrol

 CNG (1.2-litre petrol)

Power

86 PS 

73 PS

Torque

113 Nm

95 Nm

Transmission

5-speed manual & 5-speed AMT

5-speed manual

Mileage

20 km/l

26.4 km/kg

Tata Tiago Safety

Dual front airbags

Standard

ABS with EBD

Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Standard

Follow me headlamps

XT variant onwards

Rear parking camera

XZ+/ XZA+

FAQs

How is the safety rating of cars evaluated?

Though there are many safety tests conducted, the Global NCAP test or New Car Assessment Program is the widely accepted standard in determining the safety of new cars. Under this test the car is subjected to many crash test simulations which observe the ability of the car to protect its habitants which are human-like dummies. If the car manages to protect the dummies it is given a score, 5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest.

Why is the safety ability of cars important?

Circumstances on the road are ever changing and cars of today are just more than a means of transport as they carry people who are valuable resources. The ability of the car, in which an individual invests a lot of money, to protect them in unforeseen events is why the safety ability of cars is so important.

Which Indian cars are the safest?

All cars listed above are safe, however cars with 5-star safety rating are deemed the safest.

What is a child safety rating?

Like mentioned above, child safety rating is determined by the ability of the car to protect children seated on the rear in the event of a crash.

How can safe cars make safe drivers?

They cannot, ultimately it is the skill and the responsibility of the driver to make sure that both occupants and the car remain safe, this can be done by following rules of the road and indulging in safe driving practices.

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