With new players entering the Indian market, there is a huge variety of vehicles available. Every car has its own unique features and style that appeal to a wide variety of buyers. However, more than just the eye-appealing features, the most important thing to look out for in a vehicle is its safety features. From build quality to the number of airbags offered, every safety feature adds to the practical value of the car. While most manufactuers offer maximum safety in their higher-end variants, there are a few Indian cars that score high on the safety department. Here’s a list of the top 7 safe cars you can buy in India as per the Global NCAP. The Global NCAP is a vehicle safety assessment agency that tests various cars for their safety features.
Crowned as India’s first car to achieve a 5 star NCAP rating in adult occupancy, the Tata Nexon is probably the safest subcompact SUV available in the market. Launched in 2017, the Nexon continues to offer premium safety features in its category. The Tata car comes standard with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability program, reverse parking sensors and much more. The Nexon is also equipped with best in class electronic traction control system, roll-over mitigation, hill hold control system and ISOFIX. Rivalling the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Hyundai Venue, Nexon is a complete package of safety and comfort.
The recently launched premium hatchback from Tata Motors has managed to receive a commendable 5-star rating in the adult occupancy segment followed by a 3-star rating in the child occupancy segment. Priced between Rs 5.29 lakh and Rs 9.29 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the Altroz rivals the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Honda Jazz, Toyota Glanza, Hyundai I20 and the Volkswagen Polo. The Altroz comes loaded with features like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and CSC, ISOFIX, reverse parking sensors, high-speed alert system and an impact sensing auto door unlock system. The Tata Altroz is available in a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine.
Another Tata car that manages to make its way in our list is the Tata Tiago. Rivalling hatchbacks like Hyundai Santro and Maruti Suzuki WagonR, the Tiago comes equipped with safety features like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and CSC, reverse parking sensors, high-speed alert, ISOFIX and a driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder. Priced at Rs 4.60 lakh to Rs 6.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Tiago manages to score an applaudable 4 stars in the adult occupant protection segment followed by a 3 star in the child occupant protection segment. The Tiago comes with a 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox.
Mahindra’s premium subcompact SUV, the XUV300, has recently scored a segment-leading 5 star NCAP rating in the adult occupancy segment and an impressive 4 stars in the child occupancy segment. It has also scored the highest points on various parameters as compared to other cars on our list. The XUV300 comes with all the standard safety features like dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, corner braking control, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder, ISOFIX along with a collapsible steering and side intrusion beam. The car is also equipped with disc brakes on all four wheels, impact sensing door unlock, high mounted stop lamp and panic braking signal.
The Volkswagen Polo was one of the first cars in the premium hatchback segment to receive a GNCAP rating. The car still scores an impressive four stars and three stars in the adult occupant and child occupant protection segment, respectively. The premium German hatchback receives ABS and dual-front airbags as standard along with height-adjustable head restraints (front and rear), electronic engine immobilizer with floating code, emergency exit and high-mounted stop lamps. Offered in a total of 3 engine variants, the Volkswagen Polo is Volkswagen’s safest hatchback offering.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
Maruti Suzuki’s bestselling subcompact SUV, the Vitara Brezza is perhaps the safest car of Maruti’s current lineup. Equipped with all the basic safety features like dual airbags, ABS and ISOFIX child seat mounts, Maruti manages to deliver a stable body structure and a 4-star adult occupancy rating. Priced between Rs 7.62 – 10.59 Lakh (Ex-Showroom) the Brezza rivals subcompact SUVs like the XUV 300, Hyundai Creta and Venue, and the Tata Nexon. Maruti currently offers the Vitara Brezza in the diesel variant with an option of both manual and automatic transmissions.
The seven-seater multi-purpose vehicle from Mahindra scores an impressive 4 stars in the Global NCAP in the adult occupancy segment. The vehicle comes equipped with a host of safety features. These include ABS with EBD, dual-airbags, ISOFIX child mounts, impact and speed sensing door locks, rear parking cameras, emergency call system, and much more. The Mahinda Marazzo is available with a 1.5-litre diesel engine which comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Competing with rivals like Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Marazzo is one of the few MPVs that have made its way to GNCAP’s high rated list.
Although safety is not the only factor that determines the popularity of a car, however, it is one of the most important aspects to look for when buying a new car. Whether it is city driving or highway runs, with premium and best in class safety features, you can be assured of a safe journey with your loved ones.