Safety is something that is concerning to everybody, no matter which kind of car one buys. Safety plays a crucial role in every segment of vehicles. Also, the recent changes to the Automotive Industry Standards related to driver, passenger and pedestrian safety has forced the automakers to engineer the design of their vehicles accordingly. It is illegal to manufacture a car that does not meet the safety requirements set by the government. Therefore, more and more safety equipment and features are becoming increasingly common in every segment of automobiles.
So we bring you the list of safest cars in India, according to the Global NCAP test crash results. Also, check out our list of hatchbacks with powerful engines!
Tata Altroz – 5-star Safety Rating
Tata Altroz is the only hatchback in the country to secure a 5-star Global NCAP rating. It managed an impressive 16.13 points out of 17 in Adult occupancy and 29 points out of 49 in child occupancy safety. Although the child occupancy score is not so great, the overall scores and safety features as standard qualifies it as a 5-star safety rated car.
It comes with features like Dual Airbags, Height Adjustable Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Rear Parking Camera with Sensors, ABS with EBD. The construction of the vehicle is also very solid, owing to a tough structure. All-in-all these factors make it the safest hatchback in the country.
Altroz costs Rs 5.44 lakh and goes all the way upto Rs 8.95 lakh, ex-showroom.
Tata Nexon- 5-star Safety Rating
Tata Nexon carries a badge of honour for being India’s first 5-star safety rated car. It was tested by the Global NCAP and managed an excellent score of 16.06 out of 17 in Adult Occupant Protection. In the child occupancy protection, it only managed a 3-star rating. However, with features like Child Seat ISOFIX Mounts, Dual Airbags, ABS with EBD and Seat Belt Reminder, it was sufficient to get an overall rating of 5-stars.
The prices of the Nexon range between Rs 6.99 lakh and Rs 12.70 lakh, ex-showroom.
Mahindra XUV300- 5-star Safety Rating
Another indigenous brand, Mahindra got a 5-star safety rating at the Global NCAP for its compact SUV, the XUV300. The scores of XUV300 are impressive, to say the least. It bagged 16.42 points out of 17 for adult occupancy protection. While for the child occupancy it scored a respectable 37.44 points out of 49. It also received Global NCAP’s first-ever Safer Choice Award.
The top variant of the XUV300 comes with safety tech like 7 Airbags, Front and Rear Sensors, Reverse Parking Camera, Electronic Stability Programme, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Seat Belt Reminder among others. The Mahindra XUV300 ranges from Rs 7.94 lakh to Rs 12.30, ex-showroom.
Volkswagen Polo- 4-star Safety Rating
The German carmaker managed to score an impressive 4-star Safety Rating at the Global NCAP. It is one of the few hatchbacks to have a score of 4-star. Polo scored 12.54 points out of 17 in adult occupancy protection and 29.91 points out of 49 in child occupancy protection.
The safety features like Dual Airbags, ABS, Seat Belt Reminder and Rear parking sensors come as standard safety equipment in the Polo. The prices for the Polo start from Rs 5.87 lakh and go all the way up to Rs 9.67 lakh, ex-showroom.
Tata Tiago and Tigor- 4-star Safety Rating
Tata continues to dominate the safety rating list with two models receiving a 4-star Safety Rating at the Global NCAP. The hatchback Tiago and its extended version, the Tigor, both secured 12.52 points out of 17 in adult occupancy protection. In child occupancy protection, they managed 34.15 points out of 49.
The safety features include Dual Airbags, ABS with EBD, Rear Parking Camera with Sensors, Seat Belt Reminder. However, the inclusion of ISOFIX child seat mounts will definitely improve its score even more. The Tiago costs between Rs 4.70 lakh and Rs 6.74 lakh and Tigor costs Rs 5.38 lakh and Rs 7.48 lakh, ex-showroom.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza- 4-star Safety Rating
Maruti Suzuki’s safest car in India, the Vitara Brezza secured a 4-star Safety Rating in the Global NCAP testing. It managed to score 12.51 points out of 17 in Adult occupancy protection. However, it managed only a 2-star rating for child occupancy protection with only 17.93 points out of 49.
The safety features on the Vitara Brezza include Dual Airbags, ABS with EBD, Driver Side Seat Belt Reminder, and ISOFIX child seat mounts. The Vitara Brezza costs between Rs 7.34 lakh and Rs 11.34 lakh, ex-showroom.
With now even the passenger side airbag becoming mandatory, the safety regulations are only going to get stricter. It is only a good thing because so many injuries to the passengers could be avoided in case of an accident by these safety techs.