Safest Cars had a recent new entry as Renault Triber to be tested by the Global New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) Vehicle Safety Oversight Authority, and has received a four-star rating in crash tests. Under the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign, raising awareness of the importance of making locally sold vehicles safer, Global NCAP conducted 40 tests in recent years, and model results ranged from Zero abysmal stars to a truly impressive five stars. We have compiled the highest scores of all models tested so far to bring you a list of the top Safest Cars for sale in India according to the Global NCAP ranking. The vehicles listed here are ranked by star ratings and Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) ratings.
Mahindra XUV300 – 5 stars (16.42-AOP).
In early 2020, the Mahindra XUV300 became the third Indian-made Safest Cars to receive a total of five stars in the Global NCAP crash tests. It achieved the highest score for an Indian vehicle in the NCAP global tests, with a score of 16.42 adult occupant protection out of 17. The compact SUV’s score for child occupant protection was also high, with a score of 37.44 out of 49. As standard, the Mahindra XUV300 comes with dual airbags, ABS, four-wheel disc brakes, ISOFIX child seat stabilizers, cornering brake control and front seat belt pretensioners. .
Tata Altroz – 5 stars (16.12-AOP).
Shortly before the results of the Mahindra XUV300 were published, the Tata Altroz became the second Indian Safest Cars to receive a five-star rating in the Global NCAP crash tests. The Tata luxury hatchback also scored 16.13 points out of 17 for adult occupant protection and a score of 29 points out of 49 for protection of children. The body is classified as “stable” and is able to withstand additional loads. The Altroz, which rivals models such as the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai i20, includes airbags, ABS and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard.
Tata Nexon – 5 stars (16.06-AOP).
In late 2018, the Tata Nexon made history by becoming the first Indian-made Safest Cars model to earn a full five stars in Global NCAP crash tests. Initially awarded a four-star rating, the Nexon’s final score was reviewed after passing a side impact test that met UN95 side impact protection requirements and was fitted with a seat belt reminder system as standard. In addition to its score of 16.06 out of 17 for adult occupant protection, the compact SUV also scored 25 out of 49 for child occupant protection. Besides dual airbags and ABS, the Tata Nexon also includes electronic stability control, traction control, roll mitigation and emergency brake assist as standard.
Volkswagen Polo – 4 stars (12.54-AOP)
Despite being over a decade old in its current form, the Volkswagen Polo is still in the top five Safest Cars for sale in India according to the Global NCAP ranking. Tested in 2014, the Polo received a zero-star rating for the first time, as the base model tested had no airbags. However, Global NCAP retested a model with two front airbags and revised the Polo rating, after which Volkswagen India made two standard airbags across the range. In addition to accumulating 12.54 points in adult occupant protection, the Polo also received three stars 29.91 points in child occupant protection. Polo has two airbags and ABS as standard
Mahindra Thar – 4 stars (12.52-AOP).
After a great reception in the market, the second generation Mahindra Thar received another big image boost when it received four stars in the Global NCAP crash tests at the end of 2020. Notably, while the 4×4 hatchback scored 12.52 points against adult occupant protection, it scored four stars with 41.11 child occupant protection scores, the highest score of any model Global NCAP has tested to date. The base AX Standard and AX variants, which were on sale at launch, were discontinued because they did not offer ISOFIX child seat holders, three-point seat belts for rear passengers, and a roll-up box, which would certainly have impacted the final score. These features are now standard, along with dual airbags, ABS, and electronic stability control.
Tata Tigor – 4 stars (12.52-AOP).
On the same day that the Tata Altroz received a five-star rating, the Tata Tigor also received a major boost in the form of a four-star rating in the Global NCAP crash tests. The Tigor underwent a major overhaul as part of the BS6 update, got a new front end designed to meet new safety requirements, and the compact sedan scored 12.52 out of 17 for adult occupant protection. The three-star child occupant protection score 34.15 was also impressive, considering the fact that it doesn’t have ISOFIX child seat holders as standard.
Tata Tiago – 4 stars (12.52-AOP).
Much identical to the Tigor, Tata Tiago has also received an identical four-star rating in the Global NCAP crash tests. The entry-level hatchback was significantly redesigned as part of a midlife update that coincided with the implementation of BS6 emission standards and scored the same 12.52 out of 17 for adult occupant protection as the Tigor. The Tiago also has dual airbags and ABS as standard, but it misses the ISOFIX child seat anchors. Despite this omission, it received the same three stars 34.15 points for child occupant protection as Tigor.
Renault Triber – 4 stars (11.62-AOP).
On June 1, 2021, the seven-seater Renault Triber became the French automaker’s first Safest Cars model, and the second only MPV sold in India, to receive a four-star rating in the Global NCAP crash tests. On the adult occupant protection front, the Renault Triber received a four-star rating in the Global NCAP crash tests with a score of 11.62 points out of 17. According to a Global NCAP report, the Triber was tested to its basic specifications with two airbags and ABS, provided “good protection for the head, neck and knees of the driver and front passenger.” The Triber scored three stars for child occupant protection, scoring 27 points Out of 49 even though there are no ISOFIX child seat mounts.