Safety is always an important aspect which everyone should look for when they are buying a new car. In India a few years back we did not take safety as important as other features on our cars. And we were driving cars which were not at all safe. Still today most of the cars on the road are unsafe, but the trend will change slowly. In this article, I will list the top 12 safest cars in India with 4+ global NCAP ratings in India that you can buy today. This article will be updated as and when the new car receives 4+ Global NCAP ratings.
Safety is something we always ignored, but with growing competition in the international market, Indian cars needed to be safe to drive. Safety features like ABS with EBD, ESP, ISOFIX, driver and passenger Airbags, parking sensors were not even standard a few years back. But in today’s scenario, most cars have these as standard safety features regardless of the variant you buy. More and more cars should be tested with Global NCAP and score a good rating. And more safety features should be standard like Lane-keeping assist, blind-spot warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, drowsiness alert and much more.
Let see the safest cars in India
Safest cars with 5-star Global NCAP ratings
Tata Punch received a 5-star rating and 16.45 points out of 17 for adult occupants and a 4-star rating and 40.89 points out of 49 for child occupants. It is currently one of the safest cars you can buy in India.
Mahindra XUV 300
XUV300 scores a solid 5-star rating in the Global NCAP crash test in Africa. It gets a 5-star rating for adult occupants and 4 stars for child occupants. it scored 16.42 points out of 17 for adult safety and 37.44 points out of 49 for child occupants safety. It is also one of the safest cars you can buy in India.
The Tata Nexon achieved a 5-star rating and 16.06 points out of 17 for adult occupants and a 3-star rating and 25 points out of 49 for child occupant protection in the Global NCAP crash test. The child occupant rating is a little low, but the overall built quality is good.
Mahindra XUV 700
Mahindra XUV 700 achieved 5-star and 16.03 points out of 17 for adult occupants and 4-star and 41.66 out of 49 for child occupants. It is the latest car that scored 5-star making it one of the safest cars you can buy in India.
The Altroz got a 5-star rating for adult occupant protection with a total score of 16.13 points out of a total of 17 points and a 3-star rating for child occupant protection in the Global NCAP crash test with a total score of 29.00 points out of a total of 49 points. It is one of the safest hatchbacks you can buy in India
Safest cars with 4-star Global NCAP ratings
The Mahindra Thar has achieved an encouraging 4-star rating for both adult and child occupants in Global NCAP. Thar scored 12.52 points out of 17 for adult occupants and 41.11 out of 49 points for child occupants.
Tata Tigor EV
Tata Tigor EV did a little better in terms of child protection than its petrol version. It scored 4-star and 12 points out of 17 for adult occupants and 4-star and 37.24 points out of 49 for child occupants. It is one of the safest Electric vehicles on sale in India.
Marazzo achieved a rating of 4-star and 12.85 points out of 17 for adult occupant and 2-star and 22.22 points out of 49 for child occupant.
Polo with 2 airbags scored a 4-star rating for adult occupants and a 3-star rating for child occupants. The total score was 12.54 out of 17 for adult occupants and 29.91 out of 49 for child occupants. Polo with no Airbags only scored 2-rating for child occupants and 0 for adult occupants.
Tata Tigor and Tiago received 4-star and 12.52 points out of 17 for adult occupants, and 3-star and 34.15 points out of 49 for child occupants.
Maruti Suzuki Brezza
Breeza received a 4-star rating and 12.51 points out of 17 for adult occupants and for child occupants Breeza received 2-star and 17.93 points out of 49. Though adult safety is good, child safety is quite low. It is only Maruti on sale to have 4+ stars.
Triber received a 4-star rating and 11.62 points out of 17 for adult occupants, and a 3-star rating and 27 points out of 49 for child occupants.
We definitely need safer cars on the streets, but for the existing cars that do not have any safety features, the drivers need to have better awareness and alertness and should drive cautiously. Approx 1.3 million people die each year worldwide according to WHO due to road accidents. And it cost around 3% of a country’s GDP. I think the government should invest in making the safety features more accessible and less expensive so that more people would buy a safe car. Governments can do this by providing subsidies to companies that produce a car that gets a 4+ star Global NCAP rating.
A car that is priced around 3-4 lakhs is not at all safe in India, because it has very few safety features. These cars should be made safer, as most Indians buy these cars.
Finally, I would like to only say one thing “Drive Safe with complete alertness on the road”
Thank you so much to the Global NCAP website for all the data. Here is the link of all the cars tested by Global NCAP