The new Mahindra Scorpio-N recently earned a five-star crash test safety rating, solidifying Mahindra's position as one of the country's safest automakers. And with another car joining the list of 5-star-rated cars in India in terms of safety, we bring you an updated list of the safest cars that you can buy right now.
Safety is increasingly becoming a crucial factor for new-car buyers, thanks to global watchdogs like Global NCAP, which have been putting Indian cars to the test. Recently, Global NCAP released another set of crash-test ratings, which included the Mahindra Scorpio-N. The SUV received a perfect five-star rating for adult occupant safety and three stars for child occupant safety, making it yet another entry into the list of safest cars in India. So, we give you the top 5 safest cars in India that you can buy right now.
The Scorpio-N, the latest SUV from Mahindra, has received a 5-star overall NCAP safety rating. Global NCAP used updated safety test procedures to assess the SUV, which earned 28.93 points out of 48 for child occupant protection and 29.25 out of 34 for adult occupant protection. According to GNCAP, the SUV's footwell and bodyshell area were reliable and strong enough to support additional loads.
Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq
Recent crash tests conducted by Global NCAP for the Skoda Kushaq and the Volkswagen Taigun resulted in a 5-star rating for both adult and child occupant safety, making them one of the safest made-in-India cars. These SUVs received an impressive score of 29.64 out of 34 points for adult occupant safety and 42 out of 49 points for child occupant protection. Additionally, their bodyshell is stable and able to withstand additional loads, says Global NCAP.
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Do note that the cars mentioned below follow the older safety protocols used by Global NCAP.
The Mahindra XUV700, the automaker's flagship SUV, was the safest vehicle in its portfolio. Under the GNCAP crash tests, the XUV700 received a four-star rating for child occupant protection and a five-star rating for adult occupant protection. However, after the recent crash tests conducted by the GNCAP, it now ranks slightly lower than the latest Mahindra Scorpio-N, with an overall safety score of 57.69 points.
For adult occupant protection, the Tata Punch earned a 5-star rating, while for child occupant protection, it received a 4-star rating in the Global NCAP crash test. The SUV scored 16.45 out of 17 in adult occupant safety. Further, it got 40.89 points for child occupant protection out of 49 points. The Punch's bodyshell is also classified as stable and strong enough to resist additional loads.
The Mahindra XUV300 received a five-star rating for both adult and child occupant protection. For adult occupant safety, the XUV300 earned 16.42 out of a total of 17 points, and it scored 37.44 out of 49 points for child occupant protection. Mahindra's XUV300's bodyshell was also given a stable rating by Global NCAP.
So, there you have it. These are some of the safest cars that you can buy in India right now. Given the push towards making cars safer by automakers, an increase in the number of safety tests, and the rise in popularity of the safety rating of a car, it's the end customer who is likely to benefit the most.