For Indian buyers, safety has lately become an important aspect of consideration whenever they step out to purchase any new model. There's no doubt that a range of automobile manufacturers including Hyundai, Tata Motors, Skoda, Mahindra, and Volkswagen understand this and are making sure that they offer best-in-class safety features across their model range. Interestingly, the most recent products from these firms have received complete 5-star safety ratings in crash testing in accordance with the new Global NCAP parameters, serving as testimony to this. The government is also putting into place standard safety equipment like airbags, ABS, and more. The "Safer Cars for India" campaign by Global NCAP is a platform that evaluates the safety of vehicles, gives test results, and rates them on a 5-star scale. The greater the star rating, the safer the vehicle. The latest entrants in this list are Tata Motors' newly launched Harrier and Safari facelifts, which just earned an impressive five-star rating from the GNCAP. Here's a comprehensive list of the top 5 safest cars in India.
2023 Tata Harrier, All-New Safari
According to GNCAP, the 2023 versions of the Tata Harrier and Safari are the safest vehicles made in India. These SUVs not only have the highest scores for both adult occupant protection (AOP - 33.05/34) and child occupant protection (COP - 45/49) among the other cars in the list, but they also got perfect 5-star safety ratings in the mentioned criteria. Their body shells have also been assessed as stable and strong enough to support even higher loads.
Up to six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), and ISOFIX child seat anchors make up the set of safety features shared by both models. The top-of-the-line versions of the SUVs also come equipped with hill assist, a 360-degree camera, a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), and an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS).
Volkswagen Virtus, Skoda Slavia
Both the Volkswagen Virtus and the Skoda Slavia received full 5-star safety ratings for both adult and child safety, making them the safest sedans produced in the country. It scored 29.71/34 for adult occupant protection and 42/49 for child occupant protection. The MQB A0 IN structure, which was developed specially for India and is up to 95 per cent locally produced, serves as the foundation for the two sedans. Additionally rated stable and able to sustain increased loadings are their body shells.
Regarding standard safety equipment, both cars come with ISOFIX child seat anchors, dual front airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), hill hold assist, 3-point seatbelts, and seatbelt reminders for every passenger.
Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq
The Volkswagen-Skoda pair also received complete 5-star safety ratings from Global NCAP for both adult and child safety. Nevertheless, compared to sedans, they scored a bit lower for adult occupant protection (AOP). For adult occupant protection, it secured 29.64/34, whereas, for child occupant protection, it earned 42/49.
Both models are also constructed on the MQB A0 IN platform. For the uninitiated, dual front airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), ABS with EBD, 3-point seatbelts with seatbelt reminders for passengers, and ISOFIX child seat anchorages are all part of its standard safety equipment.
With a score of 28.18 out of 34 for adult occupant protection and 42 out of 49 for child occupant protection, the sedan received an ideal rating of 5 stars for both categories. The Verna is also the first Hyundai model with a 5-star rating to be sold in India. The tested model included rear ISOFIX mounts, ESC, six airbags, and seat belt reminders for every seat. It is offered in four trim levels: EX, S, SX, and SX(O), with prices starting at Rs 10.96 lakh (ex-showroom).
Two engines are available for the Hyundai Verna: a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine. The former is mated to an IVT automatic and a 6-speed manual transmission, producing 113bhp and 144Nm of torque. While, a 6-speed manual and 7-speed DCT gearboxes are coupled to the turbocharged petrol engine, which has a power output of 158bhp and 253Nm of torque.
In the Global NCAP crash test, the Mahindra Scorpio-N also received a 5-star safety rating for adult protection. However, the model only obtained a 3-star rating for child safety as it earned a low score for child occupant protection. Its body shell integrity and footwell area were both found to be stable and capable of enduring higher loads. Speaking of the car's standard safety features, they include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control with hill assist, and ISOFIX child seat anchors.