Top 10 safest cars in India: Renault Triber edges out Maruti from the list
Renault Triber MPV's impressive performance at the Global NCAP crash tests have once again shook the list of top 10 safest cars in India. According to the refreshed list, Maruti does not have a single car that remains among the top 10 safest cars after its sub-compact SUV Vitara Brezza fell one spot. The list remains dominated by as many as four Tata Motor cars and three from Mahindra and Mahindra.
Here is the updated list of top 10 safest cars in India.
Mahindra's flagship sub-compact SUV XUV300 remains on top of the list. The XUV300 had achieved Global NCAP’s first ever ‘Safer Choice’ Award for achieving the highest levels of safety performance. It had received a five star rating for adult occupant protection and four stars for child occupant protection. XUV300's performance at the crash test remains the highest combined occupant safety rating of any Indian car tested so far by the global agency.
The popular premium hatchback from Tata Motors is second on the list after it had secured five-star rating by the Global NCAP during its crash test. The global agency had ruled that Altroz has a stable structure and footwell area. It also has good head and neck protection and chest protection for both adults in the front seats was adequate.
Sub-compact SUV Nexon is third on the list, which had received four stars from Global NCAP crash tests. Tata Nexon had secured four stars for adult occupant protection and three stars for child occupants. The global agency had rated that its body shell is stable.
The iconic SUV from Mahindra entered the list late last year after it secured a four-star rating at the Global NCAP crash tests in November. Thar SUV now stands at number four on the list and is also officially the safest Indian off-roader too.
The Tigor is ranked fifth on the list. It had achieved four stars for adult occupant protection and three stars for child occupant protection.
The popular hatchback is at par with Tata Tigor as far as safety is concerned. Tiago too had secured four stars in adult occupant protection and three stars for child occupant protection. Both cars from Tata offer two airbags as standard.
The most popular hatchback from the German carmaker is placed at seven on the list of safest cars in India. Volkswagen Polo was put through the Global NCAP crash tests in 2014. The verdict was not too favourable as far as safety to front occupants were concerned. The test ruled that knees of front passengers were open to risk due to dangerous structures in the dashboard.
The latest entrant on the list has also secured a four-star rating in the recent Global NCAP crash tests. The Renault Triber MPV fared satisfactorily as far as protection offered to adult occupant driver and passenger is concerned. However, the MPV did not do as well in child safety test where it showed hints of major injuries in case of an impact. Triber is now officially the safest MPV to drive on Indian roads.
After Triber, the safest MPV on Indian roads is this Mahindra vehicle. Marazzo underwent the Global NCAP crash tests back in 2018. The tests had ruled that the MPV offers good protection to the driver and passenger's head and neck as well as for the child occupants with forward facing seatbelt and ISOFIX.
Toyota Motor had launched Etios hatchback in India 10 years ago. It was tested by Global NCAP back in 2016 and had fared reasonably.