Here are the safest cars you can buy under Rs 10 lakh!
The latest results of the New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) are finally here! It’s been four decades since the launch of the first NCAP, but its efforts to drive awareness and draw attention to car safety in India is as recent as 2014.
The reputed global organisation has so far tested close to 30 mass-market models and variants made and sold in India. Now with the latest reports out, the Global NCAP’s crash tests have that the Tata Nexon is the first made-in-India and sold-in-India model to get a 5-star rating.
Mahindra’s Marazzo came in a close second with four stars, and the Maruti Suzuki Swift was awarded a 2-star rating. Moreover, a previous round of tests had given the Renault Lodgy a 0-star rating, whereas the jazzy Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza got four stars in its kitty.
Time to get into more details? We think so! Presenting to you NCAP’s list of safest cars under Rs 10 lakh.
Tata Zest (4/5)
The first round of tests for the Zest proved to be a dud as the compact sedan earned a 0-star rating. However, Tata was allowed yet another opportunity and the carmaker introduced an upgraded compact sedan, crash-tested in 2016. This particular model scored a high 4-star rating (11.15/17) in adult occupancy and two stars in child occupancy (15.52/49). The Zest includes safety features such as two airbags and a seat-belt reminder for the driver, and was also later updated with ABS, EBD and corner stability control.
Volkswagen Polo (4/5)
The Volkswagen Polo was one of the first made-in-India cars that was tested by NCAP, and came back with a zero-star rating for adult occupancy, despite sporting dual front airbags. However, the model with two airbags managed a massive 4-star test rating (12.54/17). Both the models scored three stars for child occupancy, but the Polo with airbags managed a slightly better 29.91/49, compared to 26.97 of the version without it. This, however, was in 2014, and now the Polo Remember, this was back in 2014 and now the Polo has ABS, Isofix child seat mounts and seat-belt reminders as standard. In fact, the top-spec Volkswagen Polo GT TSI also has safety features like traction control, ESC, hill-start assist and rear parking sensors.
Tata Nexon (5/5)
Tata’s compact SUV is the top scorer amongst all! It recently achieved a 4-star rating from NCAP for adult occupancy (13.56/17) and three stars for child occupancy (25/49). But after this, Tata updated all variants of the model with a seat-belt reminder for the driver and front passenger, and had the car pass the UN95 side-impact protection requirements. This finally resulted in the Nexon becoming the first made-in-India model to get a 5-star rating, bagging a high 16.06/18 in adult occupancy. Global NCAP rated the Nexon’s body shell integrity as ‘stable while providing good protection for the head and neck of the driver and the passenger’.
Honda Amaze (4/5)
The Honda Amaze is a great car not just in terms of the features it offers, but also for its safety standards. The made-in-India car was tested as part of Global NCAP’s Safer Cars For Africa campaign. Safety equipment like dual-front airbags, ABS and seat-belt reminders helped the sedan achieve a 4-star rating (14.08/17) for adult occupancy. However, for those with children, this is not the best choice. Despite sporting Isofix child seat mounts as standard, the Amaze performed poorly in terms of child occupancy. Global NCAP gave the car just one star (8.16/49).
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza (4/5)
Maruti Suzuki wore a proud smile with the Vitara Brezza compact SUV receiving a 4-star rating for adult occupancy in the latest round of Global NCAP’s crash tests (12.51 out of 17). However, the SUV only got two stars for child occupancy (17.93 out of 49) with the 18-month old dummy in the test suffering injuries to its head and shoulders. Additionally, the markings for the Isofix anchorages did not meet Global NCAP testing protocols. All variants of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza feature two airbags, ABS with EBD, front seat belt with pre-tensioners, a driver’s seat belt reminder and Isofix child-seat mounts.
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Sarthak Moghe is a young, enthusiastic writer who loves modern technology and automobiles. After completing his graduation in Journalism and Mass-Communication, he stepped into the world of adulting as a content writer. When not busy on the keyboard, he likes to explore new topics and hone his sense of humour.