There have been many Indian cars that have been test by the Global NCAP. The initial results weren’t good but soon there was an improvement. Many cars didn’t even score a single star and today, there are four cars already with four star ratings, like the Tata Nexon and Vitara Brezza. Then there are cars which have been loved and have done well in the Indian market but are totally unsafe cars, like the Swift. In this story, we will speak of all the cars with high ratings and the cars that didn’t score well with some description points from the GlobalNCAP report. This will be an important aspect for you, if you are in the market to buy a new car.
Tata Nexon: The Nexon scored a total of 4 stars in adult safety and 3 stars in child safety. This is the first Indian car to have the highest safety for adults at 13.56 points from a total of 17. This makes it go ahead of the Volkswagen Polo. The Nexon is an exciting product and it has scored highest points even in our comparison test with the Ford Ecosport and the Maruti Vitara Brezza. If you are out in the market to buy an all new car, this will be an exciting choice for you.
Toyota Etios Liva: This is also another product from India to have got 4 star rating. Toyota has done a great job with this product and it seems to show. Many of us might have not liked the plastic quality of this vehicle, irrespective it has done a good job in crash test. In child safety, it has scored 2 stars.
Tata Zest: The Zest was the first Tata vehicle to have scored 4 star rating. In child safety it scored 2 stars. The Zest was also tested without airbags, as there are lower variants available without it. In that the adult safety rating was a ZERO.
Maruti Vitara Brezza: The Vitara Brezza was the next compact SUV to score a great rating from the Global NCAP after the Nexon. It did fall short on child safety. But it did get the same safety rating as the Nexon, which is four stars.
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Volkswagen Polo: The first test on the Polo was without airbags. Back in the days, Polo was available without airbags. It was a while later that the German made ABS and dual airbags as a standard feature for all its cars. This was when the Polo was tested and it got 4 stars in adult safety and 3 in child safety.
3 Star Rating Cars
Ford Aspire is one of the cars that is worth a mention here. The two airbag variant scored a three star rating here and the Duster also with a single airbag variant went on to get a three star rating too. Honda Mobilio too with dual airbags scored three star rating.
Ford Aspire: We are certain about the fact that the Ford Aspire would have scored a higher number with six airbags. But as the tests are all about front impact, the side airbags might have not been of much use there. However, Ford has taken up this initiative seriously to have six airbags in the top model even of their hatchback. We appreciate this initiative. The report stated, “The protection offered to the driver and passenger’s head and neck was good thanks to the airbag. Driver’s chest had weak protection and passenger’s marginal protection. The car does not have seatbelt pretensioners. The front passengers’ knees could impact with dangerous structures in the dashboard like the Tran fascia tube. The bodyshell was rated as unstable and it was not capable of withstanding any further loadings.”
Renault Duster: The Duster also scored high points in the test despite only a driver airbag. The dual airbag option will be even better. We wonder why hasn’t Renault made dual airbags, ABS+ EBD with standard on a product like the Duster. This will be vital for safety. We have always been impressed with the built quality of the Duster, let aside the interior plastic quality.
2 Star Rating Cars
Maruti Suzuki Swift: The car which most Indians love and most Indians will eventually buy has turned out to be one of the most unsafe cars plying on our roads. The Maruti Swift has today received a dismal and embarrassing rating of two stars from the Global NCAP. This is a car when it has a brand new model is expected to sell more than a lakh units in the first few months. With this kind of rating, many buyers will look towards other alternatives and competition to fulfill their requirement.
ZERO POINTS Cars
Cars that did scored a zero in crash test were all without any airbags. So, the list of while that did score a zero (without airbags) were Renault Duster, Chevrolet Enjoy, Tata Nano, Renault Kwid, Honda Mobilio, Hyundai Eon, Maruti Eeco, Maruti Celerio, Datsun Go, Mahindra Scorpio, old Maruti Swift and Maruti Alto.