That car with all fancy bells and whistles is purely wasteful if it doesn’t offer you protection in case of a crash. That hat is where the Global NCAP (new car assessment program) crash tests enter the picture. Under its Safer Cars for India campaign, it tested about 25 new mass-market cars from India, and here are the five which received the highest rating. Before we begin, bear in mind that all the tests are undertaken at a standard speed of 64 kmph.
Volkswagen Polo – 4 Stars
Living true to the Volkswagen reputation, the Polo received a commendable four star (12.54) rating in adult protection. It won three star (29.91) for child safety with VW recommended child seats for the 3 year old child, which was able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact. The test was undertaken in 2015 when the Polo just had dual front airbags and no ABS, seatbelt pretensioners or ISOFIX mounts. So we expect a better rating for the Polo if the NCAP tests current model with added safety features like three-point seat belts, height-adjustable seat restraints, front disc brakes, ABS with EBD and more.
Tata Nexon – 4 Stars
The Nexon not just looks striking but is solid underneath as well. It managed a commendable four stars in the Global NCAP crash tests. Standard safety equipment on the Tata Nexon includes dual frontal airbags, double pretensioner seatbelts and ISOFIX anchorages. It was reported to have a stable structure and good protection for head and neck with adequate chest protection. Its adult safety score stood at 13.56 out of 17 while children safety was rated at 25 out of 49 marks.
Toyota Etios – 4 Stars
The Etios was tested back in 2016 and met the overall four star rating just like every car in this list. For adult safety it got a four star (11.15) rating whereas for child safety the score was a two star (20.02) rating where “the 3 year old exceeded the forward excursion limit”. Nevertheless, the bodyshell integrity was stable, which proves useful in case of a bigger collision. The tested model was equipped with front seatbelt pretensioners and dual front airbags.
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