Since the Tata Nexon earned an impressive 5-star rating in Global NCAP crash tests, the Indian car-buying public has increasingly placed safety as a top priority when buying new vehicles. The trend, kickstarted by the Tata Nexon, has been steadily gaining traction, with other car manufacturers also delivering strong performances in Global NCAP crash tests. Here’s a list of all the cars produced in India that have achieved the highest possible safety rating in Global NCAP’s crash tests, as part of the ‘Safer Cars for India’ initiative:
The initial iteration of the Tata Nexon marked a significant milestone as the first-ever Indian-manufactured car to secure a 5-star rating in the Global NCAP crash tests. This compact SUV garnered an impressive 16.06 points out of 17 for adult occupant protection.
Building on the success of the Nexon, the Tata Altroz further advanced this momentum by surpassing the Nexon’s performance in adult occupant protection. It achieved an even higher score, with 16.13 points out of 17.
The Altroz represents Tata’s inaugural entry into the premium hatchback segment. Similar to the Nexon, the Altroz boasts a robust build quality, and in the Global NCAP crash test, it achieved a 5-star rating for adult safety and a 3-star rating for child safety.
Available in the market, the Altroz offers three engine options: a 1.2-liter naturally aspirated petrol, a 1.2-liter turbo petrol, and a 1.5-liter diesel. The naturally aspirated variant also offers a dual-clutch automatic transmission as an option.
Following the achievements of Tata Motors’ Nexon and Altroz, Mahindra also earned membership in the 5-star rating club in Global NCAP crash tests with its XUV300 compact SUV. The Mahindra XUV300 impressed by scoring 16.41 points out of 17, surpassing the performance of the Tata Altroz.
Continuing its success, Mahindra’s larger XUV700 also demonstrated excellence in Global NCAP crash tests, attaining a coveted 5-star rating. It achieved this remarkable rating by scoring 16.03 points out of a possible 17 in adult occupant protection.
Tata Motors remained steadfast in its dedication to crafting safer cars for the Indian market, exemplified by its latest highly-rated compact offering, the Punch sub-compact SUV. The Tata Punch not only upheld this commitment but also set a new record as the highest-rated Tata car in adult occupant protection, achieving an outstanding score of 16.45 out of a possible 17 points.
The Mahindra Scorpio-N was one of the early vehicles subjected to the updated Global NCAP crash test protocols, and it excelled with a 5-star rating. This new-generation ladder-on-frame SUV achieved an impressive score of 29.25 out of a total of 34 points in adult occupant protection.
Volkswagen Virtus and Skoda Slavia
Although the Volkswagen Virtus and Skoda Slavia exhibit distinct design and interior layouts, they are built on the same monocoque frame and offer identical powertrain options. These sedans also attained matching scores in adult occupant protection during Global NCAP crash tests, both achieving an impressive 29.71 out of a possible 34 points, earning them 5-star ratings.
Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq
Much like the Virtus and Slavia, the SUV counterparts, Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq, share powertrain options and monocoque frames while showcasing distinct exterior and interior designs. In Global NCAP crash tests, they both achieved identical scores in adult occupant protection, securing an impressive 29.64 out of 34 points. This notable achievement marked them as the first vehicles to attain a 5-star rating under the revised Global NCAP protocols.
The latest entrant to the list of 5-star rated cars certified by Global NCAP is the Hyundai Verna, garnering an impressive score of 28.18 out of 34 points in adult occupant protection. This remarkable accomplishment designates the Verna as the very first Hyundai car manufactured in India to earn a 5-star rating in Global NCAP crash tests.