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Global NCAP: Safest Cars in India (2021)

By Himanshu Walia | Published: 28 Dec' 21 | Updated: 28 Jan' 22

Global NCAP

What is the Global NCAP?

The Global New Car Evaluation Program (GNCAP) is a regulatory agency that oversees new car assessment programs throughout the world. 


This organization was established to support the universal acceptance of the United Nations' motor vehicle and safety standards throughout the world. The Global NCAP was established to reduce the loss of lives on the road and serious injuries.


The United Nations has established a basic crash test standard point, which must be met by every vehicle on the road in every country in the globe.


The Global NCAP was established to ensure that quality standards are maintained to limit the number of traffic accidents that lead to loss of lives and serious injuries. The testing standards are also carried out for the safety of pedestrians.


The Indian automobile sector has undergone a substantial transformation in recent years. The carmakers are making significant investments in Research & Development, with a particular emphasis on the safety and security features of their vehicles.


The good news is that, during the past couple of years, the word "safety" has gradually begun to gain prominence in the Indian automobile sector, and it is expected to continue to rise.


The Global NCAP is one of the organizations that has played a role in this transformation. In case you're wondering, NCAP is an abbreviation for the New Car Assessment Program. 


A number of automobiles in India have been put through their paces as part of the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign, to see if they can resist the normal processes that are used to determine the safety of a vehicle. 


Since 2014, vehicles such as the Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Mahindra XUV300, Toyota Etios, Tata Nexon, and a few others have earned four- or five-star ratings for their overall performance.


So, according to the Global NCAP, which automobiles will be introduced in India during the year 2021 are the safest?

Safest Cars in India: Tata Tigor EV

Tata Tigor EV

Tata's most affordable electric vehicle in India Tata Tigor EV, the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign's first-ever test vehicle was the Tata company's first-ever electric vehicle to be tested by Global NCAP. 

Tata Tigor EV

Adult occupant safety was achieved by the Tata Tigor EV with a Global NCAP score of 12.00 out of 17.00, The Tata Tigor EV received four out of five stars rating in Global NCAP crash test.


The Tata Tigor EV received a Global NCAP score of 37.24 out of 49.00 for the child occupant safety measure, and the body shell integrity of the vehicle was determined to be unstable. 


It was determined that the bodyshell was unstable and that it would not be able to withstand any additional loading from Global NCAP.

Safest Cars in India: Tata Punch

Tata Punch

The smallest SUV produced by a domestic company Tata Punch made its debut in India on October 18, 2021, and has been generating interest ever since. 


Since the Tata Punch received Global NCAP score of 16.45 out of 17.00 for adult occupant safety and Global NCAP score of 40.89 out of 49.00 for protection of the child occupant, the vehicle is considered to be safe.


The test of the Tata Punch SUV was conducted at 64 kilometers per hour, and the body shell structure was determined to be robust. 


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As an outcome, the Tata Punch SUV received a 5-star overall Global NCAP crash test rating for adult occupant safety whereas the child restraint safety received four out of 5 stars.  


The Tata Punch was also tested in the most basic safety configuration, with two airbags, anti-lock brakes, and ISOFIX anchorages as part of the investigation.

Safest Cars in India: Mahindra XUV700

Mahindra XUV 700

The much-anticipated replacement for the XUV500 also had high performance, particularly in the kid occupant category, where the Mahindra XUV700 received a total Global NCAP score of 41.66 out of 49.00, which was excellent. 

Mahindra XUV 700

In the category of adult occupant protection, the Mahindra XUV700 received a Global NCAP score of 16.03 out of 17.00, resulting in a total score of 5 on the crash test. 

The body shell integrity was also found to be robust in this instance, and the recently debuted Mahindra XUV700 was tested in its most basic safety configuration, which included two airbags, anti-lock brakes, and ISOFIX anchorages.

Safest Cars in India: Mahindra XUV300

Mahindra XUV 300

The XUV obtained a five-star certification in the category of adult occupancy and a four-star rating in the category of child occupant protection. The Mahindra XUV300 was also awarded the Safer Choice Award by the Global NCAPS.

Mahindra XUV 300

The Mahindra XUV300 received a four-star crash test rating, or 37.44 out of 49 points, in the crash test for adult occupancy, and a four-star rating, or 37.44 out of 49 points, in the crash test for child safety protection.

The Mahindra XUV 300 is equipped with seven airbags, an electronic stability program, hill start assist, ABS with EBD, corner braking control, ISOFIX mounts, front parking sensors, heated ORVMs, four-wheel disc brakes, and a rear parking camera with dynamic assist, among other amenities.


With all of the above-mentioned characteristics, the Mahindra XUV300 has risen to the top of the list of the safest vehicles on Indian roads.

Safest cars in India: Tata Nexon

Tata Nexon

The Tata Nexon was awarded a five-star crash test rating from Global NCAP. which was the first automobile manufactured in India to obtain the highly sought-after designation.

Tata Nexon

Adult occupancy was rated 16.6 out of 17 on the crash test, and the kid safety protection category was rated three stars, or 25 out of 49 points, on the TATA Nexon. Although it ranks second in the list of safest cars in India for 2021, it is still a good car.


Some of the features which enhance the safety in this car are two front airbags, electronic stability control, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mount, electronic traction control, hill hold assist, brake disc wiping, emergency brake aid, and a reverse parking assist camera.

Safest Cars in India: Tata Altroz

Tata Altroz

The TATA Altroz is a luxury hatchback that apart from its one-of-a-kind style, is fitted with the most advanced safety measures available.

Tata Altroz.

During the Global NCAP test, the TATA Altroz received a Global NCAP score of 16.13 out of 17 in the category of adult occupancy protection and a score of 29 out of 49 in the category of kid safety, earning it a three-star rating overall.


Dual front airbags, a height-adjustable seat belt, parking assistance, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mounts, corner stability control, fog lights, reverse parking camera, and voice alert are just a few of the vehicle's standout features.


To be clear, this does not imply that the Audi Q5 or the Mercedes-Benz S-Class are inherently unsafe vehicles. This just indicates that they have not been subjected to Global NCAP's safety testing as part of the #SaferCarsForIndia program.


To be sure, most high-end luxury vehicles are equipped with a bewildering number of safety features, as one would expect given the hefty price that one must pay for such a vehicle.