Buying a safe car is a top priority for most car buyers, especially when it is for family use. Years ago car manufacturers did not emphasise much about safety while designing a car. This was because the Indian market focussed more on affordability and features. However, human life is what matters the most and a safer car would certainly add some years to your life.

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In recent years, car manufacturers are increasingly investing in Research and Development (R&D), especially on the safety and security aspect of the car. Indian cars are slowly beginning to match global standards of safer cars. But which are the safest cars in India? Here are the top 16 safest cars in India in 2020 with the Global New Car Assessment Program (GNCAP) rating.

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Safest Cars in India:

The GNCAP is a platform which promotes the universal adoption of the UN’s vehicle standards worldwide. The agency has tested nearly 25 made in India cars under its #SaferCarsForIndia initiative. Unfortunately, there were not many cars which came out with flying colours. In this article, we list the most popular safest cars in India with Global NCAP rating, their safety features and the crash test results.

List of Safest Cars in India 2020:

Below is the list of the Safest Cars in India along with crash test results rated by Global NCAP:

1. Mahindra XUV300 (GNCAP Rating: 5-Stars):

The Mahindra XUV300 is the first product from the home-grown car manufacturer and the third made-in-India vehicle to receive a 5-star rating from the GNCAP. The small SUV also went on to win the #SaferCarsForIndia award for receiving 4-star rating in the child occupant safety category. While the top variant comes with 7-airbags, the 2-airbag variant scored the 5-star rating from the rating agency, making the XUV300 one of the best safest cars in India.

Mahindra XUV300 Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Mahindra XUV300 Safety Features:

  • 7 Airbags
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Hill Start Assist
  • ABS with EBD
  • Corner Braking Control
  • ISOFIX Mounts
  • Front Parking Sensors
  • Heated ORVMs
  • All 4-Disc Brakes
  • Rear Parking Camera with Dynamic Assist

2. Tata Nexon (GNCAP Rating: 5-Stars):

Tata Nexon was the first made-in-India vehicle to receive the much-coveted 5-star rating from the Global NCAP. The Nexon was crash-tested by the agency and the SUV scored 16.06 points out of the maximum of 17 points for the adult occupant protection category, which gave the Tata Nexon the 5-star rating. The Tata Nexon also scored 25 points out of the possible 49 points in the child occupant protection category. The Nexon’s safety features include dual airbags at the front, ABS with EBD, among others.

Tata Nexon Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Tata Nexon Safety Features:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • ESP
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Hill Hold Assist
  • Brake Disc Wiping
  • ABS with EBD
  • ISOFIX Mounts
  • Reverse Parking Assist Camera

3. Tata Altroz (GNCAP Rating: 5-Stars):

Tata Altroz is the first premium hatchback to receive a 5-star rating from the Global NCAP. The Tata Altroz is also a fully engineered car in India to receive the safety award from the agency, making it one of the safest premium hatchbacks in India. The crash test results of the Tata Altroz revealed that there is good protection for adult occupants seated at the front protected by airbags in the frontal crash test. Some of the safety features of the Tata Altroz include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mounts, among others.

Tata Altroz Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Tata Altroz Safety Features:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Corner Stability Control (CSC)
  • Reverse Parking Camera
  • ISOFIX Mounts
  • Voice Alerts
  • Parking Assistance
  • Height Adjustable Seat Belt
  • Fog Lamps

4. Tata Tiago/Tigor (GNCAP Rating: 4 Stars):

Tata Motors’ another product which scored 4-stars is the Tiago and its sub-compact sedan version Tigor. Both the tested vehicles are of the facelifted versions. Under the adult occupant protection category, the Tiago/Tigor scored 4-stars. While the car does not feature the ISOFIX mounts for the child protection category, it still managed to score 3-stars. The Tata Tiago/Tigor offers several safety features such as airbags, ABS with EBD, among others.

Tata Tiago/Tigor Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Tata Tiago/Tigor Safety Features:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Corner Stability Control
  • Rear Parking Sensors and Camera
  • Follow Me Home Lamps
  • Speed Sensitive Auto Door Locking
  • Rear Wash Wiper (Tiago) with Defogger

5. Mahindra Marazzo (GNCAP Rating: 4-Stars):

One of the few MPVs in the market, the Mahindra Marazzo is also among the top 5 safest cars in India. The Marazzo scored 4 stars in the adult occupant protection category and two stars in the child occupant protection category despite featuring ISOFIX mounts. Some of the safety features of the Mahindra Marazzo include airbags, ISOFIX mounts, ABS with EBD, among others.

Mahindra Marazzo Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Mahindra Marazzo Safety Features:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • Disc Brakes on All Wheels
  • ABS with EBD
  • ISOFIX Mounts
  • Rear Parking Camera and Sensors
  • Cornering Lamps

6. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza (GNCAP Rating:4-Stars):

The Maruti Brezza scored 4 stars at the Global NCAP crash tests making it one of the safest Maruti cars in India. While it scored well in the adult protection category, the test results under the child protection category are marginal. Some of the safety features of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza include airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mounts, among others.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Safety Features:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Reverse Parking Camera and Sensors
  • Hill Hold Assist
  • ISOFIX Mounts
  • High-Speed Warning Alert
  • Rear Wiper and Washer
  • Seatbelt Reminder for Front Passengers

7. Honda Amaze (GNCAP Rating: 4-Stars):

Honda Amaze is a sub-compact sedan which scored 4-stars during the crash test by the Global NCAP. While in the adult occupant category it scored 4 stars, it scored 1-star in the child occupant category since the top tether anchorage did not meet the requirement. The Honda Amaze comes with safety features like airbags, ABS with EBD, driver seat belt reminder, etc.

Honda Amaze Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Honda Amaze Safety Features:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • ISOFIX mounts
  • Rear Parking Camera and Sensors
  • Driver Side Window One-Touch Up/Down with Pinch Guard
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8. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (GNCAP Rating: 3-Stars):

One of India’s best-selling MPV, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga scored 3-stars in the adult occupant protection category with a score of 9.25 for a maximum of 17 points. In the child protection category, the Ertiga scored 3-stars with a score of 25.16 over 49. The Maruti Ertiga includes safety features such as airbags, driver seat belt reminder, ABS with EBD, etc.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Safety Features:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Hill Hold Assist
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • ISOFIX Mounts
  • High Speed Alert System
  • Speed Sensitive Auto Door Lock
  • Rear Parking Camera and Sensors

9. Toyota Etios Liva (GNCAP Rating: 4-Stars):

One of the safest hatchbacks is the Toyota Etios Liva which scored 4-stars in the adult occupant protection category with a score of 13 over possible 16 points. In the child occupant protection category, the Etios Liva scored 20.02 of the maximum 49 points and hence 2-stars. The Toyota Etios Liva comes with safety features such as airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mounts, etc.

Toyota Etios Liva Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Toyota Etios Liva Safety Features:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • ISOFIX Mounts
  • Rear Parking Camera and Sensors
  • Front Pretensioner Force Limiter Seat Belts
  • Driver Seat Belt Reminder

10. Tata Zest (GNCAP Rating: 4-Stars):

Another Tata Motors’ product which scored 4-stars is the Zest sedan. It scored 4-stars in the adult occupant protection category, while it scored 2-stars in the child occupant protection category. Safety features on the Tata Zest include airbags, ABS with EBD, etc.

Tata Zest Liva Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Tata Zest Liva Safety Features:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Corner Stability Control
  • Speed Sensing Auto Door Locks
  • Rear Parking Sensors

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11. Volkswagen Polo (GNCAP Rating: 4-Stars):

The German carmakers’ Volkswagen Polo scored an impressive 4-stars in the adult occupant protection category with 12.54 points out of the possible 17. As for the child occupant protection category, the VW Polo scored 29.91 points from a maximum of 49 points. The Volkswagen Polo gets safety features such as airbags, ABS, among others.

Volkswagen Polo Liva Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Volkswagen Polo Safety Features:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • ABS
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Speed-Sensing Door Locks
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rear Windshield Washer and Wiper
  • Rear Defogger

12. Ford Figo/Aspire (GNCAP Rating: 3-Stars):

The Ford Aspire caters to the sub-compact sedan segment which scored 3-stars under the adult occupant protection category with 10.49 points against the maximum of 17. As for the child occupant protection category, the Ford Aspire scored 2-stars with 14.22 points out of the possible 49. The Ford Aspire comes with safety features such as dual airbags, ABS with EBD, etc.

Ford Figo/Aspire Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Ford Figo/Aspire Safety Features:

  • Driver and Passenger Airbags
  • Rear Parking Camera and Sensors
  • ABS with EBD
  • Driver and Passenger Seatbelt Reminder
  • High-Speed Sensing Alert System
  • Side and Curtain Airbags
  • Door Ajar Warning
  • Perimeter Alarm

13. Renault Duster (GNCAP Rating: 3-Stars):

One of the first compact SUVs in India, Renault Duster scored 3-stars with 9 points out of maximum 17 in the adult occupant protection category. In the child occupant protection category, the Renault Duster scored 17.75 points out of the maximum of 49 winning 2-stars. The safety features in the Renault Duster include airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, among others.

Renault Duster Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Renault Duster Safety Features:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • ESP
  • Hill-Start Assist
  • Pedestrian Protection

14. Maruti Suzuki WagonR (GNCAP Rating: 2-Stars):

One of the longest production and best-selling hatchback, the Maruti WagonR was tested by the Global NCAP. Under the adult occupant protection category, the WagonR scored 6.93 of the possible 17 points thereby winning 2-stars. As for the child occupant protection category, the GNCAP awarded the WagonR 2-stars for scoring 16.33 out of the possible 49 points. The Maruti WagonR comes with safety features such as airbags, ABS with EBD, among others.

Maruti Suzuki WagonR Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Maruti Suzuki WagonR Safety Features:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Speed Alert System
  • Speed-Sensitive Door Lock
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Seatbelt Reminder
  • Central Locking System

15. Hyundai Santro (GNCAP Rating: 2-Stars):

One of the popular cars in India, the Hyundai Santro scored 6.74 out of the possible 17 points with the GNCAP awarding the small hatchback 2-stars. In the child occupant protection category, the Santro also won 2 stars with a score of 15 of the maximum 49 points. Some of the safety features of the Hyundai Santro include airbags, ABS with EBD, speed alert system, etc.

Hyundai Santro Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Hyundai Santro Safety Features:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Rear Parking Camera and Sensors
  • Impact/Speed Sensing Auto Door Unlock/Lock
  • Rear Defogger

16. Maruti Suzuki Swift (GNCAP Rating: 2-Stars):

Among the popular hatchbacks in India, the Maruti Suzuki Swift scored 7.08 out of maximum 17 points in the adult occupant protection category thereby getting 2-stars. In the child occupant protection category, the Maruti Swift received 16.23 of the maximum 49 points thereby scoring 2 stars. The Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with safety features such as airbags, ABS with EBD, Reverse Parking Camera and Sensors, etc.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Crash Test Results:

Category Star Rating
Adult Protection
Child Protection

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety Features:

  • Dual Front Airbags
  • ABS with EBD
  • Brake Assist
  • Reverse Parking Camera and Sensors
  • Anti-Pinch Driver Side Power Window
  • ISOFIX Mounts
  • Pedestrian Protection Compliance

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Car Insurance is Mandatory for All Cars in India:

Indian car manufacturers are increasingly designing new cars with higher safety standards. This is also due to the road infrastructure being developed at a faster pace. While cars are becoming safer, one can never anticipate damages to your car in case of an unfortunate mishap. A good way to address this is to buy car insurance for your vehicle so that you are covered against any financial burden arising out of liabilities of the third-party or own damage.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Below are some of the FAQs about safety features of cars in India:

Which car in India has the highest safety rating?

Under the #SaferCarsForIndia initiative, the Global New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) tested several cars early 2020. This result awarded the Mahindra XUV300 5-stars in the adult protection category while in the child protection category it received 4-stars. However, the Tata Nexon also scored 5-stars in the adult category while it scored 3-stars in the child category.

Which car in India has received a 5-star Global NCAP rating?

Not just one but two cars in India have received 5-stars in the adult protection category. These are the Mahindra XUV300 and the Tata Nexon.

Which are the safest cars under 10 lakhs in India?

Below are the some of the cars which scored 5 or 4-star rating by the Global NCAP:
> Tata Nexon
> Mahindra XUV300
> Tata Zest
> Toyota Etios Liva
> Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
> Mahindra Marazzo
> Volkswagen Polo
> Honda Amaze

Which are the safest hatchbacks in India?

As per the assessment by the Global NCAP, the Toyota Etios Liva and the Volkswagen Polo scored 4-stars in the adult protection category. Also, small cars such as the Tata Tiago and its sedan version Tigor also scored 4-stars in the assessment.