Safest cars in India under Rs 10 lakh
The modern car buyer in India is much more advanced in terms of what to expect from their next vehicle. It’s no longer about finding the car that has struck the balance between the most aggressive price tag and the highest fuel efficiency. Today, the car buyer takes into account a lot more variables like styling, practicality, customer service, features and so on. But one of the criteria that quickly climbs to the top of the checklist is security. As a result, automakers today are actively not only meeting the absolute minimum safety standard required to sell this car in India, but also meeting the highest global safety standards. As a result, you can get your hands on one of India’s safest cars on a budget of Rs 10 lakh.
If you, too, are someone who puts safety above everything else, this is the list for you. As we write down the list of the safest cars you can buy in India under Rs 10 lakh.
1. Mahindra XUV300
Our first car on this list is the Mahindra XUV300. It’s also the newest car in this price range to have been safety tested. The compact SUV Mahindra XUV300 was awarded the highest 5-star safety rating by the global security watchdog Global NCAP. It is also the highest score among any 5-star car from India that has been tested by Global NCAP to date.
The Mahindra XUV300 is also the first Indian vehicle to receive a 4-star child safety rating. It is noteworthy that side impact performance is a requirement for a 5-star safety rating, and the XUV300’s side impact performance was one of the best among any 5-star car.
Also read: Mahindra XUV300 review
2. Tata Altroz
The Tata Altroz achieved five stars for adult occupant protection and three stars for child occupant protection in Global NCAP tests. The Altroz, which offers 2 front airbags as standard, was classified as stable in its structure and in the footwell area. Head and neck protection for adult inmates was good. Chest protection was sufficient in both adults.
The child occupant protection showed good protection for the 18-month-old dummy with the rear-facing CRS and the standard ISOFIX anchors. The 3-year-old CRS was installed facing the front, the backrest of the seat was unlocked in the event of a crash due to the load on the top tether, which led to a score reduction.
The 3-year-old dummy’s head contact with the interior of the car, the lack of three-point seat belts in all seating positions and the inability to switch off the passenger airbag when a rear-facing CRS is installed on the passenger seat. Explain the three-star rating for occupant protection by Children.
Also read: Tata Altroz Review
3. Tata Nexon
The Tata Altroz isn’t the only Tata car that is one of the safest cars in India, as it was the Tata Nexon that bagged the Tata Motors first five-star car title. Interestingly, the Tata Nexon also holds the title as the first car from India to ever receive a 5-star crash test safety rating.
The model offers good protection for the head and neck of the adult, little protection for the driver’s chest and adequate protection for the front passenger’s chest. The pedals presented some risk to the lower legs due to their displacement. The 18-month-old dummy child received good protection, while the 3-year-old passenger had high levels of chest and head exposure.
Also read: Tata Nexon EV test
4. Tata Tiago / Tigor
You must pay tribute to Tata Motors at this point for offering a total of four cars under Rs 10 lakh that make it onto the list of the five safest cars in India for that budget. After the Nexon and Altroz, the Tata Tiago and Tigor are your next best safety picks as both cars received a four-star crash test safety rating. Since the Tigor is actually based on the Tiago and is almost identical in construction, we decided to combine these two cars in fourth place.
In the crash test, the two cars achieved three stars for child occupant protection. The Tigor and the Tiago offer two front airbags as standard and were classified as unstable in terms of structure and footwell area. Head and neck protection for adult inmates, on the other hand, was good.
Also read: Tata Tiago long-term test
Also read: Tata Tigor long-term test
The last car on this list is from one of the brands long known for making well-built cars in India – Volkswagen. Their hatchback offer, the Volkswagen Polo, achieved a four-star crash test safety rating for the variant with double airbags. Interestingly, the Volkswagen Polo is also sold internationally, but the car in question, which received four stars out of five, was actually the model to India.
The Volkswagen Polo had a stable structure and would therefore significantly improve the protection of the driver and front passenger with airbags. At the same time as the Global NCAP tests, Volkswagen decided to withdraw the non-airbag version of the Polo from sales in India. For this reason, Global NCAP agreed to a request from VW to test a version of the Polo that is now equipped with two airbags as standard. The protection was found to be much better and this airbag-equipped model received a four-star rating for protecting the adult occupants.
With the child seats recommended by Volkswagen, Polo achieved a three-star rating for child protection.
Also read: Volkswagen Polo: We are celebrating 10 years of India’s hottest hatchback
So there you have it, five of the safest cars to buy in India under Rs 10 lakh. The fact that three of these five cars received the maximum star rating and the other two received four out of five stars shows that there are some really well-built cars out there for Indian consumers to win. So it is time that safety was high on the checklist of those looking to buy their next car.
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