Top 10 Safest Cars in India (GNCAP-Rated); Here’s The 2022 List

Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP) has played a vital role in raising vehicle safety awareness among Indian customers, and as a result, carmakers are also paying extra attention to quality standards in upcoming models. GNCAP is an independent agency that evaluates cars for driver and passenger safety in restrained car crash tests. The global watchdog recently published a list of #SaferCarsForIndia on their official website. Here we have the detailed information for you.

Top 10 Safest Cars in India

  1. Tata Punch – 5 Stars
  2. Mahindra XUV300 – 5 Stars
  3. Tata Altroz – 5 Stars
  4. Tata Nexon – 5 Stars
  5. Mahindra XUV700 – 5 Stars
  6. Mahindra Marazzo – 4 Stars
  7. Volkswagen Polo – 4 Stars
  8. Mahindra Thar – 4 Stars
  9. Tata Tiago/Tigor and Tigor EV – 4 Stars
  10. Maruti Brezza – 4 Stars

1. Tata Punch

Tata Punch takes the crown with a 5-star safety rating in the performed car crash test. This is the 3rd car from the company’s portfolio to receive 5 stars, and such a rating demonstrates the manufacturer’s priority and willingness to offer the safest cars to its fans. Punch scores 16.45/17 for adult occupant protection and 40.89/49 for child occupant safety. The micro SUV has provided good protection for the head, neck, knees, and chest of both the driver and front passenger. The bodyshell and footwell area was noted to be stable during the crash test. 

2. Mahindra XUV300

The second car on the list is Mahindra XUV300 with a 5 Star safety rating and there is only a marginal difference of points in scores of Tata Punch and Mahindra XUV300. It has obtained a 16.42/17 in adult occupant protection and a 37.44/49 in child occupant safety. The crash test was conducted on the base variant, which comes equipped with two airbags, disc brakes on all four wheels, ABS, cornering brake control, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, and front seatbelt pre-tensioners as standard. 

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3. Tata Altroz

Just below the Mahindra XUV300, the Tata Altroz is also one of the safest cars with a 5-star safety rating. It scored 16.13/17 and 29/49 in adult occupant protection and child occupant protection, respectively. Tata’s premium hatchback’s bodyshell was rated as stable and competent in withstanding further load. In terms of safety features, the Tats Altroz sports two airbags, seat belt reminders for the front passengers, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchorages and rear parking sensors as standard. 

4. Tata Nexon

The next car from the 5-star safety rating club is the Tata Nexon. Tata Motors proves its sincerity towards passenger safety in the country by having four cars in the top 10 safest cars list. Tata Nexon got 16.06 points out of 17 in adult occupant protection and 25 points out of 49 in child occupant protection. It’s worth noting that the model tested was pre-facelift, and the model that is currently on sale has been further improved to meet the pedestrian protection standards. The standard safety feature list includes dual airbags, ABS and ISOFIX child seat mounts. 

5. Mahindra XUV700

Mahindra XUV700 was the biggest hit in the Indian car market this year. Its amazing feature list impressed car lovers because the company has not made any compromises with the safety of passengers. This SUV has scored 5 stars in the safety rating from GNCAP. In adult occupant protection, it scored 16.03/17 and in child occupant protection, it scored 41.66/49. Mahindra has packed the XUV700 with seven airbags, adaptive cruise control, and autonomous emergency braking, to name a few safety features. 

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6. Mahindra Marrazzo

This made-in-India MPV scored 4 stars in the safety rating by GNCAP. The Marrazzo received a rating of 12.85/17 for adult occupant safety and 22.22/49 for child safety due to its safety features. This MPV gets dual front airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, ISOFIX anchorages for rear seats, a driver’s side seatbelt reminder, brakes on all four wheels, and more. 

7. Volkswagen Polo

Next on the list is Volkswagen’s Polo, which scored 4 stars in passenger safety in 2014. However, the car was not equipped with today’s mandatory safety features like ABS and seatbelt reminders but still managed to score 12.54/17 with dual airbags only and 29.91/49 in child occupant safety even without ISOFIX child seat mounts. 

8. Mahindra Thar

The second-gen Mahindra Thar is not only a great off-roader but also offers great safety to its passengers and driver. The SUV has scored 4 stars in safety ratings, with 12.52 out of a possible 17 in adult occupant protection and 41.11 out of a possible 49 in child occupant protection. This is the second-highest rating for child safety among the top 10 safer cars. The safety features offered in the Thar include dual airbags, a roll cage, ABS and rear parking sensors as standard, while the top-spec model gets ESP as well. 

9. Tata Tiago/Tigor and Tigor EV

The facelift models of Tiago and Tigor acquired a 4-star rating in the car crash tests performed by GNCAP. Looking at adult occupant safety and child occupant safety, the Tata siblings scored 12.52/17 and 34.15/49, respectively. 

Apart from the standard models, Tata’s Tigor EV became the first electric car to be evaluated by the GNCAP and scored 12/17 in adult occupant protection and 37.24 out of a potential 49 points in child occupant protection. GNCAP even cited that the addition of some more safety features in the car might result in a higher safety rating. 

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10. Maruti Brezza

Last on the list is Maruti’s Brezza SUV, with a 4-star rating for its occupants’ protection. Maruti’s Brezza is the safest car in Maruti’s current portfolio of cars in our country. It has scored 12.51 out of 17 points in the adult occupant protection, but the 18-month old child dummy was injured on the head and shoulders. Hence, the child occupant protection dropped to 17.93 points out of 49. 

Also, the markings for child seat mounts were not up to scratch according to GNCAP norms. Maruti has loaded all variants of the Brezza with two airbags, a driver’s side seatbelt reminder, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchorages and more. Maruti is currently preparing to launch the next-gen model of the Brezza in the country next year.