Indian car manufacturer Mahindra has received the Global NCAP’s ‘Safer Choice’ award for the safest car in India. Just a month ago the Mahindra XUV300 received the coveted 5-star rating from Global NCAP and became the second car after the Tata Nexon. The combined score, however, is higher than the Tata Nexon and the Mahindra XUV300 became the first India car to receive a 4-star rating for Child Safety crash protection.
To recap, the 5-door right hand driven Mahindra XUV300 compact SUV that weighed 1637 kg was put through the various tests at Global NCAP’s test facility. The test car was equipped with driver and front passenger airbags, front seat belt pre-tensioners, ISOFIX child seat anchorages and 4-channel ABS.
The XUV300 received a full 5-stars for adult protection with 16.42 points out of 17.00. The test results show good protection offered to the neck of both the driver and passenger. The protection offered to the chest area of the driver was adequate while the passenger received a ‘good’ remark. The feet showed adequate protection on the driver while the passenger showed good protection. The body shell and footwell area of the car were rated stable and could withstand further loadings.
For child protection, the XUV300 recieved 4-Stars with 37.44 points out of 49.00. A forward facing child seat with ISOFIX and top tether was used along with a three-year old child dummy and the impact result showed fair protection to the chest. An 18-month old child dummy was used and showed good protection to the child. The recomended CRS did not show incompatibility either. The car also offers passenger airbag disconnection switch in case a rearward facing child restraint system needs to be installed in the front passenger seat.
The Mahindra XUV300 features 7 airbags including knee airbag, dual-front, side and curtain airbags, disc brakes on all 4 wheels, ABS & EBD as standard across all variants, seat belt reminder on front seating positions, front parking sensors, heated ORVMs, Electronic Stability Program with Dynamic Steering Torque, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Roll-over Mitigation, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, ISOFIX child seat with top tether mounts.