In November 2021, Mahindra’s XUV700 secured a 5-star safety rating for adult occupant protection and four stars for child occupant rating. In addition to this, the SUV scored 57.69 points out of 66. Thus, making the highest combined score under Global NCAP’s Safer Cars For India initiative.
And now, the XUV700 has received the Global NCAP’s ‘Safer Choice’ award. Mahindra voluntarily sent the XUV700 for further testing. The SUV met both the pedestrian protection and the ESC test requirements. This is not the first time Mahindra has won this award. The company last won the award for its XUV300 compact SUV. Two Global NCAP ‘Safer Choice’ awards in the lineup also show Mahindra’s focus on safety.
The Secretary of Global NCAP also congratulated Mahindra on its second Safer Choice award. He also commended the brand for the wider inclusion of ADAS technologies.
What Is The Global NCAP Safer Choice Award?
The charitable institution, Global NCAP, has been testing cars for the Indian market since 2014. It did so under a new ‘Safer Cars For India’ initiative. Global NCAP hit a new milestone in its previous test rounds by testing 50 cars under Safer Cars for India.
At the Auto Expo in 2018, Global NCAP announced the ‘Safer Choice’ award. As per Global NCAP, it is an accolade for cars and their manufacturers that provide the highest level of safety. Cars can only get the award if they have a 5-star adult occupant protection and at least a 4-star child occupant protection.
Furthermore, it must come with ESC, at least as an option on all variants. The ESC also needs to be available as a stand-alone feature, not as a part of a package or bundle. Also, it should be equipped on at least 20 per cent of the cars sold in the country two years after the product went on sale. The car must also meet pedestrian protection requirements. These are per the United Nations (UN) regulations UN127 or GTR9.