The Mahindra XUV300, which recently crossed sales of 40,000 units in the Indian market in 11 months, has achieved a solid five-star crash test rating for adult occupant protection and four stars for child occupant protection from Global NCAP. With this result, the Mahindra XUV300 achieves the highest combined result in Global NCAP’s #SaferCarsForIndia crash tests to date with the highest score in both the adult and child protection categories.
The result, coming just a few days after the Tata Altroz premium, proves that made-in-India passenger vehicles are now achieving global quality standards, an effort worth lauding.
Mahindra XUV300 crash test performance
The XUV300 has also shown the lowest level of intrusion and best side impact crashworthiness performance of any model tested so far. Global NCAP chooses the entry-level version of each model.
The XUV300 offers two frontal airbags as standard, and ESC and side impact airbags as optional. Its structure and footwell area were rated as stable. Head and neck protection for adult occupants was good. Chest protection for passenger was good and driver chest protection was adequate. Femur and knees showed good protection as well.
Global NCAP tested the side impact protection of the XUV300 under UN95 regulation, the car comfortably passed the requirements when tested on either passenger or driver side. Child occupant protection showed good protection for the 18-month-old dummy with the CRS installed rearward facing and using the standard ISOFIX anchorages and a support leg. The 3-year- old CRS was installed forward facing using the isofix anchorages as well as a top tether and offered fair protection to the dummy. The XUV300 offers the possibility of disconnecting the passenger airbag in case of the need to use a rearward-facing CRS in the passenger seat. The lack of three-point belts in all seating positions, as well as the poor isofix markings explain the four star rating for child occupant protection.
Commenting on the test results, David Ward, CEO and president, Global NCAP, said, “Mahindra is the second Indian manufacturer to achieve Global NCAP’s coveted five-star status and the XUV300 scores the highest combined crash test result of all the cars we’ve tested in India to date. We are delighted with this hugely positive outcome in our #SaferCarsForIndia campaign. It’s a vitally important win for Indian consumers and sets a safety challenge that every manufacturer must now be measured against.”
Reacting to the test results, Rajan Wadhera, President-Automotive, Mahindra & Mahindra said, “This is a proud moment for Mahindra as the 5-Star rating reiterates our unstinted commitment towards safety. Today’s conscious buyers rate safety as a top priority while making their purchase decision and we have designed the XUV300 to be one of the safest vehicles in India. I am sure that this recognition will further spur us as well as the Indian automotive industry to achieve similar safety standards for the entire range of vehicles on Indian roads”.
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