GNCAP: Top 10 Safest Cars in India with Tata Punch at #1

Which are the 10 best safest cars in India as per Global NCAP crash test ratings. Find them out!


The Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) is a major project of the Towards Zero Foundation. Global NCAP’s serves as a platform for cooperation among new car assessment programmes worldwide and promotes the universal adoption of the United Nation’s most important motor vehicle safety standards worldwide.

Since 2014, when GNCAP first launched its Safer Cars for India Programme, the importance for safer cars has increased exponentially in the Indian automotive market. GNCAP conducts crash tests with adult and child occupant safety ratings. This proves to guide buyers towards the models with optimum safety standards.

How does GNCAP rate cars on safety?

Global NCAP is a major programme of the Towards Zero Foundation, a UK based charity working internationally in support of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, with a goal of at least halving road deaths and serious injuries by 2030. It performs crash tests on cars and scores them on two important factors – Adult occupant protection and Child occupant protection.

Tata Tigor EV in its first crash test

Adult occupant protection is the assessment of the dummy response data recorded in the frontal impact. It also considers the structural performance of the car by taking account of such aspects as steering wheel displacement, pedal movement, footwell distortion etc. Mostly, the rating depends on the driver data unless the part of the dummy fared worse.

Child occupant protection assessment uses 18 month old and 3 year old sized dummies placed in manufacturers’ recommended child seats in the frontal impact test. It is carried out with Child Restraint brand and model recommended by the car manufacturer. Dynamic assessment focuses mainly on damage to head, neck and chest along with an assessment of the Child Restraint used. It makes note of the marking of the restraint and the way the seats interface with the car.

Safety Standards in Indian Market

National Crime Records Bureau of India (NCRB) reported a total of 4,37,396 recorded road accident cases in 2019. This number includes fatality to 1,57,732  and injuries to 4,39,262 persons. This is, in no way a small or a justifiable number. United Nations’ resolution to reduce road accidents and fatalities seems more relevant and important to our domestic roads when seen in context with NCRB’s numbers.

As a result, this undoubtedly brought about a change in the safety standards of the Indian automobile industry. It is proved by the presence of Indian cars ranking high in GNCAP ratings in the past few years.

From the year of its launch till now, the programme has conducted around 45 safety assessment crash tests on Indian made vehicles. Recently revealed the list of crash test results of cars under #SaferCarsForIndia contains vehicles majorly from Tata Motors and Mahindra ranking ahead of all others.


Model Air Bags AOP – Star Rating AOP Score (Out of 17) COP – Star Rating COP Score (Out of 49) Body Shell
Tata Punch 2 5 16.45 4 40.89 Stable
Mahindra XUV300 2 5 16.42 4 37.44 Stable
Tata Altroz 2 5 16.13 3 29.00 Stable
Tata Nexon 2 5 16.06 3 25.00 Stable
Mahindra Thar 2 4 12.52 4 41.11 Stable
Tata Tigor/ Tiago 2 4 12.52 3 34.15 Unstable
VW Polo 2 4 12.54 3 29.91 Stable
Tigor EV 2 4 12.00 4 37.24 Unstable
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 2 4 12.51 2 17.93 Stable
Renault Triber 2 4 11.62 3 27.00 Unstable


Tata Punch

With its launch a couple of days back, Punch rose to the top of the list by bagging full 5 stars in Adult occupant protection and 4 stars in Child occupant protection. It became the third vehicle from Tata to get this safety recognition after Altroz in January 2020 and Nexon in December 2018.

Mahindra XUV300

Till the Punch came into the market, Mahindra’s XUV300 was at the top of the list. Retaining its position within the top 5 this year as well, XUV300 also won the Global NCAPS’s Safer Choice Award. It comes with seven airbags, an electronic stability program, hill start assist, ABS with EBD, corner braking control, ISOFIX Mounts, front parking sensors, heated ORVMs, all 4-disc brakes, rear parking camera with a dynamic assist, as standard.

Tata Altroz

Tata’s premium hatchback Altroz is equipped with all the standard safety features and high scores in both Adult and Child occupant protection. With two frontal airbags as standard and a body shell rated as stable, this is the second Tata car in the top 5 safest cars in India.

Tata Nexon

Tata Nexon was the first Indian car to score 5 stars in Adult occupant protection in GNCAP. In the crash test, it scored 16.6 out of 17 for adult occupancy and 3 stars with 25 out of 49 points in the child occupant protection. Right now, it sits in fourth place in the top 10 safest cars. Its features include dual front airbags, ESP, electronic traction control, emergency brake assist, hill hold assist, brake disc wiping, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX mount, reverse parking assist camera.

Mahindra Thar

After its rousing success in the market, Thar discontinued the base AX Standard and AX variants offered at launch. They didn’t offer ISOFIX child seat mounts, three-point seatbelts for rear passengers and a roll cage. These features are now available as standard, along with two airbags, ABS and electronic stability control. Thar scored 12.52 points for Adult occupant protection and 4 stars with 41.11 points for Child occupant protection. Of all the cars, Thar scored the highest in child occupant protection.

Tata Tigor/ Tiago

Tata’s third product to make it into the top 10 GNCAP rated cars, scoring a 4-star in the crash test result. It scored about 12.52 out of 17 in adult occupancy and 34.15 out of 49 in child safety. Its features include Dual Front Airbags, ABS with EBD, corner stability control, rear parking sensors and camera, follow me home lamps, speed-sensitive auto door locking, rear wash wiper with defogger.

Volkswagen Polo

Next in line is Volkswagen’s Polo with a 4 star rating and 12.54 points in Adult occupant protection. It has 3 stars in Child occupant protection with 29.91 points and a stable body shell.

Tigor EV

The only electric variant to be on the top list, Tigor EV is also another feather in Tata’s cap. The electric vehicle was assessed in its most basic safety specification, fitted with two airbags as standard. However, Tigor EV’s body shell was rated unstable in the crash test.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Brezza is the only Maruti Suzuki car in the list with 4 stars and 12.51 points in Adult occupant protection and 2 stars with 17.93 points in Child occupant protection.

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Renault Triber

Even though Renault’s Triber has scores that are lower than Mahindra’s Marazzo, Triber made the list this year as Marazzo is being discontinued from 2023. However, 4 stars with 11.62 in Adult occupant protection and 3 stars and 27 points in Child occupant protection is a decent score for Triber to help it make the top 10 again.

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