Following the Nexon's 4-star result earlier this year, Tata Motors has improved a number of safety features
Tata Motors' compact sports utility vehicle Nexon has become the first car from India to secure a 5-star safety rating for adult occupation in the Global NCAP crash test.
The mini SUV, which was already regarded as the safest car from India (with a 4-star rating) from a batch of 28 vehicles the European watchdog tested between 2014 and 2018, got a 3-star safety rating for child occupation.
Following the Nexon's 4-star result earlier this year, Tata Motors has improved a number of safety features, including making the seat belt reminder for driver and passenger standard for all variants of the model.
"In addition the Nexon was required to pass a side impact test meeting UN95 side impact protection requirements. The protection offered to the driver and passenger’s head and neck was good. Driver and passenger’s chest showed adequate protection. Driver and passenger’s knee showed good protection. The bodyshell was rated as stable and it was capable of withstanding further loadings. Footwell area was rated as stable," Global NCAP said in a statement.
In comparison, Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza, which is one of the Nexon's direct competitors, carries a 4-star rating for adult occupant protection and a 2-star rating for child occupant protection.
Mahindra’s recently-launched people mover Marazzo scored a 4-star rating in the same test for adult occupant protection. For child occupant protection, it was given a rating of 2 stars.
"The protection offered to the driver and passenger’s head and neck was good. Driver’s chest showed marginal protection while passenger’s chest showed adequate protection. Driver and passenger’s knees showed good protection The bodyshell was rated as stable and it was capable of withstanding further loadings. The car offers standard SBR (seatbelt reminder) for driver and standard ABS. The car offers SBR for the passenger but it does not meet Global NCAP requirements" said Global NCAP.David Ward, Secretary General at Global NCAP, said: "This is a huge landmark for car safety in India. The Nexon was engineered in India and this shows the huge capability of the domestic industry to achieve excellence in safety design and performance. With the Nexon, Tata have shown the global car industry that to achieve five stars you can ‘Make in India’. Global NCAP is looking forward to many more Indian five star cars and further improvements in both pedestrian protection and crash avoidance."