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Best Safety Ratings for SUVs in India – 2022

When you buy a new car, a few of the things you look for are style, comfort, and performance. While all that is important when making a big investment, the number one factor you should be looking for is safety. In India, driving is quite difficult and dangerous given the quality of some roads as well as the lack of law-abiding pedestrians. So, when you are behind the steering wheel of a safe car, you get an added bit of confidence to take on anything the streets can throw at you. Among the different car segments available in the country, it is the SUV segment that stands out in terms of safety. Here are some of the best-rated options available today.

Mahindra XUV700 – 57.69 points out of 66

As of today, the Mahindra XUV700 is the only 3-row SUV that receives a 5-star rating for the Adult Occupant safety test with a score of 16.03 out of a maximum of 17 points. For the Child Occupant safety test, the Mahindra XUV700 gets an equally impressive 4-star rating with a score of 41.66 points out of 49 points. The major talking points for the XUV700 were around the driver and passenger’s neck, head, knees, and chest safety.

Powering the XUV700 is a 2.0L Turbo-petrol engine that generates 200Ps of power and 380Nm of torque. It is the same engine found in the Thar. There is also a 2.2L diesel engine option that produces 185Ps of power and 450Nm of torque. In the transmission department, the XUV700 comes with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. There is also available with an All-Wheel-Drive option as well. In terms of features, the SUV comes with a digital instrument cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a 360-degree camera, and power doors and windows. Safety is also Mahindra’s priority for the XUV700 and the car comes with features like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, 7 airbags, Level 1 Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), electronic parking brake, and ADS with EBD.

Mahindra XUV700 New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 12.95 – 23.79 LakhRs. 15.16 – 28.32 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 12.49 – 22.99 LakhRs. 16.10 – 29.60 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 12.49 – 22.99 LakhRs. 16.40 – 29.50 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 12.49 – 22.99 LakhRs. 15.88 – 28.88 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 12.49 – 22.99 LakhRs. 16.27 – 29.98 Lakh
KolkataRs. 12.49 – 22.99 LakhRs. 15.14 – 27.00 Lakh
PuneRs. 12.49 – 22.99 LakhRs. 16.16 – 29.52 Lakh
KochiRs. 12.49 – 22.99 LakhRs. 15.53 – 30.20 Lakh

Tata Punch – 57.34 points out of 66

Tata only recently launched the Punch and it seems to have caught the interest of the public already – mainly thanks to its safety rating. With a score of 16.45 out of 17 and a 5-star rating for the Adult Occupant safety test and a score of 40.89 points out of 49 with a 4-star rating for the Child Occupant test, the Tata Punch is definitely an SUV to look out for. According to the NCAP tests, the Punch is ‘capable of withstanding further loadings’ and is regarded as one of the stable vehicles in the country.

Under the hood of the Punch sits a 1.2L petrol engine that produces 86Ps of power and 113Nm of torque. In the transmission department, the Punch comes paired to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic gearbox. Inside, the Punch does not lack the latest features and comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, automatic air-conditioning, a semi-digital instrument cluster, cruise control, automatic headlights, and wipers, and LED lighting. Tata has always pushed their cars as the safest in the market and the Punch follows that with features such as ABS with EBD, a parking camera in the rear, dual airbags in the front, seatbelt warning, door ajar warning, and parking sensors.

Tata Punch New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 5.67 – 9.48 LakhRs. 6.67 – 11.05 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 5.67 – 9.48 LakhRs. 6.74 – 11.14 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 5.67 – 9.48 LakhRs. 6.58 – 10.91 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 5.67 – 9.48 LakhRs. 6.68 – 11.09 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 5.67 – 9.48 LakhRs. 7.40 – 11.42 Lakh
KolkataRs. 5.67 – 9.48 LakhRs. 6.52 – 10.52 Lakh
PuneRs. 5.67 – 9.48 LakhRs. 7.01 – 10.99 Lakh
KochiRs. 5.67 – 9.48 LakhRs. 6.67 – 11.05 Lakh

Mahindra XUV300 – 53.86 points out of 66

When the Mahindra XUV300 was tested under the Global NCAP tests, it scored a very impressive 5-star rating for the Adult Occupant protection test and an equally impressive 4-star rating for the Child Occupant protection test. In terms of scores, the XUV300 got 16.42 out of 17 for the Adult Occupant safety test and 37.44 out of 49 for the Child Occupant safety test. During the tests, it was found that the XUV300’s structure was stable and offered good protection for the head, neck, knees, and chest.

Powering the Mahindra XUV300 is a 1.2L Turbo petrol engine that can produce 110Ps of power and 200Nm of torque. The other engine option is a 1.5L diesel engine that is capable of generating 117Ps of power and 300Nm of torque. In terms of transmission, both engine options can either be had with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic setup. In terms of features, Mahindra has packed a lot into the XUV300 including a sunroof, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, automatic cruise control, automatic air-conditioning, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Safety has always been important to Mahindra and the XUV300 surely has a lot to offer including 7 airbags, parking sensors in the front and the rear, ABS with EBD, and corner braking control.

Mahindra XUV300 New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 7.95 – 13.46 LakhRs. 9.17 – 16.07 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 7.95 – 13.46 LakhRs. 9.58 – 16.42 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 7.95 – 13.46 LakhRs. 9.37 – 16.48 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 7.95 – 13.46 LakhRs. 9.71 – 16.51 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 7.95 – 13.46 LakhRs. 9.80 – 16.96 Lakh
KolkataRs. 7.95 – 13.46 LakhRs. 9.06 – 15.15 Lakh
PuneRs. 7.95 – 13.46 LakhRs. 9.45 – 16.28 Lakh
KochiRs. 8.30 – 13.46 LakhRs. 9.37 – 16.07 Lakh

Mahindra Thar – 53.63 points out of 66

While the Mahindra Thar received a slightly lower rating of 4-stars for the Adult Occupant safety test as compared to its cousin the XUV300, it scored 12.52 points out of 17 which is quite good. For the Child Occupant safety test, the Thar scored 41.11 points out of 49 which gives it a 4-star performance. Overall, the Thar is designed and built like the majority of Mahindra vehicles – durable and reliable.

The Thar is powered by either a 2.0L Turbocharged petrol engine that generates 150Ps of power and 300Nm of torque on manual, and 150Ps of power and 320Nm of torque on automatic, or a 2.2L diesel engine that produces 130Ps of power and 300Nm of torque. In the transmission department, the Thar comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard but it can be had with a 6-speed automatic transmission as well. Some of the features found on the new Thar include LED DRLs, halogen headlamps, air-conditioning, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, an instrument cluster with a digital MID, cruise control, and steering-mounted controls. For safety, the Thar has ABS with EBD, dual airbags in the front, parking sensors in the rear, and a seatbelt reminder in the front.

Mahindra Thar New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 13.17 – 15.53 LakhRs. 15.41 – 18.59 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 13.17 – 15.53 LakhRs. 16.42 – 19.52 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 13.17 – 15.53 LakhRs. 16.09 – 18.91 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 13.17 – 15.53 LakhRs. 16.14 – 18.97 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 13.17 – 15.53 LakhRs. 16.58 – 19.44 Lakh
KolkataRs. 13.17 – 15.53 LakhRs. 15.22 – 17.80 Lakh
PuneRs. 13.17 – 15.53 LakhRs. 16.04 – 19.11 Lakh
KochiRs. 11.90 – 14.10 LakhRs. 14.29 – 16.88 Lakh

Toyota Urban Cruiser – 50.2 points out of 66

We already know about Toyota’s reliability in the country and the Urban Cruiser doesn’t disappoint either. After going through all the Global NCAP tests, the Urban Cruiser scored 13.52 out of 17 and 36.68 out of 49 for the Adult and Child Occupant safety tests respectively. These scores give the Urban Cruiser a safety rating of 4-stars for the Adult Occupant safety test and 3-stars for the Child Occupant safety test. In terms of protection, the Urban Cruiser was found to offer good head and neck protection to the driver and passengers while the ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts helped boost the score for the SUV.

The powerful vehicle houses a 1.5L petrol engine that is capable of generating 105Ps of power and 138Nm of torque. The engine is paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed Torque Converter system. The engine on the Urban Cruiser is actually the same one that powers the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. In terms of features, the Urban Cruiser comes with rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic air-conditioning, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, push-button start/stop, 16-inch alloy wheels, and LED headlamps and taillights. For safety, the Urban Cruiser comes with ABS with EBD, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors, dual airbags in the front, and Hill Hold Control.

Toyota Urban Cruiser New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 8.62 – 11.40 LakhRs. 10.33 – 13.75 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 8.62 – 11.40 LakhRs. 10.27 – 13.59 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 8.62 – 11.40 LakhRs. 10.02 – 13.76 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 8.62 – 11.40 LakhRs. 10.22 – 13.68 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 8.62 – 11.40 LakhRs. 10.44 – 14.13 Lakh
KolkataRs. 8.62 – 11.40 LakhRs. 9.61 – 12.64 Lakh
PuneRs. 8.62 – 11.40 LakhRs. 10.00 – 13.30 Lakh
KochiRs. 8.68 – 11.48 LakhRs. 10.32 – 13.96 Lakh

Tata Nexon – 41.06 points out of 66

Tata has always taken the safety of their cars very seriously and that is why the safety rating for the Nexon had to be re-evaluated after a few changes. After getting a 4-star rating for the Adult Occupant safety test, Tata included seatbelt reminders and managed to pass the side-impact test which gave it a 5-star rating instantly. The Nexon is the first Made-In-India and Sold-In-India car to achieve a score this high. In the Child Occupant safety test, the Nexon scored 25 points out of 49 which gives it a 3-star rating.

The current Nexon is powered by a 1.2L Turbocharged petrol engine that produces 120Ps of power and 170Nm of torque. The Nexon is also available with a 1.5L Turbocharged diesel engine that generates 110Ps of power and 260Nm of torque. In the transmission department, the Tata Nexon comes with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic setup. In the features department, the Nexon comes with a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a tyre pressure monitoring system, a digital instrument cluster, cruise control, automatic air-conditioning, and rear air-conditioning vents. Some of the safety features found on the Nexon include ABS with EBD, dual airbags in the front, Electronic Stability Control, parking sensors in the rear, and ISOFIX Chile Seat Anchors.

Tata Nexon New Car Price in Popular Cities                 

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 7.42 – 13.73 LakhRs. 8.87 – 16.73 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 7.42 – 13.73 LakhRs. 9.14 – 17.03 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 7.42 – 13.11 LakhRs. 8.57 – 16.01 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 7.42 – 13.11 LakhRs. 8.70 – 16.01 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 7.42 – 13.11 LakhRs. 8.97 – 16.01 Lakh
KolkataRs. 7.42 – 13.11 LakhRs. 8.51 – 16.01 Lakh
PuneRs. 7.42 – 13.11 LakhRs. 8.63 – 16.28 Lakh
KochiRs. 7.42 – 13.73 LakhRs. 8.87 – 16.73 Lakh

Nissan Magnite – 36.73 points out of 66

Although the Nissan Magnite is relatively new in the Indian market, it has quickly become one of the most popular options in the SUV segment in the country. A large part of its popularity is its safety standards. The Magnite got a 4-star rating and a score of 11.85 points out of 17 for the Adult Occupant safety test and a rather low 2-star rating with a score of 24.88 points out of 49 for the Child Occupant safety test. These numbers could increase with changes from the company in the near future.

The Nissan Magnite is available with two engine options today – a 1.0L Naturally-Aspirated petrol engine that is capable of generating 72Ps of power and 96Nm of torque and a 1.0L Turbo-petrol engine that produces 100Ps of power and 160Nm of torque. The Naturally-Aspirated engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox while the Turbo engine is paired with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT transmission. Some of the features found on the Magnite include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, LED headlamps and DRLs, 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, automatic air-conditioning, wireless charging, air purifier, JBL audio setup, and ambient lighting. The safety department for the Magnite also features dual airbags in the front, hill launch control, ABS with EBD, and Electronic Stability Control.

Nissan Magnite New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 5.59 – 10.00 LakhRs. 6.08 – 11.12 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 5.59 – 10.00 LakhRs. 6.63 – 11.12 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 5.59 – 10.00 LakhRs. 6.43 – 11.44 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 5.59 – 10.00 LakhRs. 6.93 – 11.62 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 5.59 – 10.00 LakhRs. 7.01 – 11.97 Lakh
KolkataRs. 5.59 – 10.00 LakhRs. 6.19 – 11.02 Lakh
PuneRs. 5.49 – 10.00 LakhRs. 6.36 – 11.12 Lakh
KochiRs. 5.59 – 10.00 LakhRs. 6.63 – 11.81 Lakh

Hyundai Creta – 36.29 points out of 66

The Hyundai Creta is probably one of the most exciting SUVs to hit Indian roads since the first Mahindra Scorpio or even the first Tata Safari. Being such a massive hit in the Indian market, the Creta had to also deliver on safety. The Creta scored 8 points out of a maximum of 17 to give it a 3-star rating for the Adult Occupant safety test and 28.29 points out of 49 for a 3-star rating for the Child Occupant safety test. After the test was completed, the report read that the Creta was unable to “withstand further loading” and the body of the vehicle was considered “unstable”.

The Hyundai Creta is powered by multiple engine options with the first being a 1.5L Naturally-Aspirated petrol engine that produces 115Ps of power and 144Nm of torque. It is mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic setup. The next is a 1.4L Turbo petrol engine which is capable of generating 140Ps of power and 242Nm of torque. This engine is paired with a 7-speed DCT transmission system only. Lastly, there is also a 1.5L diesel engine that produces 115Ps of power and 250Nm of torque. The diesel engine can be had with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed Torque Converter setup. In the features department, the Creta does not lack as it houses LED headlamps, a panoramic sunroof, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, wireless charging, a 7-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, and ventilated front seats. The Creta is also exceptionally safe thanks to its ABS with EBD, 6 airbags, and Electronic Stability Control features.

Hyundai Creta New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 10.28 – 18.01 LakhRs. 11.90 – 21.32 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 10.28 – 18.01 LakhRs. 12.11 – 21.50 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 10.28 – 18.01 LakhRs. 12.54 – 21.84 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 10.28 – 18.01 LakhRs. 12.46 – 21.50 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 10.28 – 18.01 LakhRs. 12.81 – 22.37 Lakh
KolkataRs. 10.23 – 18.01 LakhRs. 11.84 – 20.05 Lakh
PuneRs. 10.23 – 18.01 LakhRs. 12.46 – 21.50 Lakh
KochiRs. 10.28 – 18.01 LakhRs. 12.20 – 21.84 Lakh

Renault Kiger – 33.39 points out of 66

Given the fact that Renault is not as popular as some of the names on this list, the Kiger is one of the safer SUVs you can find in the Indian market. As far as the Adult Occupant safety test goes, the Kiger scored 12.34 points out of 17 which gives it a 4-star rating whereas the Child Occupant safety test came back with a 2-star rating and a score of 21.05. The body of the Kiger was considered unstable and further loadings were not recommended in the report.

Under the hood of the Kiger sits a 1.0L Naturally-Aspirated petrol engine that generates 72Ps of power and 96Nm of torque. There is also a 1.0L Turbo-petrol engine that is capable of producing 100Ps of power and 160Nm of torque. The Naturally-Aspirated engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual or automatic gearbox while the Turbo-petrol motor gets either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed CVT transmission option. Some of the features that come with the Kiger include a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, wireless charging, LED headlamps, automatic climate control, and push-button start and stop. In the safety department, the Kiger carries ABS with EBD, four airbags, and parking sensors in the rear.

Renault Kiger New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 5.64 – 10.09 LakhRs. 6.13 – 11.62 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 5.64 – 10.09 LakhRs. 6.73 – 12.08 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 5.64 – 10.09 LakhRs. 6.61 – 12.14 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 5.64 – 10.09 LakhRs. 6.74 – 12.18 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 5.64 – 10.09 LakhRs. 7.20 – 13.06 Lakh
KolkataRs. 5.64 – 10.09 LakhRs. 6.37 – 11.32 Lakh
PuneRs. 5.64 – 10.09 LakhRs. 6.53 – 11.83 Lakh
KochiRs. 5.64 – 10.09 LakhRs. 6.62 – 12.00 Lakh

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 30.44 points out of 66

Although the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has not been tested since 2018, we have to fall back on the available results. Back then, the Vitara Brezza got a 4-star rating and scored 12.51 points out of 17 on the Adult Occupant safety test. It offered good neck and head protection for the driver and passengers and the body remained stable. For the Child Occupant safety test, the Vitara Brezza scored 17.93 points giving it a very poor 2-star rating. The upcoming facelifted Brezza is already expected to come with a 5-star rating so we can’t wait to see what Maruti Suzuki has to offer in the near future.

The latest Vitara Brezza houses a 1.5L petrol engine that can generate 105Ps of power and 138Nm of torque. Paired with the petrol engine, the Brezza can either be had with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic gearbox. In terms of features, the Vitara Brezza comes with cruise control, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, push-button start/stop, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. When it comes to safety, the Vitara Brezza carries parking sensors in the rear, dual airbags in the front, and ABS with EBD.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 7.69 – 11.34 LakhRs. 8.74 – 13.19 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 7.69 – 11.34 LakhRs. 8.93 – 13.32 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 7.69 – 11.34 LakhRs. 9.08 – 13.94 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 7.69 – 11.34 LakhRs. 9.13 – 13.71 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 7.69 – 11.34 LakhRs. 9.61 – 14.49 Lakh
KolkataRs. 7.69 – 11.34 LakhRs. 8.55 – 12.66 Lakh
PuneRs. 7.69 – 11.52 LakhRs. 9.07 – 13.52 Lakh
KochiRs. 7.69 – 11.34 LakhRs. 8.92 – 13.19 Lakh

These are the best and safest SUVs available in the country right now and if you are in the market for a new car, any of these above-mentioned vehicles will be a perfect choice. While SUVs are designed to be durable and strong, you don’t always get the best protection. However, the cars listed here deliver on safety features that make driving with friends, family, and kids an absolute pleasure.

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