Tata leads from the front in #SaferCarsForIndia result for the 2018 Global NCAP.
The Tata Nexon has recently undergone a crash test conducted by the Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP). The car has been able to perform very well in the crash test which is also the strictest ever.
The Tata Nexon that was tested had dual airbags at the front, frontal double pretensioners, ABS and ISOFIX anchorages. This is the same car that sells in India and the tested car was even ‘Made in India’. The Nexon managed to score a very respectable four stars for adult occupant protection and three stars for child occupant protection.
The four stars for the adult protection has been awarded as the protection offered to the driver’s and passenger’s head and neck was good. The chests of both, the driver and the passenger got adequate protection from the impact, thanks to the airbags. However, the knees of the front occupants could have been better protected as the Global NCAP found that they could be injured by the dangerous structures behind the dashboard. The bodyshell of the Tata Nexon was rated as stable and it was even capable of withstanding higher forces. Good job there Tata.
In the child occupant protection, the ISOFIX for the child seat helped in preventing excessive forward movement during the impact with good protection for the head and marginal protection to the chest. The installation instructions for both child seats were however, not permanently attached to the seat. You might not think of it to be very important, but the Global NCAP does.
This score for the Tata Nexon will set a benchmark for the other Indian manufacturers especially the ones who sell cars near the Rs. 10 lakhs mark. The Government too will be making higher safety standards mandatory from next year. Will we see an Indian car score five stars in the NCAP in 2019, let’s hope and pray we do.
Tata Nexon Global NCAP
– The Nexon scored four stars in adult occupant protection and three stars for child occupant protection
– The score is excellent considering that it has been made by an Indian manufacturer and sells in considerable numbers
– The Nexon misses out on curtain airbags and safety features like an electronic stability program (ESC)