The Tata Punch Global NCAP rating is 5 stars for adult occupant protection and 4 stars for child occupant protection
Global NCAP has awarded the Tata Punch 5 stars for adult occupant protection and 4 stars for child occupant protection after completing the car’s crash test assessment.
The model used for the crash tests weighed 1313 kg and was the base variant of the Punch that comes fitted with 2 airbags, ABS, EBD and ISOFIX anchorages with top tether and Seat Belt Reminders (SBR) for front passengers.
Adult Occupant Protection –
Out of the possible 17 points, the Punch scored 16.45 points for adult occupant protection, the highest any Indian vehicle has received, and thus got a 5-star safety rating.
The small crossover was subjected to both frontal offset deformable barrier test (64 km/hr) and the side mobile barrier test (50 km/hr).
Global NCAP found that the Punch offered good protection to the driver and front passenger’s head, neck, chest and knees. The driver’s tibias showed adequate protection, while passenger’s tibias showed adequate and good protection.
Mercifully, the bodyshell of the Punch was rated as stable and it was capable of withstanding further loadings. Also, the footwell area was rated as stable too.
Child Occupant Protection –
In the case of child occupant protection, the Tata Punch Global NCAP safety rating was 4 stars, as it scored 40.89 points out of a maximum of 49.
The results published by Global NCAP state that the child seats for the 3-year-old and 1.5-year-old were installed facing rearward. The Child Restraint System (CRS) offered good protection to the head and chest for both dummies and prevented excessive forward movement during the impact. Also, the CRS marking was permanent.
According to Global NCAP, the Punch can offer even better safety if it comes with 3-point belts in all seating positions (rear middle passenger gets a lap belt only), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and side head impact protection systems as standard.
The Punch is the third car from Tata Motors to receive a 5-star rating, after the Nexon (December 2018) and Altroz (January 2020), from Global NCAP.