Tata Motors' compact sports utility vehicle Nexon has become the first car from India toÂ secure a 5-star safety rating for adult occupation in theÂ Global NCAP crash test.
The mini SUV, which was already regarded as the safest car from India (with aÂ 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 passengerâ€™s head and neck was good. Driver and passengerâ€™s chest showed adequate protection. Driver and passengerâ€™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,Â Maruti Suzukiâ€™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.
Mahindraâ€™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 passengerâ€™s head and neck was good. Driverâ€™s chest showed marginal protection while passengerâ€™s chest showed adequate protection. Driver and passengerâ€™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"Â said Global NCAP.