Tata Nexon subcompact sub 4-metre SUV has secured four-star ratings overall at the Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) crash test. Showing a positive trend in the Indian auto industry, the SUV received a four Star rating for adult occupant safety and a three star rating for child occupant safety. The NCAP test was carried out at the ADAC test facility in Munich, Germany and was a standard offset front impact test at 64 kmph. Looking at the encouraging test results, NCAP has officially termed the test 'stable'.
Commenting on the positive 4 Star NCAP rating for the Tata Nexon crash test, Mayank Pareek, President of Tata Motors' Passenger Vehicles Business Unit said, "With these test results, the Nexon is India's safest sub compact SUV, after being one of the most awarded models from the Tata Motors' PV stable. It is a proud moment for all our Nexon customers today. Our journey to offer best quality products continues."
In terms of safety features, the Tata Nexon comes with dual airbags as standard across the range on all variants - both petrol and diesel and both manual and AMT automatic too. The sub 4-metre SUV also gets seat belts with pre tensioners, ISOFIX child seat anchorage points and ABS as standard across the entire range. Talking about the test results, it showcased that the main brunt of the damage was borne by the engine bay area and the crumple zones of the Tata Nexon behaved the way they were designed thereby reducing any lethal intrusions into the passenger area, while allowing the front doors to be operable post the crash, the A-Pillar too retained its structural integrity.
Sharing his views on the test results, Dr Rohit Baluja, President of the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) said, "It shows that 'Made in India' and high levels of safety go together well. With excellent efforts like this from Tata and the new crash test standards now applied by the Indian Government we are going to see a steady improvement in the safety of new cars across the country and this will help to make our roads safer."
The NCAP results also prove that the Nexon offers good protection for the head and neck of both driver and passenger providing adequate protection for their chests. The car's stable structure in the 64 kmph offset deformable barrier crash test has been applauded as well. The Nexon is one of the few cars to offer ISOFIX Child Restraint Systems and the test shows the rear facing CRS installed offering good protection to even an 18 month old child. However, the ISOFIX forward facing seat is capable of providing good protection for head and limited protection to the chest of the older child in the rear seat.
Other than the Nexon, Tata Zest had also received a 4 star rating in Nov 2016. The other two made-in-India models to achieve the same in the past are the Toyota Etios and Volkswagen Polo. The Global NCAP has been pursuing the 'Safer Cars For India' agenda of bringing stricter safety norms to the Indian passenger car industry for over 4 years.
Also, David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP said, "The 4 stars awarded to the Tata Nexon is comfortably above the new crash test standards applied in India to new models since October 2017. It is very encouraging to see Tata aiming high for safety and a great example for others to follow. The race is clearly on for India's first 5 star cars!"
The NCAP has been conducting the tests since 2013 and since then 25 tests of Indian made cars have been conducted. The Global NCAP is planning to conduct further tests of made-in-India cars later in the year and will also host its annual World Congress in New Delhi for the first time, in September 2018. The Congress brings NCAPs from all markets worldwide together as it will also mark the Indian launch of Global NCAP's 'Stop The Crash' initiative.