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    Top 10 Safest Cars Under Rs. 10 Lakh

    by Mahesh Yadav on Saturday, Jul 17 2021

    In recent years, safety has become quite an important aspect that you are looking at while buying a new car. It’s safe to say that Indian carmakers, Tata and Mahindra, are leading the charge in this regard. Investing in safety and promoting it right is putting pressure on other car manufacturers to up their game and offer equally competent cars.

     

    Safest Cars Under Rs. 10 Lakh

    Tata maintains a clear lead among cars under Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom) price band and has 4 cars on this list. However, Mahindra leads the pack with the best score ever for a car under Rs. 10 lakh.

    Note: The adult safety score is out of 17 while the child safety score is out of 49. GNCAP then condenses the score into star rating for easy understanding. For the sake of consistency, this list only includes made-in-India cars tested by Global NCAP.

    1. Mahindra XUV300

    XUV300

    Mahindra XUV300 scored 16.42 out of 17 for adult safety and 37.44 out of 49 for child safety. The XUV300 got a 5-star safety rating for adults and 4-star rating for child occupants.

    Know More - Mahindra XUV300 Best Variant to Buy

    The XUV300 is also the only car on this list with rear disc brakes. These should also help avoid an accident in the first by dropping strong anchors on all four corners. However, the choices are rare here as you only have 3 options to choose from without blowing through the Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom) budget.

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    Mahindra XUV300 - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    W4 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.95 lakh

    W6 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.69 lakh

    W4 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 8.97 lakh


    2. Tata Altroz

    Altroz

    Next on the list is the Tata Altroz. This premium hatchback from Tata proves that you don't need an SUV to achieve a better safety score. The Altroz got a 5-star adult safety rating with a score of 16.3 out of 17, while its child rating stands at 3 stars with a score of 29 out of 49.

    Know More - 2021 Tata Altroz Best Variant to Buy

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    XE 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 5.8 lakh

    XM 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.46 lakh

    XM Plus 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.76 lakh

    XT 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.29 lakh

    XZ 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.86 lakh

    XZ (O) 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 8.01 lakh

    XZ Plus 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 8.42 lakh

    XT 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.94 lakh

    XZ (O) 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 8.66 lakh

    XZ Plus 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.06 lakh

    XE 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 7.0 lakh

    XM 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 7.28 lakh

    XT 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 7.61 lakh

    XZ 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 8.44 lakh

    XZ (O) 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 9.01 lakh

    XZ Plus 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 9.16 lakh


    3. Tata Nexon

    Nexon

    The next car on the list is again from Tata Motors. The Nexon tested by the GNCAP was a pre-facelift model, but the updated Nexon also uses the same chassis. So, we can expect the same result from the new Nexon.

    Know More - 2021 Tata Nexon Best Variant to Buy

    It scored 16.06 points out of 17 for adult safety and 25 out of 49 for child safety. Tata Nexon’s combined score for adult and child safety is 5 stars and 3 stars. While it appears to be identical to that of the Altroz, the scorecard makes it clear that the Altroz has a small lead over the Nexon in both adult and child safety ratings.

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    Tata Nexon - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    XE 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.2 lakh

    XM 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 8.16 lakh

    XM (S) 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 8.68 lakh

    XZ 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.16 lakh

    XZ Plus 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.96 lakh

    XMA 1.2L Turbo Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 8.76 lakh

    XMA (S) 1.2L Turbo Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 9.28 lakh

    XM (S) 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.88 lakh

    XE 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 8.5 lakh

    XM 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 9.49 lakh

    XM (S) 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 10.0 lakh


    4. Volkswagen Polo

    Polo

    The Volkswagen Polo with 2 airbags scored 12.54 for adult safety and 29.91 for child safety. Its combined safety rating for adult and child occupants stands at 4 stars and 3 stars, respectively. GNCAP tested this car way back in 2014, but the Polo continues to use the same frame and body shell and keeps its safety score intact.

    Know More - Volkswagen Polo Variants Explained

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    Trendline 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.21 lakh

    Comfortline 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.16 lakh

    Comfortline 1.0L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.46 lakh

    Highline Plus 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 8.48 lakh

    Comfortline 1.0L Turbo Petrol TC Automatic

    Rs. 8.56 lakh

    Highline Plus 1.0L Turbo Petrol TC Automatic

    Rs. 9.59 lakh

    GT 1.0L Turbo Petrol TC Automatic

    Rs. 10.0 lakh


    5. Tata Tiago & Tigor

    Tiago

    Next up, we have the Tata Tiago and Tigor. These cars use the same frame and carry a score of 12.52 for adult safety and 34.15 for child safety. The final safety rating of the Tiago and Tigor is 4-star for adults and 3-star for children.

    Know More - 2021 Tata Tigor Best Variant to Buy

    Tata Tiago

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    XE 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 5.0 lakh

    XT (O) 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 5.48 lakh

    XT 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 5.63 lakh

    XZ 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.08 lakh

    XZ Plus 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.34 lakh

    XTA 1.2L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 6.15 lakh

    XZA 1.2L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 6.6 lakh

    XZA Plus 1.2L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 6.86 lakh


    Here are the prices of the Tigor variants:

    Tata Tigor

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    XE 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 5.6 lakh

    XM 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.2 lakh

    XZ 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.61 lakh

    XZ Plus 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.22 lakh

    XMA 1.2L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 6.72 lakh

    XZA Plus 1.2L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 7.74 lakh


    6. Maruti Suzuki Arena Vitara Brezza & Toyota Urban Cruiser

    Vitara Brezza

    On the 6th spot, we have the Maruti Suzuki Arena Vitara Brezza and its rebadged cousin, the Toyota Urban Cruiser. In the GNCAP tests, the Vitara Brezza scored a respectable 12.51 points out of 17 for adult safety and a barely acceptable 17.91 points out of 49 for child safety. The overall safety rating for these cars stands at 4 stars for adults and 2 stars for children.

    Know More - 2021 Vitara Brezza Best Variant to Buy

    Maruti Suzuki Arena Vitara Brezza - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    LXI 1.5L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.52 lakh

    VXI 1.5L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 8.58 lakh

    ZXI 1.5L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.33 lakh

    ZXI Plus 1.5L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.86 lakh

    VXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

    Rs. 9.88 lakh


    Here are the prices of the Toyota Urban Cruiser variants under Rs. 10 lakh:

    Toyota Urban Cruiser - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    Mid 1.5L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 8.63 lakh

    High 1.5L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.38 lakh

    Premium 1.5L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.91 lakh

    Mid 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

    Rs. 9.93 lakh


    7. Renault Triber

    Triber

    After the Brezza, we have the immensely practical and value-for-money Renault Triber. This car got 11.62 points in adult occupant safety and 27 points in child safety. It earned 4 stars for adult safety and 3 stars for child safety, which is a better overall rating than the Brezza but the slightly lower adult safety score keeps it below the Brezza on this list.

    This is because, whether we’re ferrying children or not, at least one adult is always there in the car. Therefore, there’s a higher probability of suffering injuries for the adults in the front seats. So, we’re going with the adult safety score instead of the overall star rating.

    Please note that GNCAP tested the 2-airbag version of the Triber. So, if you buy a higher variant with side airbags, you will get a car with a slightly better safety rating than projected in these scores. The 4-airbag variants may even beat Brezza’s score.

    Know More - Renault Triber Best Variant to Buy

    Renault Triber - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    RXE 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 5.49 lakh

    RXL 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.13 lakh

    RXT 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.67 lakh

    RXZ 1.0L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.27 lakh

    RXL 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 6.62 lakh

    RXT 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 7.17 lakh

    RXZ 1.0L Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 7.77 lakh


    8. Ford Figo & Aspire

    Aspire

    In 8th place, we have the Ford Figo and Aspire. Since they both use exactly the frame for frontal and side-impact crash tests, their safety rating will remain identical for GNCAP tests.

    Figo and Aspire got 10.49 for adult safety and 14.22 for child safety. The Figo and Aspire’s final score stands at 3 stars for grown-ups and 2 stars for kids.

    The Freestyle also uses the same frame as the Figo and Aspire, so it may also have a similar safety score.

    Know More - Ford Freestyle Best Variant to Buy?

    Ford Figo

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    Ambiente 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 5.82 lakh

    Titanium 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 6.82 lakh

    Titanium Blu 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.27 lakh

    Titanium 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 7.92 lakh

    Titanium Blu 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 8.37 lakh


    Here are the prices of the Ford Aspire:

    Ford Aspire

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    Titanium 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.27 lakh

    Titanium Plus 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.62 lakh

    Flair 1.2L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.92 lakh

    Titanium 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 8.37 lakh

    Titanium Plus 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 8.72 lakh

    Flair 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 9.02 lakh


    9. Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga & Nexa XL6

    Ertiga

    As we get closer to the end of the list, we enter the sub-10 point score vehicles. The Ertiga and XL6 twins are the first ones with a score of less than 10 for adult safety. However, it managed to score 9.25 points out of 17 for adult safety and 17.75 out of 49 for child safety for a final tally of 3 in both categories.

    Know More - Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Best Variant to Buy

    Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    LXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.82 lakh

    VXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

    Rs. 8.57 lakh

    ZXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.4 lakh

    ZXI Plus 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.91 lakh

    VXI 1.5L CNG Manual

    Rs. 9.37 lakh

    VXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

    Rs. 9.77 lakh


    Here are the prices of the Maruti Suzuki Nexa XL6 variants under Rs. 10 lakh:

    Maruti Suzuki Nexa XL6 - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    Zeta 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.95 lakh


    10. Renault Duster

    Duster

    Finally, we have the age-old Renault Duster with 9 points and 17.75 points for adult and child safety, respectively. The Duster’s GNCAP rating stands at 3 stars for adults and 2 stars for children.

    Once again, you have limited choices if you don’t stretch your budget as only 1 variant fits under Rs. 10 lakh.

    Know More - Renault Duster Best Variant To Buy?

    Renault Duster - Variants Under Rs. 10 Lakh

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    RXS 1.5L Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.84 lakh

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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