Top 7 Safest Cars Under In Rs. 10 - 15 Lakh - GNCAP Tested

Top 7 Safest Cars Under In Rs. 10 - 15 Lakh - GNCAP Tested

If you prioritize safety and have a budget of up to Rs. 15 lakh (ex-showroom) to buy a new car, then this list should help you shortlist a few cars with a proven safety score.

 

Safest Cars Under In Rs. 10 - 15 Lakh

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

1. Mahindra XUV300

XUV300

First on the list is the Mahindra XUV300, which scored a near-perfect score of 16.42 points out of 17 for adult safety. The child safety score stood at 37.44 out of 49 for a final rating of 5 and 4 stars for adult and child safety, respectively.

With a budget of Rs. 10 - 15 lakh, you can buy XUV300’s higher petrol variants or pretty much any variant with a diesel engine. Mahindra offers the option of an AMT automatic with both engines.

Note that these scores are for the 2-airbag version of the car. If you buy the higher variants with additional airbags, they’ll offer even better real-world safety.

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Mahindra XUV300 - Variants In Rs. 10 - 15 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

W8 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 10.31 lakh

W8 (O) 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 11.47 lakh

W6 1.2L Turbo Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 10.25 lakh

W8 (O) 1.2L Turbo Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 12.13 lakh

W6 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 10.31 lakh

W8 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 11.5 lakh

W8 (O) 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 12.27 lakh

W6 1.5L Turbo Diesel AMT Automatic

Rs. 10.95 lakh

W8 (O) 1.5L Turbo Diesel AMT Automatic

Rs. 12.94 lakh

 

2. Tata Nexon

Nexon

The next one is the Nex-On(e) from Tata Motors. Just like the XUV300, the Nexon gets a 5-star rating for adults but 3 stars for child safety. It scored 16.06 points out of 17 for adult safety and 25 out of 49 for child safety.

Another similarity between the XUV300 and the Nexon is that they’re both available with 1.2-litre turbo petrol and 1.5-litre turbo diesel engines. Moreover, you can have either of them with a manual or an AMT automatic transmission.

The only additional powertrain option you have with the Nexon is electric. If you can live with fewer features, then you can also buy the XM variant of the Nexon EV for Rs. 14 lakh (ex-showroom). Despite the higher ex-showroom cost, the Nexon electric’s XM trim will end up costing less than the XZ Plus (O) if your state offers subsidies on EVs.

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Tata Nexon - Variants In Rs. 10 - 15 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

XZ Plus 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.96 lakh

XZ Plus (S) 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 10.56 lakh

XZ Plus (O) 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 10.86 lakh

XZA Plus 1.2L Turbo Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 10.56 lakh

XZA Plus (S) 1.2L Turbo Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 11.16 lakh

XZA Plus (O) 1.2L Turbo Petrol AMT Automatic

Rs. 11.46 lakh

XM (S) 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 10 lakh

XZ 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 10.49 lakh

XZ Plus 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 11.29 lakh

XZ Plus (S) 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 11.89 lakh

XZ Plus (O) 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 12.19 lakh

XMA 1.5L Turbo Diesel AMT Automatic

Rs. 10.09 lakh

XMA (S) 1.5L Turbo Diesel AMT Automatic

Rs. 10.61 lakh

XZA Plus 1.5L Turbo Diesel AMT Automatic

Rs. 11.89 lakh

XZA Plus (S) 1.5L Turbo Diesel AMT Automatic

Rs. 12.5 lakh

XZA Plus (O) 1.5L Turbo Diesel AMT Automatic

Rs. 12.8 lakh

XM Electric Automatic

Rs. 13.99 lakh

 

3. Mahindra Marazzo

Mahindra Marazzo

The Marazzo is a unique MPV offering. It offers the efficiency of a front-wheel drivetrain, the easier ingress-egress like a monocoque car and the ruggedness of a ladder frame MPV. The Mahindra Marazzo is a rare car with a ladder frame chassis and front-wheel drivetrain.

If that’s not enough to convince you to seriously consider the Marazzo, then its safety score certainly will. In the GNCAP test, this MPV scored 12.85 points for adult safety out of 17 and 22.2 points for child safety. Its overall safety rating stands at 4 stars for adults and 2 for kids.

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Mahindra Marazzo - Variants In Rs. 10 - 15 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

M2 7S 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 12.3 lakh

M2 8S 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 12.3 lakh

M4 Plus 7S 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 13.42 lakh

M4 Plus 8S 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 13.5 lakh

M6 Plus 7S 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 14.35 lakh

M6 Plus 8S 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 14.43 lakh

 

4. Volkswagen Polo

Polo

The Polo’s GT variant is the only one in this price range and it costs Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom). The GT no longer has its unique turbo-petrol engine advantage over the regular Polo and it has also lost the fast and efficient DCT automatic. But, the torque converter automatics are generally more reliable. So, at least you won’t have to worry about repair bill surprises during the ownership period.

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.

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Volkswagen Polo - Variants In Rs. 10 - 15 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

GT 1.0L Turbo Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 10.0 lakh

5. Mahindra Thar

Mahindra Thar

The new-generation Mahindra Thar scored 12.52 and 4 stars for adult safety and got 4 stars in child safety with a score of 41.1. This off-roader is available:

  • in 2 variants (AX and LX),
  • in 2 configurations (convertible soft top and hardtop)
  • with 2 engine options (2.0-litre turbo petrol and a 2.2-litre turbo diesel)
  • and 2 transmission options (6-speed manual and 6-speed torque-converter automatic).

That’s just 2 many confusing options to choose from. Thankfully, there’s no confusion with 4x4 as it is standard on all trims.

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Mahindra Thar - Variants In Rs. 10 - 15 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

AX Convertible Soft Top 2.0L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 12.79 lakh

LX Hard Top 2.0L Turbo Petrol Manual

Rs. 13.39 lakh

LX Convertible Soft Top 2.0L Turbo Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 14.79 lakh

LX Hard Top 2.0L Turbo Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 14.89 lakh

AX Convertible Soft Top 2.2L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 12.99 lakh

AX Hard Top 2.2L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 13.09 lakh

LX Convertible Soft Top 2.2L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 13.59 lakh

LX Hard Top 2.2L Turbo Diesel Manual

Rs. 13.69 lakh

LX Convertible Soft Top 2.2L Turbo Diesel TC Automatic

Rs. 14.99 lakh

LX Hard Top 2.2L Turbo Diesel TC Automatic

Rs. 15.09 lakh

 

6. Maruti Suzuki Arena Vitara Brezza & Toyota Urban Cruiser

Maruti 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.

Maruti Suzuki Arena Vitara Brezza - Variants In Rs. 10 - 15 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

ZXI Plus 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.86 lakh

VXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 9.88 lakh

ZXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 10.63 lakh

ZXI Plus 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 11.26 lakh

 

Here are the prices of the Toyota Urban Cruiser variants costing between Rs. 10.0 and 15.0 lakh:

Toyota Urban Cruiser - Variants In Rs. 10 - 15 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

Premium 1.5L Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.91 lakh

Mid 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 9.93 lakh

High 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 10.78 lakh

Premium 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 11.41 lakh

 

7. Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga & Nexa XL6

Ertiga

At the end of the list, we have the Ertiga and its stylish sibling, the XL6 with sub-10 point scores. This MPV managed 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.

Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga - Variants In Rs. 10 - 15 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

ZXI Plus 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.91 lakh

ZXI 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 10.59 lakh

 

Here are the prices of the Maruti Suzuki XL6 variants costing between Rs. 10.0 and 15.0 lakh:

Maruti Suzuki Nexa XL6 - Variants In Rs. 10 - 15 Lakh

Variant

Price (Ex-showroom)

Zeta 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

Rs. 9.95 lakh

Alpha 1.5L Hybrid Petrol Manual

Rs. 10.54 lakh

Zeta 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 11.15 lakh

Alpha 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

Rs. 11.74 lakh

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

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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