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Top 7 Safest Diesel Cars In India - GNCAP Tested

With only a handful of diesel cars left in the market, there are not enough options for buyers looking to buy a safe car for frequent highway driving, low fuel costs and high torque output for relaxed cruising. Here are the top 7 safest diesel cars you can buy. Despite fewer options, this list includes hatchbacks, small SUVs, large SUVs, 2 MPVs and even an off-roader.

Safest Diesel Cars

1. Mahindra XUV300

XUV300

The Mahindra XUV300 sits at the top with an adult safety score of 16.42 points out of 17.  The child safety score of the XUV300 is 37.44 out of 49 for a final star rating of 5 for adult safety and 4 in child safety.

The XUV300 has the option of a 1.5L turbo diesel engine with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed AMT automatic transmission. The ex-showroom prices of the XUV300 diesel range between Rs. 9.60 lakh and Rs. 13.92 lakh.

Mahindra XUV300 Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

2. Tata Altorz

altroz

The Tata Altroz got 16.13 points out of 17 in adult safety for a star rating of 5 stars and 29 out of 49 for child safety and a rating of 3 stars.

The Altroz diesel is only available with a manual transmission with an ex-showroom price range of Rs. 7.85 lakh to Rs. 9.95 lakh.

Tata Altroz Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

3. Tata Nexon

Nexon

On the 3rd spot, we have the Tata Nexon, which is an easy recommendation for buyers looking for a safe SUV. The Nexon deserves credit for making safer vehicles accessible and desirable in India. It scored 16.06 points out of 17 for adult safety and 25 points out of 49 in child safety in the GNCAP crash test. The Nexon has a 5- and 3-star rating in adult and child safety, respectively.

Just like the XUV300, the Nexon diesel also gets a 1.5L turbo diesel engine with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed AMT automatic transmission. The Nexon diesel variants cost between Rs. 9.90 lakh and Rs. 13.75 lakh (ex-showroom).

Tata Nexon Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

4. Mahindra XUV700

XUV700

The XUV700 is just a shade behind the Tata Nexon with a score of 16.03 points for adult safety and 41.66 points for child safety out of 17 and 49, respectively.

In terms of pricing, the XUV700 diesel with 5-seat layout costs between Rs. 13.95 and Rs. 19.24 lakh. With 7-seat configuration, the XUV700 diesel’s prices start at Rs. 16.80 and top out at Rs. 24.95 lakh (ex-showroom).

Mahindra XUV700 5-Seat Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

Mahindra XUV700 7-Seat Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

5. Mahindra Marazzo

marazzo

The Mahindra Marazzo is the first car on this list to have a 4-star adult safety rating with 12.85 points out of 17. In terms of child safety, it has 22.22 points out of 49 and 2 star rating.

The Marazzo is only available with a diesel manual powertrain and it costs between Rs. 13.40 lakh and Rs. 15.68 lakh.

6. Mahindra Thar

Thar

The Mahindra Thar is the only off-roader on this list and the only car with 3 doors - including the side-swinging tailgate. It earned 12.52 points in adult safety and a surprisingly good 41.11 points in child safety. The Thar diesel-manual and diesel-automatic variants cost between Rs. 14.15 lakh and Rs. 16.28 lakh (ex-showroom).

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7. Kia Carens

Carens

The Carens is the only one on this list with a single digit adult safety score of 9.3 points and a 3-star safety rating. The child safety score is also somewhat acceptable at 30.99 points and 3 star safety rating.

The Carens diesel variants cost between Rs. 11.40 lakh and Rs. 17.70 lakh (ex-showroom).

Kia Carens Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

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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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