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    Top 7 Safest Diesel Cars In India - GNCAP Tested

    by Mahesh Yadav on Saturday, Sep 04 2021

    Thanks to stricter emissions regulations, only a handful of manufacturers have a diesel engine in their portfolio, if at all. So, you have limited choices. That’s part of the reason why the Kia Seltos is on this list.

     

    Top 7 Safest Diesel Cars In India

    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

    The Mahindra XUV300’s diesel engine makes the most torque for a 1.5-litre engine - 300Nm. Needless to say, it has the best torque in the segment but then, this is a heavy car and it needs all of that torque to move around. A good chunk of that weight comes from the crumble zones to keep the cabin safe. They didn’t skimp on metal.

    That’s probably why the XUV300 got the best-ever safety score for any made-in-India car. It has 16.42 points 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 a 4-star rating for child occupants.

    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.

    Also Read - List of 2021 Top Safest Petrol Cars in India

    Mahindra XUV300 - Diesel Variants

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    W4 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 8.97 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 Manual

    Rs. 10.95 lakh

    W8 (O) 1.5L Turbo Diesel AMT Automatic

    Rs. 12.94 lakh

     

    2. Tata Altroz

    Altroz

    Next on the list is the Tata Altroz. This Tata hatchback came very close to beating the XUV’s 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.

    Tata Altroz - Diesel Variants

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    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

     Also Read - 2021 Safest Cars Under 10 Lakhs in India

    3. Tata Nexon

    Nexon

    The Tata Nexon managed to score 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.

    The Nexon is more expensive than the Altroz but that’s the price you pay for a bigger car with SUV styling. Despite offering the same 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine as the Altroz, the Nexon makes more power and torque. It also gets a 6-speed transmission and there’s the option of AMT automatic with most of its variants.

    Tata Nexon - Diesel Variants

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    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

    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

     Also Read - 2021 Cars with Best Ground Clearance Under 10 Lakh in India

    4. Mahindra Marazzo

    Mahindra Marazzo

    The Mahindra Marazzo’s ladder frame construction makes it as abuse-friendly as the Scorpio, Innova and Fortuner. Meanwhile, a front-wheel drivetrain gets rid of the transmission tunning and makes some room in the cabin. It’s also more efficient than a rear-wheel-drive layout as it limits transmission losses.

    In the GNCAP test, the Marazzo 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.

    Mahindra Marazzo - Diesel Variants

    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

     

    5. Mahindra Thar

    Mahindra Thar

    The updated Mahindra Thar scored 12.52 and 4 stars for adult safety and got 4 stars in child safety with a score of 41.1. The Thar is a beast and a rare example that has the ‘go’ to match the ‘show’.

    Mahindra Thar - Diesel Variants

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    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

     Also Read - Cars with Biggest Boot Space Under 10 Lakh

    6. Ford Figo, Aspire & Freestyle

    Ford Figo

    The Ford Aspire got 10.49 for adult safety and 14.22 for child safety. The final score stands at 3 stars for grown-ups and 2 stars for kids. Note that this result is for the 2-airbag model. If you grab the top-spec 6-airbag variant, then your car will have a much better real-world safety rating, especially for side impacts and rollovers.

    Figo and Freestyle also share the platform with the Aspire. From a crash perspective, their frames remain identical. Therefore, these numbers apply to these two cars as well.

    Ford Aspire - Diesel Variants

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    Titanium 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 8.37 lakh

    Titanium Plus 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 8.72 lakh

     

    Here are the prices of the Ford Figo diesel variants:

    Ford Figo - Diesel Variants

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    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 Freestyle diesel variants:

    Ford Freestyle - Diesel Variants

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    Titanium 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 8.37 lakh

    Titanium Plus 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 8.72 lakh

    Flair 2.2L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 9.02 lakh

     

    7. Kia Seltos

    Kia Seltos

    The Kia Seltos became an overnight success but it has barely enough points to make it onto this list. That’s because most cars that scored better don’t have a diesel engine option.

    The Seltos scored well under 10 points as it managed to walk away with 8.03 points for adult safety and 15 points for child safety. The final tally stands at 3 stars and 2 stars for adult and child protection, respectively.

    Kia Seltos - Diesel Variants

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    HTE 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 10.46 lakh

    HTK 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 11.8 lakh

    HTK Plus 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 13 lakh

    HTX 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 14.76 lakh

    HTX Plus 1.5L Turbo Diesel Manual

    Rs. 15.79 lakh

    HTK Plus 1.5L Turbo Diesel TC Automatic

    Rs. 13.96 lakh

    HTX Plus 1.5L Turbo Diesel TC Automatic

    Rs. 16.98 lakh

    GTX Plus 1.5L Turbo Diesel TC Automatic

    Rs. 17.66 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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