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    Top 7 Safest Petrol Cars In India - GNCAP Tested

    by Mahesh Yadav on Wednesday, Aug 25 2021

    We have curated a list of 7 petrol-powered cars with the best GNCAP safety score.

    Note that, the adult safety 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.

     

    Safest Petrol Cars In India

    1. Mahindra XUV300

     XUV300

    Save for a lowly ground clearance of just 180mm and slightly expensive price tags, there’s little to fault with the XUV300. It is the only car in its segment to offer driver’s knee airbags. The XUV300 is also the only car in its segment to offer rear disc brakes. At one point, this was the only car under Rs. 10 lakh with 3-point seatbelts for all occupants - including the middle passenger in the rear seat. Unfortunately, this feature is no longer available in this car.

    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 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 - 2021 Safest Cars Under 10 Lakhs in India

    Mahindra XUV300 - Petrol Variants

    Variant

    Price (Ex-showroom)

    W4 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 7.96 lakh

    W6 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 9.69 lakh

    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 Manual

    Rs. 10.25 lakh

    W8 (O) 1.2L Turbo Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 12.13 lakh

     

    2. Tata Altroz

     Altroz

    Next on the list is the Tata Altroz. This car offers tremendous value, especially with the base XE and higher XT, and XZ variants. Check out our Altroz variants explained article or video to find out which variant of this car you should buy.

    There are 2 petrol engines to choose from - a 1.2-litre normal and a 1.2-litre turbo. Unfortunately, neither of these are available with an automatic transmission. But if you can manage the manual transmission, then its safety score should help you make peace with modulating the clutch pedal.

    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.

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

    Tata Altroz - Petrol Variants

    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

     

    3. Tata Nexon

     Nexon

    The Altroz narrowly beats the Nexon in the crash tests but the two cars are neck and neck. Given the heavier kerb weight of the Nexon, there’s no 1.2-litre normal petrol engine options with this car. Moreover, most of Nexon’s variants are available with an AMT automatic transmission.

    The Nexon 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.

    Also Read - Cars with Biggest Boot Space Under 10 Lakh

    Tata Nexon - Petrol Variants

    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

    XZ Plus (S) 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 10.56 lakh

    XZ Plus (O) 1.2L Turbo Petrol Manual

    Rs. 10.86 lakh

    XMA 1.2L Turbo Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 8.76 lakh

    XMA (S) 1.2L Turbo Petrol AMT Automatic

    Rs. 9.28 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 Manual

    Rs. 11.46 lakh

     

    4. Volkswagen Polo

     Polo

    The straight lines of the Polo’s body panels do well to keep it from ageing. The car’s design is 10 years old and still, you can appreciate the elegance in its simplicity. Thankfully, the performance is not that old as Volkswagen offers this car with a turbo petrol engine from Comfortline variant onwards.

    The 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.

    Volkswagen Polo - Petrol Variants

    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 Turbo 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. Mahindra Thar

    Mahindra Thar

    This made-in-India off-roader seems quite expensive until you learn about what it can do - before you modify it. And then it blows your mind when you find out what it can do after you modify it. The next best off-roader that can match Thar’s aftermarket support and off-roading capabilities is the Jeep Wrangler. You can almost buy 4 Thars for that price.

    The new Mahindra Thar scored 12.52 and 4 stars for adult safety and got 4 stars in child safety with a score of 41.1.

    Also read - 2021 Safest Cars Under 6 Lakh in India

    Mahindra Thar - Petrol Variants

    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

     

    6. Tata Tiago & Tigor

     Tiago

    On the affordable spectrum of this list, you have the Tata Tiago and Tigor with a combined price range of Rs. 5.0 - 8.0 lakh (ex-showroom). The Tata twins are worth considering their safety alone even if you have to compromise a bit on the style, features, performance, reliability and perceived build quality front. Thankfully, you don’t have to make that compromise, which makes the Tiago and Tigor easy recommendations for anyone considering a small car in this price band. Both of these are also available with the options of AMT automatic making them convenient for city as well as highway use.

    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.

    Tata Tiago - Petrol Variants

    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 Tata Tigor petrol variants:

    Tata Tigor - Petrol Variants

    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

     

    7. Maruti Suzuki Arena Vitara Brezza & Toyota Urban Cruiser

     Vitara Brezza

    Finally, we have the Maruti Suzuki Arena Vitara Brezza and its rebadged cousin, the Toyota Urban Cruiser. The Brezza was once at the top of the charts with just a diesel engine. After the facelift, the car is trying to get to the top with a petrol-only powertrain option and it’s getting some help from the Toyota Urban Crusier.

    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 - Petrol Variants

    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

    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 petrol variants:

    Toyota Urban Cruiser - Petrol Variants

    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

    High 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

    Rs. 10.78 lakh

    Premium 1.5L Hybrid Petrol TC Automatic

    Rs. 11.41 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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