Mahindra XUV700 scores five stars at the Global NCAP safety test
Safer cars for India is a real thing, and we couldn’t be more glad that Indian manufacturers are finally taking safety seriously. The Mahindra XUV700 has become the first full-size 7-seater SUV to score five stars at the Global NCAP safety crash test, which was expected as the Mahindra Thar scored four stars at the Global NCAP safety test last year. It is now the safest car to be tested by the GNCAP for India so far.
The Mahindra XUV700 has scored 16.03 out of 17.00 for adult occupant safety, and 41.66 out of 49.00 for child occupant safety, translating into five-star and four-star ratings. What makes this feat more impressive is that the variant of the XUV700 used for the test was the base variant which is equipped with two airbags, ABS, and ISOFIX anchorages. GNCAP said this can be improved even further by making the optional safety equipment standard, such as the side airbags, electronic stability control, and three-point seat belts in all rows. The XUV700 was tested for front impact at 60kmph and side impact at 50kmph.
Velusamy R, Chief of Global Product Development, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “When we were developing the XUV700, we were confident that the XUV700 will achieve 5-star safety rating based on the internal tests done on the vehicle. With XUV700, Mahindra is redefining the SUV segment not just in performance and features but also in terms of safety. Our mission is to bring safer vehicles on Indian roads and to that end, we are building cars with maximum structural integrity loaded with tech-enabled features for maximum safety, performance and efficiency. In addition to the rating, it is heartening to be recognized by Global NCAP for being the first Indian made and owned brand to offer Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as a safety option, part of ADAS.”
Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP, said “Mahindra has achieved a major milestone with this top score for adult protection and by becoming the first Indian made and owned brand to offer Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as a safety option. Making this life saving technology available is an important step in encouraging the widespread fitment of crash avoidance technologies. Mahindra is one of the leading manufacturers in India, committed to improving their vehicles in response to Global NCAP’s call to democratise vehicle safety.”
The Mahindra XUV700 offers a lot of equipment in upper trims such as the Advanced Driver Assist System which includes front collision warning, drowsiness detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, smart pilot assist, cornering lamps, blind view monitor, and a 360-degree camera among many others. Couple that with its powerful engines and a very accessible price tag of Rs 12.49 lakh and you will see why the competition has big reasons to be worried.