The most deciding factor of purchasing a car these days is looking at the variety of safety features available in each model. In 2014, the Global New Car Assessment Programme(GNCAP)  initiative introduced safer vehicles to be sold in the Indian market. Between the years 2014-2020, the government crash-tested 38 Indian-made cars to assess the in-built safety features of the cars. Furthermore, car manufacturers have now started incorporating more safety features in vehicles that meet global standards. The Indian Automotive Industry now has safer vehicles to offer to its audience and here’s a list of safe cars in India at a budget price. 

  1. Tata Tiago and Tigor:

    Tata Motors has always offered affordable safe cars in India. The Tiago being priced between ₹ 4.7 lakh and ₹ 6.74 lakh and the Tigor priced between ₹ 5.39 lakh and ₹ 7.49 lakh are also among the safest cars in the industry. According to the Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP), both had received a 4-star rating for crash-safety assessment as of 2020. The Tiago has also had a facelift and enough amusing features that have users interested in this car. The users are being presented an 83hp/110Nm, 1.2-litre petrol engine with the choice of 5-speed manual transmission or AMT. This is sure a great deal for the various features it offers at an inexpensive price.

  2. Mahindra XUV300:

    The Mahindra XUV 300 is the subcompact SUV, that has been stated among the safest and the most stable car currently available in the market. The vehicle had undergone a GNCAP crash test in early 2020 and earned a full five-star rating in terms of adult occupants and a 4-star rating in terms of children occupants. The vehicle comes with a choice between petrol and diesel engines, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol, and a 1.5-litre oil burner. Further features include a 115 bhp & 300 Nm and transmission of the six-speed manual gearbox as standard and an optional six-speed AMT unit. The estimated price is ₹ 7.96 lakhs and ₹ 13. 09 lakh, is definitely a steal at this price and safety features.

  3. Tata Altroz:

    Another Tata Motors wonder, the Tata Altroz is also the most affordable, priced between ₹ 5.69 lakh and ₹ 9.45 lakh. This too has received a 5-star rating in the GNCAP test for crash-safety assessment, for adult occupants but 3 stars for child occupants. The car comes with other safety features such as dual-front airbags, seatbelt reminders, rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, and ISOFIX child seat mounts. It also comes with three engine options i.e, the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol, 1.2-litre Revotron petrol, and the 1.5-litre turbocharged Revotorq diesel along with a standard 5-speed manual transmission.

  4. Tata Nexon:

    Being the first Indian-made car to receive a 5-star GNCAP rating, it is also priced at a good starting price of ₹7 lakh to ₹12.79 lakh. This subcompact SUV was initially crash-tested in August 2018 and later went on to create history. It received 5 stars in terms of adult occupancy and 3 stars in terms of children occupancy. The car includes ISOFIX child seat mounts, two airbags, and ABS and is available in both petrol and diesel variants. The 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron petrol comes with 118 bhp & 170 Nm whereas the 1.5-litre turbocharged Revotorq diesel comes with a 108 bhp & 260 N along with a 6-speed manual and an optional 6 speed AMT transmissions.

  5. Volkswagen Polo:

    The Volkswagen most premium hatchback, the Polo priced between ₹ 6.16 lakh and 9.99 lakh, was initially crash-tested in 2014 and was awarded a 4-star rating by the GNCAP. The model that was crash-tested did not include certain safety features such as seat belt reminders, ABS, and ISOFIX child seat mounts that are now included in the present variant. The car additionally comes with features such as dual-front airbags, front disc brakes, and ABS. It comes in 1.0-litre TSI petrol and 1.0-litre MPI powertrain options along with a 5-speed manual transmission and 6-speed automatic transmission.

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