GNCAP has tested 4 Indian Cars on 31st Oct, 2019 and all cars performed rather disappointing.
Ertiga got 3/5
Wagon R got 2/5
Santro got 2/5
Redi Go got 1/5
Maruti & Hyundai are market leaders in India and they have 49% & 17% Market share respectively. Despite being market leaders their some cars like Swift, Celerio, Eeco, Alto, Wagon R and Ertiga haven't performed very well in crash test which is done at 64kmph speed. These cars have got 0,1,2,3 stars only! Their only car that scored 4 stars and has stable bodyshell is Brezza. S-Cross and Ciaz look promising but aren't yet tested at GNCAP.
Hyundai cars are no different. Their EON scored Zero, i20 Elite scored 3 stars and now Santro scored 2 stars.
Their fit and finish is definitely a notch higher than Maruti but their safety ratings for the budget cars are no different than the others. Their Verna, Creta and Venue look promising but aren't tested by GNCAP yet.
Here my message for all readers is, we should start questioning the manufacturers about poor crash ratings because that means we are not getting world class safety products. We are getting compromised products for which we are paying hefty and almost double for what we were paying 6 years back.
On the other hand there are manufacturers like Tata, Toyota and Volkswagen who are building top notch quality and safer cars. Volkswagen gives you perfect balance of luxury, safety, drive quality, mileage and comes with 4 years standard warranty for its products like Polo, Ameo and Vento. Polo has scored 4 stars in GNCAP
Tata is no different. Ever since they have acquired Land Rover and Jaguar, their quality of cars has gone several notches higher. Their Tiago, Tigor, Nexon, Zest, Hexa and Harrier and safest cars in the respective segments. Nexon has scored whopping 5 out of 5 in GNCAP safety ratings.
I hope better sense prevails in coming days and all manufacturers are forced to provide high quality safer cars without milking us and taking us for granted.
Credits: http://www.globalncap.org (All images)