Recently launched Mahindra XUV700 achieved five stars for adult occupant and four stars for child occupants in the Global NCAP’s latest #SaferCarsForIndia crash tests. With highest combined safety score of 57.69 out of 66 and highest child safety score of 41.65 out of 49, XUV700 has become the safest car in India.
The new Mahindra XUV700 was tested in the most basic safety specification, fitted with two airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX anchorages. The XUV700 could be improved by making standard its optional equipment such as side body airbags, side head curtain airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and three point belts in all seating positions. The XUV700 was tested in compliance with the requirements of Global NCAP’s voluntary test procedure.
In terms of safety, the new Mahindra XUV700 is equipped with ABS with EBD, 7 airbags, ESP, LED DRLs, ISOFIX anchorages and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which include features like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, front collision warning, smart pilot assist, among others.
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.”
David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation said, “It’s very satisfying to see Mahindra demonstrating their ongoing commitment to vehicle safety with the five star performing XUV700. High levels of occupant protection for adults and children as well as the availability of AEB, the potentially life saving crash avoidance technology. These are important indicators of the Indian automotive market moving towards ever higher level of consumer awareness and demand for safety.”
The protection offered to the driver and passenger’s head, neck and chest was good. Driver and passenger’s knees showed good protection. Driver tibias showed adequate protection and passenger tibias showed adequate and good protection. The bodyshell and footwell area was rated as stable and they were capable of withstanding further loadings. The car offers standard Seatbelt Reminders (SBR) for driver and passenger. The UN95 test showed that the car could pass the requirements. All of the above explained the five stars for adult occupant protection
The child seat for the 3 year old and 1.5 year old were installed rearward facing with ISOFIX anchorages and support leg. Both were able to prevent head exposure during the impact. Child Restraint System (CRS) marking was ok. The recommended CRSs did not show incompatibility. The vehicle offers lapbelt in the rear centre position. All of the above explained the four star for child occupant protection.
With price ranging from Rs 12.49 lakh to Rs 17.99 lakh (ex-showroom), Mahindra XUV700 is available with two engine options – 2.2-litre turbo-diesel and 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine. The Diesel engine is offered in three states of tune – 155 HP and 360 Nm of torque with a 6-speed manual in the MX variant, other variants gets either a 185 HP/420 Nm with a 6-speed manual, or a 185 HP/450 Nm with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the petrol engine produces 200 HP and 380 Nm of torque, mated to either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.