Kia Carens scores 3 stars rating and Mahindra achieves ‘Safer Choice’ Award for XUV 700 – ET Auto

Kia Carens Crash Test Image

New Delhi: The Kia Carens scored 3 stars for adult occupant protection and 3 stars for child occupant protection and after a previous five-star rating the Mahindra XUV 700 has now achieved a ‘Safer Choice’ Award, Global NCAP reported on Thursday.

The made-in-India Carens was tested in its most basic safety specification, fitted with two frontal airbags, two side-body airbags and two side head protection airbags. ESC is also a standard fit in this spec. The Carens were also side-impact tested and fulfilled the UN95 regulatory requirement.

During the assessment, the Carens demonstrated an unstable structure, marginal protection to the driver’s chest, and weak protection to the driver’s feet. Global NCAP noted that the model is still sold with a lap belt instead of a three-point seatbelt in the rear center seating position.

Alejandro Furas, Secretary-General, Global NCAP said, “Global NCAP welcomes Kia’s decision to make six airbags a standard fit in the Carens ahead of a regulatory requirement. However, we expected a better performance from this model. It remains a cause for concern that global car brands such as Kia, which normally achieve 5-star ratings in other markets, are still not reaching this level in India.”

Kia Carens scores 3 stars rating and Mahindra achieves ‘Safer Choice’ Award for XUV 700
Mahindra has achieved its second ‘Safer Choice’ Award this time for the XUV 700. The Award is only available to automakers achieving high levels of safety performance.

“Global NCAP congratulates Mahindra on its second ‘Safer Choice’ Award and for the wider inclusion of ADAS technologies,” Furas added.

In November 2021 the XUV 700 was rated five stars for adult occupant protection and four stars for child occupant protection. It had one of the highest combined occupant safety ratings of any car tested in the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign.

Mahindra voluntarily submitted the XUV 700 for further testing, with the model meeting both pedestrian protection and ESC requirements.

 Mahindra XUV 700 Crash Test Image
Mahindra XUV 700 Crash Test Image

David Ward, President, Towards Zero Foundation said, “As our current test protocols come to an end I am pleased to see the continuing safety commitment from Indian automakers like Mahindra, achieving their second ‘Safer Choice’ Award.”

The set of results is a part of the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign with the welcome support of the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. As of next month, the assessment protocols will be updated to include side-impact, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and pedestrian protection requirements.

“The evolution of our testing requirements under the new protocols which come into effect from next month are intended to take the progress we have seen over the last eight years to the next level,” Ward added.

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According to Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP, although the overall star rating of these models might seem reasonable, the continued reluctance of manufacturers like Hyundai and Toyota to equip safety systems such as ESC and side body and head protection airbags as a basic requirement in India is disappointing.

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