Tata Punch performed better than the Nexon and XUV300 in the Global NCAP crash tests
Tata Motors is getting ready to launch its micro-SUV, Punch on October 18, 2021. With days left for its market launch, Tata Motors has revealed the GNCAP crash test results of the Punch. The micro-SUV cleared Global NCAP’s crash tests with a full five-star overall safety rating. It scored a full 5-star adult occupant safety rating and 4 stars for child safety. The safety scores stand at 16.453/17 for adult safety and 40.89/49 for child occupants. It is thus, the safest car on sale in India now!
Digging deeper into the results, the Punch offered good protection to the adult occupants. The driver’s and passenger’s chest, head, and neck had good protection. The protection offered to the passenger’s tibias was good and adequate while that for the driver was just adequate.
As for child safety, the child seats for 1.5-year-olds and 3-year-olds were both put to tests, mounted via the ISOFIX points and support legs. The Child Restraint System (CRS) proved to be quite efficient and prevented damage to the head and chest of child dummies. Further, it showed no incompatibility issues, summing up to an overall child safety score of 40.891, the highest for any car on sale in the country now.
The crash test results state the bodyshell of the Punch to be stable and capable of withstanding further loadings (something which we don’t get to hear about most budget cars). Further, the punch has a stable footwell space and performed well in the UN95 side impact test as well.
Safer Than Nexon, XUV300 And Other Major Names!
The 5-star rating of Punch, is in fact a hat-trick for Tata Motors, as it follows similar results of the Nexon and Altroz. However, with its results, the Punch has beaten some major names including the Mahindra XUV 300 (that used to be the safest car in India till yesterday!), Nexon, Marazzo, Altroz, and Mahindra Thar. Interesting here is the fact that the Punch shares the same mechanicals as the Altroz, but has now been proved safer than the hatchback, courtesy of the significantly better child safety on offer. Altroz, if you might remember, has just a 3-star child safety rating, with a score of 29/49.
|Model||Adult Safety||Adult Safety Points (out of 17)||Child Safety||Child Safety Points (Out of 49)|
|Tata Punch||5 stars||16.45||4 stars||40.89|
|Mahindra XUV300||5 stars||16.42||4 stars||37.44|
|Tata Altroz||5 stars||16.13||3 stars||29.00|
|Tata Nexon||5 stars||16.06||3 stars||25.00|
|Mahindra Marazzo||4 stars||12.85||2 stars||22.22|
We Are NOT Surprised!
While many of you might be surprised by the NCAP results of the Punch, we are not too baffled! We have been anticipating similar safety ratings for the SUV, since when we got to experience the body, build, and the long list of safety tech on offer on the Punch, during our first drive. You can read our detailed review here.
To put things short, the key safety tech on offer on the Punch are:
- Dual Airbags
- ABS with EBD and Corner Stability Control
- Segment First Feature: Brake Sway Control
- Front Fog Lamp with Cornering Function
- Child Seat ISOFIX Anchor Points
- Perimetric Alarm System
- Reverse Parking Camera
- Driver & Co-Driver Seat Belt Reminders
- Tire Puncture repair Kit