Mahindra and Mahindra have a new feather in their cap. The stellar crash test results last year by the Marazzo have now been upped by the XUV300. The Mahindra XUV300 has now been given a five star crash rating by Global NCAP. The crash safety rating body has in fact given the highest honor to the XUV300, surpassing that of the Nexon and Altroz.
Huh! Scoring five stars isn’t enough for the Mahindra XUV300?
Well, in fact, the Mahindra XUV300 is the only car that has been crash tested and has received a four star rating for the child protection. The Nexon scored two. From the 17 points possible, the Mahindra XUV300 scored 16.42 for grown-up protection and was given 37.44 out of 49 for children. The reason it lost points was because of the poor ISOFIX marking and the fact that the middle passenger doesn’t get a 3-point seat belt. In fact this is something makers should keep in mind while designing or making vehicles in the future.
Post the crash, the structure of the Xuv300 was deemed as stable which means it can withstand additional crashes. For the grown-up occupants, head, knee and neck protection were deemed as ‘good’ while the chest protection was reported as ‘adequate’ for driver and good for the front passenger. In fact, GNCAP says that the XUV300 has the least side intrusion.
Mahindra offers the XUV300 with class leading features like seven airbags, heated ORVMs and many other unique things. It looks like cramming the vehicle with safety features has indeed worked in its favour. However the model that was tested was the top one and while these features aren’t available on the lower models, it is but natural that the structure stays same.
Mahindra offers the XUV300 petrol with a BS-VI configuration. The model retains its 110PS/200Nm configuration while the diesel is yet to be updated. Mahindra offers the petrol only with a 6-speed manual. We have exclusively tested this model and found it to be worth premium.
Mahindra XUV300 video review