Both the SUVs scored five stars in the Global NCAP crash test and let’s find out which one is the safest
Mahindra XUV700 and Skoda Kushaq are among the safest cars sold in the country right now. Both scored highly during the Global NCAP crash test. However, XUV700 was evaluated according to the old protocol, while Koshaq according to the new protocol. Let’s compare their scores in detail to find out which of the two proves to be the safest.
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Both cars have five stars overall, but the scores differ due to different testing protocols. However, Skoda edged out Mahindra for child occupant protection with five stars, while the XUV700 won four for it.
The base variant of the XUV700 as tested comes with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX anchors as standard. The cabin gets electronic stability control (ESC), ABS with EBD, traction control, rollover protection, dual front airbags, three-point seat belts for all five seats, rear ISOFIX child seat anchorages and tire pressure monitor system (TPMS) as standard. Is. .
The XUV700 scored 16.03 out of 17 points for adult safety, giving it a five-star rating.
Global NCAP revealed that the head, neck and chest area of both the driver and front passenger are well protected.
The thighs and knee areas get good protection, while the shins get only fair protection. The driver’s feet also showed good protection.
The SUV was also subjected to the side impact barrier crash test, but detailed results were not disclosed by Global NCAP.
Kshaq also earned five stars after scoring 29.64 out of 34 points for adult protection.
The safety assessment body said the driver gets good protection for the head and neck, but only adequate protection for the chest.
The front passenger gets good protection overall.
Kaushik shows poor protection for the chest, but good protection for the head, abdomen and pelvis in the side-movable deformable barrier test.
In the side impact pole test, the driver gets good protection for the head and pelvis, but only marginal protection for the chest.
The footwell area was rated stable.
Protection of child occupants
In terms of child protection, the Skoda Kushaq is marginally ahead of the XUV700. It scored a total of 42 out of 49 points and received a five-star child occupant protection rating. This makes it the first mass market car in India to have such a rating. The XUV700 isn’t far behind, as it scored 41.66 out of 49 points, but only got a four-star child safety rating.
Body Shell Integrity and ESC
The body shell integrity of both the SUVs was found to be stable after impact at 64 kmph. This means both cars can take more damage.
Both SUVs were tested for their electronic stability control feature, and both performed satisfactorily. ESC was optional for the test XUV700, which is offered from the mid-spec AX5 variant, but is now expected to be standard fitment.
While both SUVs earned five stars for adult safety, the SUV was tested more vigorously under the new Global NCAP protocols. The Kshaq also scored better than Mahindra’s SUV in child safety and claimed an extra star for it. This makes the Skoda Octavia the safer choice of the two, if only by a small margin.
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