Wednesday, June 13, 2012
By Pawan Rana
Mahindra XUV 500 ANCAP test proves its safe side
Mahindra has truly imbibed the Mahindra XUV 500 with world SUV traits. Recently, before it could debut in Australia, the Mahindra SUV has undergone Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) similar to the Euro NCAP and has received four stars in the crash test. This is a major achievement for Mahindra and XUV SUV as a whole as it will also help build trust in the car in India as well from safety point of view. Though India still do not have set guidelines for safety norms on cars.
It is believed that the Mahindra XUV 500 has achieved such a high score out of the score of 5 primarily due to its monocoque body makeup. In the crash test video that was released on the internet, it appeared that the occupants, even the driver was completely safe as soon the airbags were on and the frontal impact was all absorbed by the body. Notably, Mahindra SUVs are known for their sturdiness and now it is proved that these SUVs are really robust. In India as well, Mahindra SUVs such as Mahindra Bolero, Mahindra Scorpio and other SUVs happen to have the least casualties in frontal or any other impact.
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Besides, India seems to have least awareness about airbags and other safety features cars and people are even unaware of the jargons such as crumple zones, pedestrian safety or ABS, EBD etc. And, it seems that it is the reason when any international car arrives in India, it arrives in an almost stripped form with such safety features removed or barely present. Meanwhile, the XUV 500 got 26 point out of the 37 points. In the side impact safety the SUV got full points while it scored 10 out of 16 in the frontal impact component. However, it got 4 star rating, the crash test pointed out that leg safety of the driver was poor, the fuel line got a rupture during the crash, the tailgate opened during the impact. With these safety issues plugged, Mahindra XUV 500 could have scored 5 star rating.