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Not long ago, nobody cared about the build quality and safety features of the cars in India. Many people have lost their lives in car accidents due to the low safety standards of their vehicles. However, as the awareness and importance of safety among masses are increasing, drivers are becoming more concerned. For that reason, even automakers are trying to manufacture the safest cars.

The modern generation is prioritizing safety features in cars over other offerings. If you are one of them, you have come to the right place as we have listed down some of the safest cars in India. The best part is that all these cars are affordable and within a price range of Rs 10 lakh.

Here is a list of the safe cars in India under a budget of Rs 10 lakh.

Also read: Best Cars Under 5 Lakhs In India

Top 8 Safest Cars In India (2020)

Car NameSafety Ratings
2020 Mahindra XUV3005 Star (Global NCAP)
Tata Altroz5 Star (Global NCAP)
Tata Nexon5 Star (Global NCAP)
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross5 Star (ASEAN NCAP)
Volkswagen Polo4 Star (Global NCAP)
Tata Tiago/ Tigor4 Star (Global NCAP)
Toyota Etios4 Star (Global NCAP)
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza4 Star (Global NCAP)

Note: All the above cars have at least two air bags.

There are a few other cars that are known to have excellent build quality. Still, since their Indian model has not undergone any crash tests, we have not included them here—for example, Ford Ecosport and Toyota Yaris.

1. 2020 Mahindra XUV300: Safest Car In India

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Recently Mahindra XUV300 became the safest Indian car as per the rating of the Global NCAP crash test. With a five star rating for adult occupants and four-star for child safety, it sits at the top of the list of safest cars in India.

It’s the only Indian vehicle to score four stars for child safety in the Global NCAP test. The automaker provides two airbags, all-four disc brakes, corner braking control, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX/Child Seat Anchors, and a lot more safety features as standard in all its variants.

The 2020 XUV300 is the first car in its segment to have all four disc brakes. Additionally, its top variant has seven airbags, which is also the first in the segment.

The price of this compact SUV starts at Rs 7.95 lakh (ex-showroom).

2. Tata Altroz: Safest Hatchback In India

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Due to its build quality and safety features, Tata Altroz has become quite popular among automotive enthusiasts. This hatchback is the latest product of Tata Motors, and also it’s one of the safest cars Tata has produced to date.

Tata Altroz has a five-star Global NCAP safety rating for adult occupants and three stars for child occupants. It’s built on the robust ALFA architecture designed by Tata Motors for maximum safety.

Similar to Mahindra XUV300, Altroz comes equipped with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, Corner Stability Control, ISOFIX, and much more as standard across all its variants.

Prices for Tata Altroz start at Rs 5.44 lakh (ex-showroom).

3. Tata Nexon

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Here’s the former crown holder of the safest Indian car. Back in 2018, Tata Nexon surprised everyone by scoring five stars in the Global NCAP crash test. We can say that Tata Nexon is one of the cars that drove the movement of safer cars in India.

According to Global NCAP, Tata Nexon scored five stars and three stars for adult and child occupants, respectively.

As expected from the top-of-the-line safest cars, Tata Nexon has all necessary safety features including dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, etc. even in its base variant.

Price of Tata Nexon starts at Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom).

4. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross: Safest SUV In Budget

2020 Maruti Suzuki S-Cross safest maruti cars
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Among Maruti Suzuki cars, S-Cross is known to have the best build quality. Although the vehicle has not undergone the Global NCAP test, it scored a perfect five-star rating for adult occupants in ASEAN NCAP. Also, it received four stars for child occupants.

In terms of safety and build quality, this SUV is completely out of the league compared to other Maruti cars.

Maruti S-Cross is built on Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) for maximum energy absorption and dispersion of crash energy. As required in a safe car, Maruti provided all necessary safety features in S- Cross. To name a few, it’s equipped with ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, ISOFIX, and much more.

The price of S-Cross starts at Rs 8.39 lakh (ex-showroom).

5. Volkswagen Polo

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This German hatchback continues the reputation of European cars in terms of build quality. Apart from its punchy performance, Volkswagen Polo is equally impressive when it comes to safety in cars.

Its body is made up of galvanized steel and enclosed by a laser-welded roof. Furthermore, the automaker has provided dual-airbags and ABS as standard across all its variants.

Since it’s a Volkswagen car, we assume we don’t need to tell you much about its build quality, as everyone is pretty much aware of it. For reference, VW Polo holds a four-star rating in the Global NCAP crash test.

The base model of the VW Polo costs Rs 5.82 lakh (ex-showroom).

6. Tata Tiago/ Tigor: Cheap And One Of The Safest Cars

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Tata Tiago is one of the most underrated hatchbacks in the Indian market. Whether it’s performance, features, or ride quality, Tiago provides an amazing blend of them. On top of that, it’s quite affordable too, with prices starting at Rs 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom).

In our previous articles, we have seen multiple times how Tiago saved its passengers in the most brutal accidents. Anyway, both Tiago and the Tigor (sedan version) have an impressive Global NCAP safety rating of four stars for adults and three stars for children.

The automaker claims it to be the safest car in its segment. Furthermore, the hatchback is offered with dual-airbags, ABS with EBD and Corner Stability Control, Speed Alert as standard across all its variants.

7. Toyota Etios

Toyota Etios hatchback

Next in line is the hatchback from one of the most renowned Japanese automakers. Toyota Etios is in the Indian market since 2010; however, it was in 2016 when it received a four-star safety rating in the global NCAP test. On the other hand, with two stars, it offers moderate safety for minor occupants.

Toyota Etios is a fun to drive car with excellent ride quality. However, earlier this year, the automaker discontinued the production of Etios.

8. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has shown some promising results in the Global NCAP crash test and made its way to this list. This compact SUV scored four stars for adult occupants and two stars for child safety.

Similar to its sibling S-Cross, it’s built on Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) for a better impact absorbing structure. Apart from this, Maruti Brezza is equipped with ABS with EBD, dual airbags, side-impact protection beam, and ISOFIX, to name a few.

In terms of pricing, the base model of this compact SUV starts at Rs 7.34 lakh (ex-showroom).

Apart from these cars, few others are known for their excellent build quality. For example, Toyota Yaris, Ford Ecosport, but since the Indian models of these cars have not undergone any testing, we have not included them.

Furthermore, what’s more important is to follow traffic rules and drive safely. Otherwise, there’s no point in buying a safe car if you can’t drive it properly. We have seen people losing their lives even in the most reliable cars due to overspeeding and reckless driving.

Anyway, do tell us which is your favourite car among them in the comments section below.

Shaheer Anwar
I am an Automotive Enthusiast, and I cover news related to electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, and the latest trends in the automotive sector.