The Tata Punch has received the highest rating possible in the latest round of tests conducted by Global NCAP, an independent body that strives to improve safety standards among Indian car manufacturers.
The Tata Punch was tested in compliance with the safety guidelines laid down by its independent monitors, and results show exceptional performance when it came to adult occupant protection (5-star rating) and child occupant protection (4-star rating). Notably, the Tata Punch is one of many cars manufactured by Tata Motors that has received a 5-star safety rating; others include the Nexon and Altroz.
David Ward, the president of the Towards Zero Foundation complimented Tata’s commitment to India by saying, “Tata’s effort to make safer cars in India is encouraging. We hope that other car manufacturers will take notice and motivate themselves to follow suit. It’s a pleasure to announce that these companies have been so diligent about their safety measures because it gives us a clear idea of where the industry is going in India today.”
Tata Punch comes standard with dual airbags, as well as Anti Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Distr action (EBD), not to mention rear parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat mounts. The vehicle was crash tested at the speed of 64kmph and its body shell integrity was reported as stable and capable of withstanding additional load. The car scored five stars in “Adult Occupant Protection” (AOP) and four stars in “Child Occupant Protection” (COP).
Child Occupant Protection (COP)
The Tata Punch scored 40.89/49 in Child Occupant Protection (COP) , which is much better than the XUV300’s 37.44/49. The ISOFIX mounted rear-facing child seats were installed facing backwards due to the lack of space in the back cabin of the SUV for forward-facing ones (there’s not much legroom). This did result in excessive forward movements during the crash test; however, this did not really affect the overall score because it passed with flying colors for head and chest protection against injury caused when our three year old and 1.5 year old child dummies.
Adult Occupant Protection (AOP)
The Tata Punch scored 16.45/17 in the Adult Occupant Protection category. The driver and co-driver’s head and neck were rated as being very safe from injury, even with a stronger impact. In addition, the micro vehicle allowed very good protection to the knees of both driver and passenger, which is most critical because this area has been known to be cause for serious injury when struck during a crash into a solid curb or wall for example – or even just hitting a pothole or small speed bump at high speed without proper suspension upgrades.
Improvements Suggested by Global NCAP
The Global NCAP believes that Tata should include a built-in Electronic Stability Control because it could prevent accidents by using sensors to detect wheel slippage. They have noted this as a rather necessary feature to have in the newer versions of the car that will be released by Tata. In addition, they suggest that this particular vehicle include side head impact protection systems as an optional feature.
Also, three-point seatbelts should be standard for those looking to purchase any of their upcoming versions of the car. Lastly, Global NCAP has expressed an appreciation towards Tata’s choice of adding additional safety features to the model whereas it is better to be safe than sorry.
The latest Tata car, a small SUV Tata Punch, is slated to be released on October 18th, 2021. The exciting news is that the price of this exciting new car from Tata Motors will be around INR 5.5 lakh making it a popular choice amongst those looking for an affordable city car. What’s more is that it has been hailed as very safe as far as cars go by getting a full five stars in crash tests!
Of course, there are other cars on the market which would be worth comparing price and safety ratings against including the Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Mahindra KUV100 Nxt, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Renault Kiger as well as Nissan’s new Magnite model which also offers similar pricing!