The Indian market Mahindra Thar achieved an “encouraging” four star rating for both adult and child occupants in Global NCAP’s latest round of #SaferCarsForIndia crash tests.

The recently launched Thar was tested in its basic safety specification, with two airbags, and reached four stars for adult and child occupants. The Thar also meets the side impact UN 95 regulation.

Global NCAP tested the Thar ESC according to UN regulation. ESC is not fitted as standard and, although the model met minimum regulatory requirements, the car showed an unstable dynamic behaviour. Global NCAP recommended a review and improvement.

Alejandro Furas, secretary general of Global NCAP said: “Mahindra’s commitment to safer cars is once again displayed for consumers and shows that it is possible to offer good safety performance in the Indian market. It is encouraging to see manufacturers that also offer high levels of protection for children traveling in their vehicles. The Thar demonstrates the capacity of Mahindra to improve its fleet safety.”

David Ward, president of the Towards Zero Foundation said: “Another good result for Mahindra which shows the manufacturer’s commitment to safety. It is very satisfying to see this growing vehicle safety trend in the Indian car market, which combines minimum regulatory requirements with the purchasing power of #SaferCarsforIndia informed consumers, helping to drive demand for ever safer vehicles.”

The Thar achieved four stars for adult and child occupant protection. The Thar offers double frontal airbags as standard. Driver and passenger’s head and neck showed good protection. Driver’s chest offered adequate protection and passenger chest showed good protection. The structure was rated as stable but the footwell area was rated as unstable, not being capable of withstanding further loadings. Both adult knee areas were optimised to reduce significant injuries. Both child occupants received almost full protection during the test. The Thar offers standard ISOFIX anchorages and top tether together with three point belts for all seating positions.

The Mahindra result contrasted with the zero score NCAP recently gave to a Maruti Suzuki model.