The Mahindra Marazzo is a product different from the MPVs Mahindra has made in the past. It’s based on a different platform, has a front-wheel-drive layout, and is more car-like. The Marazzo has also received consistent praise from people who’ve driven it. All of this sounds like a huge win for Mahindra, but you might wonder that no one has talked about the safety of the vehicle yet. Well, wonder no more, because Global NCAP has tested the Marazzo and given it a four-star rating for overall safety.
The rating, valid for cars manufactured on or after November 16, 2018, comprises four stars for adult occupant protection (with a score of 12.85/17) and two stars for child occupant protection (22.22 out of 49). The Marazzo, which gets dual front airbags standard, showed overall good protection, except for the driver’s chest where it was marginal. Its bodyshell is rated stable under the crash test, and was ‘capable of withstanding further loadings’. The Marazzo falters a bit when it comes to child occupant protection, hence the lower score.
Global NCAP’s Secretary General, David Ward said, “This is a huge landmark for car safety in India. Congratulations to Tata Motors for achieving India’s first five star rating for adult occupant protection. Congratulations also to Mahindra for their first four star result. The Nexon was engineered in India and this shows the huge capability of the domestic industry to achieve excellence in safety design and performance. With the Nexon, Tata have shown the global car industry that to achieve five stars you can ‘Make in India’. Global NCAP is looking forward to many more Indian five star cars and further improvements in both pedestrian protection and crash avoidance.”