Tata Tigor And Tiago Get An Impressive 4-star Safety Rating From Global NCAP

Tata takes the lead to make compact cars safer in India

  • Tiago scored 12.52/17 for adult occupant protection.
  • Its 34.15/49 score for child occupant protection is better than that of the Altroz, despite not having ISOFIX anchors.
  • Both get dual airbags, ABS and rear parking sensors as standard.
  • An ageing platform is the Tiago and Tigor's only gripe

Guenter Butschek got the news in a pretend phone call during his speech at the Tiago and Tigor’s launch event yesterday. Now, the Global New Car Assessment Program (GNCAP) has released the crash test results of the Tata Tigor and Tiago. Both cars were awarded a 4-star adult occupant protection rating and a 3-star child occupant protection rating. The tested Tigor scored higher than the Altroz for child occupant protection. Let's take a closer look at this commendable feat:

Adult occupants in the front seats had good protection for their necks, heads, and right lower legs. Both front passengers get airbags. The front passenger’s chest was adequately protected, and the driver’s chest protection was rated 'marginal.' The driver and passenger’s knees can impact the lower dashboard in a frontal collision, which is why upper leg protection was rated 'marginal.'

The Tiago and Tigor don't get ISOFIX mounts, so child occupants were strapped into car seats which were affixed using seatbelts. Even then, the protection of both the 3-year old and 18-month old dummies was rated ‘good.’ The loss of two stars was due to lack of three-point seatbelt in the middle seat and the unavailability of an airbag disconnect system for the front seat. Compromises like these are what make the Tiago and Tigor affordable. 

Unlike the Altroz, the Tiago and Tigor are not based an all-new safety-conscious platform. The structural integrity was described by the GNCAP report: “the bodyshell was rated as unstable and it was not capable of withstanding further loadings. Footwell area was rated as unstable.”

The Tata Tigor and Tiago are the benchmarks for safety in their respective segments. We hope other carmakers also get their cars tested and reveal the data for a more competitive, passenger safety-focused market. The Tiago and Tigor's equipment is on par with the segment benchmark and its scant shortcomings are a compromise. That being said, all four compact cars sold by Tata -- the Tiago, Tigor, Nexon, and Altroz -- get 4- or 5-star safety ratings. Good going, Tata!

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