safety is dependent on several factors. First and foremost, you need to
encourage disciplined driving. It also involves strictly following the traffic
norms in the country. And equally important is that the vehicle you are driving
meets the highest safety standards. The perfect combination is the one that
helps you to be safe on the roads while driving, helping you to avoid accidents
and also if an accident were to happen for no fault of yours, it helps you to
stay alive without any major bodily harm.
is here that the Mahindra XUV 300 scores big time in terms of safety in the sub
4 metre compact SUV segment.
XUV300 teamed up with the SaveLIFE Foundation, an independent non-profit
organisation committed to encouraging road safety, to launch a unique
initiative towards this cause. The two organised ‘Safer Drives Safer Lives’ drive
to create awareness on road safety in various cities including New Delhi,
Chennai and Mumbai.
Mahindra XUV 300 compact SUV had topped Global NCAP’s six-year safety rankings,
results of which were announced a few months back. This makes the XUV300 the
safest among all the vehicles tested by Global NCAP between 2014 and 2020.
NCAP (GNCAP), the umbrella body of consumer car safety testing bodies,
completed safety assessments on more than 38 vehicles during this period and
the XUV300 scored the highest safety rating among all the models tested. The
XUV300 achieved the highest combined occupant safety rating, with a 5-Star
Global NCAP rating for adult occupant protection and a 4-Star rating for child
occupant protection, the latter being a first in India.
So what makes the XUV300 so safe?
look at the features it comes with and you will be convinced that it is definitely
a safe vehicle to be in while driving. It has several firsts to its credit. It
has first-in-segment 7 airbags including knee airbag, dual-front, side and
curtain airbags, first-in-segment disc brakes on all 4 wheels (Amongst Sub
4-metre Compact SUVs), first-in-segment
front and rear parking sensors and first-in-segment heated ORVMs. Then it has
critical features like Auto-dimming IRVM. Rear camera with adaptive guidelines,
Seat Belts with Pre-tensioner & Load-limiter, Front & rear fog lamps, ISOFIX
child seat anchors, Tyre-tronics (Tyre pressure & temperature monitoring
system), Seat belt reminder for all 5
seats, 3-point seat belt on all seats and Tyre-position display. This display
makes a lot of sense when you begin to drive your car. You get to know how your
front tyres are positioned and you can change them accordingly.
features include Auto Headlamps, Auto Wipers, Speed Sensing Door Locks, and Impact
Sensing Door Unlock.
The advantages of ESP
vehicle comes with ABS & EBD which is standard across all variants. The XUV
300 also comes with Electronic Stability Program with Dynamic Steering Torque,
Hydraulic Brake Assist, Roll-over Mitigation and Traction Control, together
with Hill Start Assist.
assists the driver in critical driving situations. It comprises of the
functions of ABS and traction control system and counter acts skidding movement
by a vehicle. We all know that during emergency braking, without an ABS, the
wheels lock up and the vehicle skids. But ABS
reduces braking pressure on individual wheels, thus avoiding wheel locks
and allows the driver to continue steering.
traction control is very essential while starting off on slippery surfaces. It
helps prevent the wheels from spinning and steering away to the side. On
slippery roads, curves or emergency maneuvers, the front end may tend to move
straight ahead while the rear end may spin out, resulting in a crash. But with ESP, your car gets its perfect
system offer value added functions like Hill Hold Control. Hill Hold Control or
Hill Start Assist makes sense when you start off on an incline. The system
independently holds the brakes for a couple of seconds after the driver has
released the brake pedal, thus preventing roll back.
for Roll Over mitigation which the XUV300 has, it can protect vehicles with
high centre of gravity (these are usually SUVs) from the risk of rolling over.
Roll over mitigation stabilises the vehicle in critical situations by
intervening in the ECU by applying pressure to individual brakes.
XUV300 also boasts of a Collapsible Steering & Side Intrusion Beam. We all
know that the steering column consists of a long shaft. In such a safety
feature, the ‘collapsible’ design introduced an ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ sleeve to
the shaft comes handy as it collapses when
high level of pressure is exerted as is the case of an accident, allowing
the sleeves to compress telescopically. As for Side impact bars, they increase the rigidity of the doors and
distribute the energy in the event of a side-on crash.