The auto market in India has been growing steadily since the last few years. Now with the number of people moving on the roads increasing day by day, the sense of safety keeps steadily reducing. Unfortunately, in the Indian car market, the major emphasis during buying a vehicle is given on the price, cost to run, mileage, and performance while safety takes a backseat. The idea of a safe car is coming up, slowly but steadily. There are now major car manufacturers who have started providing airbags and ABS feature as a standard across all variants.In a report from the transport ministry released in September last year, the stats showed as many as 17 people died in 55 road accidents per hour on an average in 2017, with more than 50 per cent of the victims from the 18-35 age group. The report also stated one major fact – the overall number of accidents declined by 4.1 per cent from last year, but fatalities went up by 3.2 per cent.Globally speaking, a WHO report stated that over 1.35 million people lose their lives in road traffic crashes every year.With such stats, we can assume that buying a car with adequate safety features should be on top of the list. Now, almost every car that is being sold in India right now gets a safety rating from Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program). Global NCAP is a UK based company which focuses on the promotion of public health and safety, and consumer safety in vehicles.advertisementNCAP results can be used as a datum point to evaluate the structural integrity of the vehicle, vehicular impact on passengers, and possible injuries or fatalities at the time of a collision. Recent NCAP tests have shown Indian car manufacturers to make safe cars to earn up to 4 stars, but for a pan-market basis in the automotive segment, the thought process of buying a safer car than a cheaper one is yet to develop.We believe the readers can think for themselves so here are the top safest cars you can buy in India right now.Tata Nexon Tata Nexon NCAP crash testThe Tata Nexon scored five stars for Adult Occupant Protection and three stars for Child Occupant Protection. Following the Nexonâs four-star result earlier this year Tata has improved a number of safety features including making a Seat Belt Reminder (SBR) for driver and passenger a standard for all variants of the model. In addition, the Nexon was required to pass a side impact test meets UN95 side impact protection requirements.The Nexon is powered by a 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder, turbo-petrol which churns out 110bhp and 170Nm of torque. Also, the diesel is a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder turbo diesel which has been tuned to produce 110bhp and 260Nm of torque. The petrol and diesel units are mated to a 6-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual. The AMT can be used in manual mode as well. Once the manual mode is engaged, shifts the drive mode automatically to Sport.The Nexon also gets three driving modes which are Eco, City, and Sport modes, which come standard on the Nexon’s Revotorq and Revotron range of engines. The AMT transmission also features hill-assist for ascends and descends and a creep function for high-traffic conditions.The Tata Nexon was tested earlier back in August 2018 where it had scored a respectable 4-star rating by Global NCAP. Looks like Tata has just upped the crash safety game for car manufacturers in India.Mahindra Marazzo Mahindra Marazzo NCAP crash testThe Mahindra Marazzo with standard double airbags, ABS, SBR for driver and ISOFIX anchorages, reached four stars in Adult Occupant Protection and two stars for Child Occupant Protection.The model offers good protection for both adult head and neck, marginal protection for the driver’s chest and adequate protection for passenger’s chest. The pedals showed some risk for the lower legs due to their displacement. The 18-month-old child dummy received good protection while the 3-year-old child passenger showed high readings in chest and head exposure.The Marazzo is powered by Mahindra’s all-new 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre diesel engine from the brand’s mFalcon series of engines. The all-new turbocharged engine makes around 130bhp and comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox with a possible optional automatic-spec gearbox for future models.The MUV also gets a shortened version of the typical Mahindra grille alongside wraparound headlamps with LED DRLs (possibly only on higher-spec trims), LED tail lamps, and 16-inch 5-spoke alloys, again only on higher trims.The Marazzo sits right in the middle of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Innova in terms of size and is priced at Rs 9.99 lakh, ex-showroom, depending on the trim level. The base variant is the M2. The M4 variant costs Rs 10.95 lakh, M6 costs Rs 12.40 lakh, and the top-spec variant M8 costs Rs 13.90 lakh, ex-showroom. The MUV will also compete with the likes of rivals like Renault Lodgy and the new gen Honda BR-V.advertisementMaruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza This is the latest addition. Maruti Suzuki’s compact SUV, the Vitara Brezza scored an impressive 4-star rating in the latest series of crash tests conducted by the Global New Car Assessment Program. The results were made public on Thursday at the inaugural Global NCAP World Congress which is being held in Delhi.The variant of the Vitara Brezza which was tested came with standard dual-airbags, ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution, and ISOFIX anchorages. The car received 4-stars in Adult Occupant Protection whereas received two stars for Child Occupant Protection. According to the GNCAP report, the Adult Occupant Protection was good and robust. Also mentioned in the report is the Child Occupant Protection received two stars because of the forward facing position of the 18-month old dummy in the test, but a 3-year old dummy received good protection.The Vitara Brezza is powered by a 1.3-litre turbo diesel powerplant which churns out 89bhp and 200Nm of peak torque. The powerplant is mated to a 5-speed manual, or a 5-speed AMT or AGS, as called by Maruti Suzuki. Prices for the Brezza start at Rs 7.58 lakh, ex-showroom.Renault Duster This model from the French manufacturer started the trend of compact SUVs in the Indian market since its launch in 2012. The Renault Duster scored 3 stars in the NCAP tests. The model used is the one with a single driver airbag.The Duster went through a mid-lifecycle update in 2016 and is among the dominant market leaders right now. The Duster is currently offered in diesel and petrol variants.The Duster is powered by a 1.5-litre diesel which is available in two states of tune – 84bhp/200Nm and 108bhp/240Nm. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.6-litre engine which belts out 102bhp and 145Nm of torque. The lower power diesel model and petrol are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The higher power diesel variant is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The latest addition is the automated manual transmission (AMT) available with the 108bhp diesel variant but without AWD.Prices for the Duster start at Rs 7.95 for the petrol, and Rs 8.95 lakh for the diesel variant, ex-showroom.Volkswagen Polo The Polo initially secured zero stars at the first test. However, in the second test, the hatchback recorded a 4-star rating. The German carmaker quickly addressed these issues and now the car has got dual airbags, starting from the base Trendline model.The Polo sold in India is powered by a 999cc, 4-cylinder petrol which churns out 75bhp of power and 95Nm of torque. There is also a diesel variant on offer which is powered by a 1.5-litre engine belting out 89bhp and 230Nm of torque. The powertrains are mated to a 5-speed manual.advertisementPrices for the Polo start at Rs 5.53 lakh for petrol and Rs 7.04 lakh for the diesel variant, ex-showroom.Also, the Polo is sold in GT TSI and GT TSI Sport, which is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol and churns out 103bhp and 175Nm of torque. The powertrain is mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.Toyota Etios Liva We are not new to the fact that Toyota makes one of the strongest cars in many markets across the globe. Remember when the Top Gear trio tried killing a Toyota Hilux pickup and failed. But we don’t have the Hilux here. However, the Etios Liva is one of the cheapest cars to buy in India which also gets a 4-star safety rating. The Etios Liva gets dual airbags as standard.The Etios Liva can be bought in petrol and diesel variants. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.2-litre engine which churns out 79bhp of power and 104Nm of torque. The diesel variant is powered by a 1.4-litre engine which churns out 67bhp and 170Nm of torque. Both the powertrains are mated to a 5-speed gearbox.Prices for the Etios Liva start at Rs 5.48 lakh for petrol, and Rs 6.76 lakh for diesel, ex-showroom.Mahindra XUV500 When Mahindra launched the premium SUV back in 2011, one of the major highlights of the premium SUV was that it had a monocoque chassis. For readers who don’t know what a monocoque chassis is – a single shell. For chassis made in a single moulded shell, with no internal frame. Monocoque chassis are regarded as safer and more stronger considering the vehicle body is integral to the frame, as opposed to body-on-frame construction.The model tested (W11 AWD) received 4 stars in the ANCAP test which is the Australian variant of the NCAP tests. The model testes are the same one in the Indian market and get 6 airbags, and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) as standard. It also gets Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Traction Control, and Hill Descent Control. However, the W11 AWD model has priced at Rs 17.85 lakh, ex-showroom.However, the point to be noted here is the XUV500’s structural integrity. The SUV scored 16 out of 16 points in the side-impact test which checks the structural integrity in case of side-collision.The XUV is powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk 4-cylinder diesel which churns out 155bhp and 360Nm and can be availed in a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic. The petrol variant is powered by a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder which produces 140bhp and 320Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed automatic. There is no manual option.Prices for the XUV500 start at Rs 12.39 lakh for the diesel variant and Rs 15.50 lakh, ex-showroom for the petrol variant.Hyundai Creta One of the successful models from the Korean manufacturer for the Indian market, the Hyundai Creta has taken the premium compact SUV market by storm. The car got a very commendable 4-star rating in the Latin NCAP tests. The vehicle tested was similar to the Indian variant, and featured two airbags.The Creta currently sold in the Indian market is similar to the one sold in Brazilian markets and is powered by a two engine option – petrol and diesel. The petrol variant gets a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder engine churning out 123bhp and 151Nm of torque. The diesel variant gets 2 diesel options which include a 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre engine options which generate 89bhp and 126bhp and are mated to a six-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic option.Prices for the Creta start at Rs 9.43 lakh for the petrol, and Rs 9.99 lakh, ex-showroom for the diesel variant.Ford Aspire Ford recently came out with the facelifted compact sedan, the Figo Aspire. Priced at Rs 5.55 lakh, ex-showroom, the model secured a three-star rating in the Adult Occupant Protection criteria.The Ford Aspire facelift is powered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder TiVCT petrol from the Dragon series churning out 96bhp powerplant which can be found on the current gen Freestyle. The Aspire also comes powered with the 123bhp, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TDCi diesel engine on offer. Transmission duties will be done by a 5-speed manual gearbox. Ford, however, did not bring the diesel-automatic combo to the Indian market at launch. The only automatic petrol combo can be availed in the Titanium trim and is priced at Rs 8.49 lakh, ex-showroom. The petrol AMT is powered by the 1.5-litre TiVCT engine and is mated to a 6-speed AMT unit. All variants get dual-airbags, ABS and EBD as standard.The Figo Aspire will face off against the recently launched Honda Amaze (Rs 5.81-9.11 lakh), segment leader Maruti Suzuki Dzire (Rs 5.60-9.45 lakh), Hyundai Xcent (Rs 5.61-8.61 lakh) and the VW Ameo (Rs 5.62-10.01 lakh).