WATCH | Mahindra XUV300 becomes first car in Africa to receive five-star safety rating

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• The Mahindra XUV300 received five stars in the Global NCAP's latest safety tests.

• This is the first time a car sold in Africa receives this honour.

• The XUV300 is one of Mahindra South Africa's best-selling vehicles.

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In partnership with the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA), Global NCAP released the latest #SaferCarsForAfrica crash test result. The test has been conducted with the support of the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies.  In a milestone moment for vehicle safety, the India-manufactured Mahindra XUV300 becomes Global NCAP's first five-star car in Africa. The XUV300 achieved a five-star rating for the Indian market in 2020. 

Global NCAP's Indian and African programmes share the same assessment protocols and following a production compliance review, the rating has been confirmed for the model's rollout in Africa.

Mahindra XUV300
2021 Mahindra XUV300

Adult occupant

The protection offered to the driver, and the passenger's head and neck were good. Driver's chest showed adequate protection while the passenger's chest received good protection. The bodyshell was rated as stable, and it was capable of withstanding further loadings. The footwell area was rated as stable, too.

Side impact Regulation UN95: the car met technical requirements of regulation UN95 as standard. The vehicle has standard SBR for driver and passenger. The car has standard ABS.

Child occupant

The child seat for the three-year-old prevented excessive forward movement during the impact offering fair protection to the chest. The 18-month-old CRS was installed with ISOFIX and support leg and protection offered to the 1.5-year-old dummy was good.

The vehicle offers standard ISOFIX and top tether anchorages in the two outboard rear seats and does not provide three-point belts in all seating positions. The car offers passenger airbag disconnection switch in case a rear-facing CRS needs to be installed in the front passenger seat.

Mahindra South Africa notes that the XUV300 sold locally has three three-point belts at the back, instead of the model sold in India with a lap belt in the middle. The tested model has two airbags, which is similar to the base-spec W4 model.

Mahindra XUV300
2021 Mahindra XUV300


David Ward, Towards Zero Foundation president, said: "We are delighted to see the first five-star result in our Safer Cars for Africa project. This is a landmark moment for vehicle safety in Africa. We are particularly pleased to recognise the continued safety commitment from Mahindra.

"The XUV300 was engineered in India and demonstrated the domestic Indian auto industry's capability to achieve excellence in safety design and performance for global export markets."

Willem Groenewald, AA South Africa CEO said: "This is a milestone event for the #SaferCarsforAfrica project, and signals that it is possible to achieve this excellent rating for vehicles in our market. We are particularly pleased that this rating has been achieved through a compliance review. We applaud the fact that there is a reasonably priced five-star vehicle available in Africa which gives consumers a safe choice when purchasing a new car."

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