Children's Day:Top-rated cars with 5-star child safety
As we celebrate Children's Day, it's crucial to prioritize the safety of our little ones, especially during travels.
In the ever-evolving landscape of the automotive industry, prioritizing safety features in vehicles has become paramount, especially when it comes to safeguarding the precious lives of our little ones. This Children's Day, we delve into the realm of cars and SUVs that have not only earned a stellar 5-star child safety rating but also boast a range of cutting-edge safety features that go above and beyond expectations.
Tata Safari and Tata Harrier: Setting the Standard
At the forefront of child safety, the newly launched Tata Safari and Tata Harrier have emerged as pioneers, securing an impressive 5-star child safety rating from the Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP). With a remarkable score of 45 out of 49 points, these SUVs have set a new standard for child occupant safety.
The GNCAP subjected the Safari and Harrier to rigorous testing scenarios, employing dummies of an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old facing rearward. Utilizing i-size anchorages and a support leg, both vehicles demonstrated exceptional protection, preventing head exposure in frontal and side-impact crashes. The comprehensive safety package includes an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) suite encompassing features such as forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot detection, and more.
Volkswagen Virtus and Skoda Slavia: Excellence Redefined
Continuing the saga of top-notch child safety, the Volkswagen Virtus and Skoda Slavia have secured an enviable 5-star child safety rating, scoring an impressive 42 out of 49 points. GNCAP's meticulous testing involved dummies of an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old, strategically placed using i-size anchorages and a support leg.
Beyond their safety prowess, the Virtus and Slavia offer a range of engine options, including a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and a robust 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine. Safety features abound, from airbags and ISOFIX mounts to hill-hold control and ESC, ensuring a comprehensive protective cocoon for young passengers.
Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq: Unparalleled Safety
The commitment to safety within the VW Group extends to the Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq, both achieving a stellar 5-star child safety rating with 42 points out of 49. GNCAP's testing highlighted the effectiveness of child seats for 3-year-olds and 18-month-olds, preventing head exposure in frontal impacts.
Engine options for the Taigun and Kushaq include a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and a formidable 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine. With features like ISOFIX mounts, ESC, child lock, and more, these SUVs prioritize the safety of young passengers, providing peace of mind for parents on the road.
Hyundai Verna: A Sedan with Uncompromising Safety
Breaking the mold in the sedan category, the Hyundai Verna proudly flaunts a full 5-star child safety rating, earning 42 points out of 49 in GNCAP's rigorous evaluation. Notably, the Verna is the first Hyundai vehicle sold in India to achieve this prestigious rating.
GNCAP's testing involved dummies of an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old, placed using i-size anchorages and a support leg. The Verna's safety features include ISOFIX mounts, 6 airbags, ABS and EBD, all four disc brakes, child lock, and a comprehensive ADAS suite featuring Forward Collision Warning, Avoidance Assist, Smart Cruise Control, Lane-keep Warning, Blind Spot Assist Warning, and Safe Exit Warning.