For a long time now, the flagship vehicles – Harrier and Safari remained untested by the safety rating agencies. Now Global NCAP has announced that the new Harrier and Safari have scored a perfect five-star rating. The Harrier and Safari became the latest five-star rated vehicles from Tata after the likes of Altroz, Nexon and the Punch. Other Tata vehicles like the Tiago and the Tigor have four-star safety ratings.
The new Tata Harrier and Safari models were tested in accordance with the new Global NCAP protocol, which is more stringent. The rival Mahindra XUV700, in comparison, was tested under the older protocol.
The new Tata Harrier and Safari have achieved an impressive 5-star rating, scoring 33.05 out of 34 points for adult occupant protection. During the tests, both vehicles demonstrated excellent protection for the head and neck of both the driver and passenger. The evaluations also found that the chest protection for both the driver and passenger was adequate.
In the side impact test with a deformable barrier, the Harrier and Safari facelifts displayed outstanding protection for the head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis, as reported by the global vehicle safety watchdog. It’s worth noting that curtain airbags are standard in these SUVs, meeting fitment requirements and offering excellent protection for the head and pelvis, marginal protection for the chest, and adequate protection for the abdomen in side pole impact tests.
Bodyshell rated as stable
The robust bodyshell of both SUVs was deemed “stable” and capable of withstanding further loadings, underlining their structural integrity and safety performance.
Impressively, the Harrier and Safari facelifts achieved a perfect 5-star rating in child occupant protection tests, accumulating 45 out of 49 points. This remarkable performance includes a flawless 12 out of 12 for the CRS (child restraint system) installation and a maximum dynamic score of 24.
In these tests, Global NCAP used child dummies representing an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old, both securely seated in rearward-facing positions. The child restraint system employed i-size anchorages and a support leg, ensuring that the dummies were effectively shielded from head exposure in frontal crash scenarios. Furthermore, in side impact collisions, the CRS provided complete protection. It’s worth noting that the SUVs come equipped with ISOFIX mounting points in the outer rear seats of the second row, enhancing child safety.
Interestingly, the Tata Harrier has been on sale in the Indian market since 2019 and the Safari since 2021. Even though there have been a lot of voices asking for the Global NCAP ratings, Tata only sent the new updated vehicles to the test. The bodyshell of the new Harrier and the Safari remain identical to the older model.