SUVs are built to dominate the roads and most claim to have superior safety systems. However, the truth is revealed when these cars are put to stringent crash tests. There’s good news for owners of Tata Nexon and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, as both SUVs have got 4-star rating in crash tests conducted by Global NCAP.
Overall, Tata Nexon fares slightly better than Maruti Brezza, as it scores more points in both adult and child safety. Here’s a quick comparison of Tata Nexon crash test report with Maruti Brezza report.
Cars used in the Global NCAP crash test:
– Tata Nexon, RHD | Body Type: 5-door SUV | Crash Test Weight: KG 1490
– Maruti Brezza, RHD | Body Type: 5-door SUV | Crash Test Weight: KG 1392
Crash test speed: Both SUVs were crash tested at 64 kmph
Safety equipment: Both SUVs have almost similar safety equipment such as front seatbelt pretensioners, driver frontal airbag, front passenger frontal airbag, SBR for driver, ISOFIX anchorages and ABS (4 channel). However, child restraints used are different for both SUVs and their results are also different in crash test report, as shown below.
Crash test star rating and points: Although both SUVs got 4 stars, Tata Nexon got higher marks in both adult and child safety. In adult safety, Tata Nexon scored 13.56 points, which is slightly more than 12.51 of Maruti Brezza. In child safety, Tata Nexon scored 25 points, which is better than Brezza’a 17.93. In child safety, Nexon has received 3 stars whereas Brezza has only 2 stars.
Crash test report comparison:
– Head & Neck: Both SUVs provided ‘Good’ protection to head and neck of driver and front passenger.
– Driver Chest: Nexon provided ‘Adequate’ protection to driver chest whereas Brezza was rated ‘Marginal’.
– Front passenger chest: Nexon provided ‘Adequate’ protection, whereas Brezza was rated ‘Good’.
– Knee: In Nexon, both driver and passengers’ knee may risk injury upon impact with potentially dangerous components behind the dashboard. In Brezza, the front passenger’s knee would be quite safe, but the driver’s knee faces the same risk of injury, as that of Nexon.
– Bodyshell: Bodyshell integrity of both cars was rated as ‘Stable’, as they could endure further loadings.
– In case of 3 year old child occupant, Nexon provided ‘Good’ protection to the head and ‘Marginal’ protection to the chest. The results were the same for Maruti Brezza.
– In case of 18 month old child, Nexon provided ‘Good’ protection for head and chest. In comparison, Brezza provided ‘Poor’ protection to the head and ‘Limited’ protection for the chest.