Mahindra’s latest SUV, the XUV700, has achieved a five-star rating for adult occupant protection in Global NCAP’s latest #SaferCarsForIndia crash tests.

The recently launched SUV was tested in the most basic safety specification, fitted with two airbags, ABS brakes and ISOFIX anchorages. It also achieved a four-star rating for child occupant protection.

Global NCAP testers said the XUV700 could be improved by making standard its optional equipment such as side body airbags, side head curtain airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and three point belts in all seating positions.

“Mahindra has achieved a major milestone with this top score for adult protection and by becoming the first Indian made and owned brand to offer Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as a safety option,” said Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP.

“Making this life saving technology available is an important step in encouraging the widespread fitment of crash avoidance technologies. Mahindra is one of the leading manufacturers in India, committed to improving their vehicles in response to Global NCAP’s call to democratise vehicle safety.”

The #SaferCarsForIndia Campaign was launched by Global NCAP in 2014 with the objective of promoting safer vehicles in the country.