Safety organisation Global NCAP has announced the Mahindra XUV300 as its 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.

“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,” said Willem Groenewald, AA South Africa CEO.

“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.”

The #SaferCarsForAfrica Campaign was launched by Global NCAP in 2017 with the objective of promoting safer vehicles across the continent of Africa.

The full crash test report can be read here.