India’s newest and most admired SUV, the Mahindra XUV500 is all set to hit the Australian market. But in doing so, the motor vehicle had to pass the rigorous Australian New Car appraisal Programme (ANCAP). The ANCAP tests the collide worthiness of vehicles that would like to make it to Australian roads and let possible customers know of the vehicle’s safety levels.
Australia is familiar with Mahindra vehicles, but the XUV500 was to begin the SUV image to its brand name in the country. And as such safety was predictable to be a primary factor for the vehicle’s success.
The Mahindra XUV500 successfully passed the ANCAP crash test bagging four stars for security, scoring 26 points of the total 37. It scored 10 out of 16 points in the frontal crash test and 16 out of 16 points in the side collision test.
The XUV500’s monologue chassis coupled with other safety features helped it rack up a four star protection rating. But the factors that let it down during the forward impact was the brake pedal moving backwards, which could cause serious injury to the driver’s legs in the event of a collision. Another safety obstruction during the crash test was a break in the fuel line due to contact with the driveshaft. Also, the stalk popped open during the event of the crash. These were the major factors that once fixed can allow the XUV500 gain a full blown 5 Star ANCAP security rating.
The crash test results prove that the XUV500 is not just about style, but imposing substance too. The top of the line W8 4WD variant of the Mahindra XUV500 comes loaded with safety features such as Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake force sharing, six airbags, multiple crumple zones, monologue chassis and a collapsible navigation.