Global NCAP says the new Mahindra XUV300 achieved a “solid” five stars in its latest round of crash testing in India.

Furthermore, with five stars for adult occupant protection and four stars for child occupant protection, the crossover registered the highest combined score yet in Global NCAP’s crash-testing of Indian-spec vehicles.

The safety authority added the XUV300 also showed the “lowest level of intrusion and best side impact crashworthiness performance of any model tested so far”.

The entry-level XUV300 tested features two front airbags as standard (just like the base model offerd in South Africa; locally, the high-spec variants boast seven airbags and stability control as standard), with electronic stability control and side airbags listed as options.

Global NCAP rated the crossover’s structure and footwell area as “stable”, adding that head and neck protection for adult occupants was “good”. Chest protection for the passenger was also "good" while driver chest protection was listed as “adequate”.

The vehicle offered “good” protection to the 18-month-old dummy (with the child-restraint system installed facing the rear and using the standard Isofix anchors) and “fair” protection to the three-year-old dummy (with the child-seat installed front-facing). The lack of three-point belts in all seating positions, as well as what Global NCAP calls “poor” Isofix markings, explain the four-star rating for child occupant protection.

“Mahindra is the second Indian manufacturer [after Tata] to achieve Global NCAP’s coveted five-star status and the XUV300 scores the highest combined crash test result of all the cars we’ve tested in India to date,” said David Ward, CEO and president of Global NCAP.

Watch the crash-test video below...