After the overwhelming response it got from the Indian market, Mahindra's best selling XUV 500 is all set to explore the Australian market. Now the good news is that the SUV has scored 4 stars in Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), the best ever score by an Indian car. (Read: Mahindra Set To Launch XUV500 In Australia, Chile)
Every cars will have to get through the ANCAP crash tests to enter the Australian market, a system which is not there in India. XUV 500, the first SUV from Mahindra with a monocoque suspension, has done quite well with a four star safety rating scoring 26 points out of 37.
The XUV 500 got a 10/16 result in the frontal offset crash test. However, It was found that the car's passenger compartment lost structural integrity in event of a frontal crash. It was also noted that leg protection in the cabin was poor as the excessive rearward movement of the brake pedal could lead serious leg injury.
The test also showed that the crash caused a rupture and made the tailgate of the SUV to open by itself. Meanwhile, the XUV500 which will start selling in Australia later this month will feature six airbags and electronic stability control as standard specification.
Currently, Mahindra sells the XUV 500 in South Africa and the carmaker will soon start exporting the car to international markets such as Italy and Chile. The XUV500s which are being shipped to other markets have been designed to comply with respective market conditions emission norms.