According to a report by The Economic Times, the road accident scenario in India is worse than the global pandemic with 415 deaths daily, a claim also backed by Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways. The situation is so bad that India accounts for the highest number of road accidents globally on an annual basis. In times like these, we want a vehicle that is not a hatchback, isn’t big as an SUV, too, and yet offers supreme safety. You might think that it would be a Hyundai or a Maruti but I am afraid that’s not the case. Enter the 2021 Renault Triber.
Under the Adult Occupant Protection Category, Global NCAP has stated that the MPV has received a four-star rating in the latest round of tests under the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign. It is only fitting, you see, as 70% of the total deaths are in the working-age group of 18 to 45 years old. Not only this but it was also rewarded three stars in the Child Occupant Protection Category. All the tests were conducted using the base spec that offers dual front airbags.
The MPV scored 11.62 points out of the available 17, and the folks at Global NCAP have deemed the protection to the head and neck for both, the driver and passenger, good. Similarly, protection to the tibia was rated adequate for both, while the chest was rated marginal and adequate, and knees were rated marginal and good, respectively.
In the Child Protection Category, the Triber only scored 27 out of 49. In here, tests were performed with both, a forward-facing child seat and a rear-facing child seat. In the former, even with the adult three-point seatbelt, the results weren’t too impressive as it was not able to reduce excessive forward movement during the impact. Hence, the protection provided to the chest was only rated average and the head protection was low.
For the latter, that is the rear-facing child seat, results were believed to be good as it offered full protection to the child occupant. However, worth pointing out that the Triber does not offer ISOFIX ports. David Ward, President, Global NCAP, said, “It is satisfying to note Renault’s safety improvements with Global NCAP’s Triber crash test result. We would encourage them to continue this progress, and to set a five-star or Safer Choice rating as their future target for the Indian market.”
The Triber is Renault’s one of the highest-selling models in the country and is offered in four trim levels, with the higher-end variants coming attached to four airbags. This MPV now stands in P8 when we speak about the top 10 safest cars in India, beating the likes of even Hyundai Verna, Hyundai Creta, Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Ciaz. It is now officially the safest MPV to drive on Indian roads. I can only hope that the next time people go out on a car shopping spree, they at least consider the Triber.