Tata Motors recently launched their smallest sports utility vehicle, the Punch. This sub-compact SUV slots in below the Nexon, and it already has already made it to the list of the topmost positions on the list of the safest cars available in India. With an overall 5-star rating for adult protection and a 4-star rating for child occupant protection, the Punch features alongside the Altroz in this tremendous feat.
The NCAP ratings of the Tata Punch are just the tip of the iceberg. Tata also loads their sub-compact SUV with the latest comfort and safety features. All in all, the Punch fits in as the ideal family vehicle for this festive season. Prices are also reasonable with the starting price at Rs. 5.49 lacs (ex-showroom price, Delhi) for the base Pure variant with the Manual transmission. So, if youre looking to buy a new car this festive season, you should consider the Tata Punch, more so the following standout safety reasons:
The Tata Punch comes underpinned by the latest Agile Light Flexible Advanced (ALFA) architecture. A versatile platform for multiple Bodystyle, also available with the Altroz. This new platform is a derivative of the Land Rover Range Rover D8 platform, and it brings with it stability and capability to withstand high-level impact. The ALFA architecture also gives the Punch additional ground clearance at 187 mm, which further makes it suitable for off-road situations.
Tata has extensively used high-strength steel for the construction of the Punch. Materials like BIW structural panels on the A-Pillar and B-pillars make the car stable, especially during a rollover. Similarly, advanced restraint safety components and crash locking tongues for front occupants make it safer during frontal collisions.
The Punch comes loaded with safety features. Aside from first-in-segment features like the chilled glovebox compartment, or the semi-digital instrument cluster, it also gets ABS with EBD, airbags, Corner Stability Control, Front Fog lamp with cornering function, Perimetric alarm, reverse parking camera, driver and co-passenger seat belt reminder etc. All models also come with two driving modes- Eco and Normal, which further helps in optimal performance with the efficient mileage figures.
The NCAP rating is another major assurance that the Tata Punch enjoys. It scored 5-stars for adult protection and an equally assuring 4-star score for child protection. Its score of overall NCAP score of16.453 is the highest amongst Indian cars. Even the much-revered Tata Altroz scored 16.13 points.
Lastly, the price. The Tata Punchs price range might seem more than its closest competitor, the Maruti Ignis. But this is a proper VFM product. The base Punch Pure model with the manual transmission starts from Rs. 5.49 lacs (ex-showroom price, Delhi), compared to the Ignis starting price of Rs. 5.10 lacs. And the top of the line, Creative AMT model costs up to Rs. 9.09 lacs (ex-showroom price). The Punch also gets an Adventure model with both manual and automatic transmission options. So, the Punch has an equally varied line-up as its price range.
Given how the Punch will mostly be bought in the single-car household, this Tata product is worth the investment. If youre looking to buy a new car, then this sub-compact SUV can definitely be considered. This is especially true due to the wide range of service outlets that Tata Motors offers, along with the reasonably priced spare parts. Hence, it's tough to go wrong with this Maruti Ignis-rival and it definitely looks like the Tata Punch is a 'safe' choice.
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