ANCAP highlighted the Xenon’s lack of electronic stability control (ESC) and side airbags, saying the missing technology reflected poorly on the overall safety rating.
The low score will prove frustrating for Tata, with the Xenon otherwise performing “fairly well” in frontal impact testing.
Tata says the Xenon will be equipped with standard ESC, traction control and hill-hold assist in the Australian market in the coming months.
ANCAP Chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said that stability control was made mandatory for a 5-Star safety rating more than six years ago.
"We raise the safety bar higher and higher each year, ESC is now a mandatory ANCAP requirement for 5, 4, 3 and 2 star ratings," Mr McIntosh said.
"With the demise of local vehicle manufacturing on the horizon, we are sure to see a range of new models hitting our shores from emerging markets. ANCAP will keep on top of these and ensure Australian and New Zealand motorists are being offered the safest cars possible."
ANCAP praised the C4 Grand Picasso’s healthy list of standard safety features and side airbags which extend to the third row of seats; a feature also found in the Kulger.
The assessment program also praised the Peugeot 2008 for its reversing camera and hill-launch assist, but criticised all models tested for lacking standard autonomous emergency braking (AEB).