As far as passive car safety goes, seat belts and airbags are vital. While three point seatbelts are standard on all cars sold in India, the country’s automakers are yet to make airbags available as standard fare. With more and more safety conscious buyers opting for airbag equipped cars, the winds of change are sweeping across the car industry. Some car makers have responded to changing buyer demographics by offering not one, not two, but six airbags even on budget car models. Today, we round up six such cars you can buy.
The new Ford Figo hatchback has just been launched in India, and the top-end Titanium+ variants of this car get a full complement of 6 airbags that include driver and passenger airbags at front, and curtain airbags for the front and rear passengers. The Figo also happens to be the most affordable car in the country that offers 6 airbags. The 1.2 liter petrol engined variant’s Titanium+ model is priced at 6.41 lakh rupees, while that of the diesel variant is priced at 7.41 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. Other safety features include ABS+EBD and three point seat belts.
Ford Figo Aspire
The Figo Aspire compact sedan is another car that offers 6 airbags on both petrol and diesel variants. Notably, the Figo Aspire is the compact sedan version of the Figo. Apart from being based on the same platform (Modified Fiesta Mark V), the car also shares much of its feature set and safety option with its hatchback sibling. The Titanium+ variants of the Figo Aspire get 6 airbags as standard. The petrol powered version is priced at 7.25 lakh rupees, while the diesel variant sits at 8.25 lakh rupees, ABS+EBD and three point seat belts are standard too.
The Ford Ecosport was the first compact SUV in India to offer a bevy of safety features. From airbags to ABS, from traction control to ESP, some variants of this crossover are safety loaded. Talking about airbags, two models in the Ecosport’s line up offer 6 airbags as standard. The Titanium (Option) variants are offered with the 1.0 liter Ecoboost petrol and the 1.5 TDCI turbo diesel engine options. ABS and three point airbags are also standard features. The Ecoboost variant is priced at 9.7 lakh rupees, while the diesel variant sells at 10.2 lakh rupees.
The Hyundai Verna Fluidic is the only C-Segment sedan in India that has been offered with 6 airbags right from the outset. First launched in 2011, the car received a facelift earlier this year. Hyundai has retained the 6 airbags on the top end Verna variants, which can be specified with the “Option” pack. 3 such variants, with the SX badging get 6 airbags, ABS and 3 point seatbelts as standard. The 1.6 SX petrol sells at 10.18 lakh rupees, the 1.6 SX Diesel at 11.58 lakh rupees and the SX Diesel Automatic at 12.28 lakh rupees.
The recently launched Hyundai Creta has gone on to become a best seller in a matter of weeks. The compact SUV is also seriously loaded when it comes to safety features. Hyundai offers 6 airbags on the top end diesel variant of the Creta. Dubbed the SX (Option) variant, the top-end model gets 6 airbags, ABS+EBD, 3 point seat belts and Electronic Stability Program (ESP). Considering the stonking performance the diesel SUV is capable of, buying the 13.6 lakh rupee variant makes a lot of sense.
The Mahindra XUV500 is the only “Indian” vehicle in this list, and the one that is the most loaded in terms of safety equipment. Starting from the W8 variant, Mahindra offers the XUV500 with 6 airbags, ABS+EBD, 3 point seat belts, ESP, traction control, hill hold assist, hill descent control and a tyre pressure monitoring system. With this long list of safety features, the XUV500’s W8 variant retails for 14.31 lakh rupees. If you want punchy performance, street presence, safety, ground clearance and space, you can’t go wrong with XUV500’s W8 trim.