Indians love hatchbacks but most buyers do not give enough importance to safety features when they buy hatchbacks. However, some carmakers are safety-conscious and provide features, such as ABS, EBD and dual airbags at front as standard. Here are the five cheapest hatchbacks, you can choose from, which are equipped with ABS, EBD and dual airbags as standard.
Maruti launched the Ignis hatchback in 2016 at the price of Rs .4.59 lakhs (ex-showroom). The Ignis is India’s cheapest hatchback to offer standard safety features like ABS, EBD and dual-front airbags standard across all variants. The car is offered with a single engine option – a 1.2-litre petrol engine, with 82 Bhp-113 Nm. This engine is available with 5-speed manual and AMT options.
The Maruti Swift is the highest-selling hatchback from the manufacturer. The car’s prices start at Rs. 4.99 lakhs (ex-showroom) for the base petrol LXI trim. The Swift gets power from two engine options- 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.3-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine is a 1196-cc K12 unit, which produces 83 Bhp power and 113 Nm of peak torque, while the diesel engine is a Fiat-sourced 1248-cc Multijet unit which churns out 75 Bhp of peak power and 190 Nm of peak torque. Safety features, such as ABS, EBD and dual airbags at front are standard across the entire Swift range.
The Baleno is a premium hatchback from the brand launched at the price of Rs. 5.26 lakhs (ex-showroom). The car is also powered by the similar two engine options that come with the Swift. Maruti sells the car through their premium dealership network – NEXA. The Baleno hosts safety features, such as ABS, EBD and dual airbags as standard across its entire range.
Hyundai Elite i20
The Hyundai Elite i20 is a premium hatchback offering from the Korean brand in India. The car’s facelifted version was launched at the price of Rs. 5.41 lakhs (ex-showroom). The Elite i20 line-up is available with two different engines- a 1.2-litre petrol engine paired with a 5-speed manual or a CVT gearbox and a 1.4-litre diesel engine paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The Elite i20 also offers safety features, such as ABS, EBD and dual-front airbags as standard across its entire model range.
Toyota Etios Liva
The Toyota Etios Liva is the only hatchback offering from the brand for the Indian market. This entry-level vehicle from Toyota is priced at Rs. 5.44 lakhs (ex-showroom). Toyota was the first brand to introduce standard safety features across the hatchback segment. The Etios Liva gets ABS, EBD and dual front airbags as standard across the range. The car is powered by two different engines- a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel engine. Both engines are paired with a 5-speed gearbox as standard.