It’s sad that features like power windows and in-car audio systems don’t go unnoticed while buying a new car but essentials like ABS and airbags do. To ensure that we as buyers give safety features as much importance, Cartoq is running a series of articles wherein cars that offer safety features on their base versions are mentioned. Previously having covered vehicles that offer dual airbags, and the ones that come with ABS, it’s time to have a look at those which get only airbags on base trims.
Prices start at Rs 5.17 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi
Not to be confused with the inexpensive version (Micra Active), the Nissan Micra offers a driver airbag on the base trim. Move up the range and passenger airbag and ABS are available, too.
It’s available in both petrol and diesel versions, with the former powered by a 1.2-litre unit that makes 75hp and 104Nm while the diesel engine Is a 1.5-litre unit that makes 63hp and 160Nm. Both engines come mated to 5-speed gearboxes as standard but the petrol Micra can also be specced with a CVT automatic gearbox, too.
Prices start at Rs 5.04 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi
Basically a badge engineered version of the Nissan Micra, the Renault Pulse is positioned as the least expensive Renault in the company, until the highly awaited Renault Kwid makes an appearance. Like the Micra it’s offered with a driver airbag on the base petrol, but the diesel Pulse gets ABS too.
Engine options remain the same, as well, with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel doing the duty. But unlike the Micra, the Pulse doesn’t get the optional automatic gearbox.
Prices start at Rs 10.14 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi
Slightly more premium looking than the Renault Duster it’s based on, the Nissan Terrano gets a driver airbag as part of the standard equipment. The compact SUV benefits from ABS and passenger airbag on higher variants.
Engine options include a 1.5-litre diesel engine (available in two states of tune: 84hp and 108hp), and a 1.6-litre petrol. The Terrano might be front wheel drive but offers good road holding capabilities, and has a well sorted ride and handling package. The petrol version, on the other hand, gets ABS too.