Safest cars in India: Cars with airbags standard on base variants

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.

Nissan Micra

Prices start at Rs 5.17 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi

Nissan micra XE launch

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.

Renault Pulse

Prices start at Rs 5.04 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi

Renault Pulse Hatchback 1

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.

Nissan Terrano

Prices start at Rs 10.14 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi

Nissan Terrano Groove Edition

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.