Safest Cars in India: Cars with dual airbags on base variants

In terms of our preference based on the safety features available on a car, we value the ones that offer ABS and airbags standard on base variants as the most favourite while the ones that fail to do so go to the bottom of the list. Of course, added features like ESP make things even further. Now after having a look at cars under Rs 10 lakhs that offer both ABS and airbags on their base versions, here we the ones which get dual airbags (frontal airbags for driver and passenger) but not ABS.

Toyota Etios Liva petrol

Prices start at Rs 5 lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi

Toyota Liva Hatchback Facelift

Toyota had recently decided to offer dual airbags across its range, and the smallest car to benefit from the decision is the Etios Liva. But unlike its diesel powered sibling, it loses out on ABS.

It comes with a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre engine, which just does the job, but the erstwhile TRD Sportivo came with the Etios sedan’s 1.5-litre engine and offered more fun behind the wheel.

The rivals might offer slightly better looking interior but the Liva promises to be safer.

Volkswagen Polo

Prices start at Rs 5.33 lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi

Following the less than satisfactory performance at the Global NCAP crash tests last year, Volkswagen decided to make dual airbags standard on Polo, while ABS is available on higher versions.

The well built hatchback is great for those looking for driving pleasure, but it feels a bit cramped at the rear. Engine options include a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. A more driver oriented version of the car is also available with either a more powerful 1.5-litre diesel or a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol unit. The latter comes mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

Ford Figo Aspire

Prices start at Rs 4.9 lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi

Figo Aspire

The Figo Aspire might be positioned in the compact sedan (sub 4-meter) segment but that doesn’t preclude Ford from offering 2 airbags standard across the range, except the top variant which gets side and curtain airbags, too. ABS isn’t available on the base variant though.

Engine options for the car include a 1.5-litre diesel, a 1.2-litre petrol, and a 1.5-litre petrol with an automatic gearbox (not available in base trim). It’s said to handle better than its rivals, and the design doesn’t disappoint either.

Toyota Etios

Prices start at Rs 6.10 lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi

Toyota Etios Xclusive

Much like its hatchback version, the Etios sedan is also offered with dual airbags on the base variant. Measuring slightly above the 4-meter mark, the car offers more space than the compact sedans.

Engine options include a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel unit. It’s an easy car to live with, but the basic interior design doesn’t go down well with a lot of buyers. The special edition Xclusive comes better equipped and looks good too.

VW Vento

Prices start at Rs 7.85 lakhs, ex-showroom, NewDelhi


The Vento too is offered with dual airbags in the base trim. More spacious (both in terms of luggage and passenger space) than the hatchback it’s based on, the Vento retains strong build quality.

It’s one of the best cars to drive in its segment, and the only one to offer an optional dual-clutch automatic gearbox with a diesel engine. The engine line up consists of a new 1.5-litre diesel engine, a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine.

Toyota Innova

Prices start at Rs 10.72 lakhs, ex-showroom, New Delhi

toyota innova 2015 photo

The only car in the list that has crossed the Rs 10 lakh barrier is the Toyota Innova. Products in or above the D-segment are feature laden, so our list comprises the ones below that.

The Innova is the most popular MPV in the market, and owing to Toyota’s recent decision, it’s also offered with two airbags as standard. Powered by a 2.5-litre diesel engine, it’s the preferred choice for fleet owners and large families alike.

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