With an annual production of 21.48 million vehicles in FY 2013-14, Indian auto industry is one of the largest in the world. It accounts for 22 per cent of the country's manufacturing Gross Domestic Product (GDP). But alongside this amazing news, stands some horrifying facts. In the year 2013 alone, over 1,37,000 people were killed in road accidents with approximately 1214 road crashes occurring every day in the country.
Looking at the above figures, road safety is no longer a topic to be discussed, rather it's a necessity which has to be obliged by the drivers as well as the automobile manufacturers. Vehicles today come equipped with loads of safety features like the ABS, EBD, ESP and AEB but all these features are used to prevent the car from having a crash. Airbags, on the other hand, protect the occupants when the vehicle has met with an accident. Sadly most of these features remain an optional extra in the sub 15 lac bracket and are available only on the costlier variants. But with road safety now being a necessity, some automobile manufacturers are providing their cars with airbags as a standard safety feature. Here is a list of cars which cost less than 15 lac and offer airbag as a standard safety feature in all variants.
1.Ford Figo Aspire: Rs. 4.9 - 8.3 Lac* Figo Aspire is the newest car in the sub 4-meter sedan segment and is relatively safer than other vehicles in its class. It has airbags for the driver and front seat passenger as standard. The car also offers first-in-class 6 airbags which include side and curtain airbags along with the 2 front airbags in higher variants.
2.Toyota Etios Liva : Rs. 5.0 - 7.2 Lac* The Japanese automaker offers dual SRS airbags in the Liva as a standard feature in all variants.
3.Renault Pulse: Rs. 5.0 - 6.8 Lac* Renault equips its hatchback with a lot of security gizmos. With driver airbag being a standard feature, Pulse also offers features like dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and BA in its higher variants.
4.Nissan Micra: Rs. 5.3 - 7.5 Lac* Micra comes with driver airbag standard in all its variants. In the higher variants, Nissan offers ABS, EBD and BA along with front passenger and side airbags.
5.Volkswagen Polo: Rs. 5.3 - 8.5 Lac* Polo comes equipped with dual front airbags (driver and passenger side) as standard safety feature but ABS remains exclusive for higher variants.
6.Toyota Etios: Rs. 6.1 - 8.9 Lac* The Japanese automaker offers dual SRS airbags in its Etios as a standard feature in all variants, but leaves out ABS & EBD for the higher variants.
7.Toyota Etios Cross: Rs. 6.2 - 7.7 Lac* Etios Cross comes equipped with dual front SRS airbags as a standard feature in all the variants.
8.Volkswagen Polo Cross: Rs. 7.1 - 8.4 Lac* The German automaker provides dual front airbags along with ABS as standard features in all variants of the Cross Polo.
9.Renault Scala: Rs. 7.4 - 10.3 Lac* Renault Scala has dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and BA in all its variants. In fact, the Scala has all safety features common for all variants except for the front fog lamps which are reserved for the higher variants.
10.Nissan Sunny: Rs. 7.5 - 10.6 Lac* Nissan has loaded the Sunny with plenty of safety features. The front driver airbag, ABS+EBD and BA is standard in all models. In the higher variants, Sunny gets 4 airbags (2 front, 2 side).
11.Honda City: Rs. 7.6 - 11.9 Lac* Honda offers SRS airbag (driver side) as a standard feature in all its models. Along with this, City also has ABS with EBD in standard across its variants. The passenger side airbag is available in higher variants.
12.Volkswagen Vento: Rs. 7.8 - 11.9 Lac* Vento comes with dual front airbags in all the variants. In the higher variants, the car gets additional features like ABS, ESP and Hill-Hold Control (later two with DSG transmission).
13.Maruti S-Cross: Rs. 8.3 - 13.7 Lac* The S Cross comes with dual front airbags and ABS in all its variants.
14.Ford Fiesta: Rs. 8.5 - 10.2 Lac* Ford Fiesta misses out on the passenger airbag in its base variant. In all the other variants, the car has dual front airbags with ABS+EBD.
15.Nissan Terrano: Rs. 10.1 - 12.9 Lac* Terrano has only the driver side front airbag in the base model. In the higher variants, it comes equipped with passenger side airbag along with ABS, EBD and BA.
16.Mahindra XUV 500: Rs. 11.3 - 16.2 Lac* XUV has dual front airbags and ABS+EBD in all its variants. In the higher variants, the car has 6 airbags (2 front, 2 curtain and 2 side) along with ESP, hill hold and hill descent functions.
17.Toyota Corolla Altis: Rs. 13.1 - 17.7 Lac* Toyota has equipped all the variants of the Corolla Altis with dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and BA.
18.Volkswagen Jetta: Rs. 14.2 - 20.2 Lac* Jetta is one of the most well-equipped cars when it comes to safety features. All the variants of the car are equipped with dual front airbags, curtain airbag for front and rear passengers & side airbags making a total of 6 airbags along with ESC, ABS, BA, ASR, EDL and Hill hold control.
19.Chevrolet Cruze: Rs. 14.3 - 16.9 Lac* Cruze offers dual front airbags for the driver and passenger along with ABS as a standard feature in all the variants. In the higher variants, it has 4 airbags (2 front, 2 side).
20.Hyundai Elantra: Rs. 14.4 - 18.2 Lac* The car has dual front airbags and ABS+EBD as standard in all the variants. In the higher variants, the car gets 6 airbags (2 front, 2 side, 2 curtain) and ESC.
21.Renault Fluence: Rs. 14.7 - 16.3 Lac* Fluence has a lot of safety features standard in all the variants like Dual SRS Airbags (Driver and Passenger), ABS with EBD, BA and ASR. In the higher variants, the car gets ESP and 4 airbags (2 front, 2 side).
List of cars under Rs. 15 lac with airbags in base variant (summary)
|S. No.||Make||Model||Driver side Airbag||Passenger side airbag|
With the above data, we would also like to mention the cars in India under the Rs. 15 lac bracket which feature 6 airbags in their higher variants.
|SRS||Supplemental Restraint System|
|ABS||Anti-lock Braking System|
|EBD||Electronic Brakeforce Distribution|
|ESP||Electronic Slability Program|
|ESC||Electronic Stability Control|
|ASR/TCS||Traction Control System|
|EDL||Electronic Differential Lock|
*Prcies ex-showroom Delhi