Everyday the newspaper comes full of road accident stories with most of the occupants facing severe injuries and in some cases even fatal ones. We read, hear and often watch these things and must have realized that how difficult life becomes when one meets with any such disaster/mishappening. Safe driving habits, patience and experience, all matters while driving cars on high speed, even in narrow city traffic it is necessary to follow these norms. Moreover, your car should be well armed with an excellent safety system. The safety package in your car enhances your protection inside the car as it helps in preventing the direct hit on the body due to collisions.
Though we all know the importance of these safety elements, still we are very apathetic towards it. While assembling the vehicle, the manufacturer pays least attention to install them and while purchasing it, the buyers are also not much concerned due to budget constraints and other factors. But if one does not want to go for an expensive vehicle only for safety aspects, there are safe cars available in decent price range too. We have crunched a list of 10 safe cars under 10 lacs from various segments.
Renault Kwid (INR 2.6-3.5 Lac):
Live for more safety with Renault Kwid. The robust strength and SUV-inspired stance lets it zip around in the city and on the highways. Renault Kwid equips driver side airbag and other features like central locking system, high mounted stop lamp and audible parking brake warning that provide a proactive approach to the car safety.
Chevrolet Beat (INR 4.2-6.3 Lac):
The little city hatchback turns you on style and life with advance safety features. About 60% of the structure is made up of high strength steel. Driver seat belt reminder is the standard feature of the car where twin airbags at front of the driver and passenger ensures complete safety. Apart from this, ABS controls braking and manages control over different surfaces.
Hyundai Grand i10 (INR 4.7-6.7 Lac):
The car gets a robust body structure with anti corrosive steel and the ring all around its framework. Driver and passenger dual airbags protect in the event of any frontal impact. ABS enables stable braking and prevents the vehicle from skidding. Other safety measures like reverse parking sensors and rear defogger also make your ride secure and confident. The car has also earned ‘ICOTY’ (Indian Car Of The Year) award in 2014.
Ford Figo (INR 4.3-7.4 Lac):
With features like six airbags (including best-in-class side and curtain airbags), Anti-lock-braking System and body structure constructed from high-strength steel covers you from everywhere so much that your ride becomes the safest one. Not only this, but intelligent central locking, and PATS (Passive anti-theft system) are the safeguard for a restricted entry. The elder sibling Figo Aspire has the same set of safety equipment.
Honda Jazz (INR 5.3-8.6 Lac):
The car offers a bunch of safety features that includes dual SRS airbags along with ABS and EBD. The ACE body structure makes the vehicle strong while the pedestrian injury mitigation technology reduces the risk of a pressurized attack towards the people outside the car. The immobilizer anti-theft system keeps your stuff safe and the impact mitigation headrest minimizes injuries to the passengers.
Volkswagen Polo (INR 5.3-8.6 Lac):
The only hatchback in India from the German auto giant has Front and Rear Parking Sensors which warn about the obstacles around the vehicle while parking. Driver and front passenger airbags reduce the risk of injuries on a collision. Side and head airbags are also provided. ABS and ESP (Electronic Stability Program) manage braking, handling and traction on tough and slippery surfaces. Anti Theft Warning with Interior Surveillance keep your stuff safe in the car.
Hyundai Elite i20 (INR 5.3-8.2 Lac):
Hyundai Elite i20 is currently the leader in the premium hatchback segment with its European design and state of the art features. Also in terms of safety it is one of the safest cars in its class. The Korean auto giant offers six airbags, ABS with EBD and Reverse Parking Sensors. Moreover, Engine Immobilizer and speed sensing auto door locks also enhances the protection while riding the vehicle.
Ford EcoSport (INR 6.8-10.5 Lac):
With more power and style, the car comes equipped with an array of safety features. The high strength boron steel that is used by space programs, makes the vehicle lightweight and four times stronger than any other metal combination. The 6 airbags all-round the EcoSport and ABS with EBD, ensures safety by protecting the occupants from direct hits and by managing braking, wheels locking, stability and control. Apart from this, the traction control and the ESP (Electronic Stability Program) reduces wheel spin and over or under steering on corners. Moreover, a ‘beep’ from the rear parking sensors and a display for the same on the dash alerts you about any outside risk.
Fiat Avventura (INR 6.6-8.7 Lac):
The compact crossover from the Italian giant is nothing short of safety. It comes with early crash sensors that detects the crash and then deploy the airbags on the right moment. The fire prevention system hampers any damage arising from inflammatory objects. Furthermore, smart headlamps enlighten your way to home in dark after exiting from the car.
Hyundai Creta (INR 8.6-13.6 Lac):
One of the significant points related to the success of this SUV is the horde of active and passive safety features this car comes with. The newly launched Creta is all armed with 6 airbags, Hill Start, ESC (Electronic stability control) and SBL (Static bending lights). Other than these, the seat belts, pre-tensioning system, rear parking assist system are some of the crucial features to mention.