It goes without saying that safety, when your hands are at the steering wheel of your car, should never be compromised. Your dream car should have some basic safety features like ABS, EBD, and airbags.
Let’s brush you up on your knowledge about the safety features that are available on cars these days.
What is ABS?
ABS refers to Anti-lock Braking System. It prevents the wheels from locking up while braking. This system offers improved vehicle control and decreases stopping distances on dry and slippery surfaces. With widespread use of cars, the anti-lock braking systems have improved considerably over time.
What is EBD?
Modern ABS systems are always used with an automobile brake technology called EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution). It automatically varies the amount of force applied to each of the vehicle’s brakes, depending on road conditions, speed, etc. EBD makes the ABS more secure by locking the wheels from probable skids and slips. In simpler terms, EBD ensures that the vehicle is steady when the brakes are applied.
What are Airbags?
Airbags are a vehicle’s protective shield. They serve the purpose of slowing down an occupant’s motion as evenly as possible within a fraction of second in a crash. The airbag provides an energy absorbing surface between the vehicle’s occupant and the body of the car. Airbags work best in combination with seatbelts.
Some other safety features include fog lights, defogger, collapsible steering, side impact door beam, etc.
So If you are planning on buying a car, do not be hasty. Search whether that car has the safety features which will be the determinants of life and death during any casualty on road.
Below is a list of top ten safest cars under 5 lacs.
This Ford India model has ABS, EBD, and dual airbags in its top end variants the Titanium and the Titanium Plus. Even since its unveiling in 2009, it has established its mark. During a crash, its engine automatically falls from the bonnet area to prevent the car from catching fire. Let’s look at how the Titanium variant is priced-
New Figo Titanium Petrol- Around 6.3 Lacs (on-road), New Figo Titanium Diesel – Around 7.5 Lacs (on-road).
However, on a tight budget of 5 Lacs, you can still get a safety features loaded Figo albeit a Pre-owned one. See affordable Ford Figo Diesel Titanium Used Cars in Delhi NCR on Spinny.
The Polo is the smallest car by the German auto giant Volkswagen. Armed with German engineering, it is in a different league altogether. The Comfortline and the Highline variants of the Polo come with two airbags, ABS, and EBD. Though it is more expensive than other cars which are in the same category with respect to features and specifications, it is a delight for the passengers with its immaculate build quality.
Lets take a look at the pricing -
New 1.2L Comfortline (P) : 6.5 Lacs (on-road), New 1.5L Comfortline (D) : Upwards of 8 Lacs (on-road)
New 1.2L Highline (P) : 7.5 Lacs (on-road), New 1.5 L Highline (D) : A whopping 9 Lacs + (on-road).
On the bright side, you can easily get a Pre-owned 2013 Polo Highline (mileage around 30k-35k) for under 4Lacs. See Used Polo Cars in Delhi on Spinny
If you feel that safety is preferable over luxury, then Nissan Micra is your dream vehicle. Hailed as one of safest cars, equipped with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, and Airbags, this Japanese car is fair with cost, and safety. It comes with the necessary safety features at a price that no other manufacturer can match in India.
New XV Petrol: Around 6.5 Lacs (on-road), New XV Diesel: 7.5 Lacs (on-road)
While you can get a 2012 Micra XV Diesel (Mileage-15-20k) under 5 Lacs. See used Nissan Micra cars in Delhi NCR on Spinny.
When it comes to combining safety and affordability, Hyundai i20 tops the list of being the best hatchbacks in the country. It is the cheapest car which provides airbags, ABS. All in all, it comes with an overall package with safety built into it. Also, the car is loaded with some of the features which come only in luxury cars.
Price for a new i20 Asta Petrol : Upwards of 7 Lacs, i20 Asta Diesel – Around 8 Lacs.
While you can get a 2013 Hyundai i20 Asta (Mileage around 20K) for under 5 Lacs. See used Hyundai i20 cars in Gurgaon.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire is based on the Swift hatchback. But in terms of safety, the former is a notch above as it has additional protection provided by the boot in the event of a rear end collision.The top-end variants- ZXi and ZDi of DZire come packed with two airbags, ABS and EBD. While the VXi and VDI come with ABS and EBD but no Airbags.
Let’s have a look at the pricing-
New Dzire VXi – 6+ Lacs, New Dzire VDi – 7.5+ Lacs
While a 2011 or newer Dzire VXi (mileage 40-50k) will cost you just around 4 Lacs, and a 2013 DZire VDi (mileage 40-50k) will cost under 5 Lacs.
See used Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire VDi cars in Delhi on Spinny