5 Budget Hatchbacks With Best On Board Safety Features
Planning to get your hands on a safe car for you & your family? Check out our list
Safety has always been one of the top priorities of Indian customers recently keeping in mind the fact that Indian roads are perhaps the most treacherous roads of the world. Now, this is not exactly a new topic because many of the Indian automotive websites already has covered the subject in the past including us (Read our top 5 budget safe cars in India here). But time has changed, and now Indian automakers along with the Indian Government are trying hard to make the Indian roads as well as the cars safe.
Now almost all the Indian Auto manufacturers provide airbags for the safety of the front passengers while some other high-tech safety equipment like ABS, EBD, and ESC are now gradually being included in some of the budget cars of India as well. So below provided are the list of 5 budget cars which gets almost all the safety features on board which makes them some of the safest cars available in the Indian market today.
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This hatchback has owned all our hearts after its launch last year. Apart from its exclusive styling, modern interiors and two new powertrains the hatchback also gets plenty of safety features as well. To begin with, the Tiago hatchback gets driver and Co- driver airbags available as standard with the top end XZ trim while the XE, XM and the XT trim get airbags as optional. Besides the airbags, the other safety features come in the form of ABS with EBD & Corner Stability Control which are available only with the top end XZ trim.
Some other safety features available with the hatchback includes Seat belt with pretensioners & load limiters, rear defogger and Day & Night IRVM.
|Driver & co-driver airbags||-||O||O||O||Yes|
|Speed dependent auto door locks||-||-||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Rear parking sensors||-||-||-||Yes||Yes|
|Day & Night IRVM||-||-||-||Yes||Yes|
|ABS with EBD & Corner Stability Control||-||-||-||-||Yes|
|Front fog lamps||-||-||-||-||Yes|
|Seat belt with pretensioners & load limiters||-||O||O||O||Yes|
There is no doubt in the fact the Swift hatchback is the most popular hatchback which has been here in the Indian market for quite some time now. While the next generation model is almost ready for its launch, let’s find out what are the safety features that you get if you get your hands on the Swift hatchback now. The Maruti Swift gets both driver and driver side passenger airbag, unfortunately, while the base Lxi trim gets it as an option the other variants including the VXi, VDi,ZXi and ZDi gets it as standard. The Swift hatchback also gets next generation ABS and EBD as standard with the top end ZXI and ZDI variant, the VXi, Lxi and LDi get it as an option.
Furthermore, the top end trim also gets brake assists as well while the VXi and VDi get it as an option. The lower trim, however, misses out the feature.
MARUTI SUZUKI SWIFT CRASH TEST
Global NCAP crash tested the Suzuki Maruit Swift, a small car aimed at Indian families. The result highlights the need for India to introduce minimum crash safety regulations. Please also watch the crash test results for the Suzuki Maruti Alto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJJyJ1gvatQ
The Swift hatchback scored 0 stars at the Crash test.(Read our full crash test report here->https://www.topspeed.in/cars/news/datsun-go-maruti-suzuki-swift-fails-ncap-crash-test-with-video-ar154780.html)
|Reverse parking sensor||No||No||Yes|
|New gen. ABS with EBD||Optional VXi - Optional VDi - Yes||Yes|
|Brake assist||No||VXi - Optional VDi - Yes||Yes|
|Driver seat belt reminder lamp + buzzer||Yes||Yes||Yes|
The new generation Ford Figo surely made a lot of headlines during the time of its launch. This is the only hatchback in its segment to get 6 airbags in total. There are plenty of other safety features available as well which comes in the form of 6 airbags along with ABS and EBD. The top end trim also gets ESP, TCS and HLA (Hill assists). The base trim, on the other hand, gets the driver side airbag as standard, the side and curtain airbags are available as an option even with the top end trim as well.
FORD FIGO ASPIRE GLOBAL NCAP CRASH TEST
Ford Aspire (Next Gen Figo) fitted with 2 airbags as standard achieves 3 Stars for Adult Protection and 2 Stars for Child Protection.
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The Figo Aspire is also based on the same paltform as the new-gen Ford Figo and uses the same kind of equipments. The compact sedan was able to score 3 stars at the Global NCAP crash test.
The latest entrant in the hatchback segment although Maruti claims it as a Crossover this is a hatchback which shares the same drivetrain with the SDwift and the Baleno hatchback. The Ignis gets Dual Front Air Bags along with ABS and EBD which are available as standard across all its variants.
SUZUKI IGNIS CRASH TEST
Euro NCAP Frontal Impact takes place at 64 Km/h, 40% of the width of the car striking a deformable barrier. In the Full Width test, 100% of the width of the car impacts a rigid barrier at 50 Km/h. In the side impact, a mobile deformable barrier impacts the driver’s door at 50 km/h. In the pole test, the car tested is propelled sideways at 32 km/h into a rigid pole.
The Suzuki IGnis sold in the global market managed to score 3 stars with the standard safety features while the top end variant with all the safety features scored an impressive 5 star rating.
Advanced Safety - Standard in Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha
- * Suzuki TECT Body
- * ABS with EBD
- * ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorages
- * Dual Front Air Bags
- * Seat Belt Pre-tensioners with Force Limiters
- * Pedestrian Protection
- * Full Frontal, Frontal Offset,
- * Side Impact Safe
Toyota Etios Liva is one of the safest hatchbacks of its segment because every single safety features come as standard across all its trims. Thus for the safety of the occupants inside it gets dual SRS airbags for both the driver and front side passenger, ABS and EBD, front seat belt pretensioner and Force limiter. Besides all that it also gets Child restraint system ISOFIX and Tether anchor as well.
Just like the Ignis The Toyota Etios Liva also gets all the safety features as standard across the range.
TOYOTA ETIOS CRASH TEST
Il crash test della Toyota Etios costruita in India dotata di doppio airbag e pretensionatori delle cinture anteriori. Test eseguito da Global NCAP per il programma #SaferCarsForIndia
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The Toyota Etios hatchback scored an impressive 4 stars at the Global NCAP Crash test.
- * Dual front SRS Airbags
- * ABS with EBD
- * Immobiliser
WHAT DO WE THINK
We have provided our list of budget hatchbacks which are worth buying if you are looking for a safe car for you and your family. All the cars mentioned above do get the minimal safety features like ABS, EBD and dual front airbags. But if you tell us to pick any two cars according to their safety standard then we must inform you that we think both the Ford Figo and Toyota Etios Liva will be your best options because they are the new generation models and both the manufacturers have focused a lot in making these cars safe. The Ignis is also the next generation product from the Japanese auto manufacturer and the good thing is that it offers all the safety features as standard as standard across all its grades.
Lastly the Maruti Swift and the Tata Tiago well while the Maruti Swift atleast gets driver side airbag as standard across all its grades the Tiago, on the other hand, does not get even a driver side airbag in the base XB trim which is actually quite disappointing.