Saturday, 3 November 2018

5 Cars under 5 lakhs with safety features


Buying a car is a crucial decision. Tonnes of aspects like looks, comfort, engine, fuel economy, etc need to be taken into account before choosing the right car. And when there is a wide range of cars to choose from, the task becomes even tougher. But most of the time among all the bling-bling and tech gizmos, one of the most important aspects that fails to grab the attention of many is 'safety'. A car is only as good as it is safe for the people inside in. Therefore here are five cars (in increasing order of price) under INR 5 lakhs (showroom price) which offer safety features to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road (*Safety features are highlighted in blue colour fonts).

1. Hyundai Santro - Era : INR 4.25 Lakhs
The newly launched Hyundai Santro 2018 seems to be a promising car. The 'Era' is the second variant in the Santro 2018 line up but does offers a lot more than its competitors. Many of its features like the rear AC vent are even first in its class. The list of major features in the Santro Era are:
  1. Driver Side Airbag
  2. Seatbelt warning 
  3. Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  4. Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  5. Engine Immobilizer 
  6. Child Safety Lock
  7. Air Condition with first in class rear AC vents
  8. 12 Volt Power Outlet
  9. Front only power windows
  10. Internally adjustable ORVM
  11. Headlight Height Adjuster
  12. Instrument Cluster: Average fuel consumption, distance to empty, average speed, one trip meter, low fuel level warning, door ajar warning, gear indication, shift indicator, instantaneous fuel consumption, and tachometer.
  13. 3 years/100000 km warranty. 
( Click the link to read the first impression review article of the new Hyundai Santro: Hyundai Santro: First Impression: Good or Bad?)
 
2. Maruti Suzuki Ignis - Sigma 1.2 MT: INR 4.73 Lakhs
The Ignis is a car whose looks can be controversial. It is hard to tell if you like the looks or hate the looks. But "Love it or hate it, you can't Ignore it" because it does manage to stand out of most of the cars on the road. Looks are always subjective and therefore looks aside, the major features that the entry-level variant, the Sigma 1.2 MT offers are:
  1. Driver and Co-driver side Airbags
  2. Middle rear three-point seat belt
  3. Child Seat Anchor Points
  4. Seat Belt warning 
  5. Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  6. Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  7. Central Locking with Key
  8. Engine immobilizer
  9. Child Safety Lock
  10. Air Condition
  11. 12V Power Outlet
  12. Steering Tilt Adjustment
  13. Headlight off and Ignition Key off reminder
  14. Front Only Power windows
  15. One touch up-down driver side window
  16. Externally Adjustable ORVM  
  17. Headlight Height Adjuster  
  18. Instrument Cluster: Two trip meters, digital clock, low fuel level warning, door ajar warning,  shift indicator
  19. 2 years warranty/40000 km warranty
3. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R - 1.0 VXi ABS: 4.89 Lakhs
The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R has been around for quite some time now. Although the boxy tall boy design might not be appealing to many it is popular because of the spacious feeling that it provides inside it. The VXi ABS variant of the Wagon R comes with Anti-Lock Braking System which is a great safety feature to have to prevent locking up of the wheels during hard braking or skidding on the slippery surfaces. Apart the from the ABS the features included in it are:
  1. Driver and Co-driver side Airbags
  2. Seat Belt warning
  3. Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) 
  4. Engine Immobilizer 
  5. Central Locking with remote
  6. Speed sensing door lock
  7. Child Safety Lock
  8. Air Conditioner
  9. 12V power outlet
  10. Steering Tilt Adjustment
  11. Headlight off and Ignition Key off reminder 
  12. Front and rear power windows
  13. One touch down driver side window
  14. Electrically adjustable ORVM
  15. Rear defogger
  16. Rear wiper 
  17. Headlight Height Adjuster  
  18. Instrument Cluster: Electronic two trip meters, digital clock, low fuel level warning, door ajar warning, a tachometer.
  19. Integrated music system: 2 din head unit, 4 speakers, USB and Aux compatibility, MP3 playback, CD player, AM/FM radio
  20. 2 years/40000 km warranty 

4. Maruti Suzuki Swift - LXi: INR 4.99 Lakhs 
Since its inception, the Maruti Suzuki Swift has been a very popular car almost among all age groups of people. It is good looking, has a great engine, the fuel economy is good, and like almost every car from the stables of Maruti Suzuki, the maintenance cost too is low. The new Swift not only looks good but now also comes with safety features which are standard across the variants. The LXi is the entry level variant and the list of major features that come with it are:
  1. Driver and Co-driver side Airbags
  2. Child Seat Anchor Points
  3. Seat Belt warning
  4. Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  5. Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  6. Brake Assist (BA)
  7. Engine Immobilizer 
  8. Child Safety Lock
  9. Air Condition
  10. 12 Volt Power Outlet
  11. Steering Tilt Adjustment
  12. Headlight off and Ignition Key off reminder
  13. Internally adjustable ORVM
  14. Front only power window (only in LXi Special Edition)
  15. Headlight Height Adjuster
  16. Instrument Clusters: Average fuel consumption, digital clock, low fuel level warning, trip meter, adjustable brightness
  17. 2 years/40000 km warranty 
5. Tata Tiago - Revotron XT (O): INR 5 Lakhs
Another car in the given price range that is worth mentioning is the Tata Tiago, the Revotron XT (O) variant in particular. It does come with driver and co-driver side airbags but misses out on safety features like ABS or EBD. Which to be honest is disappointing. But it seems to have covered up its shortcomings in the safety department by offering more in terms of entertainment and comfort. The list of major features in it are:
  1. Driver and Co-driver side Airbags
  2. Seat Belt warning
  3. Engine Immobilizer  
  4. Child Safety Lock 
  5. Central Locking with remote
  6. Speed sensing door lock  
  7. Air condition
  8. Steering Tilt Adjustment
  9. Headlight off and Ignition Key off reminder
  10. Reverse Parking sensor
  11. Height adjustable Driver seat (Manual) 
  12. Front and rear power windows
  13. Electrically adjustable ORVM
  14. Remote operated boot lid opener
  15. Follow me home headlamps
  16. Instrument Cluster: Electronic two trip meters, average fuel consumption, average speed, distance to empty, digital clock, low fuel level warning, door ajar warning, gear indicator, shift indicator, a tachometer. 
  17. Integrated music system: 2 din head unit, 4 speakers, USB and Aux compatibility, Bluetooth compatibility for phone and audio streaming, MP3 playback, AM/FM radio, iPod compatibility.
  18. 2 years/75000 km warranty 
Hope this post will help you in selecting the vehicle that you were looking for. Also, check out the article '7 ways to become a better driver : Easy and Simple' if you want to improve your driving skills or want to be a better driver on the road. If you have like the article then share it with others to spread the information and like always, suggestions and comments are most welcomed.

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Prices may vary with respect to locations and time.
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