In an interview with Express Drives in May last year, Rahul Gautam, Vice-President, Marketing, Ford India, said that a staggering 70% of Indians do not consider safety features while buying a car (This was a Twitter poll which saw 22,000 respondents). Awareness on car safety is incredibly low in our country, but as more and more manufacturers run campaigns and add more safety features to their cars, the trend is upwards. Hence, we've got together a list of the safest cars that you can buy under Rs 10 lakh. (Image: Still from Euro NCAP video)
Ford EcoSport: One of the most popular compact SUVs in India, the Ford EcoSport Trend + 1.5L Ti-VCT AT comes with driver and passenger airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control and hill hold. In fact, the Ford EcoSport range comes with dual airbags as standard. Ford EcoSport Trend + 1.5L Ti-VCT AT retails at Rs 9.55 lakh, while the range prices start at Rs 7.67 lakh (ex-showroom).
Hyundai Elite i20: A very popular hatchback in India, Hyundai Elite i20's Asta 1.4 CRDI (O) variant comes with six airbags and anti-lock braking system. The Elite i20's Asta 1.4 CRDI (O) is priced at Rs 9.14 lakh (ex-showroom), and the Elite i20 range's prices start at Rs 5.3 lakh (ex-showroom).
Hyundai i20 Active: Hyundai i20's sportier version, the Hyundai i20 Active's 1.4 SX variant is offered with six airbags and anti-lock braking system. Hyundai i20 Active 1.4 SX retails at Rs 9.78 (ex-showroom) and the price for the base variant, which also has two airbags is Rs 6.79 lakh (ex-showroom).
Ford Aspire: Ford Aspire Titanium 1.5 Ti-VCT AT variant is priced at Rs 8.53 lakh (ex-showroom) and is equipped with driver and passenger airbags up front, ABS, EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), traction control and hill hold. The base variant of the Ford Aspire, with dual airbags at the front, retails at Rs 5.57 lakh (ex-showroom).
Ford Figo: Ford Figo is the thrid car on this list and its Titanium 1.5 Ti-VCT AT, priced at Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom), comes fitted with dual airbags in the front, ABS, EBD, traction control and hill hold. The base trim of the Ford Figo is price at Rs 5 lakh (ex-showroom).
Volkswagen Polo: The top trim of Volkswagen Polo, the Polo Allstar 1.5 (D) is priced at Rs 8.86 lakh (ex-showroom) and is equipped with dual airnags upfront and ABS. Volkswagen Polo GT TDI Sport also comes with dual front airbags, ABS and EBD. It is priced at Rs 9.6 lakh (ex-showroom). The base variant of Volkwagen Polo, which also features ABS and dual front airbags, retails at Rs 5.48 lakh (ex-showroom).
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS: The sportier variant in the Baleno range, Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS is priced at Rs 8.56 lakh (ex-showroom). It comes equipped with two airbags at the front, ABS and EBD.
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