We Indians are probably the only people in the world who do not take road safety too seriously. Such is the level of negligence for safety in the country that if we are asked to select between an Airbag or Discount - we will always prefer discounts. This is the primary reason that manufacturers don't offer airbags or other safety devices in India. But this trend is changing rapidly as the Government is planning to introduce more stringent laws related to safety in the country.
Owing to the pressure, manufacturers have started introducing airbags as standard in all their models, starting from Toyota, who was the first manufacturer to offer standard airbags in all the models. While 2 airbags (driver and passenger) are a common offering these days, manufacturers like Ford have moved an inch ahead with 6 airbags (curtain and side) in all their cars.
Here's a list of top 5 cars under Rs 10 lakhs to offer 6 airbags!
Variant - 1.2 Ti-VCT Titanium Plus
Price - Rs 6.67 Lakhs
Ford, the American auto giant became the first manufacturer in India to offer 6 airbags across the models starting from their cheapest offering - the Ford Figo hatchback, showing their commitment towards road safety. The Ford Figo with 6 airbags can be bought in two variants, namely Titanium Plus Petrol and Titanium Plus Diesel, the former being the cheapest one due to the obvious reasons. The 1.2 Ti-VCT Titanium Plus with 6 airbags can be all yours at an ex showroom price of Rs 6.67 lakhs. The diesel variant, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 7.62 lakhs.
Variant - 1.2 Ti-VCT Titanium Plus
Price - Rs 7.22 Lakhs
Another Ford on the list, is the compact sedan version of the Figo hatchback - the Ford Aspire sedan. The Aspire sedan is the only compact sedan in the country today to come with 6 airbags. Like the Figo hatchback, the sedan version also offers 6 airbags in two variants - the 1.2 Ti-VCT Titanium Plus Petrol and 1.5 TDCi Diesel. The price for the petrol variant starts at Rs 7.22 lakhs for 6 airbags, while the diesel powered Aspire can be purchased for Rs 8.38 lakhs.
Variant - Asta (O) 1.2
Price - Rs 7.81 Lakhs
Next in the line is yet another hatchback, the Hyundai Elite i20 premium hatch. Hyundai offered the 6 airbags option to the 1st Gen i20, however, they discontinued the 6 airbags option after launching the Elite i20. The company has again introduced the 6 airbags now, this time in Elite i20. The 2017 Elite i20 which was launched recently has the 6 airbags option on the top of the line Asta (O) trim in both petrol and diesel engine options. The Asta (O) petrol can be bought for Rs 7.81 lakhs (ex-showroom), while the diesel Asta (O) comes at Rs 9.06 lakhs.
Variant - 1.2 SX
Price - Rs 8.39 Lakhs
The crossover format of the popular Elite i20, the Hyundai i20 Active is said to be the more feature packed and rugged version of the i20. Rugged because unlike other crossovers, who are just cladding over the body, this one has a raised ground clearance as well. The top-of-the-line SX version can be availed with 6 airbags for both the petrol and diesel trims. The pricing for the petrol version is Rs 8.39 lakhs, while the diesel retails for Rs 9.77 lakhs.
Variant - 1.5 Ti-VCT Titanium AT Black Edition
Price - Rs 9.79 Lakhs
Last but not the least is the only compact SUV to make it to the list - the ever popular Ford Ecosport. Yes, with this, we have 3 Ford cars and 2 Hyundai cars on our list. Ford Ecosport is a successful global product and comes with 6 airbags option in India as well, making it the first compact sub-4-metre SUV to come with the 6 airbags option. The Titanium Automatic 1.5 Ti-VCT BLack Edition is available at an ex-showroom price of Rs 9.79 lakhs. But you can also purchase the Titanium Plus with 6 airbags in both the petrol manual and diesel variants.