Are we safe in our cars? Let us look at top 5 cars - in no particular order - with the best safety features.
With India getting ready to invoke the NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) by 2017, all manufacturers have started to offer safety features in their cars. Some of them are making it standard across variants.
Ford Figo And Aspire
Ford has leapfrogged in the safety features by offering six airbags for the Figo and Aspire models, so the passengers on the rear seat feel safe too.
It includes Perimeter Alarm which goes off if there is an attempt to break into the car. It flashes headlights and parking lamps and theft indicator in the instrument panel.
ABS With EBD
If you are not confident on a hill climb and worry that your car will rollback, the Figo and Aspire come with HLA (Hill Launch Assist). Apart from this, it also features, ABS with EBD and ESP (Electronic Stability Program).
The Hyundai i20 features dual airbags, ABS, Smart pedal - if you have simultaneously pressed both the accelerator and the brake, this feature overrides the accelerator and applies brake only. The headlights automatically turn on during dusk and turn off at sunlight. The power windows automatically roll down if it senses any obstacles.
Steering Wheel Controls
Apart from these, it also features, rear parking assist system, audio controls on the steering wheel, it also warns with an indicator for low fuel, door and tailgate are not closed, engine immobiliser and driver seatbelt reminder.
Anti-Pinch Power Windows
The Volkswagen Polo offers dual airbags and ABS are standard across variants which are a good buy, also, it features engine immobiliser, auto dimming IRVM, high mounted stop light, power windows automatically rolls down if it senses any obstacles. Rain sensing wipers, lane change indicators, speed sensing auto door locks, and rear parking sensors.
Hill Ascent Control
Hyundai Creta is one of the best compact SUV with loads of safety features, it comes with six airbags and ABS with EBD, ESC, VSM (Vehicle Stability Management control), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), rear parking assist with camera, lane change indicator, lane change flash adjustment, speed sensing auto door lock, steering wheel mounted controls.
Toyota Liva & Etios
Toyota too is providing dual airbags from the base variant, ABS with EBD as optional, engine immobiliser, keyless entry. There are warning indicators for driver seat belt reminder, door ajar warning, headlamp on warning, reverse sensors.