Renowned businessman and former chairman of Tata Sons recently died in a road accident that raises serious questions about road safety in India. While Indian roads are among the most dangerous in the world to drive a vehicle given the number of fatalities reported each year, it is also the undersized and under-equipped cars that are partly responsible for such a high fatality rate. The government of India is working fast to mandate the use of safety equipment in cars and after mandating ABS with EBD and dual airbags, the government has taken a step forward to mandate 6 airbags in a car. As things change quickly and incidents such as the death of Cyrus Mistry put the emphasis on road safety, we have compiled a list of top 5 cars from each segment with 6 airbags under Rs 15 lakh:
Also first on our list of safest cars is the latest launch in India with 6 airbags as standard in all variants. The Kia Carens MPV was launched in India at a starting price of Rs 8.99 lakh (ex showroom) and you don’t need the top variant to get your hands on a six seater variant as standard feature, making it the most affordable car in India with 6 airbags.
2. Hyundai i20
The Hyundai i20 is a premium hatchback and also one of the most affordable cars on this list with 6 airbags. The Asta (O) variant with 6 airbags costs Rs 9.5 lakh (ex-showroom). Apart from 6 airbags, the Hyundai i20 is one of the most comprehensive cars in the segment.
3. Hyundai Location
Another Hyundai on the list is the Hyundai Venue compact SUV that offers 6 airbags with a pocket-friendly price tag. You can have the Hyundai Venue with 6 airbags in the SX(O) variant, which is one of the higher specification variants. The price tag of the Hyundai Venue with six airbags starts at Rs 11.3 lakh (ex-showroom).
Another Kia car on the list is the newly launched 2022 Kia Seltos, which represents the mid-sized SUV segment. Kia India recently launched the updated version of the SUV and like the Carens it now gets 6 airbags as standard in all variants meaning you can buy a 6 airbag SUV for Rs 10.49 lakh (ex showroom) and the prices go up to Rs 18.65 lakh (ex-showroom) for the top model.
5. Hyundai Verna
The Hyundai Verna is the only sedan on this list and probably the most affordable with 6 airbags. Hyundai offers 6 airbags in the Verna SX(O) model. The Hyundai Verna with 6 airbags starts at Rs 11.1 lakh (ex showroom) and goes from there depending on variants. The Hyundai Verna is the third car on our list from the South Korean automaker.