The 5 safest hatchbacks in India under Rs 5.5 lakhs
Safety is the new buzzword and automotive manufacturers are improving this aspect of their products. We look at some of the safest hatchbacks at the most competitive prices available in the Indian market
Japanese car maker Honda’s petite Brio ticks all the right safety boxes. One of the smallest cars on this list, its highest rated V MT variant costs Rs 5.24 lakh and for its 1.2-litre engine, Honda claims 18.4kmpl, a good return for a car at that price.
Japanese car maker Nissan’s Micra has been making waves in the Indian hatchback segment. The top end XV variant comes equipped with the prerequisite ABS, EBD and a single airbag (unlike the dual airbags in all the other cars in this list). It is the most expensive of cars on this list at Rs 5.51 lakh. It’s not the most economical with a meagre 9.1kmpl return from its 1.2-litre engine.
A discernable pattern emerges when researching the relevant information on Indian hatchbacks that are high on safety and low on price. It becomes apparent that only the top end variants of these aforementioned cars came equipped with the crucial airbag, ABS and EBD safety precautions, while the mid-range and low end versions typically do not see these features included. The only possible exception to this trend is the Nissan Micra that offers a single driver’s side airbag across all its variants.
Not only are these cars the ultimate in safety and price, but also feature packed to the hilt, as they’re the best possible alternatives for each model of car, which means these cars will keep you safe, sound and driving in comfort. A few cars that also lead the line in terms of these safety features but lost out due to their slightly higher prices are the Renault Pulse RXZ (P), the Maruti Suzuki Swift ZXI, whose top end petrol versions cost Rs 5.55 lakhs and Rs 5.72 lakhs respectively.
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