Hyundai Elite i20 and i20 Active will now come with airbags that as standard across all variants the sources have confirmed. Hyundai will come with better safety option and it’s finally taken a new step. Following in the footsteps of its rivals, Hyundai has finally taken a positive step in the direction of better occupant safety.
Despite this significant announcement, the company is yet to offer Airbag Safet(ABS) on lower trim levels leading to speculation that the company may continue to offer it as a premium feature even on the 2016 models. The company has garnered a somewhat unsavoury reputation of being one of the only manufacturers that offers safety systems as premium features despite rival brands like Maruti Suzuki and Ford having already introduced ABS and dual front airbags as standard on base models of their similarly priced hatchback and compact sedan offerings.
The Ford was the first manufacturer in safety options to offer the features as standard on the Ford Figo hatchback and Ford Figo Aspire compact sedan. Maruthi Suzuki already comes with 2 safety options across all variants. Following closely on its heels was Maruti Suzuki, which made the 2 safety options available across all variants of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, WagonR, Swift, and Swift Dzire all of which fall below the Elite i20 and i20 Active in terms of base model cost.
On other hand, Hyundai has not caught up this trend presently. Hence, it’s strange to see why Hyundai has taken so long to catch up with the trend. Other car manufacturers like Toyota and Volkswagen, that have already incorporated these features in base level offerings.
Despite the aforementioned anomaly, the Hyundai Elite i20 has seen known before success in India in 2015 having sold nearly 1.2 lakh units.which is available with either a 1.2-litre petrol or a 1.4-litre diesel engine, of which the diesel unit is used in the i20 Active model sedan. Both the Elite i20 and the i20 Active are likely to receive a mild refresh sometime soon.
The Hyundai Elite i20 is rivaled by the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Honda Jazz in the hotly competitive premium hatchback segment.The Jazz is now the only car which will not be offered with airbags as a standard feature on lower variants.