In 2023, the focus on vehicle safety in India took a significant leap forward, with manufacturers increasingly integrating Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) into their models. This trend is particularly noticeable in cars priced below Rs 30 lakh, where ADAS features are no longer exclusive to premium segments. Here’s a refined overview of the seven cars that embraced ADAS in India this year, all within this price bracket:
- MG Hector and Hector Plus Facelifts: Both the MG Hector and its Plus variant received a facelift in early 2023, enhancing their design, comfort, and safety features. The top-tier Savvy Pro trim of these SUVs now includes ADAS, featuring adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, and autonomous emergency braking (AEB).
- Honda City Facelift: The Honda City’s 2023 update introduced ADAS, previously only available in the hybrid model. Starting from the V variant, the sedan now offers forward collision avoidance, lane keep assist, and a lead car departure alert.
- Sixth-Generation Hyundai Verna: The Hyundai Verna underwent a significant update, marking it as one of Hyundai’s first cars in India with ADAS. Available in the SX (O) CVT and SX (O) Turbo variants, its ADAS package includes forward collision avoidance, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and high-beam assist.
- Honda Elevate: Entering the compact SUV segment, the Honda Elevate stands out with its ADAS, available in the top-spec ZX trim. Its features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and forward collision avoidance.
- Hyundai Venue and Venue N Line: Though launched in 2022, these models were updated with ADAS only in 2023. The top variants, SX (O) and N8, now include forward collision warning, driver attentiveness alert, and lead vehicle departure warning, albeit lacking adaptive cruise control.
- Kia Seltos Facelift: Mid-2023 saw the introduction of the updated Kia Seltos, equipped with an extensive ADAS suite in its GTX+ and X-Line variants. The 17-feature package includes forward collision warning and avoidance, driver attentiveness alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and high-beam assist.
- Tata Harrier-Safari Facelifts: The Tata Harrier and Safari received their first major makeover in October 2023, complete with new looks and technologies. From the Adventure+A variant onwards, they now offer AEB, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, and lane departure warning, with an impending update to include lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
These developments represent a significant stride in enhancing road safety and driving convenience in India’s automotive market. Which of these would you consider the best blend of safety, performance, and value? Share your thoughts in the comments.