Electronic Stability Control or ESC is a life saver. ESC counters oversteer or understeer in corners, or a loss of traction on slippery surfaces by braking individual wheels and even reducing engine power until stability and driver control is restored. The good news is the technology will become mandatory on Indian cars by 2023. But what are the most affordable options with ESC already on sale? Read on to find out.
(All prices mentioned are ex-showroom, Delhi.)
7 – Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 1.5 AT Delta: Rs 9.8 lakh
The facelifted Maruti Suzuki Ciaz gets a new 1.5 petrol engine that is offered with manual and automatic gearbox options. What’s nice to know is that all versions of the automatic come with ESC as standard. The feature is a new addition to the Ciaz.
6 – Ford EcoSport 1.5 Trend+ AT: Rs 9.75 lakh
The Ford EcoSport gets ABS and dual airbags as standard across the range, but the top-spec models get further safety equipment in the form of fouradditional airbags and ESC. This makes it one of the safest compact SUVs in our market.
5 – Volkswagen Polo GT TSI: Rs 9.33 lakh
The Volkswagen Polo is one of the safest hatchbacks on sale in India. It scored 4 stars on the Global NCAP’s crash rating and is equipped with dual airbags and ABS as standard, as well. The Polo GT TSI variant, however, comes with the added safety of ESC.
4 – Volkswagen Ameo 1.5 TDI AT Comfortline Plus: Rs 9.21 lakh
Volkswagen’s compact sedan not only features a sophisticated dual-clutch gearbox but also scores high on safety. Dual airbags and ABS are standard, and the diesel-automatic also gets ESC thathelps rein in the engine’s power at times.
3 – Ford Aspire 1.5 Titanium AT: Rs 8.78 lakh
The Aspire automatic features safety kit like dual airbags, ABS, traction control and ESC. This makes it among the safest compact sedans you can buy today. Expect the upcoming facelifted Aspire to offer the same levels of safety.
2 – Ford Figo 1.5 Titanium AT: Rs 8.25 lakh
The Ford Figo automatic might be pricey as hatchbacks go but, dual-clutch gearbox aside there is another reason to extend your budget for one. And that is ESC. Hill Launch Assist is also part of the package. The updated Figo that is also coming soon will carry these features for sure.
1 – Ford Freestyle 1.2 Titanium MT: Rs 7.41 lakh
At the moment, the most affordable car in India with ESC is the Ford Freestyle 1.2 Titanium. It gets active rollover protection that cuts engine torque if the car senses an impending rollover. You also get dual airbags andopting for the Titanium+ version will take the airbag count to six.