The Indian automotive industry has experienced a fundamental change in terms of safety over the past several years. With this, several cutting-edge passive and active technologies have advanced significantly. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS for short, is a suite of state-of-the-art technologies that uses a variety of sensors and cameras to help prevent accidents, lessen casualties, and keep drivers aware of potential threats. The ADAS suite in your vehicle may include adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and even automated stop and go depending on the level that it operates on. To make this active safety feature more available to a wider variety of consumers, a majority of automakers worldwide have been incorporating ADAS into their vehicles, particularly mass-market cars. Therefore, it's encouraging to see more reasonably priced automobiles employing ADAS these days, as it was formerly a feature exclusive to high-end models. Here's a list of the most reasonably priced ADAS-equipped cars available in India.
Recently, Level 1 ADAS technology was added to the Hyundai Venue facelift. This tech, which the South Korean carmaker refers to as "SmartSense," is available exclusively on the top-of-the-line SX(O) trim level, priced at Rs 12.44 lakh (ex-showroom). It works with either the 1.5-litre diesel or the 1-litre turbo-petrol engine. Meanwhile, ADAS is not available for the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated (NA) petrol mill. In terms of output, the turbo petrol unit churns out 118bhp of maximum power and 172Nm of peak torque. It comes with two gearbox options: a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and a 6-speed manual. The diesel engine, on the contrary, puts out 114bhp and 250Nm and is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission. Notably, the ADAS suit comprises features like lane keeping assistance, lane departure warning, driver attention warning, lane following assistance, high beam assistance, and leading vehicle departure alert.
As we have already stated several times in our previous stories, the Honda City was the first vehicle in its segment to incorporate ADAS. Even the lower-spec models of the City now have ADAS capabilities thanks to a recent update. All four trims—V, V Elegant, VX, and ZX—aside from the base model SV, come with the ADAS installed. Level 2 ADAS is present in the sedan, featuring adaptive cruise control (with stop and go), auto high beam assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane centre assist, blind spot monitoring, and blind spot collision avoidance assist.
The next on the list is the MG Astor. For the uninitiated, the British manufacturer was one of the first automakers to provide the ADAS function at a lower price point with the launch of the Astor. This added safety function is available on two variations of this SUV, the Sharp and Savvy, and only on automatic models. Many ADAS features are standard on the Astor's Savvy trim, and as an optional extra, buyers can select a few options for the Sharp trim. The features that this vehicle is equipped with include adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, lane change assist, intelligent headlamp control, information mode, intelligent mode, manual mode, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking (pedestrian).
MG offers the model with a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol mill and a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The latter develops 20Nm and 138bhp, whereas the former delivers 108bhp and 144Nm. As for the prices, the Astor carries a price tag ranging from Rs 17 lakh to Rs 18.69 lakh. Both figures are ex-showroom.
The newest model to enter the competitive mid-size SUV market is the Honda Elevate. The SUV is equipped with ADAS technology, or Honda Sensing, as the Japanese auto major prefers to call it, and is now the most reasonably priced mid-size SUV available in India. This safety feature is exclusive to the top-tier ZX variant, which commands an ex-showroom starting price of Rs 14.90 lakh. It has a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated gasoline engine that makes 145Nm and 119bhp and comes mated to a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission option.
Similar to the City sedan, the Elevate has Level 2 ADAS technology, which includes auto high beam assist, adaptive cruise control (with stop and go), forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane centre assist, blind spot monitoring, and blind spot collision avoidance assistance.
Similar to the Venue, the top-tier Verna trim level [SX(O)] is offered with both engine options and includes the ADAS suite. However, ADAS is only available with the automatic gearbox on the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine. On the other hand, the feature is accessible with both the manual and automatic transmissions on the turbo-petrol version. The Verna is offered with more sophisticated Level 2 ADAS technology. It entails adaptive cruise control (which can stop and go), auto high beam assistance, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane center assist, blind spot monitoring, and lane avoidance assist.