Modern cars are highly loaded with great features to offer high amount of creature comfort as well as safety to the owners. Nowadays, one really doesn’t have to spend a fortune and buy luxury cars to enjoy a whole host of beneficial features, as car makers are increasingly churning out great new cars in the mass market that are packed with a number of impressive features, while also being high on safety measures.
The car makers nowadays highly concentrate on making their new offerings safer, as the modern car buyers are increasingly getting conscious about vehicle safety and new safety technology. Among the many impressive safety features, ESP and Hill Hold Drive Assist system are two increasingly popular technologies that are being offered in several cars in the market.
Let us first checkout what these two safety features actually are:
ESP (Electronic Stability Program) is known by several names in the market, such as ESC (Electronic stability control) and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control). ESP is basically a computerized technology which is meant to enhance a car’s stability by detecting as well as reducing traction loss. Simply put, ESP helps in thwarting skidding of a vehicle. When ESP detects the loss of steering control of a car, it applies brakes automatically to help the driver regain control over the vehicle and steer it in right direction. ESP automatically applies brakes on individual wheels at a time, such as the outer front wheel when the system detects oversteering or inner rear wheel in case of understeering. Some advanced ESC systems also decreases engine power until the driver regains control over the vehicle. It is to be remembered that ESP or ESC does not enhance a car’s performance during taking sharp turns; it also can’t keep a car from getting deviated during very sharp cornering at very high speeds. This system only helps in minimizing the loss of control over cars.
Hill Hold Drive Assist System
Hill Hold Drive Assist System also goes by various names depending on the car maker, such as Hill Hold Control. It is usually referred to as Hill-start Assist Control system or Downhill Assist Control system or a combination of both. The Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) system helps to keep the vehicle steady and from skidding while ascending steep roads. Thus, HAC keeps the car stable on steep hills and helps avoid roll-backs. This system often comes in combination with Downhill Assist Control (DAC) system that makes descending steep slopes easier and safer. To put it in few words, the Hill Hold Drive Assist System prevents the vehicle from sliding or skidding on steep or on slippery road surfaces. While HAC decreases roll-back, DAC reduces and maintains the car’s speed at 5 km per hour to make sure that the car remains stable while descending slopes or slippery surfaces.
Let us now look at some of the cars which come equipped with the important safety features of ESP and Hill Hold Drive Assist System:
The newly launched Volkswagen Ameo entry-level sub-4-meter compact sedan is really amazing as the German car major has packed it with great safety features despite its entry-level segment. The new Ameo offers the safety of both Hill Hold Control System and Electronic Stability Program. Apart from the safety support of these two technologies, the Ameo compact sedan also offers a number of other safety features such as ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), Dual-front airbags, Height-adjustable head restraints, Electronic Engine Immobiliser with floating code, Front disc brakes, 3-point front and rear seat belts, front and rear Fog lamps, Auto-dimming interior rear view mirror, static cornering lights and more.
The Volkswagen Ameo also offers a whole host of comfort and convenience features including Sporty flat bottom steering wheel, Leather-wrapped steering wheel with chrome accents, High-quality scratch-resistant dashboard, Cooled Glove Box, Cruise Control, Ambient lights with theatre dimming effect, Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers, Reverse parking camera with sensors, automatic air-conditioning, Height-adjustable driver’s seat, electrically adjustable and foldable outside rear view mirrors, Speed-sensing auto door locks, Remote-controlled central locking, Speed-sensitive electronic power steering, Touchscreen Infotainment System with Bluetooth, i-Pod and MirrorLink connectivity and much more.
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI
This highly capable hatchback model also offers the safety features of Electronic Stability Program apart from many others including dual front Airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Engine immobilizer, Speed Sensing Door Lock, Child Safety Lock, rear Parking Sensors and more.
The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI offers a number of creature comfort features such as Automatic Climate Control, Remote controlled central locking system, all power windows with one touch up/down feature, Tilt & Telescopic adjustable steering wheel, Cruise Control, Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel and gear knob and many more.
Ford Figo Aspire
The Figo Aspire is another sub-4-meter compact sedan model that is highly loaded with great safety features. This small sedan from Ford offers the safety features of 6 airbags, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Launch Assist system, perimeter alarm to thwart attempts of theft, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), high strength steel chassis and more.
The Aspire offers many comfort and convenience features including premium leather upholstery, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Power Windows, Keyless entry, audio system, etc.
The Hyundai Creta is a highly popular compact SUV model that comes braced with impressive safety as well as comfort features. The stylish compact SUV is equipped with Hill-start assist control (HAC), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), Rear Parking Assist System, Static bending lights (SBL), Height adjustable Seat Belt Anchor, Follow Me Headlamp, etc.
The Creta is also loaded with great creature comfort features including Fully Automatic Temperature Control, premium audio system, Smart Key entry, Rear AC Vents, Tilt adjustable steering wheel, and many more.
The Mahindra XUV500 is a very popular premium SUV model that is known for its flashy looks. This SUV is also loaded to its hilt with great safety features including 6 airbags, ESP (Electronic Stability Program) along with rollover mitigation system, Hill Descent and Hill Hold Control system, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), all wheel disc brakes, etc.
The XUV500 also offers great comfort features such as 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, fully automatic temperature control, tilt and telescopic power steering wheel, reverse camera, cruise control, follow-me-home headlights, cooled glove box and much more.