Yes, I read in news somewhere in 2015 all the commercial vehicle will have to follow ABS
& Airbag norms [but not sure about the detail news].
Appart from that ABS
& Airbag should be there for you and your family safety, coz you cannot buy a LIFE by saving some money [may 1 lac for these features]. ABS
& Airbag really help in saving you from major accidents.
Instead of going for H8 premium, rather choose H9, the best part is you get
- Airbag [must have feature]
- Italian Leather seats [will add elegant look to your car]
- Voice command [good to have]
- Power Window with Anti-Pinch [ good if you have kids in your family]
- Puddle Lamp [experienced this lacking in my car during rainy season]
- Audio System + Bluetooth [good to have]
These really some good features you must focus on rather than ALLOYS of unnecessary graphics or badging [coz what normally INDIAN car market give customer in their premium version].
[Buying a Premium variant means that this car will be sold in limited quantity, with some more features to the TOP variant, that adds more value to the aesthetics and these features are cannot be done aftermarket. Something what HONDA did with Mobilio.]
According to me the difference is not much to be considered. READ below incident :
My friend recently survived in major accident near "CHIKALDARA GHAT" due to airbag and ABS
in his PUNTO. He told me that he experienced the ABS
was working under his feet while he BRAKE with full force [ABS
motor was pulsating...] during the accident, otherwise he would have banged it with maximum impact. He survived with a little injury on his left feet and left hand.