international standards? in some first and second world countries maybe, cars without abs, airbags are offered in india, china, indonesia even that are way ahead of us in terms of economy, talking about airbags, how many of Pakistani's know how to sit in an vehicle equipped with airbags? our usual posture is hand at 12'o clock(sporty driving) or both hands at 9 and 11(usuall) which can cause broken wrists in case airbag pop ups, most of don't use seat-belts, cars offered in Pakistan with airbags aren't equipped with sensors, controllers smart enough to assess the need to pop up air bags or not(not civic even, many experiences to tell, a friend experienced this 2 weeks ago when he swerved off road at 120 to save a maniac, the front of the car was finished but airbags didn't pop up) so what can we expect from Chinese? adding airbags to v2 is like atlas adding a head light to cg and calling it delux. here are some statistics, an airbag used properly with seat belts increases chance of survival by 70%, seatbelt only increases chance by 50%, improper inflation, airbag pops up without seat belt decreases to 30%, most of Pakistani awam seats children in passenger seat, air bags can cause fatal injuries to em / use seatbelt false seatbelt buckles, cost factor, finding oem spare for airbag replacement often is a question. so the conclusion is we are most probably better off without airbags unless one is educated about using them and buys an non-accident imported vehicle.
grip? wagon r has plenty unless one is trying to show his stupid side in a car of this height, it does have better grip, brakes than santro at high speeds. like one shouldn't compare fuel economy of 1.0 with 1.3, similarly one shouldn't compare grip of a high boxy vehicle with a lower one.
talking about design, wagon r does have newer body design in engineering terms which makes its cabin structure more rigid compared to a car designed in 1998.
I did like the faw v2 initially, but after having about 3 months experience with it as a class fellow has bought it, it is good for features it offers, but there's a sure compromise of quality since it is china mall.