It’s becoming harder each day to find the most suitable car in a particular budget. After all, there are so many new contenders in the Indian automotive industry – combined with the previously established ones – that making a decision is seemingly hard these days.
So, in order to find at least one offering that does it all in a particular budget can be quite a gruelling task. However, here are 8 of the most capable cars in the Indian that lie below the Rs. 10 lakhs price bracket. We’ve compiled this list with cars from almost every segment. Read on.
1. Renault Kwid
When it comes to entry-level hatchbacks, there’s no car that does it all except the Renault Kwid. The contenders from Maruti Suzuki and Datsun pose a serious competition to the Renault cars, but it’s the Kwid that comes out as an extremely well-packaged product. It is also quite fresh as the car was just updated nearly a year ago with a mid-cycle facelift. It comes powered by a 799cc or a 1.0-litre petrol engine, the latter of which also comes with the convenience of an AMT gearbox.
2. Tata Tiago
If you’re stepping up from an entry-level hatchback to a slightly more expensive one, then it’s the Tata Tiago that should be on top of your list. The first and the most important reason to pick the Tiago is the value-for-money proposition. It is priced in the same region as the Maruti Suzuki WagonR and Hyundai Santro, but, however, it is a lot more car for the money. In the BS-VI era, the Tata Tiago comes powered by a sole 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or an AMT automatic gearbox.
3. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
The last and the final small hatchback in this list is the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, which is the third-generation model of the popular i10 series in India. The Hyundai cars, which faces the Maruti Suzuki Swift, comes along as a very well-balanced product, be it from its styling, equipment list, quality of interiors and fit-and-finish, driving manners, and peace of mind. It also betters its competition by offering an extensive engine line-up, starting from the 1.2-litre petrol and diesel units to a sprightly 1.0-litre T-GDI mill.
4. Maruti Suzuki Dzire
When it comes to sub-4m compact sedans, it’s the Maruti Suzuki Dzire that does it all. It’s the most feature-equipped model, comes with the most balanced styling, and packs in a very punchy 1.2-litre engine with semi-hybrid technology. However, the only fly in the ointment is the omission of a diesel engine from the line-up, which only makes it a petrol-only model.
5. Kia Sonet
The Kia Sonet is the newest entrant in the segment and it promises to be quite a remarkable product. After all, it comes with the nicest design of the lot here, making it one of the most desirable cars under Rs. 10 Lakhs in the Indian market. While the top-spec variants of the Sonet may feel a bit too pricey – even though the level of equipment justifies it – the entry-level variants are priced very well making it the most affordable sub-4m SUV in the country.
6. Tata Nexon
Earlier this year, the Tata Nexon received a mid-cycle facelift as it underwent approval for the new BS-VI emission standards. The 2020 iteration of the Nexon looks like a baby Discovery Sport, which suggests how much Tata has improved in its design language over the years. It only comes second to the Kia Sonet in its respective segment.
7. Skoda Rapid
The Skoda Rapid is the most affordable mid-size sedan in the Indian market, which is even more affordable than some of the sub-4m compact sedans. It comes powered by a 1.0-litre TSI engine, which is a gem of an engine for the enthusiasts and packs in all the bells and whistles for the price. However, it does look a bit dated, especially from the inside.
8. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz made its entry all the way back in 2014 and was updated in 2018 with a mid-cycle facelift. Despite its age, the Ciaz feels relatively new and one of the nicer cars in the segment. Powering the Ciaz, in 2020, is a sole 1.5-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine, which comes with the option of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed AT gearbox.