Cheap or expensive, no matter what, a body with four wheels always uplifts our soul! We all know car makers all across the globe have been manufacturing cheaper cars to woo more buyers. India, a booming market for passenger cars, manufactures four percent of the world’s cheapest cars. Here are the best choices for a person who wants to buy four wheels under a body which costs under 10 lakh rupees.
The Vitara Brezza is the most preferred choice for new SUV buyers, and it is Maruti’s best answer to the SUV segment. The SUV takes its design from the new generation Suzuki Vitara. It is a perfect SUV which provides sufficient space, muscular exteriors with a proud and tested diesel engine under the hood. It is not at all surprising that Brezza has gained over 1 lakh sales in the past year and the bookings are still piling up.
For the past few years Hyundai had rolled out most of its models but the launch of Hyundai Creta enhanced the outlook of Hyundai SUV’s. Creta’s contemporary design and its stylish and well-toned body is its unique feature. It is accommodated with a 1.6 litre motor which ensures high performance.
Nissan Terrano is another worthy contender in this price range. This hulky SUV looks similar to its sibling from another mother, Renault Duster. Terrano is offered with an AMT gearbox. It does not have a 4WD, which is a slightly disappointing for a good-looking SUV.
The Ford Ecosport multiplied the automakers credibility in India as a strong contender in this segment. It is a class ride due its charming looks and it’s well equipped driving dynamics for a well-suited SUV. Ford has worked hard to enhance the service and repair cost on its own vehicles which hence helped the buyers to achieve minimum maintenance cost.
If you’re looking for a resilient and a classy comfort ride as well, then the Renault Duster is the apt choice for that. It is also one among those few SUV’s to get an AMT, thereby making it fuel efficient. The best part of this hustler is that it is the cheapest and the best 4WD model in this category. The facelifted version arrived last year which actually made it look fresh as new.
The Mahindra TUV300 is a affordable alternative for a beast similar to ‘Jeep’. It has a brawny spacious cabin with 1.5 litre engine paired to a manual and AMT gearbox options. The more powerful motor is exclusively available in the top spec T8 variant.
Among the favourite non-SUV’s in India below 10 lakhs, Maruti Ciaz leads its way to the front. This mid-size sedan is not like its predecessor-SX4. Maruti claims that the diesel version of Ciaz is the most fuel efficient mild hybrid tech car with a mileage of 28.09 kmpl!
Baleno has an abudance of space inside the cabin and this hatchback is available in 3 drivetrains: 1.2 VVT petrol manual & CVT and 1.3 DDiS diesel manual. It’s 5-speed gearbox that offers precise and positive shifts . There is also a CVT option offered, which is a first for a Maruti Suzuki hatchback in India.
The car returns amazing mileage figures and coupled to its good looks, we get a formidable contender in the segment.
Hyundai Elite i20
One of the best hatchbacks available in India under this category is the Hyundai Elite i20. It is like a mini-luxury stylish car with keyless entry and go, rake and reach steering, rear air-con, reversing cam and a cooled glovebox. This is the right selection for someone who wants a stylish car with luxurious features.
Volkswagen Polo GT
The Polo GT TSI will be an unexpected addition to this category. Surprisingly this is the hottest hatchback available in India currently. It is the only affordable car with such a standard and performance. It has 1.2 litre turbocharged TSI motor producing 103 bhp and a torque of 175Nm. Volkswagen Polo GT TSI has automatic climate control system and an automatic rain sensing wiper. The colour range of is very limited but the available ones are really attractive.