Maruti Suzuki is the undisputed king of the hatchback space below Rs. 5 lakhs in India. They have a number of cars in the segment and it is one of their biggest cash cows. Though the manufacturer has tasted success in other segments like the premium hatchback and Compact sedan lately, their hold of the lower segments are unlikely to diminish.
Here are some of the cars that Maruti has under Rs. 5 lakhs
- Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 (from Rs. 2.47 lakhs)
- Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 (from Rs. 3.27 lakhs)
- Maruti Suzuki Celerio (from Rs. 4.05 lakhs)
- Maruti WagonR (from Rs. 4.11 lakhs)
- Maruti Ignis (from Rs. 4.59 lakhs)
- Maruti Suzuki Swift (from Rs. 4.76 lakhs)
As you can see, the manufacturer’s portfolio is very well rounded.
Maruti’s best car under 5 lakhs – The Swift
The Maruti Swift being the costliest in this list comes better equipped and is argubly the best looking car here. However, it is not just these factors that give it the spot.
The Swift is one of Maruti’s oldest models in India and without doubt, one of their most popular. They have sold more than 15 lakh units of the car since its launch in 2005 and there isn’t a place in India where they are absent.
When comparing with other cars in this list, the Swift is sportier and looks better in general. It is also widely seen by many as the gateway to India’s premium segment.
Maruti Suzuki- Other cars
Maruti’s most recent addition, the Ignis compact SUV, is a notch above the Swift in some aspects but since it is only sold through therir premium Nexa outlets, availability is limited. It is based on the manufacturer’s new lightweight platform which also underpins the Baleno. The car has a better interior, more mileage and bigger boot (when compared to the Swift).
The Maruti Alto and WagonR have been around since the beginning of this century and they are not showing any signs of stopping. Both the cars (Alto in particular) have sold millions of units since launch and the manufacturer has kept them fresh by providing timely updates and facelift.
The Celerio is relatively new to Maruti’s portfolio and has enjoyed quite a bit of success in India (although not as much as WagonR or Alto).
All the above cars come with AMT or AGS as optional, and customers can opt for CNG as well. This is something not available on the Swift. Also, most mechanicals and features are shared between these cars, making it difficult to choose a clear winner. So, in the end, it comes to personal preferences and the avaialbel budget.