Top 10 Midsize Cars that Rule Indian Roads
Sedans have always been seen as a statement of success. A common man’s dream is to move from a two-wheeler to a small car and then ultimate to a sedan. Here is listing the Top 10 Compact Midsize Sedans that weaved a success story in the Indian auto market.
The wide-body Logan rolled out on Indian roads to mark the new-found partnership of Mahindra&Mahindra and Renault. It has seen much success since and is available in both diesel and petrol variants. The diesel variants come with a 1.5L Inline-4 engine that produces 65 bhp. The petrol variants come with two engine options: a 1.4L Inline-4 that delivers 75 bhp and a 1.6L Inline-4 that churns out 84.5 bhp. All variants come with a smooth-shifting 5-speed manual transmission. The estimated fuel economy is 10/15 km/l (city/highway) for the petrol variants and 12/17 km/l (city/highway) for the diesel variants. The starting price of Mahindra-Renault Logan is Rs 4.36 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The Hyundai Accent was one of the first sedans that made a tangible mark on the middle-class working professional in India. It comes with equal luxurious amenities of luxury cars that adorned it an impressive appearance. The Accent is available in two variants – Executive and CNG. The Executive variants come with a 1.5-litre Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) petrol engine that churns out 94bhp of power. A 5-speed manual transmission gives fuel economy of 8/13 km/L (city/highway). The same 1.5-litre engine powers the CNG variant and is enhanced with CNG kit. The starting price of Hyundai Accent is Rs 4.9 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Volkswagen Jetta is setting up a good market in India with its impressive European design. Launched in mid 2008, Jetta is being assembled locally at the company?s Aurangabad facility. Available in both petrol and diesel version, the variants are-1.6L Petrol Trendline, 1.9L Diesel Trendline and 1.9L Diesel Comfortline. This sedan offers a five speed manual transmission with an option of six-speed DSG automatic transmission.
Thanks to its artistic architect, this elegant and bold looking sedan pretends to be much bigger than its actual size. The estimated fuel economy for the petrol version stands at 11.6/14 km/L (city/highway) and for the diesel version is 12.5/15.5 km/L (city/highway) The Price of the car starts with Rs 12.97 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Go Fida (Go crazy), says the Fiesta commercial. Truly, Ford really knows how to make cars handle, so even the cheapest Fiesta will thrill the driver in you. This sedan is more spacious than others in its segment; its interior design makes maximum use of the additional width of the Fiesta’s body structure, providing ample seating for five adults. The Fiesta has three engine options: a 1.4L Duratec petrol engine that gives 81 bhp, a 1.4L Duratorq diesel engine that delivers 67 bhp, and a 1.6L Duratec petrol engine that churns out 100 bhp. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard. The estimated fuel efficiency is 10 km/l in the city and 15 km/l on the highway. The starting price of Ford Fiesta is Rs 5.87 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Maruti Suzuki SX4
King of cars are a passe, here comes the men of cars. The SX4 is the tallest and broadest sedan in its segment. Influenced by the latest European design trends, the SX4 boasts of a trapezium form with wide treads and large wheels and it measures 4,490 mm in length and 1,735 mm in width to achieve an imposing stance. The SX4 comes with a 1.6L Inline-4 engine that churns out 102 bhp and is coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission. The estimated fuel economy equals most others in its segment at 15 km/l. The starting price of Maruti Suzuki SX4 is Rs 6.18 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Hyundai is now putting together cars better than before and the Verna comes through as a quality product with a tight attention to detail. It seems the car has spent some serious time at Hyundai’s proving grounds in South Korea to get its ride and handling sorted, while its architecture is stiffer than the Accent – allowing it to give a more integrated feel. Though its looks really can’t impress the buyer, its cost and performance stand out in the competition. The Verna comes with a 1.5L diesel engine that generates 110 bhp and a 1.6L petrol engine that delivers 102 bhp. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard. The estimated fuel efficiency is 11 km/l in the city and 16 km/l on the highway. The starting price of Hyundai Verna is Rs 6.26 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The Honda City is a great blend of stimulating style, sophisticated design, improved performance, and unparalleled safety. The passionately crafted car with its unique ‘Arrow Shot Form’ design delivers a dynamic and path-breaking style. The engine is powered by 1.5L, 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine that produces 116bhp. It is also compliant to Euro IV Emission norms and delivers a good fuel efficiency of 12 km/L in the city and 16 km/L on the highway. It is one of the up-market sedans, which gives an option of a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. The starting price of Honda City is Rs 7.7 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
The Swift Dzire from the house of Maruti Suzuki is similar in front fascia with its sibling Swift. It carries flashy chrome grille and slightly sharper design headlamps. The car’s interior does not lag behind either giving luxurious look or feel. The Dzire provides a choice of the same two engines available on the Swift. The petrol engine powered by 1.3L 16-valve In-line 4 churning out 87bhp and the diesel variants get a 1.3L turbocharged DDiS engine that delivers 75bhp.
The Dzire comes with a standard 5-speed manual transmission and an estimated fuel economy of 15.9 km/l for the petrol version and 21 km/l for diesel version. The starting price of Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is Rs 4.7 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The recently launched new Honda Civic is the eighth generation Civic. It places itself in the entry-level D Segment and competes with the Toyota Corolla and the Skoda Octavia. The Civic design is youthful and trendy in comparison to its competitors. The Civic comes with a 130bhp, 1.8L i-VTEC Inline-4 engine that can be coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic transmission. The Honda Civic was voted as ?Car of the Year? for 2007 with top-of-the-line technology, sporty looks, and choice of transmissions. The estimated fuel economy is 8/13 km/L (city/highway). The starting price of Honda Civic is Rs 10.91 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Honda Civic also has a new version – Honda Civic Hybrid that is enhanced with 3-stage i-VTEC + IMA that employs Honda’s 1.3L i-VTEC engine and continuous variable transmission. Carrying the price tag of Rs 21 lakh (ex-showroom price, Delhi), this green car is definitely going to push the Honda sales.
The Octavia is well equipped with great technology and unbeatable performance. It is available with various features like a 528-litre double bed boot, anti-lock braking system (ABS), rear spoiler, alloy wheels, double galvanized body, tilt and rack adjustable steering, and so on. Inspired by the enthusiastic response of the Indian car buyers, the manufacturer offered a wide range of automobiles to choose from. The Skoda Octavia series is offered in petrol and diesel versions with a choice of two transmissions, a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic. The Octavia presents a 1.9L TDi (turbodiesel) engine that churns out 89 bhp and a 1.8L Turbo petrol engine that delivers 148 bhp. The estimated fuel efficiency is 8 km/l in the city and 12 km/l on the highway. The starting price of Skoda Octavia is Rs 11.36 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).