With the uncertain economy Small is Big when it comes to cars. If your looking to buy a car this year and aren’t looking to break the bank, you still have a good many options in the market to suit your needs. Compact and affordable here’s a list of the Top 10 Cars you can find in the Indian market for under Rs.5 lakhs.
1) Maruti Suzuki Swift
The Swift’s launch has been Maruti’s trump card, and since its launch in the country it has totally changed the scenario of the Nation’s car market for some time to come. It is an attractive upgrade for small car owners and the clever pricing makes it fantastic value for money. It is highly desirable, fun to drive, and very cool. The 1.3L engine generates 87 bhp in the petrol version and 75 bhp in the diesel version with estimated fuel economy as 11/13 km/l (city/highway). The cabin is well designed and controls are well laid out which gives the interior a classy look.Swift comes with a 5-speed manual transmission with cable-shift mechanism.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift LXi, VXi and LDi models range from Rs.4,17,000 – 4,78,000 approximately, ex. showroom Mumbai, while the higher end models can go upto almost Rs.6 lakh.
2) Chevrolet Aveo U-VA
The Chevrolet Aveo U-VA is the all-new hatchback that offers excellent comfort and great fuel economy. The cabin provides quite comfort and offers adequate space for passengers and cargo. Jewel type headlamps with full-chrome bezels and a huge horizontal grille are designed to grab attention. This small car comes in three variants in India – 1.2, 1.2 LS, and 1.2 LT with an option pack. All variants are powered by a 1.2-liter petrol engine that delivers 75 bhp. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard across all variants. Spacious interiors and comfortable seating with easy-to-access controls makes it a user friendly car.
The 1.2, 1.2 LS range from approximately Rs.4,24,000- 4,68,000 ex. showroom Mumbai, while the 1.2LT and 1.2 LT Option pack go up to Rs.5.5 lakh.
3) Hyundai i10
Compact cars being India’s favourite, Hyundai has chosen the right place to launch it’s i10 model. The wheels pushed out to the corners to maximize interior space. i10 is available in two major choices: iRDE and Kappa. This wide and smart small car steals the hearts of many car enthusiasts with its eye-catching design. The 5-speed manual transmission is standard with a choice of two engines: 1.1L iRDE I4 and 1.2L I4. i10. The car gives an impressive fuel economy of 12/15 km/L (city/highway). It offers a good number of convenience features, upscale interior, and superior technology that no other hatchbacks can offer at an affordable price. It also offers an optional anti-lock braking system for increased safety.
The price starts at Rs 3,41,000 (ex-showroom Mumbai).
4) Tata Indica Vista
Tata entered the car market in 1998 with the launch of the Indica. Earlier this model had some flaws and was notorious for breaking down, until Tata launched an improved version in the form of Indica V2 and the Xeta. Now it comes with an even newer face the Indica Vista. Indica Vista is a more powerful small car from Tata Indica segment with enhanced interiors, improved quality, and better performance is built on a completely new platform. This new model is available in 3 variant in India: Aqua, Aura, Terra, offering a choice of 3 engines : 1.4L TDI (Diesel), 1.2L Safire (Petrol) and 1.3L Quadrajet (Diesel). Versatile and roomy interiors with contemporary styling features like two-tone dash board, two DIN stereo system and the breakthrough central Instrument cluster assures utmost comfort.
The prices for the different variants range from Rs 3,53,000- Rs.4,99,000 (ex-showroom Mumbai).
5) Maruti Suzuki A-star
The global compact car A-star is produced exclusively in India. It’s available in 3 variants – LXi, VXi, and ZXi. A low wide grille, large hood, and eye-shaped headlamps add elegance to the car. A spacious cabin with an aero-dash and well integrated audio system are highlights of this global car. The sporty hatchback has a combination of current and futuristic design to leave viewers spellbound.
Ex-Showroom Mumbai Price starts from Rs. 3,48,000 for the LXi to Rs.4,14,000 for the Zxi model
6) Hyundai Getz Prime
The new premium hatchback, Getz Prime, is the inimitable fusion of sophistication, high-performance, appealing style, and incredible comfort. This car is labelled as India’s first true world car that meets global standards in terms of performance and comfort. The Prime comes with a 5-speed manual transmission and an estimated fuel efficiency of 12/15 km/l (city/highway). It is one of the most spacious cars in its segment. A tilt steering ensures easy maneuvering.
The prices start at Rs 3,80,000 (ex-showroom Mumbai).
7) Fiat Palio Stile
The Fiat Palio Stile is a blend of elegance, practicality, comfort, and safety. This car offers a choice of 7 variants in India with 3 engine choices. A refined 5-speed manual transmission is standard. All variants come with redesigned headlamps, bumper, and tail lamps besides a double-foldable rear seat and a rear parcel shelf. The interiors are well crafted with a sporty instrumentation cluster, comfortable seating, and ample storage area.
Prices range approximately from Rs.3,35,000- Rs.4,70,000 (ex. showroom Mumbai)
8) Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo
The new Zen Estilo hit the roads in India by replacing the decade old Maruti Suzuki Zen with an upscale roomy interior and a powerful engine. The fusion of style and urban chic imbibes an imposing feel with a luxurious fascia. This trendy and smart car is built on a Monoform Aerodynamic design that allows it to cut through air current. Available variants include the LX, LXi, and VXi. An ergonomic interior is coupled with a highly proficient cooling system, front and rear seat adjustable head restraints, and a front seat back pocket for added comfort.
Prices start at approximately Rs.3,02,000 (Ex-showroom Mumbai).
9) Chevrolet Spark
The Chevrolet Spark is a customized hatchback of the earlier Matiz from GM. The first striking feature in the Spark is its unconventional interior layout with a gracefully designed, clear, and easy-to-read instrument panel placed in the center of the dashboard. Flexible seating options with spacious head and leg room make the drive comfortable. It has four petrol variants in India: 1.0, 1.0PS, 1.0LS, and 1.0LT. This hatchback is powered by a 1.0L S-Tec I-4 engine that generates 63 bhp. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard across all variants. Its striking design, agility, and host of features distinguish the Spark from its rivals. Due to its compact size, it is easy to handle and best suited for city driving.
The starting price tag is from Rs.3,25,000 (ex-showroom Mumbai).
10) Hyundai Santro Xing
Hyundai Santro can be termed among the most popular cars in the country with its appealing look, superior handling, and well-appointed interiors. It is built with an eRLX ‘active intelligence’ technology engine that delivers impressive power and performance. The Santro Xing is available in nine variants. Santro Xing comes with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. A three-spoke power steering wheel with central locking and front power windows was the selling point when Santro was first launched.
The starting price tag is Rs. 2,56,000 and it can go upto Rs.3,97,000 (ex-showroom Mumbai).