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Top 10 Affordable Cars In India

Budget tends to be a constraint for many while choosing the perfect car to fit their requirements. However, India has quite the diverse market when it comes to automobiles, with dependable and quality vehicles available aplenty.

If you are currently looking for the best budget cars in India, you have stumbled on to the right place!

Here, we list the most popular pocket-friendly vehicles currently available in the Indian market. To simplify matters further, we have also divided the list into two budget segments – vehicles below Rs.3 lakh and those between Rs.3 lakh and Rs.5 lakh.

So, if you think you can’t afford a car at present, think again!

Best Budget Cars in India under 3 lakh

Keeping this in mind, here are some cars that you can purchase with a budget of under Rs.3 lakh, with superior performance guaranteed.

1. Bajaj Qute

Available in both petrol and CNG variants, the Qute from Bajaj justifies its name, along with maximum fuel efficiency. If you are searching for an economical ride, this is the ideal choice.

This small vehicle can generate a maximum power of 10.8bhp and a torque of up to 16.1Nm.

  • Mileage – 35kmpl
  • Engine Displacement – 216cc
  • Price – Rs.2.48 lakh

2. Datsun Redi-GO

The Datsun Redi-Go is another hatchback in this list of the best budget cars in India.

Arriving in manual and automatic variants, this vehicle also offers two engine displacements to choose from – 799cc and 999cc.

The max torque output from the car is 91Nm while the peak power output is 67bhp. Its fuel tank capacity is 28 litres.

  • Mileage – 22.7kmpl
  • Engine Displacement – 799cc
  • Price – Rs.2.79 lakh
  • Awards – It was named the NDTV Small Car of the Year in 2017. (2)

3. Renault Kwid

Your search for affordable cars in India may also lead you to the Renault Kwid. Sporting a 28-litre fuel tank, the car is powered by MPFi, DOHC 5-speed engine, capable of producing a torque of 91Nm.

When it comes to the power rating, you can look forward to a max output 67bhp. Additional features include a 279-litre boot space.

  • Mileage – 25.17kmpl
  • Engine Displacement – 799cc
  • Price – Rs.2.92 lakh
  • Awards – It was awarded the prestigious Car of the Year Award at the NDTV Awards of 2016. (3)

4. Maruti Alto 800

You cannot go wrong if your choice for a budget-friendly vehicle is the Maruti Alto 800.

One of the most popular hatchbacks in India since its launch, the Alto 800 is equipped with a 3-cylinder, 5-speed, manual engine. Variants include petroleum and CNG models.

You can expect maximum power and torque of around 40bhp and 60Nm, respectively.

  • Mileage – 22.05kmpl
  • Engine Displacement – 796cc
  • Price – Rs.2.94 lakh
  • Awards – Named Entry Hatchback of the Year at the 2013 NDTV Car and Bike Awards. 

Best Budget Cars in India – between 3 lakh and 5 lakh

The vehicles listed below will cost you no more than Rs.5 lakh but come with advanced technologies, styling and other handy features.

5. Maruti S-Presso

Another Maruti offering in this list of the most affordable cars in India, the S-Presso is fitted with the K10B petroleum engine, which sports MPFi fuel injection system and three cylinders.

Furthermore, the car features manual and automatic transmission systems, although the former variant can cost you a marginally higher. Peak power and torque ratings are 67bhp and 90Nm, respectively.

  • Mileage – 21.4kmpl
  • Engine Displacement – 998cc
  • Price – Rs.3.7 lakh
  • Awards – Winner of Hatchback of the Year Award at the Tech and Auto Awards in 2019.

6. Maruti Eeco

If you aren’t searching for a hatchback, but are instead looking for something bigger within this budget, the Maruti Eeco is one of the most affordable options.

This minivan is powered by a G12B engine. Although the base variant seats five people at once, the availability of space ensures plenty of room for head and legs.

Further, you can haul a substantial amount of baggage, using its 275-litre boot space.

  • Mileage – 16.11kmpl
  • Engine Displacement – 1196cc
  • Price – Rs.3.8 lakh

7. Maruti Celerio

Next, you have the Celerio from Maruti Suzuki. Another family hatchback car, the Celerio sports a 5-speed gearbox and 3-three cylinder engine.

This engine is capable of generating power at more than 67bhp. Its torque rating is 90Nm at 3500rpm.

You can choose either the automatic variant or the manual transmission mode, as per your preference.

  • Mileage – 21.63kmpl
  • Engine Displacement – 998cc
  • Price – Rs.4.41 lakh
  • Awards – In 2015 World auto forum, Maruti Celerio was recognised with a Best Innovation award. (7)

8. Maruti Wagon R

If you are looking for the best budget cars in India, the chances are that the Maruti Wagon R is already on your list of potential options.

The Wagon R epitomises quality and affordability, all rolled into one. One of India’s favourite vehicles, the Wagon R sports a K12M petrol engine, generating a peak torque of 113Nm and max power of 81bhp.

Once again, manual and automatic variants are available for consumers.

  • Mileage – 21.79kmpl
  • Engine Displacement – 998cc
  • Price – Rs.4.45 lakh

9. Hyundai Santro

Hyundai offers an affordable and popular vehicle in this budget segment in the form of the Santro.

You can choose between a petroleum variant and a CNG version, as per your preference. The 1.1-litre petrol engine sports 4 cylinders and MPFi.

Its maximum torque output is 99Nm, while peak power is limited to 68bhp. The manual model comes with a 5-speed gearbox.

  • Mileage – 20.3kmpl
  • Engine Displacement – 1086cc
  • Price – Rs.4.57 lakh
  • Awards – It became the first Indian vehicle to be nominated in the top three vehicles of the World Car of the Year Award in 2019. (9)

10. Tata Tiago

Tata’s budget hatchback offering, the Tiago sports some truly impressive specs. Under the hood, it is powered by the company’s Revotron petroleum engine, fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission.

You can expect the vehicle to generate around 84bhp of power under ideal conditions. Similarly, it can produce a torque of about 113Nm at its peak.

  • Mileage – 20kmpl
  • Engine Displacement – 1199cc
  • Price – Rs.4.6 lakh
  • Awards – This vehicle won the Compact Car of the Year Award at the 2017 CNBC-TV18 Overdrive Awards.

These are just 10 of the most affordable cars in India. You can consider countless others from various manufacturers within this budget.

However, keep in mind that the list above only considers the ex-showroom price in Delhi. Therefore, exact prices may vary, based on your city.

Nevertheless, budget should not constrain your car purchase any longer. With such a diverse range of vehicles present, there is absolutely no dearth of options.

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Top 5 Compact Suvs Under Inr 10 Lakh In India

While small hatchbacks account for the majority of passenger vehicle sales in India due to affordability and fuel efficiency, the Indian automotive industry has seen a huge shift towards budget SUVs in the last 5 years. Indians always had an inclination towards big cars, both due to status symbol and state of our road networks. However, affordability has always been a concern, and most people who wanted to own an SUV, end up buying a sedan instead.

Now with manufacturers finding a sweet spot in the small urban SUV segment, both buyers and makers are benefitting from compact SUVs. The number of offerings in this segment alone can be quite overwhelming. Thus, in order to help you make a buying decision, we’ve compiled a list the top 5 SUVs that you can buy in India under INR 10 lakh*. Here’s the list-

Kia Sonet

Kia Motors, a notable automaker from South Korea, within a short span of one year has managed to make a distinctive mark for itself in India with cars like the Seltos and Carnival. For its next act in India, Kia has decided to put its bet on the hotly-contested compact SUV segment and launched the Sonet SUV. The all-new Kia Sonet gets at a starting price tag of INR 6.71 lakh*, making it the most affordable compact SUV in the country, despite competing against cars like the Maruti Brezza and Hyundai Venue, among others.

Kia Sonet | SUKUDO ANALYTICA

A few notable features from the Seltos have been carried over to the Sonet. This list  includes a 10.25-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system, built-in eSIM for UVO car connectivity feature, automatic climate control with integrated air purifier, wireless charger and electric sunroof, among others. As for the powertrain, there are four engine and five gearbox options to choose from including, a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor, a 1.5-litre petrol unit and two 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel units with different state of tunes. In terms of gearbox options, there’s a 5- and 6-speed manual, 6-speed iMT, a 7-speed DCT and 6-speed automatic gearbox on offer.

Hyundai Venue

The Hyundai Venue shares its platform and engine options with the aforementioned Kia Sonet. However, the Hyundai Venue was the first SUV in India to get connected car technology called BlueLink and also the first one to get the iMT (intelligent manual transmission) in India, beating the Kia Sonet to the punch. Since its launch, the Venue has garnered an impressive response in the domestic market and a major chunk of its sales comes from the popular 1.0-litre turbo-petrol variant.

Hyundai Venue Imt First Drive | SUKUDO ANALYTICA

The 1.0-litre engine, similar to the Kia Sonet, produces 120 hp and 172 Nm of torque. Gearbox options with this engine include a 7-speed DCT and an 6-speed iMT. There’s also a NA 1.2-litre petrol engine that puts out 82 bhp and 114 Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre diesel engine, on the other hand, delivers 99 hp and 240 Nm of torque. The gearbox options include a 6-speed manual unit and a 6-speed iMT for both these engines. The prices for the Hyundai Venue starts at INR 6.75 lakh*.

Maruti-Suzuki Vitara Brezza

The OG compact SUV of India is also the most-sold small SUV of India. It managed captured the fancy of Indian buyers as soon as it was launched in 2016. To put things into perspective, more than 5.5 lakh units of the Vitara Brezza have been sold since its launch four years ago. At the 2020 Auto Expo, Maruti-Suzuki launched the updated Vitara Brezza with a petrol engine for the very first time, in lieu of replacing the famed 1.3-litre DDiS diesel variant. An automatic gearbox was also added, replacing the AMT with the previous iteration. Rest of the changes included mostly cosmetic updates.

Maruti-Suzuki Vitara Brezza | SUKUDO ANALYTICA

Speaking about the new powertrain options, it gets the widely-used indigenous 1.5-litre K-series petrol engine. The engine produces 104 bhp and 138 Nm of output. There’s also a 5-speed MT on offer alongside a 4-speed AT. In terms of fuel efficiency, the MT version delivers 17.03 kmpl and AT version returns 18.76 kmpl mileage. The price of the Maruti-Suzuki Vitara Brezza starts at INR 7.34 lakh*.

Tata Nexon

In many ways, the Nexon has put the Tata’s name on a global level as a home-grown safe car manufacturer, a feat achieved despite owning brands like Jaguar-Land Rover. The Tata Nexon was awarded a full 5-star crash test rating by Global NCAP, an independent body which tests cars from various countries with no individual testing agency, such as India. Nexon not only elevated Tata’s brand name but also helped further India’s image in international market as a country of safe carmakers and not just affordable carmakers.

Tata Nexon Xms | SUKUDO ANALYTICA

Leaving that aside, the Tata recently added a facelift to the Nexon. The update has resulted in a distinctive change in its overall appearance and the addition of more features. In terms of powertrain options, there’s a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine called Revotron and a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine called Revotorq. Gearbox options include a 6-speed manual and an AMT. Prices for the Tata Nexon start at INR 6.99 Lakh*.

Mahindra XUV300

The XUV300 is an attempt by Mahindra, the largest UV maker in India to tap into the compact SUV market of India. The XUV300 derives its name from the bigger XUV500 7-seater SUV. Unlike its bigger brother, the XUV 300 is a 5-seater SUV. Like the Tata Nexon,  it was also awarded a 5-star safety rating by the Global NCAP. However, score wise, the XUV300 is the India’s highest rated SUV with the best score for adult safety.

Mahindra XUV300 | SUKUDO ANALYTICA

The XUV300 was also the first car in India to offer variable steering input to enhance the driveability based on your driving style. In terms of powertrain options, the Mahindra XUV300 gets a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine options, both of which are developed and tuned in-house by Mahindra. It also gets highest torque in the segment with a rating of 300 Nm for the diesel variant and 200 Nm for the petrol. The engines are offered with an option 6-speed manual and a 6-speed auto transmission unit. Prices for the Mahindra XUV starts at INR 7.95 Lakh*.

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