A car is not just any other commodity in India, it is a desire. India is vastly populated with working-class people and buying a car amidst all the financial commitments, is seen as an achievement. Therefore, before buying a car, studying about various models that suits our needs is very important.
Before buying a car, it is essential that you fix a budget that is within your reach and then start researching for the best buy. There are a number of car manufacturing companies who offer models in all range of categories that fulfills the fancy of a prospective buyer. Car manufacturers are using world-class technology, to offer luxury cars in the Indian market. Therefore, With the numerous car models available in the market, it can be difficult to pick the one that best suits your driving/travel needs. Hence, here are our top 10 best car models from normal hatchback to a premium SUV, which may fit within your budget:
Renault Kwid: Initially when Kwid was launched, it proved to be a game changer for the company and it proved that entry-level cars also have the ‘X’ factor. Kwid is still the best performing vehicle in this segment. Kwid was the first model to feature touchscreen infotainment system in the entry-level segment. This feature was otherwise seen in the models that are premium hatchbacks and above. Kwid is a sporty looking vehicle with the best petrol engine design and performance in this segment. Kwid is available in both 1-litre, 3-cylinder engine and 0.8-litre, 3-cylinder engine with AMT gearbox. Kwid comes with a 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox.
Price: Rs.2.67 lakh - Rs.4.60 lakh (ex-showroom)
Tata Tiago: The only vehicle that gave competition to Kwid is Tata Tiago. When it was launched in the Auto Expo 2016, it was named as Zica. Because of its features and design, it was considered to be one of the cutest models that year. Tiago offers smooth driving with an engine capacity of 1.2 litre Revotron for basic model and 1.05 litre on Revotorq for top end model. Tiago has Harman company designed sound system, which is one of the best sound systems in the world. Unlike Kwid, Tiago is available in both petrol and diesel variants. Tiago comes with manual and AMT gearbox options.
Price: Rs.3.26 lakh - Rs.5.85 lakh
Maruti Vitara Brezza: As a competitor to its rival model Hyundai Creta, Maruti launched Vitara Brezza. The sales was off the charts and customers had to wait for more than 3 months to get their vehicle. As it was similar looking to Range Rover cars from the front, most of the customers’ preferred Red and Black color, and the bookings for this color had to be done at least 6 months in advance. Such was the craze and love for this car. Brezza is a compact SUV model which offers ample amount of seating space for 5 people. It offers state-of-the-art infotainment system with a host of features that attract young prospective buyers. It offers smooth driving and with great power with a 1.3-litre DDiS engine, which only enhances the driving experience. Currently, Vitara Brezza is offered only in diesel variant but the company will soon launch this model in petrol variant as well. It is everything you hope for in a compact SUV model.
Price: Rs.7.28 lakh - Rs.9.95 lakh
Maruti Dzire: Maruti Dzire and Swift are look-alike cousins. The only difference is that swift is a hatchback and Dzire is a sedan. The new Dzire is also a third-gen model with upgrades and higher engine efficiency. In the third-gen model, Dzire gets rear-aircon vents and armrest and with the same infotainment system as in Swift. Dzire is a compact sedan that offers most of the luxurious features that you would expect a Maruti model to have. The engine specifications and driving dynamics are similar to Swift.
Price: Rs.5.56 lakh - Rs.9.43 lakh
Maruti Swift: Anyone who wants to buy a premium hatchback model will consider Swift. It is one of the star performing models for the company. Swift has been re-launched thrice with upgrades and modifications, and the current version is the third-gen model and its looks are nothing short of a sports car. Both performance and design wise, this is the best version of Swift. Maruti has included a whole bunch of new features that are appealing and luxurious. Swift has both manual and AMT option in gearbox in both petrol and diesel variants. However, the diesel variant of the car is one of the best mileage offering cars in the country with 28.4 kmpl.
Price: Rs.6.34 lakh for 1.2-litre K-series engine and Rs.10.69 lakh for 1.3-litre DDiS engine
Honda WRV: Honda engines are known as one of the lightest engine designs because while they give an exhilarating performance with smooth driving experience, they also produce very minimal sound. WR-V is the most spacious model available, if that is your primary concern. Although it may seem like Honda Jazz, it is a stylish SUV model that is worth its money. WR-V is available in both petrol and diesel variants with 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine and 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine. Honda WR-V offers both 5-speed and 6-speed manual gearbox options. This model is the best option for a family with small kids.
Price: Rs.7.78 lakh - Rs.10 lakh
Hyundai Verna: When initially Verna was launched, it was considered a car equivalent to Mercedes and BMW. Such was the performance and luxury offered by this model. Verna is a classic sedan which offers complete luxury in terms of looks, feel, and performance. Verna’s greatest competitors are Honda City and Maruti Ciaz. However, for people who are looking for a spacious sedan, this is your best option. It has ventilated seats and sunroof opening options. Furthermore, to enhance the ease of driving this model, it is available with 6-speed manual and AMT option in gearbox for both petrol and diesel variants.
Price: Rs.7.80 lakh - Rs.12.95 lakh
Hyundai Elite i20: There is no doubt that Hyundai Company has the best performing engines which enhances the entire performance and feel of the car. Hyundai Elite i20 is a premium hatchback model with sleek design features. Elite i20 is a rival model for Maruti Baleno. Elite i20 offers the best quality build of the car with great features. It is available in 5-speed and 6-speed manual gearbox options. The customers can choose between 1.2-litre VTVT engine and 1.4-litre CRDi engine depending upon their budget. However, if you travel often to mountain regions then 1.4-litre CRDI engine is a better option.
Price: Rs.5.35 lakh - Rs.9.16 lakh
Hyundai Creta: Hyundai Creta is the leading car in compact SUV segment. Creta has some exclusive premium features that are absent in its rival models. It has a smart entry feature, clutch footrest, Alternator Management System, lane change indicator, heater, etc. These features make Creta a worthy urban compact SUV winner. It comes with dual tone options which are rocking the market since its launch. Hyundai will soon launch an upgraded version of Creta with slight variations in the interior and exterior designs. Hyundai Creta offers 6-speed manual and automatic gear options. Creta is available with an engine capacity of 1.6 litre in VTVT model and 1.4/1.6 litre capacity in CRDi model.
Price: Rs.9.29 lakh - Rs.14.60 lakh
Jeep Compass: Jeep Compass is a car that almost every car enthusiast wants to own. It is undoubtedly the most luxurious compact SUV available in the market today. Its off-road driving capacity is definitely worth the price. It comes with all the features and the best infotainment system in this segment. Jeep Compass is an all-rounder car. No other car in the premium compact SUV segment offers a better performance, looks, driving experience, and power like Jeep Compass. It is available with 2 engine options- 1.4-litre engine and 2.0-litre engine. It offers a 6-speed manual/AMT gearbox in both petrol and diesel variant.
Price: Rs.15.35 lakh - Rs.21.94 lakh (ex-showroom)
If you want to browse for more options, then you can compare prices online on reliable third-party websites and choose the best car available within your budget. Do not forget to purchase Motor Insurance for your car to protect it against mishaps.