The economy bracket is a majority market in India for the automotive industry, and car manufacturers are constantly upgrading to cater to it. The sub Rs. 15 lakh market has countless cars for sale to choose from. Options are available for each of the following vehicle types and I am are noting the top two in each vehicle class to help narrow down your search to buy a car.
The market leader in this segment is undoubtedly Maruti Suzuki, with the highest sales in the passenger vehicle sector. Their cars are aimed at maximizing fuel economy and comfort while also providing the customer with powerful vehicles. For those looking at power over economy may choose between Volkswagen and Hyundai.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
When you look at the price, economy and features in this car, the Maruti Suzuki Swift is undoubtedly one of the best cars to buy in India for a hatchback. Well, honestly it was a very close shave between the Swift and the i20 but from an enthusiasts perspective, I would still go for the Swift. The i20 really looses out big time on the steering feedback of the petrol version which makes the handling go hay-wire at highway speeds. This car comes packed with accessories and has the best fuel economy in the segment with the Petrol Variant at 18 kmpl, and the Diesel Variant at 23 kmpl.
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI
Ask any enthusiast in the country to pick his favourite driver’s car in India below 20 lakhs, yes you read that right, and 9/10 times it would be the Polo GT TSI. At the heart of this GT is the award-winning 1.2-litre TSI petrol motor that combines direct injection and turbocharging. This results in a power output similar to the bigger 1.6-litre engine. The Polo GT TSI is packed with 103bhp and 175Nm of max torque, and all the power is sent to the front wheels via a first-in-class seven-speed DSG transmission. You also get the brilliant VW quality which very few cars come close to. Only, if VW could fix on the After-sales service, we would see the roads flooded with them.
Different from the compact sedan, a segment that is also led by Maruti Suzuki’s Dzire. We are taking into consideration the best car to buy in India as per luxury, comfort and power. This segment is meant for the family that travels a lot. The sedan is considered to be powerful and spacious, considering its larger engine and elongated passenger cabin and boot space.
Leading the pack still in the midsize segment is the Honda City. It offers generous space on the inside and has great road presence. The equipment list has only grown along with the trust the brand has built in India for over a decade. Other than extensive revisions to its exterior, the latest iteration of Honda’s best-selling car now gets a 7-inch advanced infotainment with a capacitive touchscreen, satellite-linked turn-by-turn navigation, Mirrorlink support, voice recognition, automatic climate control, multi-view rear camera, and cruise control among a plethora of other features.
Immediate next in line competition to the Ciaz is the fluidic Verna from Hyundai. A powerful car with the best of features stuffed by Hyundai, the Verna is smooth to drive on long roads and is a classy vehicle to consider if you’re looking to buy a car. Now, with the limited version launched last week in the striking Marina blue colour and features like wireless charging included, you just cannot miss to checking this out! With the latest Verna, Hyundai has addressed most of its shortcomings, well almost!
The SUV segment has seen a stellar growth in the consumer market with demand still on the rise. Of the 16 players in this segment, the big market share gainers are Mahindra, Tata Motors, Toyota and FCA, which opened its UV segment account with the Jeep Compass. Still, the best car to buy in India for the SUV class is between two top options.
Mahindra XUV 5OO W6
A car, oops an SUV that I can truly vouch for! Having driven it over 60,000 km across the country ranging from the snow-capped Himalayas to Pristine western ghats, you can rely on this beautiful highway cruiser for everything. Loaded with features to the brim, has acres of space, drives very well, powered by a gem of an engine. XUV sold more than 1 lakh copies in 3 years of its launch. That says it all! Only if Mahindra could tweak the suspension slightly better. It would be one of those near-perfect cars on our roads.
Tata’s heaviest addition to the urban SUV segment, the Hexa is an impactful car to say the least. While it may not be as full of features as other variants out there, the Tata Hexa compensates for it in safety features with air-bags covering all sides of the first four seats and a reinforced frame to absorb the most of an impact. You also cannot afford to miss out the 4×4 as this is where it leads the XUV by a huge margin as the latter is equipped with an AWD on demand and not a true-blooded off-roader
Happy Mile munching! 🙂