As the purchasing capacity of an average Indian has been on a rise, an increasing number of parents have been buying cars for their teenaged children. While anyone who’s above 18 and has a valid driving licence can drive around legally, the lack of enough experience behind the wheels often makes it a task for the teens to experience safe and pleasurable motoring. Hence, here is a list of best cars for teens in both new and used markets to help you decide the perfect car for your child.
Maruti Alto 800 is the cheapest model in its company’s lineup and can be the perfect first car for your child. It is specifically developed for the challenging conditions of the Indian market and is a reliable, fuel-efficient and sufficiently powerful car. Plus, the light controls can help an inexperienced driver easily pilot this hatchback on the crowded city streets.
The Renault Kwid has almost all the qualities of the Alto but has the added advantage of a higher ground clearance. Plus, its SUV-like styling has a higher appeal amongst teens than the Alto. Like the Alto, the Kwid is on sale with 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre motors. As is the case with the Alto, the fuel-efficient engine, light controls and low maintenance make it the ideal first car for teens.
The Tata Tiago is the one to pick in case you find the Alto and the Kwid a tad too basic. The Tiago has a spacious cabin, many features and a good ride quality. It even looks pretty good and is on sale with both petrol and diesel engine options, with the former even being available with an optional AMT that makes driving in city very easy. Plus, its great build quality makes it a pretty safe option.
Maruti Swift is easily the sportiest car in its segment and is a favourite of most teens. The teens can easily strike a chord with the Swift’s funky looks and sporty driving characteristics, while the frugal petrol and diesel engines keep the fuel bills under check.
The Maruti Baleno rival from Hyundai comes with three engine options – 1.2-litre petrol, 1.4-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel. It offers a spacious and upmarket cabin and even has a great ride quality. Plus, it feels more upmarket than most other small cars, which, coupled with the high safety features and good build, makes it one of the best small cars around.
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While the VW Polo doesn’t offer as many features as the i20, it’s actually much sportier to drive. It’s even a tad safer and its small dimensions can help the teens easily make their way through the traffic. The automatic transmission for the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine is another boon. Plus, this small car has been available in the country long enough to be easily available in the used car market.
The Maruti Dzire offers all the traits of the Swift but can be chosen for your teenager over the hatchback sibling in case a larger bootspace is a must. LIke the Swift, the Dzire benefits from characteristics like those of a spacious cabin, frugal engines, good ride quality and low cost of maintenance.
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The Maruti Vitara Brezza is your pick in case you want a low cost, easy-to-maintain, frugal and sufficiently safe SUV for your teenager. The Brezza is powered by the tried-and-tested 1.3-litre diesel engine that produces 90 PS and 200 Nm. The motor is highly reliable and the optional AMT, along with the light controls, make it the perfect SUV for the first-time car users.
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While the Brezza is a good car for the teens, the Nexon can be also picked in case more power and style is a must-have. The Nexon comes with turbocharged petrol and diesel engines that, like the Brezza, can be ordered with optional AMT. The Nexon also offers more features than the Brezza and is a great option in both new and used car markets.
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