India has been a budget-conscious market right from the days of the Maruti 800, when a pretty unknown small car took on established (and costlier) models like the HM Ambassador and the Premier Padmini. Today, the 800 has been long discontinued and our market is home to some world-class offerings. Still, an average Indian car buyer is highly value-conscious and strives for fetching the maximum bang for the buck. Keeping this in mind, here is our list of best low budget cars in India in the new and used markets.
The Renault Kwid debuted in the Indian market with a bang exactly 4 years ago. The entry-level offering from the French carmaker quickly garnered a lot of fan following for its spacious interior and mini-me Duster looks. While the car was initially sold only with a 0.8-litre engine, it later even received a 1.0-litre motor. The following year, it also received an optional AMT. All these factors helped the car make an impact on the sales of the Maruti Alto.
Maruti Alto 800 is the most affordable car in the company’s product portfolio. The Alto 800 is in its second generation now and the latest model has been specifically developed for the Indian market. Often the first car of many, the Alto 800 is a reliable, fuel-efficient and sufficiently powerful car that can give you years of happy motoring.
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The Datsun redi-GO, the cheapest car in the company’s lineup, has a starting price of just Rs 2.71 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). This means that the small car ends up being a direct rival of the Maruti Alto and the Renault Kwid. The redi-GO comes with a crossover styling, a high ground clearance and is fairly easy to maintain.
The Tata Tigor is to Tiago what the Dzire is to Swift. The sub-4-metre sedan is easily the best looking model in its segment. It’s also the most affordable. Also, it benefits from all the qualities of the Tiago but offers a more spacious cabin.
The company’s Maruti Dzire-rival is in its second generation now. It’s substantially more premium than before and comes with a more premium cabin. It also offers CVT option for both petrol and diesel motors. Also, as the earlier generation was on sale in the country for a pretty long duration, it’s easy to find several examples in the used car market.
The VW Ameo sits between the Polo and the Vento and rivals Maruti Dzire and Honda Amaze. It is a Polo-based compact sedan that offers all the traits of the Polo, along with a larger boot space owing to its three-box styling.
Ford Aspire is the only sedan in the company’s product portfolio and rivals the likes of Maruti Dzire and Honda Amaze. It’s available with two petrol engines and a Diesel engine option. It also looks pretty good, especially since the facelift was launched last year.
The Tata Tiago is the most affordable model from Tata Motors. It comes with 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.
The Maruti Vitara Brezza is among the highest selling SUV in India. it’s powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 105 PS and 140 Nm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and an 4-speed automatic.
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The Ford EcoSport might be the oldest compact SUV to be on sale in the country but it’s definitely among the better models in its price bracket. The EcoSport is available with a wide range of engine-transmission combinations and offers many comfort and safety-enhancing features. It’s even quite affordable to maintain.
Tata Nexon is a worthy rival of the Maruti Vitara Brezza and is available with both petrol and diesel engine options, which, in turn, are available with both manual and automatic transmission options. The Nexon impresses with its powerful engine options, a feature-laden cabin and a sensible price tag, all of which makes it a high-value proposition.
The Datsun Go+ is the only MPV on our list of best cars under 6 lakhs in India. The Go+ was launched in 2015 as an affordable option that could ferry your entire family. Although we must state that the third row of seats is best suited for children. Adults can fit there but they won’t be able to sit comfortably from any angle. You can also fold the rear seats completely and get a massive 370 litres of cargo space which is perfect for those airport trips. The Go+ recently received a thorough facelift with a redesigned front face and a more contemporary design. The interiors also got a refresh with a brand new layout and a touch screen ICE. While the Go+ isn’t exactly a 7-seater per se, it does have quite a lot of utility if you wish to drive with your parents and children.
The Mahindra Bolero might be a bit too long in the tooth now but it’s definitely among the most rugged models on this list. It’s also very reliable and doesn’t require frequent maintenance. Combined with all the above, the affordable price makes the Bolero a favourite for the rural car buyers. The Mahindra Bolero has enough space for eight and can easily tackle the rough terrain. Also, as it has been available for over a decade now, it’s not too tough to find well-maintained examples of this UV in the used car market.
The Mahindra XUV300 is a derivative of the highly successful Ssangyong Tivoli and comes with many segment-first features, powerful engines and Cheetah-inspired styling. The baby XUV, as many call it, is fairly new in the market and hence, isn’t readily available in the used car market.
The last car on our list is the Maruti S-Presso. The entry-lever crossover hatchback is powered by the same 1.0-litre engine that powers the Wagon R and the Alto k10. It’s available with both 5-speed manual and AMT options. The S-presso also impresses with its mini-SUV looks, while its huge ground clearance of 180 mm makes it suitable for bad roads.
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The third-gen Maruti WagonR, which went on sale earlier this year, shares its Heartect platform with the Swift, Baleno, Ignis and new-gen Ertiga. The highly practical tallboy hatchback is on sale with 1.0 and 1.2 petrol engine options and even gets an optional AMT.
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