Automatic cars are fast getting popular in our country and not without reason. Thanks to the ever-increasing traffic and bad road conditions, which warrant frequent gear changes, an increasing number of car users have now shifted to automatic. And many of those who haven’t are planning to do so with their next car. Automatic cars are not just easier to drive but even sportier if you throw in a set of paddle shifters to the equation. Many affordable cars in India come with F1-style paddle shifts mounted on the steering column. Today, in this post, we’ll have a look at the top 10 paddle shift cars in India.
The first car on our list of Top 10 paddle shift cars in India is also the most affordable model to get this arrangement. The Amaze is a Maruti Dzire-rival that gets a CVT option with both petrol and diesel engine options. And what’s even better is that the paddle shifts are available on both engine variants. The Amaze also offers a sufficiently spacious cabin, many features and the trust that comes from having the Honda badge on the front grille.
Even the next car on this list of best paddle shift cars in India comes from the house of Honda Cars India in the form of the City. In its seventh generation now, the City gets a CVT on the petrol variant. Combined with the automatic transmission, it gets paddle shifts, which make the driving experience sportier. The City also offers a spacious cabin, powerful engines and plenty of features. It’s also high on comfort. All these traits make it a pretty good buy for both new and used C2-segment sedan buyers.
Even the next car on this list is from the house of the Honda. The Jazz is no longer the freshest car in its segment but it’s certainly among the more practical ones with a spacious cabin, many cubby holes, large boot and many comfort- and convenience-enhancing features. The Jazz is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that is available with an optional CVT. The paddle shifters let you choose between many ‘steps’ provided by the CVT.
Up next on this list is the Hyundai Verna, which has been a Honda City and Maruti Ciaz rival for three generations now. In its current form, the Verna looks the sportiest of the trio and also offers a powerful 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine that comes mated to a 7-speed DCT. You also get steering-mounted paddle shifters to let you play between the gears and have a sporty experience. Other qualities include great ride, many features and affordable maintenance.
The Toyota Yaris is another Honda City and Maruti Ciaz-rivalling sedan that has made it to the list of top 10 paddle shift cars in India. Unfortunately, the Yaris is the least selling car in the segment but it’s definitely among the most well-sorted ones if you’re someone looking for comfort and practicality. The Yaris is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that can be ordered with a CVT with paddle shifters. Other highlights include best-in-class safety features, a refined petrol engine and CVT automatic option even for the base variant.
Up next, we have an SUV whose success seems to know no boundaries. The Hyundai Creta is in its second generation now and comes with a ‘Turbo’ variant that is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The motor comes mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It also comes with a slew of modern features, new-age styling, good ride quality and the trust that comes with a Hyundai.
The next car on our list of top 10 paddle shift cars in India is the Ford EcoSport, which happens to be the oldest sub-compact SUV on sale in the country. The EcoSport is available with 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine options, with the former being available with a 6-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. You also get steering-mounted paddle shifts to enhance the overall driving experience. The EcoSport is also among the safer options in its class.
The Skoda Octavia is in its third generation now and offers a rather luxurious cabin with a lot of creature comforts, a powerful set of engines, and great ride and handling dynamics. Our pick of the lot is the VRS variant that comes kitted out with a fire-breathing 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that outputs as much as 245hp of maximum power and a peak torque of 370Nm. The motor comes mated to a 7-speed DSG that can be played with using paddle shifters.
One of the best paddle shift cars in India has to be the Q3, a compact SUV in Audi India’s lineup that is available with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to a 7-speed DSG. The Q3 offers sedan-like dynamics but is sufficiently capable off the road. It’s a perfect car for all those who need to have a Q5-like softroader but are restricted by budget.
The last car on our list of best paddle shift cars in India is the BMW X3, a sporty SUV that is as good off the road as it is on it. The X3 is powered by a highly potent twin-turbo diesel engine that comes with a 4×4. It also comes paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that can be used using steering-mounted paddle shifters.
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