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Top 10 Best Small Automatic Cars in India 2021

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While the Indian car market has finally come of ages, with sales of premium models, like the Toyota Fortuner and even slightly less expensive ones like the Hyundai Creta, taking off, it’s still predominantly a small car bazaar. However, even though it’s the small cars (read: hatchbacks) that rule the roost, these vehicles have received many upgrades over time. One bit that has really impressed us is the carmaker’s keenness to offer automatic transmission options even on their budget offerings, which is something that surely makes life a lot easier for the users. In this post, we’ll have a look at the top 10 Best Small Automatic Cars in India 2021 with their prices and a surprise entrant to our list at the very last of this post.

Maruti Suzuki Swift

2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift

The first model on our list of Top 10 Best Small Automatic Cars in India 2021 is none other than the Maruti Swift, a car that has seen three generations in our market and continues to dominate the hatchback market with its amazing sales performance. The third-ten Swift was launched with a petrol and a diesel engine option, but the engine options were trimmed down to just one upgraded petrol engine with the launch of the facelift model last year. The updated Swift comes powered with a 1.2-litre DualJet petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 83PS and a peak torque of 113Nm. This motor comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, but one can even opt for a 5-speed AMT unit, which, in Maruti speak, is known as ‘Auto Gear Shift’. Through this, you can benefit from automatic gear shifts along with also gaining from traits like funky looks, low purchase price, easy maintenance, good dynamics, etc.

Maruti Suzuki Swift New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 5.49 – 8.02 LakhRs. 6.04 – 8.98 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 5.73 – 8.41 LakhRs. 6.28 – 9.42 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 5.49 – 8.02 LakhRs. 6.83 – 9.86 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 5.49 – 8.02 LakhRs. 6.54 – 9.44 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 5.48 – 8.02 LakhRs. 6.46 – 9.46 Lakh
KolkataRs. 5.49 – 8.02 LakhRs. 6.51 – 9.43 Lakh
PuneRs. 5.49 – 8.02 LakhRs. 6.09 – 8.82 Lakh
KochiRs. 5.49 – 8.02 LakhRs. 6.04 – 8.98 Lakh

Hyundai i20

Next on our list is the third-generation Hyundai i20, a premium hatchback that was launched a few months ago. The latest-gen i20 is on sale with three engine options – 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol, 1.5-litre diesel, and a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor. Out of these, our pick is the turbo petrol motor that outputs a maximum of `120PS and 172Nm. It comes mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that offers well-timed and smooth gearshifts. In fact, even the 1.2-litre petrol engine is available with an optional CVT that offers a smooth ride. Other than this, the new i20 offers enough cabin space for four adults, has a feature-laden cabin, many safety features (like 6 airbags), and it even benefits from Hyundai’s comprehensive after-sales service network.

Hyundai i20 New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 6.79 – 11.32 LakhRs. 8.01 – 13.25 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 6.79 – 11.32 LakhRs. 8.13 – 13.40 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 6.79 – 11.32 LakhRs. 7.98 – 13.74 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 6.79 – 11.32 LakhRs. 8.05 – 13.44 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 6.79 – 11.32 LakhRs. 8.41 – 14.15 Lakh
KolkataRs. 6.79 – 11.32 LakhRs. 7.64 – 12.55 Lakh
PuneRs. 6.79 – 11.32 LakhRs. 8.15 – 13.42 Lakh
KochiRs. 6.85 – 11.41 LakhRs. 8.12 – 13.49 Lakh

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Like the Swift, the next car on our list of Top 10 Best Small Automatic Cars India in 2021 comes from the house of Maruti Suzuki. While the Baleno no longer feels as fresh as it did until a few years ago, it’s still a pretty competent package. However, like Swift, it has lost its Diesel engine variant. It is now offered with two 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine options instead, one developing 83 PS and the other offering 90 PS. Transmission options for the former include a 5-speed MT and a CVT. The latter suiting the car’s overall premium feel really well due to its smooth operation and unperturbed power delivery. The Baleno is also quite good-looking, has a comfortable ride, offers a high fuel economy, and is even quite easy to maintain Safety kit on the Baleno includes dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors, and rear parking sensors.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 5.90 – 9.10 LakhRs. 6.46 – 10.18 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 5.90 – 9.10 LakhRs. 7.17 – 10.86 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 5.90 – 9.10 LakhRs. 7.01 – 10.65 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 5.89 – 9.09 LakhRs. 7.10 – 10.81 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 5.90 – 9.10 LakhRs. 7.31 – 11.14 Lakh
KolkataRs. 5.90 – 9.10 LakhRs. 6.69 – 10.20 Lakh
PuneRs. 5.90 – 9.10 LakhRs. 7.06 – 10. 76 Lakh
KochiRs. 5.94 – 9.17 LakhRs. 7.08 – 10.80 Lakh

Tata Tiago

Tata Tiago front

The Tata Tiago has been around for many years now, but it’s unarguably been the most successful car from the homegrown carmaker in recent times. The Tiago, like many others cars on this list, lost its Diesel engine option with the BSVI upgrade. However, the good part here is that its 1.2-litre petrol motor is available with both manual and AMT transmission options. The 1.2-litre petrol engine offers 86PS and 113Nm, which makes it a pretty sprightly performer. And thanks to the AMT, the automatic gearshifts help you effortlessly trot around in town or even have a relaxing driving experience on the highways. The Tiago is also the only car in its segment to have a 4-star NCAP crash test score, thereby making it the safest model in its class. Speaking of the safety equipment, this Maruti WagonR rival comes with dual front airbags, corner stability control, ABS with EBD, and parking sensors in the rear.

Tata Tiago New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 4.85 – 6.84 LakhRs. 5.58 – 7.93 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 4.85 – 6.84 LakhRs. 5.97 – 8.30 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 4.85 – 6.84 LakhRs. 5.76 – 8.03 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 4.85 – 6.84 LakhRs. 5.73 – 8.03 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 4.85 – 6.84 LakhRs. 6.15 – 8.62 Lakh
KolkataRs. 4.85 – 6.84 LakhRs. 5.61 – 7.78 Lakh
PuneRs. 4.85 – 6.84 LakhRs. 5.92 – 8.22 Lakh
KochiRs. 4.85 – 6.84 LakhRs. 5.58 – 7.93 Lakh

Renault KWID

Renault KWID

As we said in the introduction of this post, we’re really happy with the fact that carmakers have now started offering automatic options even on the budget models. Case in the point here is the Renault Kwid, which started with a 0.8-litre petrol engine and later received a 1.0-litre motor with an optional AMT. Combined with the auto gearshifts, the punchy performance from the 1.0-litre engine makes the Kwid a good car for use in the city. While it can surely do with more punch on the highways, we still can’t point the finger at the automated manual transmission as it offers well-timed shifts that are reasonably quick for an AMT. The Kwid also gets a Climber edition that looks a tad more attractive and can help you get more attention on the road. Safety features on this Maruti Alto-rivalling model include dual front airbags, parking sensors in the rear, and ABS with EBD.

Renault KWID New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 3.12 – 5.31 LakhRs. 3.76 – 6.13 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 3.12 – 5.31 LakhRs. 3.96 – 6.49 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 3.12 – 5.31 LakhRs. 3.98 – 6.48 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 3.12 – 5.31 LakhRs. 3.68 – 6.53 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 3.12 – 5.31 LakhRs. 4.02 – 6.68 Lakh
KolkataRs. 3.12 – 5.31 LakhRs. 3.81 – 6.20 Lakh
PuneRs. 3.12 – 5.31 LakhRs. 4.30 – 6.74 Lakh
KochiRs. 3.12 – 5.37 LakhRs. 3.89 – 6.55 Lakh

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo TSI

Up next on our list of Top 10 Best Small Automatic Cars in India 2021 is a small car that has been around for over a decade now but is still considered to be one of the more premium hatchbacks on sale in India. The VW Polo that we get now comes with a conventional 6-speed automatic transmission. The Polo comes with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that offers 110 PS and 175 Nm. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed auto unit. There’s also a 1.0-litre naturally-aspirated engine option, but it misses out on the auto box. The Polo is easily the most fun to drive model in its segment. It even offers solid build quality, mature dynamics, timeless looks, and enough features to justify its price tag. The safety kit on offer includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, dual airbags in front, parking sensors in the rear, and cruise control.

Volkswagen Polo New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 6.01 – 9.92 LakhRs. 6.72 – 11.04 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 6.01 – 9.92 LakhRs. 7.05 – 11.72 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 6.01 – 9.92 LakhRs. 7.17 – 11.63 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 6.01 – 9.92 LakhRs. 7.20 – 11.72 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 6.01 – 9.92 LakhRs. 7.23 – 11.89 Lakh
KolkataRs. 5.87 – 9.67 LakhRs. 6.58 – 10.72 Lakh
PuneRs. 6.01 – 9.92 LakhRs. 6.96 – 11.44 Lakh
KochiRs. 6.01 – 9.92 LakhRs. 7.13 – 11.73 Lakh

Maruti Suzuki Celerio

Maruti Suzuki Celerio

While the Maruti Celerio is not the most popular car in its segment, it needs to be mentioned here that it became the first model to offer an AMT option. Over the years, it has lost its 2-cylinder diesel heart but continues to offer the AMT unit, making it a hugely practical small car for city use. Powering the Celerio is a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine that generates 68Ps of power and 90Nm of torque. The tallboy is also better-looking than the WagonR and offers a slightly more solid feel. Standard safety features include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors. Also, the Celerio is among the most easy-to-maintain and even the most practical cars on this list.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 4.53 – 5.78 LakhRs. 4.97 – 6.30 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 4.53 – 5.78 LakhRs. 5.28 – 6.47 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 4.53 – 5.78 LakhRs. 5.40 – 6.65 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 4.53 – 5.78 LakhRs. 4.97 – 6.30 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 4.53 – 5.78 LakhRs. 5.55 – 7.10 Lakh
KolkataRs. 4.53 – 5.78 LakhRs. 5.00 – 6.40 Lakh
PuneRs. 4.53 – 5.78 LakhRs. 5.36 – 6.56 Lakh
KochiRs. 4.53 – 5.78 LakhRs. 4.97 – 6.30 Lakh

Maruti Suzuki Ignis

Maruti Suzuki Ignis

Next on our list of Top 10 Best Small Automatic Cars in India 2021 is a B1-segment hatchback that is not just fun to drive but also very practical. It’s also the vehicle with one of the most well-sorted AMTs on offer. The Ignis, like many other models, is no longer available with a Diesel engine, but it’s frugal enough to keep the running costs quite low. Powering the Maruti Ignis is a 1.2L K-series naturally-aspirated petrol engine that goes on to produce a maximum of 83PS and 113Nm. The Ignis also looks quite funky and comes with enough features if you take into account that this vehicle costs lesser than the Swift. Standard safety equipment across the list includes dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, rear parking camera, and fog lamps.

Maruti Suzuki Ignis New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 4.89 – 7.30 LakhRs. 5.38 – 8.20 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 4.92 – 7.30 LakhRs. 5.92 – 8.81 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 4.89 – 7.30 LakhRs. 5.87 – 8.62 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 4.89 – 7.30 LakhRs. 5.93 – 8.73 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 4.89 – 7.30 LakhRs. 6.07 – 9.01 Lakh
KolkataRs. 4.89 – 7.30 LakhRs. 5.59 – 8.24 Lakh
PuneRs. 4.89 – 7.30 LakhRs. 5.77 – 8.69 Lakh
KochiRs. 4.93 – 7.36 LakhRs. 5.81 – 8.72 Lakh

Hyundai Santro

Hyundai Santro

After the discontinuation of the Eon, the third-gen Santro became the cheapest model in Hyundai’s lineup. However, even though it’s a well-sorted model, it has failed to get the success of its predecessors. But this is something that doesn’t make the Santro a bad choice. The latest avatar of the original tallboy of India comes with a 1.1-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that can be had with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. The latter is a considerably smooth unit that offers well-timed shifts and makes this car a comfortable option for those who mostly plan to use their vehicle in cities. However, even on the highway, the Santro isn’t a bad option for the occasional expressway ride. With 60PS of maximum power and 99Nm of peak torque. The small car is even available with a CNG option, but it’s only the petrol engine that comes with an optional AMT. Safety equipment for this tallboy comprises dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, driver-side airbags, and rear parking sensors.

Hyundai Santro New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 4.67 – 6.35 LakhRs. 5.41 – 7.39 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 4.67 – 6.35 LakhRs. 5.60 – 7.53 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 4.67 – 6.35 LakhRs. 5.55 – 7.47 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 4.67 – 6.35 LakhRs. 5.60 – 7.58 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 4.67 – 6.35 LakhRs. 5.79 – 7.86 Lakh
KolkataRs. 4.67 – 6.35 LakhRs. 5.31 – 7.14 Lakh
PuneRs. 4.67 – 6.35 LakhRs. 5.65 – 7.59 Lakh
KochiRs. 4.71 – 6.40 LakhRs. 5.54 – 7.56 Lakh

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

The last car on our list of Top 10 Best Small Automatic Cars in India 2021 is a model that replaced the Maruti Alto K10 a couple of years back and, like the more powerful Alto, came in with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine available with an optional 5-speed AMT. The S-Presso has got quirky styling but offers an immensely practical cabin. Also, its K-series engine, coupled with the responsive AMT, makes this hatchback a punchy performer. The modern underpinnings in the form of latest HEARTECT platform bestows this car with great dynamics. In terms of safety, the car gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, high-speed alert, door open alert, and seatbelt reminder. Some other traits include a low price tag, easy maintenance, high fuel efficiency, and crossover-like features like a high ground clearance.

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 3.70 – 5.18 LakhRs. 4.26 – 5.89 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 3.70 – 5.18 LakhRs. 4.31 – 5.85 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 3.70 – 5.18 LakhRs. 4.52 – 5.97 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 3.69 – 5.18 LakhRs. 4.33 – 6.13 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 3.70 – 5.18 LakhRs. 4.44 – 6.41 Lakh
KolkataRs. 3.70 – 5.18 LakhRs. 4.17 – 5.75 Lakh
PuneRs. 3.70 – 5.18 LakhRs. 4.42 – 5.93 Lakh
KochiRs. 3.73 – 5.22 LakhRs. 4.43 – 6.21 Lakh

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Toyota Glanza

Toyota Glanza

Talking about the late entry here, well, the Toyota Glanza managed to make the cut because it’s simply a rebadged Maruti Baleno. Save for a new set of badges, there’s absolutely no difference between the Glanza and the Baleno. What this means is that like the Baleno, the Glanza gets a 1.2-litre petrol engine that generates 83Ps of power and 113Nm of torque. Transmission options also remain the same, which means you can choose between a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic. As we said, the Glanza is nothing but a Baleno that’s being sold by Toyota but you do get a better standard warranty and an improved aftersales experience.

Toyota Glanza New Car Price in Popular Cities

CityEx-Showroom PriceOn-Road Price
New DelhiRs. 7.18 – 9.10 LakhRs. 8.36 – 10.49 Lakh
MumbaiRs. 7.18 – 9.10 LakhRs. 8.54 – 10.75 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 7.18 – 9.10 LakhRs. 8.69 – 10.79 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 7.18 – 9.10 LakhRs. 8.45 – 10.67 Lakh
BengaluruRs. 7.18 – 9.10 LakhRs. 8.68 – 10.95 Lakh
KolkataRs. 7.18 – 9.10 LakhRs. 8.01 – 10.10 Lakh
PuneRs. 7.18 – 9.10 LakhRs. 8.38 – 10.58 Lakh
KochiRs. 7.23 – 9.17 LakhRs. 8.61 – 10.88 Lakh

FAQs

Q: Which are the lowest priced small automatic cars in India?

A: Well, the lowest priced small automatic cars in India include Maruti S-Presso, Renault Kwid and Datsun redi-GO.

Q: Which are the most expensive small automatic cars in India?

A: The most expensive small automatic cars in India include Maruti Baleno, Hyundai i20, VW Polo and Honda Jazz.

Q: Which are the small latest automatic cars in India?

A: The small latest automatic cars in India include the third-gen Hyundai i20 and the updated VW Polo GT 1.0 variant.

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