Top 10 Best Small Automatic Cars in India 2024

Rahul Jha
Rahul Jha

Updated on: 16th April, 2024 IST

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Best Small Automatic Cars

Small automatic cars have been the go-to choice for Indian drivers looking for convenience and ease of use. These compact vehicles are designed to navigate through crowded streets, tight parking spots, and narrow lanes with ease. They offer excellent fuel economy and are perfect for city commutes and long drives alike.

In 2024, the small car automatic segment is packed with a variety of options, each offering its unique set of features and advantages. With technological advancements and increased competition in the market, these cars are now more sophisticated, efficient, and comfortable than ever before.

In this blog, we've compiled a list of the top 10 best small automatic cars in India that you should consider if you're looking for a reliable, practical, and stylish ride. From budget-friendly options to premium models, our list covers all the popular choices in the segment, making it easier for you to make an informed decision based on your preferences and driving needs. So, let's dive into our top picks and discover what makes them stand out from the rest.

ModelBody TypeFuel TypeMileageEx-Showroom PriceUsed Car Price
Tata TigorCompact SedanPetrol, CNG19.2 km/l (Petrol), 26.4 km/kg (CNG)₹6.00 lakh-₹8.84 lakh₹5.28 lakhs
Renault KwidHatchbackPetrol21.07 km/l (Petrol)₹4.64 lakh-₹6.09 lakh₹3.92 lakh
Maruti Suzuki CelerioHatchbackPetrol, CNG26 km/l (Petrol), 35 km/kg (CNG)₹5.35 lakh onwards₹4.16 lakh onwards
Maruti Wagon RHatchbackPetrol, CNG25.19 km/l (Petrol Manual), 24.43 km/l (Petrol Automatic), 34.05 km/kg (CNG)₹5.52 lakh onwards₹4 lakh onwards
Maruti Alto K10HatchbackPetrol, CNG24.4 km/l (Petrol Manual), 24.9 km/l (Petrol Automatic), 24.4 km/kg (CNG)₹3.99 lakh onwards₹3 lakh onwards
Maruti DzireSedanPetrol, CNG24 km/l (Petrol), 31.5 km/kg (CNG)₹9.45 lakh onwards₹3.59 lakh onwards
Maruti SwiftHatchbackPetrol, CNG23 km/l (Petrol) 31 km/kg (CNG)₹6.7 lakh onwards₹6.2 lakh onwards
Tata NexonSUVPetrol, Diesel17.5 km/l (Petrol), 21.1 km/l (Diesel)₹7.60 lakh-₹14.08 lakh₹11.54 lakh
Maruti Grand VitaraSUVPetrol, CNG27 km/l (Petrol), 26 km/kg (CNG)₹10.45 lakh onwards₹8.73 lakh onwards
Toyota Urban CruiserSUVPetrol28 km/l (Petrol)₹10.5 lakh-₹19.7 lakh₹8 lakh onwards

1. Tata Tigor

Tata Tigor

Tata has created a perfect blend of style, comfort, and affordability with its compact sedan, the Tata Tigor. Its unique fastback design gives it a stunning appearance, and despite being a budget-friendly car, it doesn't compromise on space, comfort, and features. What sets the Tata Tigor apart from other cars in its segment is its 4-star G-NCAP rating, which demonstrates the Tigor's structural strength and commitment to safety. 

The XZ Plus variant is the most popular variant of the Tata Tigor, and it's available in both petrol and CNG versions. The petrol XZ Plus variant is available in manual and automatic transmissions, and it is priced at ₹7.60 lakh and ₹8.20 lakh, respectively. The CNG XZ Plus variant is only available with a manual gearbox and costs ₹8.50 lakh. As the top variant, the Tata Tigor XZ Plus provides the most premium features, such as projector headlamps, a rear camera, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Ex-showroom Price (Delhi):₹6.00 lakh-₹8.84 lakh

Used Car Price: ₹5.28 lakh

Key Specifications of Tata Tigor:

Maximum Power84 bhp(P), 72 bhp (CNG)
Maximum Torque113 Nm (P), 95 Nm (CNG)
Engine1.2-litre petrol | 1.2-litre petrol engine with CNG kit
Transmission5-speed manual gearbox & 5-speed AMT
Body TypeCompact Sedan
Fuel TypeCNG, Petrol 
Mileage26.4 km/kg (CNG), 19.2 km/l (Petrol)

Key Features of Tata Tigor:

Dual front airgbags
Projection headlamps
Digital Instrument cluster
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
7-inch touchscreen infotainment system

What's Good:

  • 4-star NCAP safety rating
  • One of the best looking sub-4m sedans

What's Not Good:

  • Less cabin space as compared to competitors
  • Engine refinement and performance not on par with rivals

Check out our collection of Used Tata Tigor Cars in India

2. Renault Kwid

Renault Kwid

The Renault Kwid is a compact hatchback that offers much more than what's expected from an entry-level car. Despite its positioning in the market, the Kwid packs in a range of premium features that can compete with higher-priced models. Its ground clearance of 184 mm offers great practicality for uneven terrain and makes it a reliable ride across a spectrum of terrains. 

The car's 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a digital instrument cluster, and LED daytime running lights provide a luxurious feel. Additionally, the Kwid offers two petrol engine options and a choice between a manual or an AMT gearbox. The Renault Kwid's versatility, style, and value for money make it an excellent choice for car buyers. 

Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹4.64 lakh-₹6.09 lakh

Used Car Price: ₹3.92 lakh

Key Specifications of Renault Kwid:

Maximum Power67 bhp @ 3,750 rpm
Maximum Torque91 Nm @ 1,600-2,800 rpm
Engine999 cc
Transmission5-speed Manual and AMT
Body TypeHatchback
Fuel TypePetrol 
Mileage21.07 km/l (Petrol)

Key Features of Renault Kwid:

Power steering
Power windows front
Anti-lock braking system
Multi-function steering wheel 
Driver and passenger airbags

What's Good:

  • Attractive exterior design
  • High ground clearance for better ride quality on rough roads

What's Not Good:

  • Average safety features
  • Limited rear seat space

Check out our collection of Used Renault Kwid Cars in India

3. Maruti Suzuki Celerio

Maruti Suzuki Celerio

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio is a compact hatchback that is perfect for city driving with its fuel-efficient engine and comfortable interior. The car comes with two engine options, petrol and CNG, and can generate a maximum power of 65 bhp and 55 bhp, respectively. It is available in both manual and automatic transmission options for petrol variants, while CNG variants only come in manual. 

The Celerio is loaded with features such as power steering, power windows front, anti-lock braking system, air conditioner, driver and passenger airbags, fog lights, alloy wheels, and a multi-function steering wheel. With a mileage of 26 km/l for petrol and 35 km/kg for CNG, the Maruti Celerio is an affordable and practical car for daily use that can comfortably accommodate 5 people.

Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹5.35 lakh onwards

Used Car Price: ₹4.16 lakh onwards

Key Specifications of Maruti Celerio:

Maximum Power65 bhp (Petrol), 55 bhp (CNG)
Maximum Torque89 Nm (Petrol), 82 Nm (CNG)
Engine998 cc
TransmissionManual and Automatic (Petrol), Manual (CNG)
Body TypeHatchback
Fuel TypePetrol, CNG
Mileage26 km/l (Petrol), 35 km/kg (CNG)

Key Features of Maruti Celerio:

Power steering
Power windows front
Anti-lock braking system
Multi-function steering wheel 
Driver and passenger airbags

What's Good:

  • Low maintenance cost
  • Good value for money

What's Not Good:

  • Outdated design and features
  • Lack of comfort for the back row seats

Check out our collection of Used Maruti Celerio Cars in India

4. Maruti Wagon R

 Maruti Wagon R

The Maruti Wagon R is a spacious and practical hatchback that offers a perfect blend of performance, fuel economy, and affordability. The car comes with a choice of two engines: 1.0L and 1.2L, which deliver a maximum power of 88 bhp (1.2L petrol automatic), 66 bhp (1.0L petrol), and 56 bhp (CNG) along with a torque of 113 Nm @4,400 rpm (1.2L petrol automatic), 89 Nm @3,500 rpm (1.0 petrol), and 82 Nm (CNG). 

It offers a seating capacity of 5 and comes with both manual and automatic transmission options (Petrol) and manual CNG. The Wagon R offers an impressive fuel efficiency of 25.19 km/l (petrol manual), 24.43 km/l (petrol automatic), and 34.05 km/kg (CNG). Key features of the car include ABS, EBD, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with a 7-inch touchscreen display.

Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹5.52 lakh onwards

Used Car Price: ₹4 lakh onwards 

Key Specifications of Maruti Wagon R :

Maximum Power88 bhp (1.2L Petrol Automatic), 66 bhp (1.0L Petrol), 56 bhp (CNG)
Maximum Torque113 Nm @ 4,400 rpm (1.2L Petrol Automatic), 89 Nm @ 3,500 rpm (1.0 Petrol), 82 Nm (CNG)
Engine1.0L, 1.2L
TransmissionManual and automatic (Petrol), Manual (CNG)
Body TypeHatchback
Fuel TypePetrol, CNG
Mileage25.19 km/l (Petrol Manual), 24.43 km/l (Petrol Automatic), 34.05 km/kg (CNG)

Key Features of Maruti Wagon R:

Power steering
Power windows front
Anti-lock braking system
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
7-inch touchscreen infotainment system

What's Good:

  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Affordable pricing

What's Not Good:

  • Mediocre build quality
  • Poor NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) levels

Check out our collection of Used Maruti Wagon R Cars in India

5. Maruti Alto K10 

Maruti Alto K10 

The Maruti Alto K10 is a budget-friendly, high-performance car that offers excellent fuel economy. It boasts a powerful 1.0L engine that delivers a maximum power of 66 bhp (Petrol) and 56 bhp (CNG) along with a torque of 89 Nm (Petrol) and 82.1 Nm (CNG). The car comes with both manual and automatic transmission options (Petrol) and manual CNG. 

The Alto K10 offers a seating capacity of 5 and boasts an impressive mileage of 24.4 km/l (petrol manual), 24.9 km/l (petrol automatic), and 24.4 km/kg (CNG). It also comes equipped with key features such as ABS, EBD, two airbags, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 7-inch touchscreen display, and steering-mounted controls.

Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹3.99 lakh onwards

Used Car Price: ₹3 lakh onwards 

Key Specifications of Maruti Alto K10:

Maximum Power66 bhp (Petrol), 56 bhp (CNG)
Maximum Torque89 Nm @ 3,500 rpm (Petrol), 82.1 Nm @ 3,400 rpm (CNG)
Engine1.0L
TransmissionManual and Automatic (Petrol), Manual (CNG)
Body TypeHatchback
Fuel TypePetrol, CN 
Mileage24.4 km/l (Petrol Manual), 24.9 km/l (Petrol Automatic), 24.4 km/kg (CNG)

Key Features of Maruti Alto K10:

ABS with EBD
Power windows front
Steering mounted controls
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
7-inch touchscreen infotainment system

What's Good:

  • Low maintenance cost
  • Good value for money

What's Not Good:

  • Outdated design and features
  • Lack of space and comfort

Check out our collection of Used Maruti Alto K10 Cars in India

6. Maruti Dzire

Maruti Dzire

The Maruti Dzire is a stylish and comfortable compact sedan powered by a 1.2L petrol engine that produces 89 bhp and 113 Nm of torque. The Dzire is available in both manual and automatic transmission options, making it a great choice for both city and highway driving for groups of up to 5 people. 

The car also has a CNG variant that produces 76 bhp and 98.5 Nm of torque. It comes loaded with features like wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, ABS and EBD, AC with automatic climate control, rear AC vents, and a 7-inch touchscreen. The Dzire has a mileage of 24 km/l (Petrol) and 31.5 km/kg (CNG), making it an economical option for long drives or city commutes

Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹9.45 lakh onwards

Used Car Price: ₹3.59 lakh onwards

Key Specifications of Maruti Dzire:

Maximum Power89 bhp (Petrol), 76 bhp (CNG)
Maximum Torque113 Nm (Petrol), 98.5 Nm (CNG)
Engine1.2L
TransmissionManual and Automatic (Petrol), Manual (CNG)
Body TypeSedan
Fuel TypePetrol, CNG
Mileage24 km/l (Petrol), 31.5 km/kg (CNG)

Key Features of Maruti Dzire:

ABS with EBD
Rear AC vents
Automatic climate control
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
7-inch touchscreen infotainment system

What's Good:

  • Smooth and refined engine
  • Good ride quality

What's Not Good:

  • Overpriced compared to rivals
  • Mediocre build quality

Check out our collection of Used Maruti Dzire Cars in India

7. Maruti Swift

Maruti Swift

The Maruti Swift is a stylish and sporty hatchback that offers a perfect combination of comfort, performance, and economy. With its powerful 1.2 L engine, the Swift delivers a maximum power of 89 bhp (Petrol) and 76 bhp (CNG) along with a torque of 113 Nm (Petrol) and 98.5 Nm (CNG). It comes in both manual and automatic transmission options (Petrol) and manual (CNG). The vehicle is sturdy on the outside and quite spacious on the inside and can easily accommodate 5 people. 

The Swift boasts an impressive mileage of 23 km/l (Petrol) and 31 km/kg (CNG). The Swift offers a seating capacity of 5 and comes with key features such as wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, ABS and EBD, AC with automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen, and child seat anchor points, making it a perfect family car.

Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹6.7 lakh onwards

Used Car Price: ₹6.2 lakh onwards

Key Specifications of Maruti Swift:

Maximum Power89 bhp (Petrol), 76 bhp (CNG)
Maximum Torque113 Nm (Petrol), 98.5 Nm (CNG)
Engine1.2L
TransmissionManual and Automatic (Petrol), Manual (CNG)
Body TypeHatchback
Fuel TypePetrol, CNG 
Mileage23 km/l (Petrol), 31 km/kg (CNG)

Key Features of Maruti Swift:

ABS with EBD
Child seat anchor points
Automatic climate control
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
7-inch touchscreen infotainment system

What's Good:

  • Quick and responsive engine
  • Good ride and handling balance

What's Not Good:

  • Average rear seat comfort

Check out our collection of Used Maruti Swift Cars in India

8. Tata Nexon

Tata Nexon

The Tata Nexon is a car lover's dream come true with its bold and muscular exterior and premium features that ensure maximum comfort and convenience for all passengers. With a ground clearance of 209 mm, the Tata Nexon XZ Plus offers the perfect balance of style, comfort, and performance.

Not only that but the Nexon has also been awarded a 5-star safety rating by G-NCAP, providing peace of mind for everyone on board. If you're looking for the best variant, the XZ Plus is highly recommended. It's available in both petrol and diesel with manual and automatic transmission options. Additionally, the XZ Plus comes with a range of features such as steering-mounted controls, automatic climate control, a touchscreen infotainment system, and a sunroof.

Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹7.60 lakh-₹14.08 lakh

Used Car Price: ₹11.54 lakh

Key Specifications of Tata Nexon

Maximum Power114 bhp @ 5,000 rpm
Maximum Torque178 Nm @ 1,750 rpm
Engine1.2-litre Turbo (Petrol)/1.5-litre Turbo (Diesel)
Transmission6-speed Manual, 6-speed AMT
Body TypeSUV
Fuel TypePetrol, Diesel
Mileage17.5 km/l (Petrol), 21.1 km/l (Diesel)

Key Features of Tata Nexon

Sunroof
Ventilated front-row seats
Steering mounted controls
8-speaker Harman Sound System
7-inch touchscreen infotainment system

What's Good:

  • Attractive and modern exterior design with a solid build quality
  • Spacious cabin with good rear-seat legroom and large boot space

What's Not Good:

  • The ride quality can be bumpy on rough roads, especially for rear-seat passengers
  • The infotainment system can be slow to respond at times

Check out our collection of Used Tata Nexon Cars in India

9. Maruti Grand Vitara

Maruti Grand Vitara

The Maruti Grand Vitara is a stylish and powerful 5-seater SUV that is specially designed for adventure seekers. Available in both petrol and CNG variants, this car delivers a maximum power output of 91 bhp (petrol) and 86 bhp (CNG), making it a great car for off-roading and long drives. 

The car's 1,490 cc engine provides ample power and the manual and automatic transmission options ensure a smooth driving experience. The Grand Vitara also comes equipped with features such as power steering, power windows front, anti-lock braking system, air conditioner, driver and passenger airbags, automatic climate control, alloy wheels, and a multifunction steering wheel, making it a well-rounded package for adventure enthusiasts.

Ex-showroom Price (Delhi): ₹10.45 lakh onwards

Used Car Price: ₹8 lakh onwards

Key Specifications of Maruti Grand Vitara:

Maximum Power91 bhp (Petrol), 86 bhp (CNG)
Maximum Torque122 Nm (Petrol), 121 Nm (CNG)
Engine1,490 cc (Petrol), 1,462 cc (CNG)
TransmissionManual and Automatic (Petrol), Manual (CNG)
Body TypeSUV
Fuel TypePetrol, CNG
Mileage27 km/l (Petrol), 26 km/kg (CNG)

Key Features of Maruti Grand Vitara:

Alloy wheels
ABS with EBD
Automatic climate control
Multi-function steering wheel
Driver and passenger airbags 

What's Good:

  • Good off-road capability
  • High ground clearance

What's Not Good:

  • Expensive compared to some of its rivals

Check out our collection of Used Maruti Grand Vitara Cars in India

10. Toyota Urban Cruiser

Toyota Urban Cruiser

Based on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the Toyota Urban Cruiser is a small SUV that can comfortably accommodate 5 people. It has a brash and imposing appearance with a front grille accented with chrome, LED projection headlights, and a sculpted hood. 

The only 1.5-litre petrol engine choice for the Toyota Urban Cruiser generates a maximum output of 104 bhp and a maximum torque of 138 Nm. The motor is mated to either a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission. In short, the Urban Cruiser is style, comfort, and convenience personified.

Ex-showroom Price (Delhi):  ₹10.5 lakh-₹19.7 lakh

Used Car Price: ₹8.73 lakh

Key Specifications of Toyota Urban Cruiser:

Maximum Power103 bhp
Maximum Torque138 Nm
Engine1.5L
Transmission5-speed Manual/ 4-speed Automatic
Body TypeSUV
Fuel TypePetrol 
Mileage28 km/l (Petrol)

Key Features of Toyota Urban Cruiser:

Panoramic sunroof
Reclining rear seats
Remote voice ignition 
LED projection headlights
Touchscreen infotainment system

What's Good:

  • Good value for money
  • A comfortable and spacious cabin

What's Not Good:

  • Low on features compared to some of its competitors

Check out our collection of Used Toyota Urban Cruiser Cars in India

Whether you are in the market for a fuel-efficient hatchback or an SUV that can handle rough terrain, there is something for everyone. It is no surprise that Maruti Suzuki dominates the list with six out of the ten vehicles featured, given their reputation for quality and reliability. 

The Tata Nexon and Toyota Urban Cruiser offer great options for those looking for a stylish and robust SUV, while the Renault Kwid delivers a sleek and efficient hatchback option. The choices are endless, and the competition is fierce, making it a great time to invest in a small automatic car in India. 

In conclusion, the Indian market for small cars in 2024 is brimming with a diverse range of options to suit every taste and budget. From the affordable and practical Maruti Alto K10 to the spacious and premium Toyota Urban Cruiser, the list above highlights the best small automatic cars available in India today.

Which one are you planning to drive home?

FAQs:

Q. Why are small cars good for city commuting?

Small cars are perfect for city commuting due to their compact size, which makes them easy to manoeuvre in heavy traffic and tight parking spots. Additionally, their fuel-efficient engines are ideal for stop-and-go driving, making them more cost-effective and eco-friendly.

Q. Which is the best small automatic car?

Choosing the best small automatic car ultimately depends on your specific needs and preferences. However, some popular options in the Indian market include the Renault Kwid, and Maruti Suzuki Celerio.

Q. Which Automatic car gives the highest mileage?

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio provides one of the highest mileage amongst the small automatic cars in India, with an impressive 26 km/l for the Petrol variant and 35 km/kg for the CNG variant.

Q. What are the advantages and disadvantages of automatic cars?

Automatic cars have the advantage of providing a more relaxed and convenient driving experience, especially in heavy traffic, and are suitable for individuals who prefer not to shift gears manually. However, they are generally more expensive than their manual counterparts and can sometimes have lower fuel efficiency. Additionally, some drivers may not enjoy the disconnected feeling of not being in control of the gears.

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