Gone are the days when owning a car was considered a luxury; they have become essential for most families, especially since the pandemic has hit the world. In the post-COVID era, cars are, undoubtedly, going to be the safest and thus, the most preferred way to travel. A brand new car can easily cost over three lakhs plus charges of the registration, insurance, and taxes, and not everyone would want to invest so much due to reasons like budget constraints or high depreciation, or even utility. Buying a used car may seem like a better idea because it has many advantages: bargain prices, upgrade to a higher segment, on spot loans, warranty on selected models, and more.
Wondering which are the best-used cars to invest in? Here’s a list of the top five second hand cars that you can buy under two lakhs – including hatchbacks, sedans, and compact SUVs by different car brands:
This premium hatchback made its debut in 2008 and shortly became one of India’s bestselling cars for its generous passenger cabin, 5-star safety rating, and good mileage. The first car in its segment came out with safety features like airbags for driver and passengers in the front and rear, keyless entry, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, auto door unlock the front and rear fog lamps, etc. This 5-seater by the Korean carmaker is available in both petrol and diesel versions.
Launched in India in 2010, this premium hatchback has been the highest selling car for the German automakers in the domestic market. It came with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, but for under two lakhs, its 1.2 litre and 1.6 litre petrol and 1.2 litre, diesel variants are the best choices while others might exceed the price tag in the used car market. Some exciting features of this spacious 5-seater include large boot capacity, airbags, power steering, and music system with USB and Aux.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
A popular variation of the Swift hatchback, this entry-level sedan, was introduced by the Japanese-Indian carmaker in 2008 in petrol and diesel variants. It grew to become their bestselling car in the segment, only under its own identity – the Dzire. While design and interiors might not be its pluses, this mid-size car is considered most dependable and reliable. The highlight of this 5-seater car is its fuel-efficiency with high mileage combined with features like power steering, ABS, airbags, etc.
The hottest sedan in the Indian market since it came out in 1998, this premium car offers the best-in-class boot space along with the powerful engine, spacious interiors, high mileage, fuss-free drive, and easy maintenance. What else does one need in a car? For a price tag of under two lakhs, the second and third generation variants of this sedan are easily available in the second-hand car market. There is a good chance to score an automatic petrol/diesel version with a little bit of luck.
Offering an unparalleled combination of style, space, performance, technology, and safety, this mini compact SUV entered the Indian market in 2016. Its modern look and excellent features contributed to the car’s appeal and instantly hit, especially among the younger audience. The car offers a decent ride with two seating options (5 and 6 seaters) along with ample headroom and legroom, dual airbags, keyless entry, steering mounted controls, a power outlet, and much more.