Continued: Good cars & SUVs that deserve your attention

Chevrolet Sail sedan

2014 Chevrolet Sail Sedan Refresh

The SAIC product is a decent offering in terms of space, powertrain (gets the solid, Fiat-sourced diesel engine), and doesn’t look bad, either. It trumps other compact sedans, and given that it’s not constrained by a sub-four-meter rule, the Sail sedan looks more proportionate, too.

Sadly, it has failed to generate as much interest in the market. With about 300 units every month, it’s far from successful, too — keep in mind that the similarly positioned Toyota Etios does a rather conservative 2.5k units every month.

Why should you buy it?

More space than compact sedans, simple styling, and exclusivity.

Nissan Sunny

Nissan Sunny

Based on the same platform as the Nissan Micra, the Sunny sedan continued with the hatchback’s good bits — frugality and driveability — but comes with added space, both in the cabin and the boot. Engine range is shared, too, and while not the quickest, the Sunny remains to be one comfortable way to cruise. Once a strong player in the segment, the Sunny now manages only about 200-250 units every month.

Why should you buy it?

Best in class space and comfort. Cheaper than most C-segment sedans.

Honda Mobilio

Honda Mobilio front three quarter

Based on the same platform as the Brio, the Mobilio is the most accommodating of the three — Amaze too is based on the same platform. It can seat seven, and has a comfortable second row, too. Engine options include the same 1.5-liter diesel engine as the Amaze, but the larger 1.5-liter petrol is shared with the City. It feels more direct than the City, and certainly better than the Amaze and the Brio — owing to the presence of the larger petrol unit.

In terms of sales, at about 300 units every month, it manages fewer units than the Brio. While strong competition and a limited size of the MPV segment are two things that can be blamed, the Mobilio certainly deserves to be better than almost 1/20th of what the similarly sized Eritga manages.

Why should you buy it?

Spacious, almost hatchback-like dynamics, and that petrol engine is a gem of an engine.

Renault Lodgy

Renault Lodgy

The Lodgy has a lot going for it: a decently powerful engine (1.5-liter diesel that makes 110 PS), substantial amount of space inside (can seat up to seven/eight, depending on the configuration), and almost the same driveability as the Duster. With all that, the monthly sales of 500 or so units can still be improved, considering the Lodgy’s closest rival, the Innova, manages about ten times that.

Why should you buy it?

More spacious than other car-like MPVs, and has a brilliant ride and handling for an MPV.

Tata Safari/Safari Storme

Tata Safari Storme

It might have attained a cult status but in terms of sales, the Safari sadly remains a slow-seller. The Storme was a huge improvement, and the new Storme 400 is even better — it has more torque than even the the Toyota Fortuner. The after-sales service can of course be improved, and that will eventually help the company achieve more than the current 700-800 monthly units.

Why should you buy it?

Cult styling, torque-rich engine, and a comfortable interior.