10 Fast & Fun-to-Drive Affordable Cars

Is it fast? Check. Is it fun to drive? Check. Is it affordable? Check. Want a fun car that can make you smile everyday but fits a tight budget of under 10 lakh rupees. You’ve got no less than 10 options in the Indian car market. A mixture of hatchbacks and sedans, this list encompasses everyday cars that will suit a wide range of budgets,  from 4-10 lakh rupees.

Honda Brio

Honda Brio


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The Honda Brio is the India’s least priced pocket rocket that is also composed at high speeds. Now, this obviously means that the Maruti Alto K10 has to be left out. The Brio, with its 1.2 liter i-VTEC petrol motor pushing out 87 Bhp-110 Nm, and 920 kilogram kerb weight, makes for rapid acceleration. While top speed is limited to 140 Kph, the way the Brio gets here is what will make you smile. With prices starting from under 4 lakh rupees, you can’t ask for more, can you.

Maruti Swift Petrol

Maruti Suzuki Swift 1


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The Maruti Swift Petrol is one car that both you and your uncle can drive. Well, this hatchback’s an all-rowith under that has something for everyone, and this is precisely what makes the Swift so special. Throw in wider rubber, and the Swift Petrol will instantly become one of the most involving cars to drive in the sub-5 lakh rupee category. The car uses a 1.2 liter K-Series petrol engine with 86 Bhp and 112 Nm. The light 960 kilogram kerb weight, a slick 5 speed manual gearbox and a superb chassis balance are the willing weapons in thw Swift’s armoury.

Volkswagen Polo GT TSI

Pete's Tuned Volkswagen Polo GT TSI in Red

The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is one of the fastest hatchbacks in the sub-10 lakh rupee category, and the car even shows a clean pair of heels to most C-Segment sedans. The Polo GT TSI is powered by a 1.2 liter turbocharged petrol engine, which is the major reason behind the car’s blistering performance. A 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox, with its blinding shift speeds makes the Polo even more involving to drive. Want a very fast hatchback that is very convenient too? The Polo GT TSI is the one for you.

Volkswagen Polo GT TDI

Pete's Tuned Volkswagen Polo GT TSI

The Polo GT TDI is essentially the turbo petrol powered Polo’s diesel sibling. The GT TDI uses a 1.5 liter TDI turbo diesel engine that puts out 103 Bhp-250 Nm. Torque is what matters in diesel land and 250 Nm of it means that the Polo GT TDI is the torque bomb among the budget hatchbacks sold in India. Unlike its petrol sibling, the car uses a 5 speed manual gearbox. With a 0-100 Kph run dispatched in under 11 seconds, the Polo GT TDI is a case of performance with good fuel efficiency.

Fiat Punto Abarth

India Spec Fiat Punto Abarth 1

The Fiat Punto Abarth isn’t in Othe market yet, but will be available to hot hatchback enthusiasts in October this year. The reason why the Punto Abarth is in this list is easy to see, really. A 0-100 Kph timing of 9,58 seconds makes it faster than most C and D Segment sedans too. Couple this with a fast hydraulic steering, you have a car that is spades of fun both in the straight line and when the going gets very twisty. A solidly built car whose chief aim is to please the one with the happy right foot, the Punto Abarth will slot in under the 10 lakh rupee mark.

Honda City Petrol

Honda City Mugen Edition

The Honda City Petrol is a Jekyll and Hyde car. As long as you want it to serve as an everyday family car, it will, delivering reliability, comfort and low maintenance costs in good measure. When you’re in the mood for exercising your right foot at traffic light GPs, the City will deliver here too. The car is one of the quickest C-Segment sedans in the country, and the 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol motor with 117 Bhp-145 Nm, is squarely responsible for this. The City Petrol is also quite affordable. You get the ABS and driver airbag equipped car for under 8 lakh rupees,

Volkswagen Vento TSI

Volkswagen Vento Custom 1


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The Vento is the sedan version of the Polo, and shares some engines with the latter. One such engine is the 1.2 liter TSI turbo petrol unit, about which we’ve already elaborated. The Vento TSI also uses the same 7 speed, twin clutch automatic gearbox as the Polo, giving the sedan the same blistering acceleration and responsiveness. If you want a more spacious car with thrilling performance, buy the Vento TSI. It’s everything that the Polo GT TSI is, in a larger, more comfortable package.

Volkswagen Vento Diesel DSG

Volkswagen Vento Custom 3

The Volkswagen Vento Diesel is the Polo GT TDI in sedan form. Since the car’s heavier, it’s slightly slower than the Polo GT TDI. A balanced chassis and a taut suspension set up means that the Vento Diesel is fun to drive. The TDI turbo diesel engine’s copious torque gives the car enough poke across the rev band. While a 5 speed manual gearbox is standard, the party trick on the Vento Diesel is the 7 speed twin clutch DSG automatic gearbox. This gearbox makes the Vento Diesel more sportier than the Polo GT TDI.

Fiat Linea T-Jet

Fiat Linea Elegante 1

The Fiat Linea T-Jet is affordable turbo petrol power. Fiats are traditionally good handlers. The Linea goes a step ahead with a nice ride. The 1.4 liter T-Jet turbo petrol engine gives it enough poke to make for some really high speeds. The responsive hydraulic power steering that has loads of feel and the sublime chassis balance makes the Linea a top pick for petrol car enthusiasts on a budget. ABS is standard, and prices start at 8.08 lakh rupees.

Skoda Rapid Diesel

Skoda Rapid Custom 3

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The Skoda Rapid Diesel is essentially a cheaper variant of the Volkswagen Vento Diesel, with a lower price tag to boot. It rides better too. The car is available with both 5 speed manual and 7 speed twin clutch automatic transmissions. If you like to drive, dig the Rapid’s styling and ride quality, and want to save some money, the diesel powered variant is the one to opt for. Prices start from 8.81 lakh rupees.