Over the years, car manufacturers, in India, have become more customer-centric as car buyers expect many features from a new car, at an affordable price. Manufacturers have started providing a long list of new features to remain competitive, in a market that is growing exponentially. Here are ten feature-laden cars from each affordable segment, in India.
Tata Tiago has become the best-selling model of the brand soon after its launch. Tiago’s success can be attributed to its value-for-money price tag and a long list of features. Tata Tiago offers some best-in-class features like Eco-Mode drive that actually changes the fuel delivery to the engine and ensures high mileage.
The Tiago is also available in both petrol and diesel engine options, which is unique in the segment. Tata also offers a ConnectNext infotainment system that pairs up with a smartphone and shows turn-by-turn navigation. The Tiago also gets ABS, Cornering ABS and dual front airbags.
Maruti Swift is an extremely popular car in India. Maruti launched the all-new Swift earlier this year at the 2018 Auto Expo and the car has already become a top-selling vehicle in the segment. The all-new Swift comes with an automatic AMT transmission with both petrol and diesel engine options.
It also gets unique features, such as LED projector headlamps and standard ABS and dual airbags in all variants. The Swift also gets a touchscreen infotainment system, that offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, keyless entry and push-button start system.
The all-new Dzire became the best-selling car in India for a few months soon after launch. The all-new Dzire looks nothing like the older version of the car and gets features like LED projector head lamps with LED DRLs, LED brake lamps and diamond-cut alloy wheels.
The Dzire also gets an AMT automatic option with petrol and diesel engine options. It also gets standard ABS and dual airbags across all the variants. Higher versions of the car come with features like keyless entry and start/stop button with touchscreen infotainment that gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Sub 4-meter Compact SUV
The Nexon has gained quick popularity in the highly competitive segment in India. The compact SUV became the first in the segment to offer automatic AMT transmission with both petrol and diesel engine options. It also gets a long list of features, out of which many are a segment first. The Nexon gets multiple drive modes system that changes the engine output depending on the need.
It also gets a segment-first floating type infotainment system that gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, but a similar system is now available with the Ford EcoSport too. There is also an umbrella holder and best in class speaker system from Harman. The compact SUV also offers features like three-colour body and diamond-cut alloy wheels. It also gets the wristwatch styled smart key that can open and start the vehicle without the key fob.
Hyundai Elite i20
The Hyundai Elite i20 is one of the most popular hatchbacks in the segment. It has been around for a long time now and the car offers a long list of features to attract customers. The Elite i20 offers 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. There are also projector head lamps LED DRLs that add to its premium look.
On the inside, the car gets orange highlights on the dashboard that makes it look much sportier than before. It also offers keyless entry with a start-stop feature. There is also a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that gets navigation and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. It also gets dual front airbags and ABS standard. The Elite i20 also comes with anti-pinch power windows, smart pedal, six airbags, reverse parking sensor and camera, cooled glove box and sliding front armrest.
The Hyundai Creta comes loaded with features. Hyundai recently launched a facelifted version of the car that gets even a longer list of features. The car gets a sunroof, wireless phone charger and rides on 17-inch diamond cut alloys.
The Creta also gets new projector lamps with LED DRLs, cruise control, sliding armrest for the driver and power adjustable driver seat. In addition, the car offers automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers.
The Toyota Yaris is the first mid-size sedan from the Japanese car manufacturer in India, and it comes loaded with features. Even the base variant of the Yaris gets the 7-airbags as standard. Higher variants of the Yaris comes with even more features like gesture-controlled infotainment system, power-adjustable driver seat, front and rear proximity sensors, 60:40 split rear seats, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and roof-mounted rear AC vents.
The Yaris offers automatic option right from the base variant, which makes it unique in the segment. Even though it does not gets a sunroof, cooled front seats or LED headlamps, the car remains loaded with best usable features in the market.
The Hyundai Elantra returned to India after a brief period and the car is loaded to the brim with features. The premium sedan gets 16-inch diamond-cut good looking alloy wheels. The projector headlamps get LED DRLs and LED tail lamps.
On the inside, the car gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The seats are wrapped in leather and the interiors are finished in a high-gloss finish. It gets disc brakes on all the wheels and ABS and EBD are standard. Dual airbags, infotainment with voice recognition, rear AC vent and seat height adjust are standard across the variants of the vehicle. The top end gets six airbags, automatic trunk opening system, sunroof and cooled front seats.
The Mahindra XUV500 was launched earlier this year with many new features. The extremely popular car in the D-Segment is the highest selling model and comes with features like a sunroof, projector headlamps with DRL, leather seats, power-adjustable driver seat and a premium leather-wrapped dashboard. The XUV500 also gets 4WD option, cruise control and Mahindra BlueSense that connects with the smartphone and shows various information about the car. The car also gets driving statistics and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The SUV offers automatic transmission with both petrol and diesel engine options.
The Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner are direct rivals in the segment. Even though the Fortuner gets features like keyless entry and active traction control, the Ford Endeavour comes with a great number of features like SYNC3 infotainment system that gets emergency calling feature, voice recognition, automatic parking, heated ORVMs, electrically adjustable seat, panoramic sunroof and electrically foldable third-row seats.