Are you looking for a fun-to-drive car but are on a shoe-string budget? Well, here, in this post, we have come up with a list of 10 fun-to-drive used cars below 2 lakh rupees of asking price. Don’t believe us? Check for yourself on some of the popular used car classifieds websites (just like we did!)-
Maruti Gypsy 1.3
Easily among the most recognizable cars out there, the Gypsy has been a favourite of many off-roading enthusiasts and rally drivers. Thanks to a peppy 1.3-litre Petrol engine, bullet-proof 4×4 mechanicals, and cheap and readily available spares, the Gypsy ends up being one of the safest bets when looking for a fun-to-drive used car under Rs 2 lakh..
Mitsubishi Cedia 2.0
The Cedia has to be the hottest car on our list here. Equipped with a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated motor and an all-independent suspension, the Cedia makes a lot of sense if you’re looking for a world-class and an internationally-acclaimed product. However, remember that parts are slightly on the costlier side and Mitsubishi doesn’t enjoy a wide service network anymore. Luckily, there are plenty of custom parts available online.
Maruti Swift 1.3
The original Swift came with a rev-happy 1.3-litre Petrol engine and was a fairly sharp handler. It’s easy to get your hands on one of these and spares aren’t an issue either. For less than 2 lakh odd rupees, you get an 87 bhp-115 Nm engine along with high reliability, easy maintenance, and good looks. Among all the cars featured here, this one has to be the most practical buy.
Maruti Baleno 1.6
The old Baleno has to be on the wishlist for everyone who’s looking for an inexpensive but fun-to-drive car that is also high on comfort and fuel mileage. With a 94 BHP 1.6-litre naturally aspirated motor under its hood, the Baleno doesn’t have the magical figure of 100 BHP. However, out on a road, this car can surely give even many new sedans a run for their money. With a really tall gearing, the car is very quick to 100 kmph (it can do speedo-indicated 100 kmph in second cog!). Spares are relatively easy to source but are expensive. Look for a BSIII variant in VXi trim.
Ford Ikon 1.6
The original Josh Machine, the Ford Ikon 1.6 is for those looking for a thrilling experience but without spending a lot. We recommend looking for ‘1.6 NXT’ models, which came with the company’s ROCAM engine. While not too powerful, the engine is sufficiently peppy and loves to be revved. The biggest plus point is the amazing steering, which makes it one of the sharpest in the corners. Just a word of caution, stay away from high mileage cars. Some spares are expensive and a bit hard to come by.
Maruti Zen 1.0 MPFi
We all love the jelly-bean Zen, don’t we? While the Zen offers just about 50 bhp from its 1.0-litre petrol engine, this car is a hoot to drive. The car is really low-slung and the combination of a direct steering and a rev-happy motor makes it a really fun li’l car. Spares are easily available and cheap. You can find one for much less than Rs 2 lakh. Look for BSIII models.
Fiat Palio 1.6
The Palio 1.6 became the first hatchback in India to come with a 100 Bhp motor. It also won hearts with its solid build quality and decent ride-and-handling balance. Easily available for much less than Rs 2 lakh, the Palio 1.6 is a lot of fun for the money. However, keep in mind that it’s a Fiat – spares are often hard to get and are expensive.
Honda City 1.5
The first-generation (for India) Honda City is a sufficiently fun-to-drive car. Thanks to a brilliant 1.5-litre petrol engine and a low kerb weight, the old City can still offer a high performance. This generation of the City is too old now but parts aren’t too expensive and are available pretty easily. Feeling lucky enough? Try finding the VTEC variant.
Maruti Esteem 1.3
The Esteem is another Maruti that offers a lot of thrill at almost bargain-basement prices. You get the tried-and-tested G13 1.3-litre petrol engine that can propel this lightweight car from zero to 100 kmph in under 12 seconds. The car is fairly reliable and maintenance is easy.
You can get yourself a Jeep C3JB in case you want a cheap used car with a lot of character. Of course, nothing beats the wind-in-my-hair experience and open-top driving that a Jeep offers. There are many engine swaps available for this model. Buying one with a modern Mahindra or Isuzu engine makes tremendous sense. 4×4 means you can take it almost everywhere you please.
So, what are your views on these 10 super-fun used cars for under Rs. 2 lakh?