The Indian car market is finally brimming with a gazillion car options to choose from. In every segment, there is a car that people totally love. These cars enjoy segment-leading demand every month. However, even the most popular cars have their share of short-comings. Today, we look at 12 BEST-selling cars and their alternatives.
Maruti Suzuki Alto
Best Alternate: Renault Kwid
The Alto has been the highest-selling budget-end hatchback since time immemorial. It’s powered by peppy 800-cc and 998-cc engines that offer a high fuel efficiency. However, the Alto doesn’t have a very spacious cabin. It also doesn’t come with too many features.
On the other hand, the Renault Kwid offers a very spacious cabin and a huge boot. Also, it isn’t really costlier than the Alto. Moreover, even the Kwid offers excellent 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre motors. Akin to the Alto K10, the Kwid 1.0 even offers an AMT.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR
Best Alternate: Tata Tiago
The Maruti Suzuki WagonR has been the largest-selling A2-segment hatchback for many years now. It’s a no-nonsense car that has a spacious cabin, a fuel efficient engine, and even an optional AMT. However, there’s no diesel engine on offer.
On the other hand, the Tiago is a really well-priced hatchback that offers a bigger petrol engine and even a diesel engine. It also offers a more comfortable cabin that feels a tad more premium.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
Best Alternate: Hyundai Grand i10
The latest-gen Maruti Suzuki Swift is a funky li’l car that offers sufficiently powerful engines. It also offers an AMT option for both petrol and diesel engine variants. Also, the new Swift is larger than its predecessor. In spite of the increase in cabin space, however, the space at the rear is far from the best. It’s still tough to accommodate three adults comfortably.
On the other hand, the Hyundai Grand i10 offers a more spacious cabin that can easily seat three adults at the rear. Very much like the Swift, it offers sufficiently powerful petrol and diesel engines that offer a high fuel efficiency. Also, Hyundai is offering huge discounts on the Grand i10 to boost its sales, which makes it an excellent value for money proposition.
Best Alternate: Honda Amaze
The latest Dzire is a great car that offers a spacious cabin, frugal engines, optional AMT, and a lot more. However, the only complaint we have is with its oddball proportions. The Dzire is far from a looker and in spite of great efforts by its manufacturer, continues to look disproportionate.
On the other hand, the new-gen Amaze looks well-proportioned and even a bit bolder than the Dzire. It also feels a tad more premium and offers a more powerful Diesel engine. It’s also the first Diesel sedan in its segment to offer a CVT. It’s not much costlier either.
Best Alternate: Hyundai Elite i20
The Maruti Baleno is the highest-selling premium hatchback in India. It’s sold through Nexa premium dealerships. The Baleno looks pretty modern, has a lot of features, and even offers a spacious and a comfortable cabin.
The only issue is with the high waiting period. Months of waiting can dissuade any car buyer from spending on this hatchback. The Elite i20 feels equally premium and is a well-sorted car. Moreover, it also offers a more powerful engine. Most importantly, you won’t have to wait for months for your Elite i20 to get delivered to you.
Maruti Vitara Brezza
Best Alternate: Tata Nexon
The Maruti Vitara Brezza is a well-sorted sub-4-meter compact SUV. It offers a frugal diesel engine, sufficiently spacious cabin, and is well-priced. However, it doesn’t look special enough due to its conventional, boxy appearance. Also, there’s no petrol engine option.
The Tata Nexon, on the other hand, looks really modern and offers both petrol and diesel engine variants. Both these engines are really powerful and are available with both manual and AMT options. It’s also as well-priced as the Brezza, which makes it an interesting alternative.
Best Alternate: Toyota Yaris
The Honda City has been one of the most successful car brands in the country. It’s a spacious sedan that has a refined petrol engine and a frugal diesel motor. However, it’s really not the most feature-laden car in its segment. It’s also not the most well-priced option either.
On the other hand, the recently launched Toyota Yaris offers seven airbags across all its trims. It’s also slightly more comfortable and comes across as an interesting alternative.
Best Alternate: Tata Safari Storme
The Mahindra Scorpio is a well-priced SUV that offers a long list of features and is quite spacious, too. It also offers an optional 4×4 system. However, its suspension isn’t well-tuned. The ride is a bit too bouncy.
The Tata Safari Storme, on the other hand, offers a much better suspension. It also looks at least as muscular and has a powerful diesel engine that offers more torque than the Scorpio.
Best Alternate: Mahindra XUV500
The Hyundai Creta is another well-sorted SUV that has been selling in great numbers. Such is the demand for this SUV that it managed to outsell the much cheaper Vitara Brezza last month. There’s really a lot going in favour of this vehicle. However, the Creta, in spite of the recent feature additions, isn’t the most well-priced. It feels slightly overpriced, especially if you consider that it offers only two rows of seating.
On the other hand, the Mahindra XUV500 just got cheaper. It has even received more features. More importantly, it’s a much bigger vehicle than the Creta and also offers a higher seating capacity. You also get an optional 4×4. The XUV500 is clearly the better buy here.
Best Alternate: Hyundai Tucson
The Jeep Compass is a capable premium SUV that has been selling in great numbers. It’s sufficiently rugged and comes with powerful petrol and diesel engines. It offers sorted dynamics, too. However, Jeep India doesn’t have a very wide service network.
The Hyundai Tucson, on the other hand, benefits from Hyundai Motor India Ltd’s wide service network. It also offers a slightly better ride and some additional features.
Toyota Innova Crysta
Best Alternate: Tata Hexa
The Toyota Innova Crysta is easily the most comfortable mass market MPV we’ve ever sampled. It carries all the strengths of its predecessor but feels a lot more premium. However, it’s definitely a lot more expensive than the earlier Innova.
On the other hand, the Tata Hexa is a well-priced offering that offers a spacious and a comfortable cabin. It also offers an optional 4×4 system that makes it quite capable off the road. Hence, the Hexa comes across as an interesting alternative to the Crysta.
Best Alternate: Ford Endeavour
The Toyota Fortuner has been the highest-selling large SUV for many years now. It’s a powerful vehicle that’s sufficiently comfortable off the road. The latest generation even feels sufficiently premium. However, it has got a really bouncy ride, which might be a deal-breaker for some.
The new Ford Endeavour, on the other hand, offers a much more refined ride quality. Even the Endeavour offers a powerful motor and is very capable off the road. Also, its cabin feels slightly more luxurious.