What does Rs 3 lakh get you? A new Maruti Suzuki Alto. But no matter how much fun it is to drive – it’s light, and is adequately powerful for city, especially if you get the K10-engine version – it remains a city car, and does not earn you any bragging rights, either. So keeping that in mind, we look at cars that can be bought with the same amount of cash from Delhi’s used car market, but that are way more powerful – more than thrice the power, or 150+ hp, to be exact. Obviously ownership is going to be a totally different scenario with these, because the maintenance will be higher, and so will be the running costs.
Honda Accord V6
What was once the flagship sedan can now be bought for less than what the least expensive Honda costs (the Brio). The Accord comes with sharp styling, unlike the last generation version that got some muscle both outside and under the bonnet, has no issues with longevity, and can be a pretty cool vehicle to travel in. Upgrades are easily available, so if you’re looking to increase its power or improve its handling, you would ideally have no issues. The 3-liter V6 makes 221 hp and comes mated to an automatic gearbox.
Skoda Superb V6
The Accord’s Czech rival with a lot of German parts underneath is another vehicle that can be purchased for about Rs 3 lakh. It still looks decent, has a 2.8-liter V6 engine under the bonnet which makes 194 hp. It too is automatic, and unlike the AWD model that followed, this one sends power only to the front wheels.
Two generations old Camry is also under our budget. Unlike the current version which comes as a hybrid, too, the mentioned model is powered by a 2.4-liter petrol engine. It makes 167 hp and came mated to either the standard manual or optional automatic gearbox.
Honda entered a new segment with the CR-V, and you can own a bit of history as the vehicle is available for under Rs 3 lakhs. The vehicle is powered by a 2.4-liter engine that makes upwards of 150 hp. And while it might not be suited to go off-roading in, the CR-V is certainly good car to live with.
Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7
Launched during the last decade, the Grand Vitara XL-7 was one of the first premium vehicles sold by MSIL. It came powered by a 2.7-liter V6 petrol engine that made 166 hp (or 154 before the first update). It can seat seven and has some road presence, too. The Grand Vitara that followed came with a slightly smaller (and less powerful) engine, but is available for a higher price.