Away from the glitz and glamour is a section of cars that boast brilliant dependability, an ability to age wonderfully, and all of it without hassling the owner. Most of these have consistent sales in the market. And while they may not be the trendiest, they are inarguably the better choices for those looking for long-term ownership. Is your favourite car on the list?
The Maruti Suzuki Alto (available in two versions: Alto 800 and Alto K10) has a really simple formula for success, and that is to keep it simple. If you’re looking for something that’s easy to drive, has enough power for urban commutes, and isn’t cumbersome to park, the Alto is one of the best choices out there.
Bagging top positions in JD Power’s survey, the Brio also happens to be the least expensive but one of the most fun to drive Hondas in the country. Honda reliability in an easy to drive package that doesn’t take too much of space, the Brio is another dependable car available in the country. The good part is that with the longevity associated with Honda products, you won’t have to worry about it, as long as it’s serviced on time.
Been in the market for almost two decades now — albeit updated — the Wagon-R is popular for running without troubling the owner. It has one of the roomiest cabins among small cars and the manoeuvrability is as easy as it can get. The K10 engine is peppy enough for urban commutes and the recent inclusion of AMT makes it all the more user-friendly.
Not constrained by a 4-meter length, the Toyota Etios is an example of simple, long-lasting mechanicals made keeping the price in check. It sits somewhere between the compact sedans like Dzire, Xcent and midsize ones like the City and the Verna. Easy handling is backed by reassuring stability, and the engines are tuned for frugality, so running costs are pretty low, too.