It’s fairly well-known that a car’s value-for-money quotient goes on to play a vital role in its popularity among the Indian car buyers. Here, in this post, we have come up with a list of 10 mainstream cars that offer you the maximum bang for the buck –
The Kwid is priced in the Maruti Alto territory but offers a bit more than its immediate rivals. Basically, much like the Alto, the Kwid is available in both 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre engine variants. Also, with an ARAI mileage of 24.04 kmpl even for the more powerful engine and an AMT, the Kwid is as fuel efficient as the segment leader.
While its AMT transmission is no more a novelty, the mini-me Kwid looks, the high stance, a touchscreen infotainment unit, and a really large boot set this car apart from the similarly priced options. Thanks to all these qualities, the Kwid feels like a slightly larger car than other options in the segment, which means you get the maximum bank for the buck.
The Tiago is definitely the most well-sorted small car from the Tata stables. This car has already established itself pretty well in the market and finds thousands of takers every month. The Tiago looks modern, has a comfortable cabin, offers many features, and has frugal engines. Also, maintenance is easy as parts are cheap and there are many authorized service outlets.
The Tiago is definitely a ‘world-class’ car from the fast-growing Indian car manufacturer. But what makes the Tiago really special is its attractive price tag. The Tiago is the definite winner of all VFM wars in its segment.
Tata started the sub-4-meter sedan segment with the Indigo CS, which was later followed by the Tata Zest. The TIgor is the company’s third compact sedan. Essentially a sedan version of the Tiago hatchback, the Tigor is actually the cheapest sedan you can buy in India. It benefits from almost all of the qualities of the Tiago. Additionally, it gets you a larger boot and a really attractive posterior.
The Tigor is easily the prettiest compact sedan on sale in the country. It offers a notchback body form and has a pretty large boot. Moreover, it rides like a bigger, costlier car and has a good build quality. The cabin feels sufficiently premium and the fully-loaded model offers plenty of features. Its attractive pricing makes it a pure value-for-money option.
In its third-generation now, the Maruti Swift looks all set to become the most successful small car in recent times. The new Swift has a lot going for it. You get a sporty design, a fairly spacious cabin, better fit and finish than before, many standard safety features, frugal engines, and the peace of mind that comes associated with owning a Maruti. In a typical Maruti fashion, the new Swift has been priced really attractively. Also, for the first time ever, the Swift gets an AMT option for both the petrol as well as the diesel engine variants.
ABS and front dual airbags are standard on all trims and the new lightweight platform has brought down the fuel consumption significantly. An ARAI-certified mileage of 28 kmpl for the diesel variant makes the new Swift among the most fuel-efficient cars in the country. The lighter kerb weight also leads to a stronger performance.
Hyundai Elite i20
While it’s the Maruti Baleno that is the highest selling car in its segment, it’s actually the refreshed Hyundai Elite i20 that deserves a place in this list. The refreshed i20 offers more features, peppy yet sufficiently frugal engines, a long list of features, and comes at an attractive price point. Moreover, the build quality is pretty good and the cabin is made up of high-quality materials.
We are really impressed with the excellent fit and finish and the high build quality this car boasts of. The Elite i20 always felt a tad more premium than its peers and the facelift takes the game a notch higher. Prices remain as competitive as ever. While the powerful 1.4-litre petrol engine variant has been discontinued, the 1.2-litre petrol engine will soon get a CVT for those looking for an automatic car.
The Maruti Ciaz has been the highest selling car in its segment and not without a reason. This is the only C2-segment sedan that has managed to not only challenge the once invincible Honda City but also outclass it. The Ciaz has been the choice of the majority of sedan buyers in spite of the arrival of fresher competition in the form of the new Hyundai Verna and the Honda City facelift. Moreover, its pricing is so competitive that it makes every other car in the segment look overpriced. The cabin is as spacious as that of some cars from half-a-segment above.
The ride is very comfortable and the Ciaz even makes for a great chauffeur-driven car. Moreover, both the petrol and the diesel engines are very fuel efficient. The diesel motor even benefits from the company’s SHVS micro-hybrid technology. And of course, it benefits from the company’s wide service network and low price of spare parts.
The Tata Nexon is easily among the best we’ve seen from its Indian manufacturer. Among the highlights of this car is its very attractive design, which makes other options in the segment look a bit boring. The cabin is made up of high-quality materials and offers many features. In a manner typical of Tata cars, the interior is fairly spacious and comfortable. Another highlight is the powerful engine options. The Nexon is the only model in its segment to offer turbocharged motors in both petrol and diesel guise. Being a Tata, the Nexon benefits from the wide service network and low cost of spares.
Also, its company is working really hard to improve the quality standards and the after-sales service support, all of which benefits the Nexon and its owners. Finally, the compact SUV has been priced very attractively, which makes it a great VFM product.
Maruti Baleno RS
While the standard Baleno couldn’t make it to this list, we have included the sporty RS variant find a spot here. Powering the Baleno RS is Suzuki’s K10C turbocharged 1.0-litre motor that produces significantly more power than the regular Baleno’s K12B motor and yet is only slightly less fuel efficient. A 100 PS motor, combined with a lightweight construction, makes this car a hoot to drive.The Baleno RS comes in the top-end trim, which means it also offers many upmarket features.
The cabin is as spacious as ever and can seat up to 5 passengers in enough comfort. Also, the car has been kitted out with a sporty body kit, which makes it look more attractive than the regular Baleno. Of course, the car also benefits from Maruti’s wide service network. Its attractive price tag helps it come across as a really sensible option.
While the Hexa is the most powerful car from Tata Motors, it’s also among the most well-priced cars in its segment. To start with, the Hexa looks really butch and upmarket, which is largely due to the rather bold front-end. On the inside, the cabin is really spacious and can seat 7 passengers in great comfort. It is also kitted out with some segment-leading features, such as an excellent sound system that has 10 speakers and a sub-woofer.
You also get an optional automatic transmission, which is a very smooth-shifting unit that offers an almost lag-free performance. There’s also an optional four-wheel drive, which makes the Hexa capable to tackle the rough roads. Of course, even the Hexa benefits from the company’s wide service network and cheap spares.
The XUV500 is easily among the most successful SUVs of recent times. It is the first-ever monocoque construction from Mahindra & Mahindra and comes with many upmarket features, like a disc brake setup on all four wheels. While it’s the most expensive model from Mahindra and Mahindra, there’s a lot that this car offers to come across as a great VFM option. The SUV comes with a powerful engine, which is also pretty high on refinement. There’s also an optional automatic transmission for those looking for additional convenience.
Akin to the Hexa, the XUV500 offers an optional four-wheel drive system. It looks pretty bold and hence, enjoys a great street presence. The cabin is pretty comfortable and comes with all sorts of features that one expects from a car in this price bracket. You get 6 airbags, touchscreen infotainment, cruise control, and even a sunroof. The various styling updates have kept the car fresh over all these years. All of this makes this SUV a great buy.