Looking for good used cars amidst the glamour and glitz of Mumbai? Are premium hatchbacks your preferred option? Do you not want to exceed your budget of 5 lakh? If yes, then you have come to the right place where all your requirements will be taken care of. You might think your demands are too specific, but even with your specific needs you will struggle to obtain clear insights on leading car websites. Moreover, they will have listings of cars that have not been neatly sorted, and hence are not in a position to give you the best deal. How do you decide which car to take home then? Used car websites are usually of little use, even with their multiple filters. The onus of sorting the information remains on you, and who wants to be drowning in data? Fortunately, we relieve you from all such hassles through the Cartoq TRUE PRICE.
By deploying the Cartoq TRUE PRICE, we help you identify the best deals. The Cartoq Data Science team has built a Machine Learning model that estimates the TRUE PRICE of a used car, after accounting for all sorts of variables – brand, model, age, mileage, and car type. With all factors accounted for, the model predicts the TRUE PRICE, which then becomes the basis of comparison across cars. The best deals are those where listed price is lower than the TRUE PRICE. So, we scan through the car listings across major used car sites, compute their TRUE PRICE, and present the best deals for you. The shortlist for this article was based on the analysis we ran on July 16, 2019; so, by the time you read this article, there is a good chance that the specific car may no longer be available.
However, this list still provides plenty of useful pointers even if certain specific cars have already been sold out.
It is the Hyundai show here with an interesting interlude from Honda, which means:
• Premium hatchbacks usually bring the best out of Hyundai, and this list is no different.
• The Hyundai i20 is the star of the show, with all its variants emerging as promising purchases.
Without further ado, let’s check out our top recommendations.
Recommendation #1: Hyundai i20 Asta 1.2
Year: 2013 / Mileage: 40,767 / List Price: Rs. 375,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 648,735
Why buy: Space, comfort and sophistication are guaranteed with this vehicle, which sports a dazzling white colour and is currently with its third owner. Running on petrol, this car may be a touch on the older side, but with sufficient durability and proven efficiency, is a deserving candidate for pole position on this list.
Recommendation #2: Hyundai i20 Asta 1.2
Year: 2013 / Mileage: 41,500 / List Price: Rs. 396,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 648,735
Why buy: Armed with insurance and known for an excellent brake and suspension performance, this car also runs on petrol and is currently placed with its first owner. Besides a series of overlapping features with the list’s topper, this premium hatchback also has a stunning appearance, albeit in a darker shade of grey. Its steep mileage and price may be deterrents, but not enough to rule it out of contention for a place in your garage.
Recommendation #3: Hyundai i20 Sportz 1.2
Year: 2014 / Mileage: 34,328 / List Price: Rs. 425,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 579,000
Why buy: Residing with its first owner, this blue petrol hatchback is a feasible option for a family car, given its good condition and dependable performance as well as its insurance protection. This can also be an ideal solution for buyers caught in a dilemma between cars one and two on this list.
Recommendation #4: Honda Jazz SV i-VTEC
Year: 2015 / Mileage: 32,000 / List Price: Rs. 490,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 649,000
Why buy: This white hatchback is fueled by petrol and is another first owner car on this list. Relatively fresh and with marginal road time, this remains a solid option, especially when you consider its spaciousness and on road performance.
Recommendation #5: Hyundai Elite i20 Sportz 1.2
Year: 2015 / Mileage: 30,340 / List Price: Rs. 492,300 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 628,000
Why buy: Another white petrol hatchback that runs on petrol and is a first owner vehicle, this car has one major downside in terms of its price, which is bound to stretch your budget. Apart from that, it has all the requisite attributes to make it a prized asset on the roads of Mumbai even though it occupies the bottom spot on this compilation.
This is a very well-balanced list, unlike some collections that tend to be skewed for a place like Mumbai. Each of the five cars makes for a good bet in terms of performance and aesthetic appeal. Your decision, therefore, will come down to a certain amount of nitpicking as well as balancing the budget, which is crucial for this category of cars.