There’s no need to break the bank anymore when buying a car. Car manufacturers are producing some excellent machines at prices that don’t necessarily empty your bank account when you buy them. Here’s a cool list to keep handy when you’re looking to get a set of wheels.
1. Hyundai Eon
Price: 3-4 lakh
Hyundai’s attack on the budget car segment continues with the Eon. The car may be budget but it never looks like what it costs. The reason for that is that Hyundai has chosen to transfer their ‘Fluidic’ design language, reserved for their more expensive cars in the range.
2. Renault Kwid
Price: 2.5-3.5 lakh
The newest kid on the block brings the ruggedness of its much bigger (and expensive) sibling, the Duster, to the budget conscious masses. And there is a lot to talk about when it comes to the Kwid. There’s an integrated multimedia touch display, digital dashboard, and more space than cars it’s competing against.
3. Maruti Suzuki Celerio
Price: 4.3-5.3 lakh
Maruti pulled a coup when they launched the Celerio. The first car to bring the ease of automatic transmissions to the sub-5 lakh category, it has more than just a gearbox to attract buyers. There’s the famed Maruti mileage, integrated audio system and spacious interiors.
4. Tata Nano
Price: 2-3 lakh
There is no way Tata’s small wonder won’t make it onto a list about budget cars. The new 2015 Nano GenX is probably the best Tata has accomplished with the Nano. The sharper styling and the highest variant being an automatic, the Nano now is an exciting prospect to consider.
5. Nissan Micra Active
Price: 3.4-5.1 lakh
The Nissan Micra is a cool little car that slots in above the budget range. Nissan’s solution is the Micra Active which is the same Micra with just the most essential of features. The Micra Active comes with power steering, airbags, and a 1.2 liter engine in a segment that primarily features 800 liter engines, making it a very strong competitor in this highly competitive segment.
6. Chevrolet Spark
Price: 3.6-4.5 lakh
The Chevy Spark is another car which brings power to the budget segment. With a 1.0 liter engine, the Chevy Spark will easy shed its small car dispositions and make most drives lively, if required. This little Chevy also comes with a first-in-class three-year/1,00,000 km standard warranty. A very good value offering from Chevy, considering the powerful engine and standard warranty.
7. Maruti Suzuki WagonR
Price: 3.71-4.73 lakh
The WagonR has become a true stalwart of the Maruti stable with its now recognizable tall boy stance. The new WagonR has come a long way since its launch in 1999. It now comes with more space, an integrated audio system and the option of airbags on the higher variants.
8. Datsun Go/Go Plus
Price: 3.3-4.20 lakhs/3.8-4.8 lakh
Nissan’s subsidiary company, Datsun, released the Go and the Go Plus with much fanfare. The Datsun Go offers spacious interiors and the same engine as the Nissan Micra Active. That is a lot of power for not much money. Sure you won’t get a lot of features, but you do get a very capable car that does what it is designed for. The Go Plus is very similar to the Go except for the fact that it is an MPV and as such comes with more space than the Go.
9. Hyundai i10
Price: 4.2-5 lakh
The only car on this list that can consistently compete with Maruti’s high sales numbers and for good reason. The i10 combines smart looks with a generous feature list that makes the car feel premium without exceeding the budget. The car is also a joy to drive and can take on city streets and highway roads with ease.
10. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
Price: 2.5-3.7 lakhs
The successor to the much-loved Maruti 800, the Alto 800 does away with the older 800’s simplicity and goes for a sharper, more modern appearance. The car isn’t featureless either to cut costs. Most of the comforts of the more expensive cars in Maruti’s lineup can be found on the Alto 800. Once again, if it is a budget car, the Alto 800 is the first option to consider.