Top 10 Cars Under 15 Lakhs That You Should Check Out This Festive Season

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    Festivals and India go hand-in-hand together, therefore they are synonymous with the art of celebration. These special occasions are the perfect opportunity for OEMs to offer up a variety of offers and deals on their latest and most sold products. So, let’s have a look at 10 of the best cars that you should keep an eye out for, this upcoming festive season.

    1. Tata Nexon:

    To say that the ‘Nexon’ is Tata Motor’s true pride and joy would be an understatement. Revised and restyled for the 2020 model year, the ‘Nexon’ now has a design that commands attention wherever it goes, showcasing its ‘Land Rover’ themed front-end with a new dual-barrel projector headlamp setup and integrated tri-arrow LED DRLs. The lower air dam is now larger and features a large ‘tri-arrow’ themed grille, coupled with restyled 16-inch alloy wheels. One of its most significant highlights is the fact that it is the first-ever Indian manufactured car to achieve a 5-star crash safety NCAP rating, providing its prospective owners guaranteed assurance and peace of mind. 

    The ‘Nexon’ is offered with a choice of 2 engine options, a 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine producing 118bhp & 170 Nm of torque and a 1.5-liter diesel engine producing 108bhp and 260 Nm of torque which are paired with either a 5-speed AMT or a 5-speed manual transmission. Other noteworthy features include a sunroof, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, drive-mode select, digital instrument cluster, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, Automatic Climate Control, connected car tech and a cooled glovebox.

    Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price Range
    350 Liters P-17.4kmpl/D-22.4kmpl (Manual)

    P-16kmpl/D-22.4kmpl (AMT)

    209 mm 7.28-13.23 lakh*

     

    1. Mahindra XUV300:

    Launched in 2019, the ‘XUV300’ has been a return to form for “Mahindra” in terms of sales and is one of the best selling sub-four meter compact SUVs available today. It also holds the distinction of being India’s 2nd manufactured car to achieve a 5-star crash safety NCAP rating, even managing to beat its closest rival the ‘Nexon’ by scoring an additional star in ‘child occupant safety’. Its design is definitely distinct with exterior highlights such as projector headlamps with LED DRLs, a grille with chrome inserts, fog lights, contrast silver-coloured skid plates, electrically adjustable ORVMs, LED tail lights, an integrated spoiler and 17-inch alloy wheels. 

    The ‘XUV300’ comes powered by 2 powertrains namely, a 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine putting out 109bhp and 200 Nm of torque, and a 1.5-liter diesel engine putting out 115bhp and 300 Nm of torque which are paired to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed AMT transmission. Its other key features include a sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, automatic headlamps, all-wheel disc brakes, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, dual-zone automatic climate control, 6 airbags, front & rear parking sensors with reversing camera, TPMS and connected car tech.

    Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price Range
    257 Liters

    P-17kmpl (Manual & AMT)

    D-20kmpl (Manual)

    180 mm 7.95-13.33 lakh*

     

    1. Kia Sonet:

    Cementing the success of the ‘Seltos’ allowed “Kia” to become a mainstay in India and introduced the ‘Sonet’ in the sub-compact SUV segment last year. In 2021, the ‘Sonet’ was updated with Kia’s brand new global brand logo, 2 new variants and additional features for its existing trims. The exterior design of the ‘Sonet’ sports Kia’s signature ‘tiger-nose grille’ with full LED headlamps, projector fog lights, 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, a rear diffuser & LED taillights. The ‘Sonet’ gets the distinction of being the most feature-rich sub-compact SUV when compared with its rivals. The features list in the interior consists of a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, ‘UVO’ connected car tech, sunroof, auto headlamps, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, ventilated front seats, 6 airbags, front & rear parking sensors with reversing camera, LED sound mood lighting, drive & traction modes, TPMS, wireless charging with cooling function and in-built air purifier.

    Kia offers the ‘Sonet’ with 3 engines and 5 transmission options that include a 1.2-litre N/A petrol engine which puts out 81bhp and 115 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine mated to a 6-speed iMT and a 7-speed DCT transmission with paddle shifters producing 117bhp and 172 Nm of torque, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic. The diesel manual is tuned to produce 97bhp and 240 Nm of torque while the automatic produces 112bhp and 250 Nm of torque.

    Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
    392 Liters

    P-18.2kmpl (Manual & Auto)

    D-24.1kmpl (Manual & Auto)

    211 mm 6.89-13.55 lakh*

     

    1. Hyundai Venue:

    Launched in 2019, the ‘Venue’ is the sister car to the ‘Sonet’ as it’s built upon the same platform and chassis typically used by “Hyundai” and “Kia” on their other products as well. The Venue’s exterior design consists of a split headlamp design, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, projector fog lights, LED tail lights, 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, a shark fin antenna, roof rails and silver skid plates. In terms of features, the ‘Venue’ is on par with the ‘Sonet’ and other rivals with highlights such as, sunroof, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, cruise control, cooled glovebox, 6 airbags, front & rear parking sensors with reversing camera, connected car tech, automatic headlamps, TPMS, wireless charger and an air purifier.

    When it comes to the powertrains and transmission options, the ‘Venue’ and the ‘Sonet’ are virtually identical with the same power and torque figures. The only difference between the two cars would be that the ‘Venue’ is offered with a 6-speed manual transmission along with the 6-speed iMT and 7-speed DCT with paddle shifters for its 1.0-liter turbo-petrol powertrain, whereas the ‘Sonet’ is only offered with a 6-speed iMT and 7-speed DCT transmission option for the same powertrain.

    Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
    350 Liters

    P- 18kmpl (Manual & Auto)

    D- 23.4kmpl (Manual)

    195 mm 6.99-11.85 lakh*

     

    1. Renault Kiger:

    The latest entrant into the sub-compact SUV segment; the ‘Kiger’ is Renault’s 2nd attempt at making an affordable SUV for the masses after the success of the beloved ‘Duster’. With the ‘Kiger’, Renault plans to undercut its rivals with competitive pricing as well as garner attention with the Kiger’s beautiful french design. Exterior highlights of the new Kiger include LED headlamps & DRLs, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, chunky wheel arches & body cladding, silver roof rails, LED taillights and an integrated spoiler. The ‘Kiger’ is also feature-rich with highlights such as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, wireless charging, automatic climate control, drive modes, cruise control, fully digital instrument console, ambient lighting, rear AC vents and an air purifier.

    In terms of powertrains & transmission options, the ‘Kiger’ is only offered with 2 petrol engines & 3 types of gearboxes. There’s a 1.0-litre N/A petrol motor that produces 70 bhp and 96 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT transmission & a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine capable of producing 97 bhp and 160 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission. 

    Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
    405 Liters  P- 18.48kmpl (Manual)

    P- 20kmpl (Auto)

    205 mm 5.64-10.09 lakh*

     

    1. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza:

    The ‘Vitara Brezza’ has been around for a good part of 5 years now, achieving great success for Maruti Suzuki in the sub-compact SUV market and pleasing the masses. 2020 was when the ‘Brezza’ received its facelift and is now available today with updated styling, additional equipment and a new petrol engine. On the design front, the new facelifted ‘Brezza’ includes projector headlamps with LED DRLs, new grille, new 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, a revised front bumper for freshness which also includes new LED taillights and a slightly restyled rear bumper. In terms of interior features, the ‘Brezza’ sports a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, cooled glovebox, dual front airbags, Auto Headlamps, Rain Sensing Wipers, cruise control and rear parking sensors with a parking camera.

    Thanks to current BS-6 emission norms, the current-gen ‘Brezza’ ditches the old 1.3 liter diesel engine and is now offered with just one engine choice and 2 transmission options. This new 1.5-liter petrol engine comes with mild-hybrid tech putting out 105 bhp and 138 Nm of torque and is paired with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

    Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
    328 Liters

    P- 17.03kmpl (Manual)

    P- 18.76kmpl (Auto)

    198 mm 7.61-11.19 lakh*

     

    1. Toyota Urban Cruiser:

    Toyota in its recent years hasn’t been able to replicate the success with its recent products, namely the ‘Yaris’, ‘Etios’ & the ‘Etios Liva’. With the ‘Innova’ and ‘Fortuner’ being the only two profit-earning models in its arsenal, “Toyota” has had to strike up a deal with “Maruti Suzuki” where they can acquire & sell rebadged Suzuki’s in order to reduce operating costs. The ‘Urban Cruiser’ essentially is a rebadged ‘Vitara Brezza’ which allows “Toyota” to mark its presence in the sub-compact SUV segment.

    The entire car is virtually identical to the ‘Brezza’ albeit with some minor changes like the front grille and the styling for the fog lamp housing. The rest of the car in terms of dimensions, the interior design and features on offer, along with the engine & transmission options are exactly the same that you would find on the ‘Brezza’. The key advantage that the ‘Urban Cruiser’ enjoys in spades over the ‘Vitara Brezza’ is the warranty which is for 3 years/1,00,000 km compared to Maruti’s 2 year/40,000km period – as well as potentially a better service experience.

    Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
    328 Liters

    P- 17.03kmpl (Manual)

    P- 18.76kmpl (Auto)

    198 mm 8.62-11.40 lakh*
    1. Hyundai i20:

    Ever since its debut in 2008, the i20 has been instrumental for Hyundai’s success in India’s premium hatchback segment. In 2020, the 3rd-generation i20 was introduced which now employs Hyundai’s brand new “Sensuous Sportiness” design philosophy, featuring a redesigned exterior and interior styling. In terms of the exterior design, the Hyundai i20 gets LED projector headlamps and fog lights, the signature cascading grille design, triangular-shaped fog light surrounds, a sunroof, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, Z-shaped LED taillights, shark-fin antenna & puddle lamps. The interior feature’s list is also extensive with highlights such as cruise control, automatic headlamps, sunroof, wireless charger with a cooling pad, air purifier, 10.25 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, digital driver’s display, cooled glovebox, 6 airbags, rear parking sensors with parking camera, connected car tech and TPMS.

    Hyundai offers the new i20 with a choice of 3 engine options namely, the 1.2-litre N/A petrol engine putting out 83 bhp and 115 Nm of torque paired with a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission, the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine which puts out a best-in-class 120 bhp and 172 Nm of torque which is paired with a 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed DCT transmission & finally comes the 1.5-liter diesel engine putting out 100 bhp and 240 Nm of torque paired to a 6-speed manual transmission.

    Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
    311 Liters

    P- 20.2kmpl (Manual & Auto)

    D- 25.2kmpl (Manual)

    170 mm 6.91-11.4 lakh*

     

    1. Tata Altroz:

    Launched in 2019, the ‘Altroz’ is Tata’s first-ever attempt at building a premium hatchback for the masses. Based on a new modular platform called the “ALFA”, the ‘Altroz’ looks gorgeous and definitely turns heads wherever it goes. Its exterior design consists of the shark nose-like front end, the sleek grille finished in black, the large & swept-back projector headlamps along with high-set fog lamps with LED DRLs & signature LED split tail lamps. Its interior is also complimented with a host of features such as cruise control, automatic headlamps, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, rain-sensing wipers, cooled glovebox, rear parking sensors with reverse parking camera, digital instrument cluster and connected car tech. It also holds the distinction of being the only car in its class to score 5 stars in the global NCAP crash safety test.

    Tata offers the ‘Altroz’ with 3 engine options. There’s the 1.2 liter N/A petrol putting out 86 bhp and 113 Nm of torque, a 1.2 liter turbocharged petrol putting out 110 bhp and 140 Nm of torque & lastly there’s the 1.5 liter diesel which puts out 90 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. All three of these engines are paired with a single 5-speed manual transmission with no automatic on offer.

    Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
    345 Liters

    P- 19.05kmpl (Manual)

    D- 25.11kmpl (Manual)

    165 mm 5.84-9.59 lakh*

     

    1. Maruti Suzuki Baleno:

    The ‘Baleno’ has been a fan favourite among the masses since its debut back in 2015. Maruti’s first attempt at offering a premium hatchback definitely did the trick & in early 2019 the ‘Baleno’ received a facelift sporting a new front bumper, LED headlamps, new fog lights, new alloy wheels & LED taillights. A key point to note is that the ‘Baleno’ will be getting another facelift for the 2022 model year, with major changes to the interior, exterior & possible new features. The current-gen ‘Baleno’ is offered with great interior features such as automatic headlamps, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay & rear parking sensors with reversing camera. Compared to its rivals in its class though, the Baleno’s features list feels a bit underwhelming.

    In terms of powertrains & transmissions, Maruti offers the ‘Baleno’ with a 1.2-liter N/A petrol engine in 2 states of tune. The standard engine puts out 83 bhp & 113 Nm of torque paired with a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission, whereas the mild-hybrid version of the engine puts out 90 bhp with the same torque figure and paired with only the 5-speed manual transmission.

    Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
    339 Liters

    P- 21.96kmpl (Manual)

    P- 19.56kmpl (Auto)

    170 mm 5.99-9.45 lakh*

     

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