Entry-level cars or top budget cars that fall in the range of Rs 3 – 5 lakh target a wider audience as they are not only affordable but also feasible for day to day commute. In fact, these cars are convenient to park during heavy traffic conditions as most of the cars in this price range are hatchbacks.
Other than being pocket friendly, the cars in the bracket of Rs 3 – 5 lakh deliver excellent fuel efficiency and are also offered in CNG/LPG options, accompanying the conventional fuel option.
In terms of features, the entry-level trims of cars under Rs 5 lakh miss the essential features such as ABS and airbags, but their top-end trims are mostly offered with the essential safety equipment. Lately, the low budget cars have gone through a major technological advancement. One such highlight is the introduction of feature like AMT gearbox, offered in some of these low budget cars. Besides this, power adjustable ORVMs, AC with rear vents, touchscreen infotainment, etc. are some of the newly seen features in the entry-level budget cars.
Now, from the perspective of advanced equipment, performance and styling, let’s checkout the list of top 5 pocket-friendly budget cars in India.
1. Tata Tiago
Tata Tiago is one of the safest and recommended cars in this price range hence it makes first to this list. The price of Tata Tiago starts from Rs 4.6 lakh and goes up to Rs 6.6 lakh. It has also received the highest safety rating of 4 stars in its segment from Global NCAP. Tata is the most trusted brand when it comes to engine and features and the Tiago is no exception than Tata’s emerging new brand image in India.
Both, inside and outside, the Tiago exhibits excellent quality and on the roads, it performs nicely its powerful engine. Its engine capacity is 1.2-litre and currently, it is offered only in petrol. Tata Tiago has both Manual and AMT versions available and its astonishing fuel efficiency of 20 km/l doesn’t put a dent on your wallet. This modern-age hatchback is equipped with corner stability control system and EBD and also gets a completely digital instrument cluster.
2. Renault Kwid Facelift
One of the most impressive looking cars in this segment is Renault Kwid. Its price starts from Rs 2.94 lakh and goes up to Rs 5.01 lakh, making it a perfect match for the car seekers with the budget of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. It is available in 0.8L & 1.0L petrol engine options and is offered with a manual transmission choice. It weighs less which ensures greater power supply to the wheels, making the drive punchy. The Kwid hatch also delivers an exceptional mileage of 25.17 km/l.
Speaking of the design, Renault Kwid has an impressive modern-looking front with the LED lights on top of its headlight, something that you usually see on premium cars. It also features all-new touchscreen system and its top-end variants also come equipped with reverse parking camera. This budget-friendly car is also offered in some beautiful and not so regular colors, which gives it a distinct appeal.
3. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R
The most tried and tested car which can be blindly trusted is none other than Maruti Suzuki Wagon R. It meets all the essential requirements of a budget-friendly car seeker. Along with affordability, its efficiency makes it more promising. The all-new Wagon R is available in the price range of Rs 4.45 lakh to Rs 5.94 lakh.
It is available in petrol engine and is offered in manual and AMT transmission choices. The 1.0L engine of this iconic car is also offered with CNG choice in a few trims to keep the driving costs more affordable. The engine generates a power of 67 bhp and 90 Nm of torque whereas the 1.2L engine produces 82 bhp of power and 113 Nm of torque. It is one of the most fuel-efficient cars with mileage of around 20km/l. Since two decades, the Wagon R hatchback is giving its rivals a run for their money. The cabins are roomy and there is enough space to let four passengers accommodate with ease.
4. Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
Maruti Suzuki Alto is another fabulous car that has made to the list. The car has been there in the Indian Market for quite a long time. It gets an 800 cc BS6 engine that’s compatible with CNG too. There is no AMT on offer and it also misses some high-end features, which is why car is tagged at an ultra-low cost price. It’s available in the range of Rs 2.94 lakh to Rs 4.36 lakh. It has a remarkable fuel efficiency of 25 km/l. This car’s only issue is that the safety has been compromised because of cost restrictions. Maruti Suzuki is currently working on a new engine and we may see a new-generation Maruti Suzuki Alto by the year 2021.
5. Maruti S-Presso
The S-Presso is the newly launched compact car from India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki. It is based on the mini SUV idea and has been designed so intelligently that it prioritizes on the space inside. Although, the design is such that it may or may not appeal you. To some, the exterior of the car may seem a little boxy.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso prices start at Rs 3.7 lakh and goes up to Rs 4.99 lakh. It is equipped with a 1.0L engine and is also offered with a CNG variant. Alongside the manual transmission, an AMT option is also available for the convenience seekers. For urban commuting at a tight budget, the S-Presso may assure a complete peace of mind.
The cars listed above generally have a low maintenance cost and their spare parts expenditure is also not very nominal. For a period of 6 years, the repairs expenses for the above mentioned cars generally does not exceed Rs 30,000. In addition, these cars do not put a dent on your wallet, offer great fuel efficiency and have a punch to offer you pleasant urban drives. Also, these cars will serve the need of first-time car buyers; credits their above-given advantages.