Top 7 Cars Under Rs 5 Lakh in 2022

Planning to buy a budget-friendly car that is offered under Rs 5 lakh (ex-showroom)? Do check out these impressive low price cars of 2022. 

TOP 7 CARS UNDER 5 Lakhs in 2022 in india

 

The Indian automotive industry certainly has a varied group of prospective customers looking to buy their new car. Out of these, the ones looking for an entry-level offering have a tough time choosing their new car since it needs to be an all-round package that satisfies them completely whilst still being convenient and safe at the same time. So, here’s a list of the top 7 best cars for under Rs 5 lakh that you should be checking out in 2022.

Please note, the list also includes some cars whose pricing have marginally been increased and thus, they are currently available at a slightly higher ex-showroom price tag than Rs 5 lakh. 

1. Hyundai Santro

Launched in 2018, Hyundai brought back the ‘Santro’ nameplate which dominated the early 2000’s with a completely new design that features Hyundai’s signature large cascading grille, with halogen headlamps and neatly integrated fog lamps underneath them. It also sports a new rear-end with a faux diffuser, rear washer with wiper and new tail-light design along with 14-inch steel wheels with no option for alloys. The interior of the new ‘Santro’ has been heavily revised with a plethora of features such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, rear-AC vents, steering mounted controls for audio, bluetooth calling & voice recognition, rear parking sensors with a reversing camera and 2 airbags.

Hyundai offers the ‘Santro’ with a 1.1-litre inline four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 68 bhp and 99 Nm of torque while the CNG powered engine makes 59 bhp and 85 Nm of torque. The petrol engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT transmission whereas the CNG variants only come with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Due to being a budget hatchback, there are certain areas where costs have been cut such as no adjustability for the steering or height for the driver’s seat which wouldn’t be ideal for some prospective buyers and a safety rating of just 2 stars in the Global NCAP crash safety test, which isn’t very encouraging.

Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
235 Litres

P – 20kmpl (Manual & Automatic)

CNG- 30km/kg

165 mm Rs 4.86 – 6.44 lakh

 

2. Renault Kwid

Renault’s ‘Kwid’ was truly a game-changer in many ways for the entire budget hatchback segment when it was launched back in 2015. It was the only car in its class to feature a touchscreen infotainment system & had one of the biggest boot spaces as well. The current ‘Kwid’ on sale today which was launched in 2019 has been completely re-styled & some of its exterior highlights include a new front bumper, split headlamp setup, LED DRLs, new front grille with a chrome insert, contrast coloured ORVMs, C-shaped LED light guides, 14-inch steel wheels with alloys being optional and an integrated roof spoiler. The interior of the new ‘Kwid’ has notable features such as a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, fully digital LED instrument cluster and reverse parking sensors along with front ones as optional extras and a parking camera.

The ‘Kwid’ is offered with 2 engine options that include a 0.8-litre three-cylinder petrol motor putting out 54 bhp and 72 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed manual transmission and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol motor putting out 68 bhp and 91 Nm of torque paired to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed AMT gearbox. It’s important to note that the ‘Kwid’ scored a disappointing 2 stars in the Global NCAP crash safety test and this going to be a running theme across the upcoming cars on the list.

Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
279 Litres

P (0.8) – 25kmpl (Manual)

P (1.0) – 23kmpl (Manual)

P (1.0) – 22kmpl (Automatic)

184 mm Rs 4.24 – 5.70 lakh

 

3. Maruti Suzuki Alto

Making its debut in the year 2000, the ‘Alto’ has completed two decades on Indian roads and in case you didn’t know already, “Maruti-Suzuki” has sold over 38 lakh units of the hatchback along with being India’s first entry-level car to become BS6 compliant. The exterior design, though updated over the years since 2012, remains to be simple yet fresh and likeable to some. The front single slat grille along with its compact design and 12-inch steel wheels make the ‘Alto’ look smart and winsome. The interior cabin has been heavily updated with the addition of some noteworthy features such as an elegant two-tone dashboard with the centre stacked 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, reverse parking sensors, voice recognition, front and rear bottle holder, power windows, remote keyless entry and front dual airbags.

“Maruti-Suzuki” offers the ‘Alto’ with a single 0.8-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 47 bhp and 69 Nm of torque in its petrol version. When switched to the CNG mode, the same motor has an output of 40 bhp and 60 Nm of torque. Both tunes of this engine are paired with a single 5-speed manual gearbox with no automatic on offer. Sadly, the ‘Alto’ despite currently being offered with the latest safety features, doesn’t have a good safety track record as it scored 0 stars in the Global NCAP crash safety test back in 2014.

Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
177 Litres

P – 22.05kmpl (Manual)

CNG – 31.59km/kg (Manual)

160 mm Rs 3.25 – 4.95 lakh

 

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4. Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

The ‘S-Presso’ is, in all intents and purposes, Maruti-Suzuki’s attempt at creating a budget mini-SUV for the masses. The company boasts of its SUV-like characteristics with its high upright stance, decent ground clearance and bold design. The fascia appears to be inspired by the Vitara Brezza, as it gets squared headlights and a slim grille with chrome inserts. The vehicle also features a muscular dual-tone bumper for an SUV-ish stance, 14-inch steel wheels with no option for alloys and the rear section features rectangular tail lamps, with a dual-tone bumper and integrated reflectors. Looks are subjective of course, but the ‘S-Presso’ definitely isn’t the prettiest car on the list by a long shot. The interior on the other hand is quite quirky as the whole cabin has been trimmed out in black with orange inserts on the dashboard and side AC vents. Some of the key notable features on the ‘S-Presso’ include a centrally mounted digital instrument cluster, a 7-inch touchscreen system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, Maruti’s Smart Play studio, dual front airbags, reverse parking sensors and steering mounted controls.

Under the hood, the ‘S-Presso’ is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 67 bhp and 90 Nm which can be had with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. Sadly, the ‘S-Presso’ also has certain major negatives like the fact that it has non-adjustable headrests both in the front and back, no height adjustment on the driver’s seat and most notable of them all would be its dismal 0-star score on the Global NCAP crash safety test despite the 2 airbags on offer.

Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
270 Litres

P – 21.6kmpl (Manual & Automatic)

CNG – 31.2km/kg (Manual)

180 mm Rs 3.85 – 5.56 lakh

 

5. Datsun Redi-GO

Finally, we have the ‘redi-GO’ which has been completely redesigned and reworked for the 2021 model year. With this move, Datsun has managed to bring the design language of the ‘redi-GO’ in line with its parent company Nissan’s line of products. The exterior now features a brand new fascia which includes a stylish set of LED DRLs, re-styled headlamps, LED taillamps, body-coloured door handles & ORVMs, coupled with new 14-inch steel wheels with no option for alloys. Unlike the previous redi-Go’s interior which was criticized for its very apparent cost-cutting measures, the new one has been completely revamped making it far more contemporary and premium than the original. There are new key notable features too such as a new 8.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity & USB input, front power windows, dual airbags, reverse parking sensors with parking camera, premium fabric upholstery and piano black centre console finish.

Mechanically, the new ‘red-GO’ is similar to the ‘Kwid’ and is now powered by a set of two BS6 compliant petrol powertains. The 0.8-litre three-cylinder petrol engine makes 54 bhp and 73 Nm of torque which is paired with a single 5-speed manual gearbox and the 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine puts out 68 bhp and 91 Nm of torque which is paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. The only things letting it down would be its Global NCAP crash safety score of a 1 star along with its long-term brand image, sales and service.

Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
222 Litres

P (0.8) – 20.71kmpl (Manual)

P (1.0) – 21.7kmpl (Manual)

P (1.0) – 22kmpl (Automatic)

187 mm Rs 3.83 – 4.95 lakh

 

6. Tata Tiago

Launched in 2016, the ‘Tiago’ was a welcome return to form for “Tata Motors” as it had finally managed to crack the formula of creating an affordable hatchback that no longer had any resemblance to its predecessor, the ‘Indica’. Thanks to this, the ‘Tiago’ has become a hit amongst the masses and has received its second update in 2020 since its launch in India. The hatchback now gets a new front bumper, redesigned head-lamps with fog lamps and a new grille which has really uplifted the face of the car as compared to the outgoing model. Additionally, the vehicle gets new 15-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, a black roof and black electrically foldable ORVMs with turn indicators. It is also the only car on this list to score a truly impressive 4 stars in the Global NCAP crash safety test despite having 2 front airbags.

The interior post the facelift also sports some notable features such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, digital instrument cluster, cooled glovebox, steering mounted controls, ‘Harman’ sound system with 8 speakers, rear parking camera and auto AC. The Tiago facelift gets a BS6 compliant 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine putting out 86 bhp and 113 Nm of torque which can be had in both a 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT transmission options. Due to the price hikes lately, the Tiago starting price has surpassed the Rs 5 lakh mark but if someone has a budget of around 5 lakhs and can afford some extra bucks, the Tiago could be a very ideal buy in the entry-level car segment.  

Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
242 Litres

P – 23.84kmpl (Automatic)

P – 19.8kmpl (Manual)

170 mm Rs 5.19 – 7.64 lakh

 

7. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

The ‘WagonR’ has been a fan favourite among the masses ever since its debut in the early 2000s and till today after many updates & facelifts, it still runs strong in the Indian market with over 24 lakh of them in terms of sales. The current-gen ‘WagonR’ in India is in its 3rd generation and was launched in 2019 on the “HEARTECT” platform which ‘Maruti’ shares with its other products like the ‘Ignis’, ‘Baleno’ and the ‘Swift’. Thanks to this, the car is noticeably longer, wider and taller than its predecessor and can now seat 5 passengers with ease. Exterior highlights of the new ‘Wagon R’ include new dual-split headlamps with front fog lights, new front grille, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, redesigned tail lamps, rear wiper with washer and 14-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers with no option for alloys.

The ‘Wagon R’ also has a wide variety of features on offer with highlights such as a dual-tone interior theme, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, the signature SmartPlay Studio, tilt-adjustable steering, steering-mounted controls, keyless entry, dual front airbags, all four power windows and rear parking sensors. Engine options on the Wagon R include 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol producing 67 bhp and 90 Nm of torque and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine putting out 82 bhp and 113 Nm of torque. Both engines can be paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. Customers can also opt for a 1.0-litre CNG variant which puts out 58 bhp and 78 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Despite being a perfect all-round package, the only thing letting the ‘Wagon R’ down is its 2-star Global NCAP crash safety rating.

Boot Space Fuel Economy Ground Clearance Price
341 Litres

P (0.8) – 21.79kmpl (Manual & Automatic)

P (1.2) – 20.52kmpl (Manual & Automatic)

CNG – 32.52km/kg (Manual)

165 mm Rs 5.18 – 6.58 lakh

 

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