We always talk about the cars that we choose to buy. What about the cars that we don’t choose? In the current competitive market, one particular model gets pushed ahead of the race because of its brand, creative marketing or for having a couple of new tech updates. Does this mean the models that lag behind are not worth our time? Definitely not.
Let’s discuss a few cars that did not perform well in 2021 and were underappreciated by us. These are definitely worth another look when you are planning to buy them in 2022.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
This low slung crossover SUV did not top the sales performance any time since its launch. Despite its design being not so popular among Indian buyers, this is one of the best sub-four-metre SUVs available for purchase.
To follow the BS6 Emission norms, Maruti discontinued the 1.3-litre diesel engine and replaced it with a 1.5-litre petrol engine. S-Cross has got spacious insides, good features for its price, low maintenance costs and a petrol engine generating decent power.
Marazzo is an MPV designed for plush comfort and stood between the Ertiga and Innova. We still don’t know if it was the lack of marketing and advertisement or the look of the car that made this a poor seller in the domestic market.
Mahindra has priced this 7 or 8-seater at Rs 12.80 lakh (ex-showroom) and it goes up to Rs 15 lakh. Though there were rumours hinting at the discontinuation of the model, Mahindra has firmly said that Marazzo will not be stopped. In fact, there is an automatic variant of the model in the pipeline soon to be launched.
Mahindra Alturas G4
Mahindra launched Alturas G4 as a premium SUV starting at Rs 28.74 lakh (ex-showroom). This 4WD SUV has a 2.2-litre diesel engine and automatic transmission. It gives a mileage of 12.05 kmpl and is offered as a 7-seater. This is one of the affordable cars in its premium SUV segment. It has not performed well in sales in India last year but the global version of this model, the Rexton, was a hit.
Nissan’s Kicks is one of the most underrated cars in the industry now. With a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine, Kicks is the most powerful compact SUV in its segment. It can produce up to 156 PS and it is paired with a 6-speed manual or CVT transmission.
Even though it is more powerful than its rivals, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Skoda Kushaq, Kicks did not gain popularity among the Indian audience. Nissan has priced Kicks between Rs 9.49 lakh to Rs 14.64 lakh (ex-showroom).
Maruti Ignis was given a mid-life facelift in 2021 and is offered with a BS6 compliant 1.2-litre, four-cylinder VVT petrol engine that is mated to a five-speed manual transmission and an AMT gearbox is offered as optional. Priced between Rs. 4.95 lakh to Rs. 7.36 lakh (ex-showroom price), Ignis is not as popular as its other siblings. The hatchback has a quirky design, stylish interiors and is available in 7 variants.
All these models crumbled under heavy competition from their rivals. Nevertheless, these models can definitely be considered for buying within budget this year.
Let us know your thoughts about these underrated cars in the comment section. If you think there are other models similarly gone without due appreciation, mention them in comments as well!