Buying a car can be a pleasurable or a daunting experience, depending upon what you choose. Therefore, one must never go for a car without proper homework or reviews. For any first-time car buyer, it is all the more important to conduct research that will come in handy at the dealer’s shop.
However, if you are used to buying cars and this one is your nth vehicle, you probably know all the nitty-gritty details. For a calm city-life or for long tours, one can indeed buy a good car under 5 lakhs in India.
Depending upon various factors and Indian road conditions, we bring you some of the best cars under 5 lakhs in India.
Have a look at these cars, and decide which one you would like to settle for.
Placed within the price range from Rs. 3.97 – Rs. 5.78 lakhs, this one is our first pick in your budget category.
Maruti is a name you can always trust when it comes to the quality of vehicle. Also, the maintenance cost is always low, which makes it an ideal choice for an economical buyer. This one is available in petrol, diesel and CNG variants and gives you a mileage of 17 - 28 kmpl. In the new Celerio, you may find additional dual airbags as well as optional extra ABS across all variants. Taking the safety features one step ahead, Maruti has made these necessary changes in its economical car.
These optional variants will cost you Rs 13,000 to Rs 20,000 more than the standard price of the models. The Celerio LXi (O) MT variant comes home at an ex-showroom Delhi price of Rs 4.16 lakh.
One may find 20 different versions of this hatchback in India in six different colors. This is an affordable and stylish buy and offers complete value for money. Celerio can be defined as a perfect replacement of Estilo and A-Star. Maruti Suzuki Celerio is a car that is made truly for the Indian market. Stylish interiors and good designing makes it a perfect buy for the customers.
- Price: Buy Maruti Suzuki Celerio at a price range from Rs. 3.97 lakhs – Rs. 5.78 lakhs (ex-showroom price, New Delhi).
- What’s Hot, What’s Not: The excellent mileage, AMT and the petrol engine power make it to the list of hot features to look for. What discourages a customer is the lack of comprehensive features, noisy diesel engine and price of the diesel variant.
Conclusion: With the transmission options and great value, Celerio is a good buy. This is definitely a better option if you wish to have a car like Wagon R, but not as boring and dull. If you are someone who needs a car for city driving mainly, Celerio AMT variant is definitely the best pick under 5 lakhs.
#4. Mahindra KUV100
A compact and spacious car under 5 lakhs, KUV 100 crossed the mark of 21,000 bookings within a month of its launch. The new version was unveiled by Mahindra in January this year. This car starts at 4.45 lakhs and depending upon the variants, goes up to 6.84 lakhs. With a 1198 cc engine, this car is available in both petrol, as well as diesel versions with manual transmission only. It offers a mileage of 18 - 25 kmpl. This SUV has a total of 24 versions in India. Available in 7 different colors, KUV 100 directly competes with Maruti Suzuki Stingray, Chevrolet Beat and Honda Brio.
Full form of this car is Kool Utility Vehicle and focusing on the “cool impact,” Mahindra targets the young customers through this vehicle. KUV 100 can be defined as a crossover that balances between a mid-sized hatchback and a SUV.
As far as designing and styling of this SUV is concerned, it looks compact and has a taller stance. The feature that segregates it from its competitors is the ground clearance. When you enter this vehicle, a simple interior welcomes you. The quality of materials used for the interiors are what we shall appreciate for sure. KUV 100 has controls that are easy to use and understand.
The entertainment options include in-dash stereo system with USB, Bluetooth and AUX connection. On the safety front, KUV 100 offers dual airbags along with ABS. Airbags are however a feature that is optional across all the variants.
Ideally suited for five people in two rows, KUV 100 is a useful SUV that you are getting under just Rs. 5 lakhs. This car offers 1.2-litre petrol engine as well as 1.2-litre diesel engine.
- Price: Bring home the basic variant of KUV 100 at a starting price of Rs. 4.45 lakhs. The top model can be acquired at a price of Rs. 6.84 lakhs.
- What’s Hot, What’s Not: The KUV 100 wins hearts in terms of being unique, and equipped with excellent ground clearance, spacious interiors and styling. What disappoint us are the absolutely basic and too simple interiors.
Conclusion: Along with Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Tata Zica and Hyundai Grand i10, KUV 100 is considered a good SUV in the segment.
However, Mahindra will have to work really hard to bounce back with two of the strongest contenders, viz. Grand i10 and Celerio, both of which have a strong and established market base. What might attract buyers are the features like LEDs that run even during daytime, and Mahindra’s affordability and service network.
Overall, KUV 100 is a good package of fuel-efficiency, power, space and uniqueness.
Available at a price range starting from Rs. 4.8 lakhs to Rs. 6.81 lakhs, Hyundai Grand i10 is definitely a good car in India within 5 lakhs. With a few cosmetic updates, Hyundai has also offered AMT in the petrol version. Grand i10 is available in petrol, diesel and LPG versions as of now. Ideally suited for city driving, Grand i10 offers a mileage of 18 - 24 kmpl. There are 12 versions and 8 colors of this car in India right now. Ever since it was first launched, this car has managed to impress the Indian audience.
This is said to be a car that offers best in class features. From its inception till the present moment, the styling has undergone a massive facelift. This is certainly a good looking hatchback. Attractive chrome strip enhance the beautiful exteriors. When you enter the car, you find beautiful and quality interiors. Finished material and fitted accessories make it a car with the best features in its league. The dual toned cabin interiors and some interesting features have made Grand i10 an ideal choice for the rational buyer.
Push start and stop buttons, keyless entry, in-dash stereo system, and AUX, Bluetooth and USB connectivity make it a car which offers almost all. At the rear, the passengers have adequate knee room. This is a spacious hatchback with eye-catching interiors and uses premium materials.
Talking about the engine, the car has 1.2-litre petrol engine and 1.1-litre diesel engine. Both these have 5-speed manual transmission and the petrol version comes with optional 4-speed automatic transmission.
At a price under 5 lakhs, this is definitely one of the best cars for city driving. Dual airbags, ABS and EBD also make it a safe vehicle. This car competes in the Indian market directly with Maruti Suzuki Swift, Tata Zica and Maruti Suzuki Celerio.
- Price: Welcome home this vehicle at a price starting from just Rs. 4.8 lakhs. The top model can be obtained at a price of Rs. 6.81 lakhs.
- What’s Hot, What’s Not: What one will really admire in this car is the styling, quality, space, features and more than anything, the pricing. What will disappoint you is the lack of climate control feature and the less powerful diesel engine.
Conclusion: Hyundai Grand i10 is one of the best cars under 5 lakhs in India. With its value for money package, Hyundai has definitely taken the ante of this segment a step up. The petrol engine is an excellent buy since it’s peppy and offers great efficiency.
Baleno had remained one of the most awaited cars of 2016 under 5 lakhs in India. This can be defined as a truly premium hatchback of Maruti. Starting at Rs. 4.99 lakhs and going up to Rs. 8.11 lakhs, this one is a car to watch out for. Baleno is available with 1197 cc manual transmission petrol engine and 1248 cc manual transmission diesel engine. With an excellent mileage of 21 - 27 kmpl, Baleno wins the heart of Indian audience effortlessly.
It has 9 different versions in India and is available in 7 different colors. One may call it a car that sits just above Swift in the Maruti fleet. This is a revolutionary vehicle of Maruti and is even lighter and stronger than others.
With two engines, Baleno is said to be the most expensive, but the best hatchback in the Indian market, ever made by Maruti. This car has impressive dimensions and looks premium. The steering wheel is typically Maruti-styled with controls mounted on it. Telephone connectivity is also offered in this hatchback. In-dash infotainment is readily available. Rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and large 339 liter boot is something to look out for. GPS and reverse parking camera makes Baleno a great and smart hatchback of today’s times. This is ideally suited for 5 adults.
From the outside, the best thing you will notice is the designing. Honeycomb grille and daytime running LED lamps catch the attention. 16-inch alloy wheels and lower and smarter appearance make it exclusively classic.
If we compare it to Swift, Baleno is about 100 kgs lighter with similar engines. This makes Baleno a better-performing and fuel efficient car. The driving dynamics are more enhanced and handling this vehicle is indeed great. Dual airbags and ABS come as standard safety features in this vehicle. Other safety features include the seat belt reminder and stronger chassis.
- Price: Maruti Suzuki Baleno starts at Rs. 4.99 lakhs and goes up to Rs. 8.11 lakhs.
- What’s Hot, What’s Not: Great value for money, styling, fuel efficiency, powerful engine, great features and space make it a good car. What it misses out on, is the interior quality.
Conclusion: If you wish to buy a premium hatchback under 5 lakhs, the base model of Baleno is a brilliant choice. With low maintenance cost and Maruti backing its sales network, Baleno can be the perfect vehicle for you.
#1. Honda Brio
The new generation Brio is the cutest hatchback in the Indian market. Accompanied by premium styling, feature loaded Honda Brio comes at a starting price of Rs. 4.28 lakhs and goes up to Rs. 6.85 lakhs.
This is a perfect choice for the urban buyers, simple because it is defined as a super-compact hatchback with ultimate smart styling. Brio is powered with a 1198 cc 1.2-litre petrol engine. It is available in both manual, as well as automatic transmissions. With a mileage of 16 - 19 kmpl, Brio is a brilliant choice for city driving.
Brio comes with 8 diverse versions and 6 colors in India. The engine that powers Brio can also be found in Amaze.
At present, Brio is the 4th largest selling model of Honda in India.
The design is the most impactful part of Honda Brio. A beautiful looking fascia and an extraordinary rear make it a smart looking vehicle. Leaf-shaped headlamps and smaller fog lamps are added attractions. The 14-inch wheels are a prominent character of Brio’s styling. This looks like a compact hatchback and many believe that this is more of a women-oriented car. However, it is not true and this car is ideally suited for everyone.
When you go inside this car, you will be surprised that such a compact looking car has spacious enough interiors. Beige interiors with black as the dual tone make it visually appealing. Many believe it to be a car with no-nonsense cabin, which ensures that people have space instead of unnecessary goodies.
This car is the most fun-to-ride hatchbacks in India. Extremely easy to handle and responsive steering gives you complete control. It runs really fast and is one of the few vehicles that are good not just for city driving, but also for the highways.
Honda Brio offers excellence in terms of safety features as well. You will find highest-grade steel, seat belt reminder, dual airbags in the front, and ABS as the safety features in upper models. Brio faces tough competition from Hyundai Grand i10.
- Price: Get this cute little compact hatchback home at a price starting at Rs. 4.28 lakhs.
- What’s Hot, What’s Not: Easy drivability, decent interiors and competitive pricing make it a good choice for everyone. What Brio misses out on is a smaller boot, less features in the entry-level variant and lack of diesel engine as yet.
Conclusion: Everything apart, Brio has won a range of awards, thanks to its exclusive designing, great features and spacious interiors. This is everyone’s car, which is why we suggest it strongly to any economical and smart urban buyer.
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