With the growing traffic in the cities, it is becoming insanely difficult to drive your car around a town. The repeated use of clutch, not only takes a toll on the car, but also on your body. What's the solution then? An automatic or 2-pedal technology, which eliminates the use of the clutch. Basically, all you have to do is press the accelerator and the brakes to control the car, and the gears will be changed automatically, much like your beloved gear-less scooters.
So why they are not widely used? Well, price is definitely the biggest factor. Until now, when we talked about an automatic gearbox, we were talking about CVT, DSG or equivalent tech, which costs at least a lakh rupees more than the corresponding manual gearbox. But with the arrival of AMT or Automated Manual Transmission, a patent technology of Magneti Marelli, the automatic transmission has become affordable, so much so that you can source a car with an AMT for as low as Rs 5 lakhs.
So here's a list of the top 5 cars with an automatic transmission under Rs 5 lakhs!
Price - Rs 2.85 Lakh
Not only is the Tata Nano the most budget friendly car in India, but it's also the most budget friendly automatic available in the country today. Priced at Rs 2.85 Lakh, the Tata Nano AMT is available in the XMA variant. So if you are someone who needs a car with space, automatic transmission and price equivalent to an Alto base variant, Tata Nano GenX XMA AMT will perfectly fit your bill.
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Price - Rs 4.05 Lakh
There has to be some reason why the Maruti Suzuki Alto is the largest selling car in India for quite some time now. With a reliable brand name of Maruti Suzuki, and stunning price, Alto suits the first-time buyers perfectly well. And it's AMT is no different. When it was launched, the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT was the cheapest AMT in the country, until Tata launched the Nano AMT.
Price - Rs 4.50 Lakh
If you are someone who don't want to go with an entry-level hatchback and want something from a segment up, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio LXi AT is the car for you. At the time of its launch, the Celerio automatic was the cheapest automatic available in the country, and is now priced at Rs 4.50 lakh. You will get more space, better features and Maruti brand at this price.
Price - Rs 4.83 Lakh
Yet another Maruti in this list is the newest AMT in the town, the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R AMT, which is available in its VXI variant. One of the oldest hatchback in the country, the Wagon R still command good respect among the buyers, thanks to its no-nonsense design inside as well as outside the car. The tall-boy design give it the much needed space in this category.
Price - Rs 5.02 Lakh
The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Stingray VXI AMT is essentially a fancier version of the Wagon R hatchback. So if you are someone who is looking for projector headlamps, extended features list, fancy design and don't want to compromise on practicality, Stingray is the car for you. Just a small addition, it retails at Rs 5.02 lakh, 2000 more than the Rs 5 lakh bracket.
Wait for the Tata Tiago and Renault Kwid to get their own automatic transmission and take the game to a new level.