Driving in the Metro cities is not an easy task, Mission Impossible is the first thing that comes in my mind. Not talking about the movie here, but the task. The annoyance by bad motorists is nothing less than a style for them, barging in and breaking off the lane. It makes tiresome for many to press the clutch pedal in slow moving traffic. Manufacturers have taken a good idea out of this and getting the automatic gearbox even for the entry-level segment. And, if you don’t want to be the one in this situation, while choosing a new car, here is a list of some of the best automatic cars under a budget of Rs 10 lakh (All prices below are ex – showroom, Delhi, as on July 31, 2018).
Packed with a slew of features such as theatre dimming cabin lights, rear parking sensors, ABS (anti-lock braking system), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), two airbags, turn indicators on ORVM and follow me home headlamps. Ford EcoSport automatic is offered with a torque converter and moreover, it is the only one in its segment to come with paddle shifters. The automatic transmission is reasonably quick to respond, when driving in ‘D’ mode, while the ‘S’ mode gives a sportier throttle response. The automatic Trend+ variant is priced at Rs 9.75 lakh.
Maruti Vitara Brezza
Maruti’s recent offering of an AMT gearbox in the Vitara Brezza widens up the choice for the prospective buyers. Being one of the finest cars in its segment, the Vitara Brezza takes it all with its looks, performance, cabin space and features. It is one of the best selling cars in its segment and is offered with company’s tried and tested 1.3-litre diesel engine. It is offered in two variants - VDI AMT, which is priced at Rs 8.54 lakh and ZDI AMT with a price tag of Rs 9.31 lakh.
Tata Nexon gets a rather different curvy design, unlike other compact SUVs that wear a boxy. With its coupe inspired aerodynamic shape, it is an eye roller. Inside, it gets a spacious cabin with a layered three-tone dashboard, rear AC vent, steering mounted controls, and climate control as part of its impressive feature list. It comes with safety features such as dual airbags and ABS (anti-lock braking system) as standard. The automatic gearbox is available on petrol XMA at Rs 7.50 lakh, XZA+ at Rs 9.41 lakh and XZA+ With Dual Tone Roof at Rs 9.61 lakh, while under a 10 lakh bracket, you can also choose a diesel XMA at Rs 8.53 lakh.
The all-new Honda Amaze is based on a new-generation platform and comes with Honda's latest design language. The petrol S CVT gets a price tag of Rs 7.39 lakh and V CVT is priced at Rs 7.99 lakh, interestingly, the CVT is also offered with diesel engine starting at Rs 8.39 lakh for the S variant and for the V variant at Rs 8.99 lakh. However, the diesel engine has been tuned down to 79bhp with 160Nm, in order to return a good fuel efficiency. The car now gets more rear room than its predecessor and, nonetheless, you can never mess with Japanese, when it comes to engine tech.
Based on the new HEARTEC platform, this one is over 100 kg lighter than its predecessor. Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes with a host of new and premium features along with impressive design and styling. The homegrown car maker gives an AMT option even in the mid variants - VXI and VDI that is a good deal without making any holes in your pocket. The petrol AMT version of VXI and ZXI are priced at Rs 6.90 lakh and Rs 7.53 lakh, respectively, while the diesel variant VDI AGS gets a sticker price of Rs 7.90 lakh, ZDI AGS at Rs 8.53 lakh and ZDI+ AGS is priced at Rs 9.43 lakh.
Honda Jazz comes with a complete pack of practicality along with its airy cabin and the automatic version makes it more convenient for the drivers to shift via paddle- shifters. Though, it is big inside, but misses out a rear AC vent, which could be annoying for the buyers. The CVT gives a smooth drive when paired with the 1.2-litre iVTEC engine. Honda recently launched the 2018 model year version gets some updates on the inside such as new Digipad 2.0 compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, One Push Start/ Stop Button, Honda Smart Key System with Keyless Remote, Cruise Control, to name a few. The automatic version is offered in petrol V CVT variant priced at Rs 8.55 lakh and VX CVT at Rs 8.99 lakh.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
This one here has it all, when it comes to complete package – roomy cabin, good for your pocket as it is fuel efficient and Maruti’s back for after-sales is what also comes with it. The car comes with a 83bhp powered 1.2-litre engine that gives a smooth ride with the its CVT. The CVT is offered in three variants - Delta priced at Rs 7.09 lakh, Zeta at Rs 7.70 lakh and Alpha with a price tag of Rs 8.40 lakh.
Hyundai Elite i20
Hyundai Elite i20 automatic comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and is good fuzzy drives around the city. Being one an affordable than its predecessor, the car gets good quality material on the inside. Though, the petrol-CVT is not that performance centric, but does its job well. Offered in two variants, the price of the Automatic version of the Magna Executive is Rs 7.04 lakh and for the Asta is Rs 8.22 lakh.
Volkswagen Polo GT
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is like a goose on a loose, it can be decent while you are driving towards your work station and can also transform into demeanour, if you are in a mood of a crackling drive. Volkswagen’s 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox is famous for its quick up and down shifts, though jerky, but being a petrol it won’t matter. The Polo GT TSI gets a sticker price of Rs 9.33 lakh.
Launched at Auto Expo 2018, the new Swift is an all rounder in its segment, in fact, the Maruti sold over 1 lakh units if the product by the end of June. Though, the gearbox is not that smooth in drive, but does work out for the convenience of the buyer. Needless to say, it is a Maruti product, so fuel economy is another mark to think of. The petrol VXI AGS is priced at Rs 6.34 lakh and ZXI AGS at Rs 6.96 lakh, whereas the diesel variants - VDI AGS gets a price tag of Rs 7.34 lakh and ZDI AGS is priced at Rs 7.96 lakh.
Hyundai Grand i10
Hyundai Graand i10 comes with an 4 speed automatic transmission, which is an easy ride for city runabout. With the update of the model in 2017, Hyundai updated the infotainment with a touchscreen system and also gave it improved ride quality. The model has been one of the best selling products for the Korean manufacturer. The automatic version is offered on Magna Executive – Rs 6.28 lakh and Sportz – Rs 6.93 lakh.
The automatic version of the Ford Figo comes packed with a 1.5-litre an is available in just one variant priced at Rs 8.25 lakh. This gearbox loves to shift crazily, but don’t expect it to return decently fuel efficiency, until you are driving it in a sedate manner. In terms of features, the AT version is offered with safety enhancing features such as ESP (Electronic Stability Program), TCS (Traction Control System, which can be turned off) and HLA (Hill Launch Assist) and for safety, you get dual airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution).
Making its name as Tata’s first product to be introduced with IMPACT design language, the Tiago hatch, with its automated manual transmission makes it more charming. It offers creep function for slow moving traffic, manual mode and a ‘Sport’ mode as well. The Tiago gets a roomy cabin and feature loaded as per its value. In short, a value for money. Unlike the Swift, the AMT is offered with petrol variants only. The Tiago XTA is priced at Rs 4.99 lakh and XZA gets a price tag of Rs 5.58 lakh.
Maruti started the trend of introducing the AMT in entry-level hatchback with the Celerio. Bring the automatic version to the masses, the Celerio came out as a good product with its smooth shift. It also has creep function. Inside, it is spacious enough compared to its dimension, but misses out charm when sitting in it. Offered in four variants, the prices of the AMT version of the Celerio start from Rs 5.04 lakh and goes up to 5.47 lakh.
The WagonR gets high-set seats, easy to drive and compact enough to zip through city traffic and an AMT add-on to this model that simply makes it more convenient. That apart, decent space, even after having such a compact dimension, is what Maruti must get a pat for, and good fuel efficiency is another important parameter that buyers look for, in this segment. The automatic gearbox is offered in four variants, where the price starts from Rs 4.91 lakh for the VXI (AMT) and goes up to Rs 5.39 lakh for VXI+ (O) (AMT) metallic.
Renault has launched the new 2018 Kwid with a creep function, help you crawl through slow city traffic. Unlike other models, this one gets a swivel wheel for the gearshift and not a conventional gear lever. Customers will like it for its bold looks and, nonetheless, the cabin space it has and a touchscreen infotainment system. The AMT is offered in two variants – RXT (O), priced at Rs 4.34 lakh and the Climber edition at Rs 4.59 lakh.