It is not easy to drive on Indian streets where you find bumper to bumper traffic and the best solution to get rid of such discomforting drive is to look for the best automatic cars in India. No wonder these days, buyers are leaning more towards automatic cars than the manual ones. No one wants to spend their time working out in his or her car, pressing the clutch pedal while stuck in traffic; the gym is an ideal place for leg workouts!
Many of you must be thinking whether these car manufacturers are offering an automatic transmission, CVT or a torque converter? Well, these models come packed with an affordable automatic – AMT. This is possibly the best option to opt for if compared to the manual transmission, the first reason being that the AMTs are cost-effective offerings for the car buyers in the country when it comes to automatic cars. Another reason, which is also one of the key parameters for the Indian consumers, is that they are fuel efficient as well. For those who are asking, which is the best automatic car in India? Don’t worry. We have come up with a list of best automatic cars in India under Rs. 6 lakh.
The very first one on this list is the new Santro. With its come back, the new Hyundai Santro 2018 is powered by a 1.1-litre petrol engine that produces 68 bhp of top power with 99 bhp of torque. Nonetheless, this moniker forced the Korean car maker to add an AMT option to it (the first model to come with the company’s very first in-house developed AMT), to keep the pricing in check. The engine comes paired with a 5-speed AMT, returning a mileage of 20.3 kmpl (ARAI certified). It is a hot-selling cake for the company with two AMT variants on offer. The car also gets first-in-segment features, such as the rear AC vent that none of the models in this list has, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The interior space is good enough to seat passengers at the rear row, thanks to the Hyundai’s tallboy design. The Hyundai Santro AMT price starts from Rs. 5.19 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Tata Tiago AMT is another offering that falls in the range of Rs 6 lakh. This one is more powerful than any other automatic listed here. The Tiago hatchback draws its power from a 1.2-litre petrol engine that develops 84 bhp with 114 Nm of peak torque when connected to a 5-speed AMT. The Tata Tiago AMT mileage is rated at 23.8kmpl. The starting price of this AMT hatchback is Rs. 5.04 lakh and the higher variant is tagged at Rs. 5.63 lakh. Though the higher variant of Tiago AMT is pricier than the Hyundai’s Santro, the former offers a roomy cabin with good head-and knee room and also gets a higher boot capacity.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Maruti Suzuki Ignis was launched specifically to target young buyers. Maruti Suzuki Ignis comes with a company’s well-tested 1.2-litre petrol unit that produces 82 bhp of power with 113 Nm of torque. It is a feature-loaded offering with quirky appearance (head turner when first made its presence on the streets). On the inside, it has ample space for the passengers but the design is somewhat a fusion of retro and metro styling. Being a product from Maruti’s stable, it has to offer good mileage, which is 20.89 kmpl for the AMT model. The Ignis Delta AMT is the only variant that falls under the Rs. 6 lakh range, which is priced at Rs. 5.90 lakh (ex-showroom).
Maruti Suzuki Celerio
Maruti Suzuki Celerio is the only reason that forced other manufacturers to come up with an automatic gearbox offering in the entry-level hatchback segment. The car gets a 1.0-litre petrol engine that generates a decent power of 67 bhp with 90 Nm of torque and returns a good fuel efficiency of 23.1 kmpl with an AMT gearbox. Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT price ranges from Rs. 4.97 - 5.40 lakh (ex-showroom). The top-end of the Celerio AMT, however, misses out on few features that the other models listed here offer, like a touchscreen infotainment system, and the car seems a bit dated as well.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
The Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 is the company’s bounty that never loses its position from the monthly best-selling car list. This one is a small city car and the AMT version of the model grabs more attention of buyer in the city areas. It is offered with a 1-litre petrol engine, which is good to make 67 bhp of power with 90 Nm of top torque. As it is still built on the old platform, this one needs a good refreshing style. Where other rivals are offered with the touchscreen infotainment system, the Alto K10 comes with a dual- DIN audio setup with Bluetooth. It has a peppy drive but offers less space (seating three passenger at the rear row will be a bit of a squeeze), nonetheless what you also get is a good fuel economy of 24.07 kmpl. Alto K10 is the lowest price automatic car in India with a price tag of Rs. 4.17 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Renault Kwid AMT is a small hatchback but borrows some design cues from its SUV sibling – Duster. The model recently received a facelift with some minor tweaks on the outside to enhance its appearance. The car comes packed with an integrated reverse parking camera and rear 12V socket along with rear armrest, and rear emergency locking retractor comes as standard features across all variants, while the AMT version also gets traffic assist function. The AMT gearbox is offered only with the 1.0-litre engine that cranks out 67 bhp of power and 91 Nm of torque while returning a fuel efficiency of 24.04 kmpl. It has a ground clearance of 180 mm and a boot capacity of 300 litres. The Renault Kwid price ranges from Rs. 4.35 to 4.63 lakh for the Climber AMT variant (ex-showroom).