Unlike some of the other world markets, where people appreciate performance more than anything else, in India, we like getting overall better value for money in everything that we buy. And this goes without exception and is true for every segment. Not that the manufacturers don’t know of this, but still, we feel that some cars do not offer as great value as others and some miss the mark totally. So which are the cars that offer great value for money under Rs 10 Lakh in India, we find out.
The Kwid was a ground breaking car (at least in terms of design) and is perhaps the only car to enjoy success levels that come really close to that of the established Alto. Kwid proved that an entry-level car can be exciting to look at and this was its USP. It offered the segment first, Navigation system and went on to become a runaway success. No wonder it has so far stolen about 8% share from the leaders Hyundai and Maruti of the entry-level car market and gathered more than 1 lakh bookings in 6 months duration. Coupled with a frugal engine and great amount of boot space (300litres), makes it the best value for money car in the entry-level segment.
Priced at Rs 3.2 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) it undercuts the price of many hatchbacks in the segment and gives many a run for their money. It comes equipped with features like Jukebox that lets you store music and an app-based navigation system which is segment first too. The diesel isn’t as small as the Celerio and is three cylinder motor, but offers same level of fuel efficiency. You get great amount of storage spaces and seating capacity for five adults. Build quality of the interiors and exteriors alike is much better than most of the competitors in the segment.
The TUV300 is an odd ball in the compact SUV segment. Not only because it uses a ladder frame construction, that makes it very sturdy, but also because it utilizes a rear-wheel drive system making it slightly more capable than many others in the segment. While the seven seater capacity is not unique to it since newly launched Mahindra NuvoSport also offers it now, however, alongside the better interiors of the TUV300 and its lower pricing, the NuvoSport does not look as great an option. It offered the segment first AMT gearbox making it one of the most affordable and value for money automatic SUV on offer in India.
Fiat Punto Abarth is performance personified. It packs 145 horses and 210Nm of impressive torque and can do 0-100kmph in just 8.8 seconds flat. Track tuned suspension ensures that you make optimum use of the power and chuck it in every corner with absolute confidence. Stopping power comes from equally potent four disc brakes present on each wheel. Other highlights of the car include well stitched seats and extremely well appointed interiors. Priced at Rs 9.95 lakh ex-showroom Delhi, it’s a steal for anyone looking for a performance hatch.
The Figo Aspire offers three engine options to choose from (1.2P, 1.5D & 1.5P) but that’s not its USP. With top spec variant you get 6 airbags along with ABS and EBD making it one of the safest sub-four meter sedan in the market. If you go with the automatic, you get the ESP and traction control. The Ford SYNC system along with voice control and loads of storage space further complement the interiors. Overall a great value for money car that delivers on every front.
While the new Innova is due to be launched and many other MPVs have come and gone without making a mark, the Ertiga marches on. Ertiga is not the cheapest MPV in the market, but, at the price point it is available, it makes one of the best car for a big family which is looking for greater seating capacity without spending a lot. You get to choose from equally frugal, petrol and diesel engine options. Being a Maruti, reliability and after sales would not be an issue unlike some of the other brands. Priced at Rs 6 Lakh ex-showroom Delhi, it’s really the best value for money MPV that you can buy right now.