India is one of the most densely populated country in the world and that leads to most number of vehicles and pedestrians on roads. Driving here is not that easy and requires lots of patience. This is where Automatic gearboxes come in, no clutch, no changing of gears. The automatic gearbox used to come only in high-end luxury cars, but manufacturers have realized the importance of the AT transmission and they have started providing it in budget cars.
Here's a list of budget automatic cars in India!
Model - VXI AGS
Price - Rs 3.90 Lakh (ex-showroom)
When it comes to reading the nerves of the Indian car buyers, nobody else does it better than the homegrown Maruti Suzuki. And this evident by the very fact that they hold 40% market share in India, and that too by selling hatchbacks alone, with occasional sedans or vans. Maruti played a masterstroke last year when they launched not on India's, but the world's cheapest Automatic in the form of the new Alto K10. Maruti Alto K10 is otherwise also the best selling car in India with almost 20000 units sold every month. Adding the Automatic gearbox gave the car an added advantage in the sales. Maruti Alto is otherwise available in 800cc and 1000cc engine options and the Automatic is given in the new Alto K10 (998cc) engine option in the VXI AGS variant priced at Rs 3.90 Lakh, making it the cheapest AT around the globe.
Model - LXi AT, VXi AT
Price- Rs 4.35 - 4.65 Lakh (ex-showroom)
Before there was the K10s with the Automatic gear shifts, the crown of the cheapest Automatic was taken by another Maruti product called Celerio. Maruti Suzuki provided the automatic gearbox in the Celerio right from the launch of the product, unlike other cars, who get automatic in the later stage of the life cycle. Unfortunately, Celerio wasn't able to garner much of the response from the Indian buyers, although the car had futuristic looks and nice overall quality. Maruti Celerio is still credited with having one of the most responsive automatic gearbox in cars under Rs 10 lakh. Technically speaking, the AGS gearbox gracing both the Alto K10 and Celerio is not an automatic in the true sense, but offers similar level of convenience. This gearbox can be thought of as a regular automatic gearbox, in the sense that there is no clutch pedal and the selector lever looks very similar to a conventional automatic transmission; but, it differs from them because it uses electronically controlled hydraulic actuators to shift up and down through gears.
Model - Sportz AT, Asta AT
Price- Rs 5.70 - 6.23 Lakh (ex-showroom)
Amidst the flock of Maruti cars, Hyundai Grand i10 is the sole product from Hyundai in top 5 holding the flag high for the Korean brand both in the terms of sales numbers and cheap pricing. Grand i10 sits between the popular i10 and Elite i20, giving the best of both the worlds - entry level hatchback and premium hatchback. While Hyundai doesn't offer Automatic in most of the cars, they decided to give the Grandi10 an automatic gearbox because of its popularity. Two models of Grand i10 comes with the AT gearbox, Sportz AT and the Asta AT. While the Sportz AT comes at Rs 5.70 lakh, Asta AT is priced for Rs 6.23 lakh. The car is an overall package and a saviour for all those looking beyond Marutis.
Model - VXi AT
Price- Rs 5.97 Lakh (ex-showroom)
Another Maruti on the list of the low cost automatics is the not so popular Ritz. Maruti Suzuki Ritz is essentially a Siamese-twin of the Maruti Swift with the same engine, same platform and almost same variants. The only difference is the tall-boy look of the Ritz, while Swift is more sporty and aerodynamic. While the initial years of the Ritz went well, and it became one of the fastest car to sell 1 lakh units, the road ahead was not so encouraging and that is the reason Maruti gave subtle changes and special editions to this car time-and-again. And one such variant addition was the Automatic gearbox. Maruti silently introduced the automatic gearbox in order enhance the sales of Ritz. Also, Maruti strategically introduced this gearbox in the largest selling variant, that is the VXi variant, which was targeted to reduce the overall pricing of the automatic Ritz. This is the third Maruti on our low cost automatic list.
Model - XMA, XTA
Price- Rs 2.69 - 2.89 Lakh (ex-showroom)
Tata Nano in its latest avatar is perhaps the best small hatchback that you can buy in India. It offers impressive fuel economy and is easy to maneuver not only due to its compact dimensions but also due to the AMT gearbox that it offers. Some other areas that Tata has improved the Nano include - opening boot, larger fuel tank, NVH. The car was ever capacious and comfortable. Skin deep changes include - Blackened headlamps, new infinity grille at the front and back. The affordable AMT gearbox makes the cheapest automatic car that you can buy in the World. The base variant of the car is priced at 1.99 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). While there's also a CNG option (XM CNG) to appeal cost-conscious customers. Tata has come a long way with the Nano and the car is perhaps the best city car that you can buy in the market today.