Car buyers in India have never had it so good. Gone are the days when having a Rs 10 lakh budget meant you could buy only a mid-size sedan. In today’s market you have plenty of options including seven-seater MPV, powerful hatchbacks and of course the classy midsize sedan with plenty of tech and features. Here’s a list of the variety of cars that are available for this price. Have a look and go out splurging.
- [Get On-Road Price] Price starts from: Rs 9.24 lakh
- Engine: 1.2-litre Petrol
- Power: 105PS Torque: 175Nm
- Fuel economy: 17.21kmpl
This is purely one for the keen driver among you. The Polo GT TSi might be small on the outside but manages to pack a mighty punch when it comes to performance. Powering it is a relatively small 1.2-litre petrol motor, but the use of a turbocharger helps pumps out 105PS of power, much more than any other 1.2-litre small car. There is also a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox on offer, which offers slick shifts. VW have stiffened the suspension up from the regular car so this Polo hugs the bends when it goes around them. Other Polo virtues like a solid cabin and high quality materials remains the same. The seats up front have good room and legroom at the rear is decent too. However, our only grouse with VW is that it hasn’t changed the beige colour of the upholstery from the regular car.
- [Get On-Road Price] Price starts from: Rs 9.79 lakh
- Engine: 1.5-litre Diesel
- Power: 100PS Torque: 200Nm
- Fuel economy: 26kmpl
The latest version of the City has taken the market by storm and not without reason. It looks good, comes with reliable set of diesel and petrol engines and has a well-appointed cabin. You get a host of features to keep the occupants happy. It’s the first car in its class to get a full touch type interface for the climate control. You also get touch screen stereo, audio mounted stereo controls and a whole lot more. At this price its best to go for the i-DTEC diesel engine. The 1.5-litre unit develops 100PS of power and 200Nm of torque. What’s more, it boasts of a stellar 26kmpl fuel economy (ARAI figure), which means that running costs will be low. All in all, you just can’t go wrong with a Honda car.
- [Get On-Road Price] Price starts from: Rs 9.58 lakh
- Engine: 1.4-litre Diesel
- Power: 90PS Torque: 220Nm
- Fuel economy: 23.5kmpl
Hyundai’s fluidic styling gives the Verna plenty of pizzazz and despite being almost three years old, the car still looks very appealing. Being a Hyundai the car comes loaded to the gills with features. You get climate control, steering mounted stereo controls, rear parking sensors and a lot more. The 1.4 CRDi diesel is the one to go in for. It pumps out a meaty 90PS of power, which is 10PS less than its main rival, the Honda City. The Verna’s stylish cabin is a good place to spend time in and the light controls mean that you can negotiate city traffic with ease. The 465-litre boot is large enough for those airport trips. However, it’s not a keen driver’s car with mediocre dynamics. There's a power 1.6-litre unit on offer too that develops 125PS of power (25PS more than the Honda City).
- [Get On-Road Price] Price starts from: Rs 9.33 lakh
- Engine: 1.5-litre Diesel
- Power: 86PS Torque: 200Nm
- Fuel economy: 22.71kmpl
The Nissan Sunny has helped establish Nissan’s reputation in India as the maker of value-for-money cars. It’s roomy cabin and the generous legroom at the rear are the big talking points of course. The 1.5 DCi diesel engine with 86PS is the one to go for. The car gets rear AC vents, climate control, steering mounted audio controls among other things. The 490 litre boot is huge by most accounts and one of the main reasons why this car is liked by taxi operators. Nissan claims a figure of 22.71kmpl making it a good choice for those who travel a lot. The supple suspension is another plus as it keeps bumps and potholes away from the cabin. It’s high speed stability is good as well making it a good long distance cruiser.
- [Get On-Road Price] Price starts from: Rs 8.14 lakh
- Engine: 1.3-litre Diesel
- Power: 90PS Torque: 200Nm
- Fuel economy: 24.52kmpl
If you are looking at a seven-seat MPV option that you can drive yourself then at this price point then the Ertiga is ideal for you. The diesel is the ideal choice for long distance cruises. The 1.3-litre DDiS diesel is the same as the Swift, Ritz, Dzire but gets a bigger turbo to boost power up from 74bhp to 90bhp. The ZDi version comes loaded with plenty of features. You get steering mounted controls, electrically operated side view mirrors and a whole lot more. The engine has plenty of pep once on the highway and the slick gearbox means that you will enjoy gear changes. There is good space in the first two rows of seats (check out the panoramic view) and the second row of seats slides front and back to enhance legroom. However, the last row of seats is good only for small children as legroom is at a premium.
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