What kind of car should you buy under Rs 10 Lakh? »EngineOctane
The holiday season is back and some people might be thinking about reserving their first car. There are plenty of cars to choose from, in all price brackets and in all segments. The budget of Rs 10 lakh is a great place where you have the widest range of cars to choose from. In this article, we will discuss the different types of cars that you can buy for less than Rs 10 lakh.
People who buy their first car or switch from a two-wheeler to a car are usually looking for affordable or entry-level hatchbacks. These types of cars are small and easy to drive around town. The cars available in this segment are the Maruti Suzuki Alto, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, the Renault Kwid and the Hyundai Santro. These cars are priced well below Rs 10 lakh and seem like a steal when it comes to your first car.
This segment goes a bit beyond the entry-level hatchback. Cars in this segment enjoy more functionality and safety compared to entry-level hatchbacks. These types of cars are best for people looking to switch from an entry-level hatchback. The cars available in this segment are Maruti Swift, Maruti WagonR, Tata Tiago, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios.
This is a segment where people want to improve the comfort and premium feel of the car. Cars in this segment are feature rich, have a good safety rating, offer decent mileage, and are easy to maintain. The cars available in this segment are Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Tata Altroz, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Jazz.
This segment is gaining popularity in India. Cars in this segment have SUV-like styling with high ground clearance and good presence on the road. They are generally high on safety too. They have a high seating position compared to cars in the sedan and sedan segment. This type of car is more suitable for people who drive in the city and also for those who drive on bad roads. Some of the cars that may be a good option under Rs 10 lakh are Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza VXi (Rs 10.07 lakh, on Mumbai road), Kia Sonet HTK1.2 petrol (Rs 9.24 lakh, on Mumbai road), Hyundai Venue Essence S 1.2 (Rs 9.10 lakh, on Mumbai road), Nissan Magnite XL Turbo CVT (Rs 9.92 lakh, on Mumbai road), recently launched Tata Punch Adventure AMT (Rs 8.21 lakh, on Mumbai road) and Tata Nexon XE (Rs 8.68 lakh, on the Mumbai route) and XM (Rs 9.82 lakh, on the Mumbai route).
This car offers the premium look and feel of a sedan, but the length of the car is limited to less than four meters. Cars in this segment are a good deal because they offer functionality, comfort and a separate trunk space. The cars available in this segment are Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Tata Tigor, Hyundai Aura and Honda Amaze.
It is a segment for those who have comfort and safety as their top priority. Cars in this segment are known to give that premium feel and sense of pride to the owner. Buying a sedan is more of an aspiration than a need. The cars you can buy in this segment are Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Sigma 1.5 (Rs 10.07, on Mumbai road) Skoda Rapid Rider Plus (Rs 9.53 lakh, on Mumbai road) and the fourth generation Honda City SV (Rs 10 , 72 lakh, on the road to Mumbai). For Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Honda City, you might have to stretch a bit, but the cars are worth every penny you spend. They offer good space, both in the passenger compartment and for storage in the trunk.
Although the choice is limited in the MPV segment, you still get cars under Rs 10 Lakh that you can buy. The Datsun Go + is a seven-seater that can accommodate five adults and two children in its third row. The high-end Datsun Go + T (O) CVT variant is available for Rs. 8.22 lakh (on the Mumbai route). The second car in the MPV segment is the Renault Triber. It is perfect for a family of five adults and two children or a family of five that carries a lot of luggage. The third row can be removed to increase boot space. The high-end Renaut Triber RXZ EASY-R AMT variant with two-tone is priced at Rs 9.25 lakh (on the Mumbai route).
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