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Top 5 value-for-money small cars in India

Aseem Gaurav [ Updated 19 Aug 2014, 17:03:51 ]
Top 5 value-for-money small cars in India

New Delhi: With so many cars, vying for consumers' eyeballs and wallets, it sometime becomes hard for the consumers to decide upon the right small car for them. Buying a car is still a major decision for many households in India and the preference is always on a car that gives good value for money and covers all important features. Here’s our list of top five cars that offer true value-for-money in the Indian market.

Maruti Alto 800 LXI (Airbag)

The new Alto 800 LXI is one of the best budget cars from the undisputed king in the entry level segment. Developed entirely in India, with an investment of Rs 470 crore by Maruti Suzuki and its vendors, over 200 Maruti Suzuki engineers toiled hard to deliver the new Alto 800. This new small hatchback has an impressive exteriors and the inside too is quite refreshing and attractive. The new model is spacious than earlier models, with more interior headroom and legroom. The Maruti Alto 800 LXI (Airbag) is the mid level variant and has a well balanced quantity of comfort and safety features, like a powerful air conditioning unit, a responsive power steering, front power windows with switches placed between the seats, a 1-din music system with speakers now fitted in the doors, which makes it desirable among the consumers. Under the hood, the model is equipped with a 796cc engine, that churns out enough power and torque, which is suitable for Indian traffic conditions. The engine is mated with a smooth and efficient five speed manual transmission gear box. The new Maruti Alto 800 is available in six vibrant and lively exterior paint options. The company claims that the car can deliver a mileage of 22.74 kmpl, certified by ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India), which is about 15 per cent more than the previous version of Maruti Alto.

Hyundai EON Sportz

The New Hyundai EON Sportz is the petrol version of the style variant of the new Hyundai EON. The bug-eyed hatchback has been designed and developed keeping in mind Indian consumer’s preferences. EON is the lowest priced car by the country’s second largest car manufacturer. The car is powered by a 814 cc engine which will deliver maximum power of 56 bhp at 5,500 rpm and a max torque of 7.6Kgm (76.5 Nm) @ 4000rpm which is quite enough to power a small hatch. The new Hyundai EON Sportz comes with all the standard features including Electric power steering, front power windows, central locking, keyless entry, front fog lamps, driver airbag, inside rear view mirror, Engine Immobilizer, child safety locks and other safety features. The model also comes with features like 2 din Radio/CD/MP3 audio with front door speakers, Aux-in/USB port, Tilt steering, internally adjustable outside mirrors, metallic finish 3 spoke steering wheel, body color bumper, Air conditioner, metallic finish centre console, exclusive dashboard storage, Low fuel warning, Body color outside mirrors and door handles, 2-tone beige and brown key color, deluxe floor console, dual tripmeter and gear shift indicator. The engine can easily attain a top speed in the range of 130 to 135 kmph, with an acceleration of 0 – 100 kmph in about 21.1 seconds, which is quite good. EON sportz gives a mileage of 21.1 km/lit, which is good in comparison to other models like Alto K10, Alto and Spark.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 1.0

It is the second largest selling car of Maruti Suzuki in India right after Alto. Maruti Wagon R comes in Petrol, CNG and LPG Option. In total, it comes in six variants: Lx, Lxi, Lxi Duo (LPG), Lxi CNG, Vxi and top variant with ABS as safety feature. Powered with 998 CC engine, the model delivers 68 BHP of power at 6200 rpm with torque of 90 Nm at 3500 rpm. Wagon R is a tall, spacious and stylish car that looks more balanced than before. On the front, WagonR has a big four layered radiator grille with a chrome strip on the top of it with a big Suzuki logo in the center. The car offers additional features like: power steering, front door power window, body colored bumpers, chrome back door garnish, 3 spoke chrome finish steering wheel, seat belt warning lamp, silver finish in inside door handles, fabric inserts in door trim, and silver roof rails. The Wagon R is prices between the range of Rs 3.36 lakh and Rs 4.45 lakh and the price rises with the type of accessories. The HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling) design of Wagon R improves the air conditioning inside the cabin. The model offers comfortable seats that provide ample thigh support in driver’s seat, which prevents fatigue in long driving. Maruti claims the car offers a mileage of 14.2 kmpl in the city and 18.9 kmpl on the highways.

Hyundai i10

Hyundai i10 is well admired by car users for its sporty looks and fuel efficiency. The Hyundai i10 comes with two petrol options: 1.1 IRDE2 and 1.2 Kappa2; the former variant is available in three variants such as D-Lite, Era and Magna while the latter comes with five additional variants like Magna 1.2, Sportz, Sportz (O), Sportz AT, Asta and Asta (O) AT. The LPG version of the model: Hyundai i19 Era and Hyundai i10 Magna, are also available to the customers. The 1.1L, 1086 cc, IRDE petrol engine produces a maximum power of 66.7PS at 5500rpm and maximum torque of 10.1kgm at 2500rpm. This IRDE petrol engine delivers high performance and offers vibration free acceleration. At the same time, the 1.2 Kappa2, DOHC, VTVT, 4 cylinder mill generates a peak power of 80 Ps at 6000 rpm and produces a top torque of 11.4 kgm at 4000 rpm. On the outside, the car looks fresh and appealing. While on the inside, the car is pretty impressive. The new Hyundai i10 is wrapped in a two tone dashboard while the three spoke steering wheel is added with mounted audio control and bluetooth push button. There’s enough knee room inside the car Good lumber support both at the front and rear makes it a good car to cover miles. The two variants of Hyundai i10 gives mileage of 14kmpl in city and 19.8kmpl on highway.

Chevrolet Beat

The Beat is a sporty hatchback with a youthful appeal. The Beat is a great package of style, interior packaging, efficiency and dynamics. It truly represents fantastic value-for-money.

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