Although India isn’t one of the richest countries in the world, the number of cars in the country has significantly increased over the years. One of the biggest factors behind this is that manufacturers are beginning to make their models a lot more affordable. This drop in price has given middle-class families the opportunity to invest in a car without having to empty their savings completely. While there are a large number of affordable cars available in the Indian market, here’s a look at 7 of the best options for middle-class families.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800:
Price: Rs 2.98 – 4.19 Lakh
The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 has always been a favourite among the Indian public ever since its first iteration. It is a compact, powerful, and affordable car that is perfect for the small, working-class families. There are a total of 5 variants of the Alto 800 and are powered by the same 3-cylinder 0.8L BS-VI compliant petrol engine that generates 48Ps of power along with 69Nm of torque. The car can also be had with a CNG motor which is one of the variants available. All the engine options are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and offer a mileage of 22.05 kmpl.
Price: Rs 2.93 – 5.02 Lakh
Quickly becoming one of the most used cars in Bangalore, the Renault KWID is a great option for middle-class families in India. It comes with a plethora of premium features such as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, airbags, digital instrument cluster, parking cameras, and child safety locks. The KWID is available with two petrol engines that include a 0.8L and 1.0L motor producing 52Ps of power and 72Nm of torque and 68Ps of power and 91Nm of torque respectively. The smaller 0.8L engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox while the 1.0L variant can be had with a 5-speed AMT transmission along with the regular manual system.
Price: Rs 3.33 – 4.67 Lakh
If you are in the market to buy used cars, the Hyundai EON should be your number one choice as it perfectly combines affordability and performance into one compact hatchback. The EON is currently discontinued but is still available as a pre-owned option. It houses either a 0.8L or 1.0L petrol engine that is said to offer a mileage of 20.3kmpl and 21.1kmpl respectively. Both engines come with a 5-speed manual transmission and offer FWD capabilities. The Hyundai EON is still considered as one of the most powerful compact hatchbacks available in India today which makes it ideal for small families.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR:
Price: Rs 4.46 – 5.95 Lakh
Ever since Maruti announced the WagonR, the model has been significantly popular among the middle-class families in India. The upgraded variant now comes with a couple of engine options including a 1.0L petrol as well as a 1.2L petrol motor that can produce 68Ps/90Nm and 83Ps/113Nm respectively. The WagonR also comes with a CNG option for the 1.0L engine and all the engine options can be had with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed AMT transmission system. Some of the new features found on the WagonR include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, ABS with EBD, power steering, electric ORVMs, and better LED fog lamps.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio:
Price: Rs 4.36 – 5.53 Lakh
Being the biggest automobile manufacturer in India, Maruti Suzuki is known to produce some of the finest cars in the country. One such example is the Celerio which is a perfect balance between power and performance. There are 6 variants that range between Rs 4.36 lakh to 5.53 lakh. Under the hood of the Celerio sits a 1.0L 3-cylinder engine that is powered by either petrol at 68Ps of power and 90Nm of torque or CNG at 59Ps of power and 78Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission while there is an AMT option available for the petrol variant as well.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10:
Price: Rs 3.7 – 4.49 Lakh
The Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 brings a massive upgrade to the already popular Alto 800. For starters, the new K10 is based on the Heartech A platform which is designed to make the car safer and rigid in the event of a crash. It is also bigger than the standard Alto 800 which means more space. Powering the K10 is the K-Series 1.0L petrol engine that offers 68Ps of power along with 98Nm of torque. There are 3 variants available for the K10 – all of which have a 5-speed manual transmission while the top-tier variant can also be had with a 5-speed AMT gearbox. In terms of fuel-efficiency, the Alto K10 is said to have a mileage of about 24kmpl.
Price: Rs 2.82 – 4.4 Lakh
Although Datsun is one of the newcomers in the Indian market, the redi-GO is a model that quickly caught the attention of the public – and for good reason. There are a number of useful features found in the car, including driver display, Bluetooth audio, hands-free music, and calling, LED lights, airbags, and more. The redi-GO comes with two engine options – a 0.8L petrol and a 1.0L petrol engine that produce 54Ps and 72Nm and 68Ps and 91Nm respectively. While both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, the larger engine can be had with a 5-speed AMT gearbox as well.
There you have it, 7 of the most affordable cars available today that are designed for the middle-class families of India. All of the options listed here are compact, powerful, and offer a lot of value for their price tags. They are easy to maintain and are some of the best second-hand cars in India as well. While there are a lot of other options available, middle-class families from around the country consider these as the best.