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Thursday, October 11, 2012

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Small cars priced under Rs 5 lakh

Small cars priced under Rs 5 lakh

The festivity is in the air, with Dussehra the most awaited time of the year will begin when every Indian prepares for the biggest Indian festival, Diwali. Considered as an auspicious time in India, people tend to buy new things and that is why it is taken as a golden period by car makers too who witness a sudden surge in sales no matter how plummeting sales had been in the past. Car showrooms are stuffed with the prospective buyers, mostly the first time buyers who aspire to upgrade to a four wheeler. Lucrative offers doled out by the car makers make it worth every penny to wait until Diwali to own a four wheeler. If you are also one of those first time buyers, or one of those who have a limited budget then we have a bunch of options for you which could tempt you. Here we are going to discuss about small cars that are priced under Rs 5 lakh.


Maruti Alto

Price range: Rs 2.40 lakh to Rs 3.39 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Pros: Low price, good fuel economy, low maintenance, presence of CNG variant
Cons: Less spacious, lack of diesel option

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Description: Maruti Suzuki India could also be referred to as the gamut for small cars in India; it has a number of hatchbacks in its portfolio ranging from an entry level hatchback to a premium small car. Maruti Alto is one such entry level car that can be seen easily on roads, this is the most reliable and one of the most affordable small car options for those who are thinking to upgrade to a four wheeler. Maruti Alto is available in petrol, and CNG engine options, however lack of a diesel trim does pinch the car maker. The petrol variant is powered with a 0.8 litre petrol motor that churns out a 47 PS at 6200 Rpm and 62 Nm at 3000 Rpm. While the CNG version is also powered with a 0.8 litre CNG mill that pumps out 39.4 PS at 6200 Rpm and 54 Nm at 3800 Rpm. Maruti Alto delivers an excellent fuel economy in city conditions and on highways too. Alto petrol returns 16.5 kmpl in city conditions and 19.73 kmpl on highways. On the other hand Alto CNG offers 17 km per kg in city conditions and 20.2 km per kg on highways. Features like air conditioner, power steering and cup holders (front cup holders) are proffered in the high end model of the hatchback.



Hyundai Eon

Price: Rs 2.74 lakh to Rs 3.76 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Pros: Low price, high fuel efficiency, good appearance, spacious, presence of LPG variant
Cons: Lack of air conditioner in the basic variant

Hyundai Eon Pictures

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Hyundai Eon recently completed a year in the domestic market; this was a refreshing change for the car enthusiasts who look for an entry-level hatchback. Hyundai Eon despite being part of A segment proffers ample space to the passengers. Appearance wise too Eon does not give impression of an entry-level hatchback. Hyundai Eon is proffered in petrol as well as LPG variants. Despite being armed with a petrol heart, the hatchback returns quite impressive fuel economy of 17.1 kmpl in city conditions and 21.1 kmpl on highways. The LPG variant too offers 14 km per kg in city condition and 18 km per kg on highways which is decent. Hyundai Eon petrol and LPG variants come powered with a 814 cc engine that belts out 56 PS at 5500 Rpm and 76.5 Nm at 4000 Rpm. The high end version of the petrol trim comes equipped with features like air conditioner, power steering, power windows (present in front only), cup holders (present in front only), CD player, driver airbag and central locking.
 

Ford Figo

Price: Rs 3.81 lakh to Rs 5.94 lakh
Pros: Presence of diesel engine, good appearance, well equipped with features, decent fuel economy
Cons: Diesel variant is priced a little high

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Ford Figo is a sleek looking hatchback that is one of the best selling small cars in India. Offered in both petrol and diesel engine options, Figo is a preferred choice in the hatchback segment due to its high performance and low maintenance. Figo has won many accolades even since it made its debut in India in the year 2010, within two and a half years of its launch, the hatchback has achieved a landmark in terms of sales and is up for a makeover soon. The 1.2 litre Duratec petrol mill generates 71 PS at 6250 Rpm and 102 Nm at 4000 Rpm. The petrol engine delivers a fuel economy of 13 kmpl in city conditions and 15.6 kmpl on highways. The diesel engine which is a more popular trim, is housed with a 1.4 litre Duratorq diesel motor that poops out 69 PS at 4000 Rpm and 160 Nm at 2000 Rpm. The diesel version is very frugal and runs around 15.8 kmpl in city conditions along with 20 kmpl on highways. Ford Figo has a capacious boot space, it can easily seat five adults inside the cabin. This petite hatchback is incorporated with features like air conditioner, power steering, front power windows, front cup holders, CD player and central locking.



Chevrolet Beat

Price: 3.73 lakh to Rs 5.70 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Pros: Good fuel economy, sporty looks, presence of diesel and LPG trims
Cons: Lack of power windows in the base model

Chevrolet Beat Diesel Pictures

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Chevrolet Beat is yet another popular option in the small car segment which can easily be spotted on roads. Launched earlier in petrol version, the model was later launched in LPG and diesel engine options. The USP of this hatchback it is exterior appearance that makes it different from the other hatchbacks in its segment. The petrol and LPG variant is packed with a 1.2 litre engine with 79 PS at 6200 Rpm and 108 Nm at 4000 Rpm. The diesel engine on the other hand is equipped with a 1.0 litre diesel engine that produces 62.5 PS at 4000 Rpm and 160.26 Nm at 1750 Rpm. Chevrolet Beat is claimed to be one of the frugal hatchbacks present in the Indian car market. Beat petrol proffers 14.5 kmpl in city conditions and 18.6 kmpl on highways, while Beat LPG runs 11.2 kmpl in city conditions and 13.3 kmpl on highways. On the other hand the Beat diesel which is considered to be the most fuel efficient car in India offers 19.5 kmpl in city conditions and 25.44 kmpl on highways. Features that make it to the top end version of the hatchback include air conditioner, power steering, front power windows, cup holders are given in both front and rear side and central locking.


Honda Brio

Price: Rs 4.05 lakh to Rs 5.23 lakh
Pros: Good looks, decent fuel economy, powerful engine, well equipped with features
Cons: Lack of diesel engine

Honda Brio Pictures

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Honda launched the first low priced hatchback in India last year, the hatchback helped lifting sales of Honda in India which otherwise was going through a bad phase. Honda Brio is available only in petrol engine option, however rumours regarding the launch of Honda Brio diesel have been doing the rounds for a while now. Honda Brio petrol is powered with a 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol mill that engenders 88 PS at 6000 Rpm and 109 Nm at 4600 RPm. Though the hatchback comes only in petrol engine option but it manages to deliver an impressive fuel economy of 14.5 kmpl in city conditions and 18.4 kmpl on highways. Honda is known not for compromising with the quality of its cars, Honda Brio is one such example. It has a very attractive glass rear and comes incorporated with a host of features that comprise of a powerful air conditioner, power steering, front and rear power windows, cup holders (given in both front and rear side), alloy wheels, CD player, driver airbag, front passenger airbag, anti-lock brake system and central locking.



Maruti Swift

Price: Rs 4.44 lakh to Rs 6.76 lakh (ex-showroom price)
Pros: Sporty looks, roomier interiors, good fuel economy, low maintenance, well equipped with features, presence of diesel engine
Cons: Lack of central locking in base model

Maruti Swift Pictures

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Maruti Swift is undoubtedly one of the most selling and loved cars in India. The popularity of the hatchback remains intact even after seven years of its launch in India. The hatchback is offered in both petrol and diesel engine options, the petrol version is powered with a 1.2 litre K-Series petrol motor, that returns 87 PS at 6000 Rpm and 114 Nm at 4000 Rpm. On the other hand Maruti Swift diesel is packed with a 1.3 litre Fiat sourced diesel motor that pumps 75 PS at 4000 Rpm and 190 Nm at 2000 Rpm. Fuel economy is yet another interesting feature of this hatchback, the petrol version delivers 14.5 kmpl in city conditions and 18.6 kmpl on highways. The diesel version is highly fuel efficient and is capable of returning 19 kmpl in city conditions and 22.9 kmpl on highways. Maruti Swift ZXi comes equipped with features like automatic climate control, ABS, EBD, front airbags, steering wheel, power windows, central locking, audio system with 6 speakers.

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