Which is your pick

There is no doubt in the fact that small cars is the most competitive car segment of the Indian market and also is one of the toughest. We cannot also deny the fact that this segment is also the driving force behind the car sales in India. Those Auto manufacturers doing business in India knows very well that they have to launch atleast one small car if they want to push sales volume in the country.

Recently we have seen plenty of new offerings in this particular entry level segment while some impressed the crowd others are still trying to make a name. Some of the major auto manufacturers who actually launched their new offerings in this segment include Datsun, Renault and Tata while definitely the most loved autlo brand when it comes to small cars is Maruti. Now that there are plenty of options available in the market we tried to pick out 5 best choices in this segment and arranged it according to their prices to make things easier for you all.

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Tata Nano GenX

Six Entry Level Small Cars Making News In India Exterior High Quality
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Fuel Petrol
Displacement 624 cc
Power 37 bhp
Torque 51 Nm
Transmission 4-speed manual/5-speed AMT(optional)
Fuel Efficiency 23.60 kpl/21.90 kpl
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs. 2.06-3.05 lakhs

We start with the most obvious choice in the entry level car segment the Nano which also happens to be the cheapest car available in Indian market today. Tata introduced the Nano GenX in India in 2015 and it came with quite a number of interesting new features never seen before in this entry level offering. To begin with the Nano GenX now gets a useable boot which can actually be opened. Besides the boot the small hatchback also gets an optional 5 speed AMT gearbox which actually makes it the cheapest automatic car in the Indian market. Apart from these changes the other changes comes in the form of a restyled exterior as well as interior.

It seems to us that Tata wants to shade the image of ‘Cheap’ car from the Nano name tag now and wants to give it a more worthy presence.

DATSUN REDI-GO

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Fuel Petrol
Displacement 799 cc
Power 53 bhp
Torque 72 Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual
Fuel Efficiency 25.17 kpl
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs. 2.39-3.34 lakhs

Datsun surely surprised a lot of us when they launched the Redi-Go which also happens to be their entry level offering for the Indian market. The Redi-Go shares the same platform as well as the engine with the KWID but this is actually comparatively cheaper than the former. The Redi-Go was first showcased as a concept at the 2014 Auto expo and after exactly two years Datsun launched the production car in the Indian market. The hatchback looks stylish but the interior somehow looks quite bland and shares most of its parts with the Go hatchback. But if you are looking for an alternative for the Alto800 then you can always opt for this hatchback.

MARUTI ALTO 800

2016 Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 Exterior
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Alto 800 Alto K10
Engine Type/ Displacement 796 cc 998cc
Power 48 bhp 67 bhp
Torque 69 Nm 90 Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual 5-speed manual/AMT
Mileage 24.7 kpl 24.07 kpl/24.07 kpl
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs. 2.49-3.76 lakhs Rs. 3.26-4.12 lakhs
2015 Maruti-Suzuki Alto K10
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There is no doubt in the fact that the Alto is the most popular hatchback of India, The4 Maruti brand itself is favoured by many Indians because off its after sales service and reliability. The Alto no doubt is affordable, cheap to maintain and also is practical the same time. The Alto is actually available in two variants the Alto800 which is powered by 800 cc unit while the other is the Alto K10 which is powered by a bigger 1.0 Liter unit. The bigger 1.0 Litre unit also gets the 5 speed AMT as an option apart from the 5 speed manual gearbox.

RENAULT KWID

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Kwid 0.8 Kwid 1.0
Displacement 799 cc 999 cc
Power 54 PS 68 PS
Torque 72 Nm 91 Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual 5-speed manual
Mileage 25.17 kpl 23.01 kpl
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs. 2.62-3.67 lakhs Rs. 3.83-3.96 lakhs

If you ask us then we would certainly say the KWID hatchback is definitely the hottest budget hatchback you can buy in India today. This hatchback made its debut in 2015 and is actually popular amongst the crowd for its Crossover like exterior design, impressive ground clearance and modern and spacious interiors. Believe it or not but you are actually getting a digital instrument cluster and a toucshcreen with navigation setup inside a budget hatchback. What is even more interesting is also the fact that Renault has actually launched the more powerful KWID 1.0 Litre variant as well which is priced just INR.22, 000 more than the 0.8 Litre. There is a fair chance that Renault will also introduce an AMT variant as well with the 1.0 Litre variant soon.

HYUNDAI EON

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0.8 Litre 1.0 Litre
Displacement 814 cc 998 cc
Power 55 bhp 69 Bhp
Torque 75 Nm 94 Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual 5 speed manual
Mileage 21.1 kpl 20.3 kpl
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs 3.25-4.39 lakhs Rs. 4.43-4.53 Lakhs

Just like the Maruti Alto the Eon is the ent5ry level offering the South Korean auto manufacturer which has been in the Indian market since 2012. Quite honestly this was best alternative to the Alto for those who wanted a more premium looking exterior and a fairly comfortable interior. Although this car provides less fuel economy than the Alto but definitely wins heart when it comes to stylish and comfortable interior. The Eon just like the Alto and the recently launched KWID also offers a more powerful 1.0 Litre variant as well.

However compared to the Alto and the KWID the 1.0 Litre variant of this hatchback is slightly more expensive.

TATA TIAGO

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Fuel Petrol Diesel
Displacement 1199 cc 1047 cc
Power 85 PS 70 PS
Torque 114 Nm 140 Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual 5-speed manual
Mileage 23.84 kpl 27.28 kpl
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi) Rs. 3.20-4.82 lakhs Rs. 3.95-5.61 lakhs

The Tiago is the latest offering from Tata and is positioned just above the Nano hatchback. What keeps ahead of the rest of the entry level offering is that this hatchback is also offered with a diesel engine as well under its hood apart from the petrol unit. The Tiago styling takes inspiration from Tata’s latest IMPACT design language and definitely is much more improved offering which surely impressed the crowd. Just like the exterior the quality of the materials provided inside too looks impressive as well. Power comes from a newly developed 1.2 Litre, three cylinder Revotron petrol unit while the diesel variant on the other hand is powered by the 1.05 Litre, three cylinder Revotorq unit. Both the engines are paired to a 5 speed manual transmission.

Riju Ganguly
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