Best Of 5 Series: 5 Budget Cars Worth Giving A Second Look
Budget cars always fascinated Indian customers and although we have plenty of new manufacturers stepping into India’s competitive car market, they have atleast one product well within the budget of ordinary people. Now as times have changed Indian customers have become more conscious about their cars and how they look. Most of the budget car conscious customers want a car which not only is featured pack, fuel efficient or easy to maintain but, what they also look for now is that the cars should look equally premium and stylish as well.
So now the Auto manufacturer have to face an extra task of making their products look premium as well which can be a tough job sometimes when you have budget and cost cutting at the back of your mind. However, some auto manufacturers surely have succeeded well in making their products look good and different from the rest of the rivals out there.
We here at top speed have decided to create a best of 5 series, where we will bring some exclusive contents and stories under this category. So without any further due let us dive straight into the 5 best looking budget cars of India.
10 Most Fun To Drive Hatchbacks In India
We Indians buy cars for a variety of reasons. Some buy for only ferrying themselves and their family members and friends from point A to point B, some buy for fulfilling their business purposes. However, there is one section of buyers in India, which buys car for the pure driving pleasure and to fulfill their craving and love for automobiles. They drive cars to enjoy every bit of it - the way the engine kicks down, the way the gears shift with precision, the way the steering handles with a certain perfection. There are very few such cars which fulfill these requirements and wishes of driving enthusiasts of India, for the market is more tilted towards making feature rich and fuel efficient cars
However, there exist some budget hatchbacks which do fulfill the aforementioned criteria of giving a thrilling experience every time its driver is behind its steering wheel. Some cars are purposely built to give a focused driver’s appeal, while some of them have unknowingly became the cars which are more targeted towards functionality, general appeal and fuel efficiency. Following is a list of ten such hatchbacks in the Indian mass market for cars, which are made for those driving enthusiasts which do not have pockets deep enough to splurge on a proper sportscar, but then these cars are worthy enough to be fun to drive as well as practical at the same time. Here you go:-
The List Of Ten Exciting Budget Cars Which No One Actually Buys Anymore
Every car manufacturer has the core aim of only one thing – to sell as much cars as possible and position itself as a strong player. With this aim, they seldom produce cars which although being groundbreaking on most of the aspects, fail to click in the minds of the customers. This happens with almost every manufacturer at one point of time or the other. Blame it for the wrong pricing, bad timing or simply bad luck, there are some products which fall under this category.
In this feature story, we are going to take a look on ten such cars which unfortunately are selling in less numbers despite being great products in one aspect or the other. Following is a list of those ten cars which deserve to sell more for the great products they are:-
List of hatchbacks which are made to look like SUVs/crossovers
Given the fact of immensely rising popularity of compact SUVs and crossovers in the Indian market, it is a no surprise how deeply we Indians have a thing for owning SUVs. It is this serious love for SUVs among Indian customers of today, which is why all the manufactures, especially the global ones, have gone back to their design tables and come up with models which are designed in India for the world. Such is the fascination for SUVs among Indians, that the automakers are not shying off from coming up with hatchback based crossovers.
A category of vehicles rather unheard globally, the hatchback based crossovers come with some added design elements and changes inside and out, which make them look more rugged than their hatchback counterparts. Though, it doesn’t mean that they are off-road ready, for the changes are just aesthetic rather than being functional. The majority of the automakers have taken this rather unique step to raise their sales in the market, which surprisingly is paying them as well.
In this feature story, we are throwing some light on all those hatchback based crossovers, which have turned to be game changers for their respective parent manufacturers. Following is a complete list of all such hatchbacks which look like jacked up SUVs.
Among all the markets for automobiles around the world, the Indian car market is turning out to be the most savage for the auto makers, not because of the economic conditions, but for the fact that it has the most cut-throat competition, which has forced all the auto makers to evolve themselves at a faster than expected rate, and those who don’t evolve with this pace, lag behind in the race in terms of volumes as well as reputation too.
If we talk about the Indian car makers in general, all the manufactures have gradually started keeping the aspect of sales numbers above the aspiration value of offering something unique and distinctive. And they are bound to do so, as the Indian market is yet to become mature to accept something radically different. Because of this ever-increasing hunger of achieving more and more numbers, all the automakers are carrying out various steps. While they offer a number of features and variants in their already existing models, some of them are now offering multiple models in the same range, which they claim are targeted towards Indian audience with different perspectives.
However, there is one more way in which the car makers are trying to multiply their sales numbers – that of selling the pre-facelifted models with the ones which have replaced them globally. Some of the auto makers are carrying this step for the models which have helped them in establishing in the Indian market, with a touch of emotional appeal attached with them. There are some cars, which are now happily co-existing with their respective previous generation models, although, as expected, their pre-facelift models are repositioned as more basic and pared down models, so that their sense of upgrade and premium appeal is not affected.
Following is a list of all those currently available new generation cars and their respective pre-facelift models, which though are available with new names and slightly pared down and dated appeal, but still offer great practical value. Here you go:-
5 Powerful Yet Fuel Efficient Hatchbacks Worth Buying
Indian market is definitely one of the leading markets of the world when it comes to small cars and every other carmaker who has been doing business in this country knows that they atleast have to launch one small car if they want volume and profit. Until now Maruti Suzuki ruled the market with some of their small cars like the 800 and the Alto for quite some time which was just basic four door hatchbacks which came with puny engine and limited features inside. However now the Indian automobile market is changing and for good people is looking for new and better options and the competition is also getting intense.
Now we have plenty of new options in our hands which are worth exploring and giving a shot. Now we also have a new segment in the Indian market called the compact sedan which is basically the same hatchback with an extended boot. What is even more surprising is also the fact that people are actually showing more interest in getting their hands on the hatchback alternative.
So today we have decided to guide you readers and provide you a list of some of the most exciting yet fuel efficient hatchbacks and compact sedans available in the Indian market within your budget. Hopefully this article will help you if you are planning to get your hands on a hatchback or a compact sedan which is not only powerful but doesn’t burn a big hole in your pocket as well.
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Fiat Launched The Much Anticipated Avventura Urban Cross Crossover
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India today has introduced the Avventura Urban Cross in India. The new Crossover is available in both diesel and petrol drivetrains, the price for the base Diesel variant starts at INR. 6.85 lakh(ex-showroom, New Delhi) while the top-of-the-line petrol variant is priced at INR. 9.85 lakh(ex showroom, Delhi).
The newest Crossover is available in two trim levels namely Active and Dynamic. Both these trims are powered by the 1.3 Litre Multijet engine which is capable of producing about 93 Bhp of peak power. This is also the same unit which also powers the Punto Evo hatchback as well. Powering the top end petrol variant is the 1.4-litre T-Jet engine which is capable of producing about 142 Bhp of peak power. This engine also does duty under the hood of the Fiat Avventura powered by Abarth variant. Both the engines are paired to 5 speed manual transmission.
The Avventura Urban Cross Crossover was first showcased at the 2016 Auto expo, New Delhi. The Crossover gets a piano black finished front grille, duel tone bumpers both towards the front as well as the rear, 16 inch alloy wheels and silver finished body claddings and an integrated roof spoiler.
Besides the exterior the interior too gets duel tone finish, the dashboard which looks premium in red and piano black tone. Standard features in the interior includes central and automatic door locks, ‘smart’ power windows with ‘delay’ and ‘auto-down’ functions. For the entertainment of the passengers inside the Crossover gets a Smartech music system with 5-inch touch screen. This infotainment system integrates navigation which is standard across all its variant, the other features include Bluetooth audio streaming and also telephony.
Bookings Open For The Fiat Urban Cross (Details, Images and Specs)
There is some good news for the Fiat car lovers of the Country because Fiat will soon be launching the Urban Cross Crossover in India. This Crossover was first showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. The Urban Cross is based on the Avventura Crossover which is already on sale in the Indian market but Fiat has definitely made some changes which makes this Crossover unique.
To begin with the Urban Cross features a completely different grille towards the front while the headlamp too has been redesigned. The Urban Cross also receives slightly different front headlamps as well. Towards the side profile everything looks identical to the Avventura however the few differences comes in the form of silver colored cladding and also unique floating roof spoiler as well. Apart from the cladding the side profile also gets redesigned 16 inch alloy wheels as well. Towards the rear you will find the most of the change, the Urban Cross misses out on the rear spare wheel hinged to the boot door. The Crossover also gets Avventura badges towards the side profile as well. The Crossover measures 4,000 mm in length, 1,700 mm in width, 1,500 mm in height, it also has a overall ground clearance of 200 mm which is quite impressive.
On the inside the Urban Cross gets a duel tone dashboard and also a touchscreen infotainment system as well which is also integrated with Bluetooth connectivity alongside navigational system as well. The rest of the interior looks identical to the Avventura.
Apart from the Fiat competizione, the Abarth Punto and the Urban Cross there was one more car which caught lots of attention at Fiat pavilion of the 2016 Auto expo and this was the new Linea 125s. Now the Linea 125s is based on the same Linea sedan which was actually launched way back in the year 2009 in India and honestly this car has started aging now. Perhaps Fiat wants to give this car a new lease of life until they launch a replacement for the Linea sedan.
Coming to the 125s, this variant of the Linea actually does not get a lot of cosmetic upgrades but what it gets instead is this interesting 1.4 litre T-Jet petrol unit under the hood of the sedan. Now you must be wondering what is so special about this new 1.4 litre T-Jet petrol motor, so for your information this is actually the same engine which powers the newly launched more aggressive and sportier Punto Abarth and the 595 Competizione.
We were able to click some images of the car at the 2016 Auto Expo and was also able to upload this article with some new information about this upcoming sedan which will be launched in India this year.
Update 08.07.2016: Fiat has launched the Linea 125S in India and we have updated the review with new information.
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2016 Fiat Linea 125S is the hottest sedan in India
Fiat India has launched the Linea 125S in India, which is the most powerful Linea ever. First unveiled at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, earlier this year in February. The Fiat Linea 125S comes with some cosmetic upgrades and sporty looking guise. But the moist interesting update is the 1.4 litre T-Jet petrol engine under its hood.
Fiat might not be very popular in India. The Fiat Linea is also not very attractive looking car. But when it comes to power and performance, Fiat has produced some amazing models for the Indian customers. No wonder the Linea 125S is also one such car.
As the car has been just launched, we brought you all the informations about the car.
Can Fiat Avventura Urban Cross be the most attractive crossover in India?
Remember the amazing looking blue crossover sitting at one end of the Fiat pavilion at 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo? Yes, we are talking about the Fiat Avventura Urban Cross. The smart looking crossover is expected to be launched sometime during the upcoming festive season. Although in India, there are several crossovers on offer from several auto manufacturers. But it would be much to say that Fiat Avventura Urban Cross is going to be the most attractive looking crossover of India, once it gets launched in the country. But there are doubts as well.
The Fiat Avventura Urban Cross is just another variant of the Fiat Avventura. And the car gets the same engine and transmission under the hood, while the only changes available are the cosmetic features and updates at exterior and inside the cabin.
Here let’s take a close look at the Fiat Avventura Urban Cross.
Five unique cars you can afford under INR. 12 lakhs
The Indian automobile market is one of the largest developing markets, which is certainly very attractive space for the automakers around the globe. Gone are the days, when automobile were just a medium of mobility. The present Indian buyers are looking for new ideas, new concepts and new designed cars. They are also asking for better performances. Therefore every automaker out there is trying to impress the buyers with unique features on their cars.
Crossovers are a new trend in the country, which allows the hatchbacks to perform like SUVs. Alongside come a new segment, which marks the entry of hatchbacks with SUV like appearance. In recent years in Indian market models like Mahindra KUV100, Renault Kwid marked the presence of the new segment with SUV like stance despite being a hatchback.
Here we shortlisted five cars which come with unique appeal. So come with stylish unique design. Some come with extra power; some come with capability to go tough off-roading. Let’s take a look.
2017 Fiat Mobi
Fiat might not be the popular brand in India, but they surely have some takers, no matter how dull their cars look like. Recently the Italian brand launched their compact hatchback Mobi in Brazil, which will reach Indian shores as well in near future. The car shares the design with the Fiat Uno. It might be a compact hatchback, but the design resembles with a compact SUV, as it gets a muscular appearance.
The compact hatchback and the SUV, both are the highly popular segments in Indian automobile market. When an automaker launches a car which gets both the hatchback and SUV’s characteristics blended in one model, it surely impresses the Indian customers. This is why; Renault Kwid has got immense success since it has been launched in the Indian market. Later Mahindra and Mahindra also launched their similar category vehicle Mahindra KUV100. Now with the Fiat Mobi set to come in India the competition will be tougher.
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2017 Fiat Punto
This is not really an unknown fact anymore that Fiat is actually testing the new generation Punto and according to the sources Fiat has plans to launch the new generation hatchback in the International market in 2017. Now the good news is that they are also working on a car which will be launched in the Indian market as well almost at the same time. There are chances that Fiat won’t be making too many changes to the exterior between the International models and the model which will be launched in the markets of Europe and South America and India but their platforms offcourse will be different.
Our spy photographers were lucky enough to get some images of the Punto prototype while it was being tested on snow. Now although the prototype which was caught testing was covered in heavy camouflage but this however gives us some idea about what you could expect from the next generation Punto hatchback.
The current generation Punto which is available for sale in the Indian market definitely looks good and although Fiat has given it a facelift recently but we have to keep in mind that it is based on an old platform. Expect the new generation Punto to underpin a completely new platform which will be cheaper and also cost effective. Moreover the new generation Punto will be more spacious and loaded with goodies.
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Top 5 Stylish Sub-8 Lakh Rupee Hatchbacks Available In India
Styling has always been one of the major priorities of the Indian customers from the very beginning, although there were not many competitions earlier but now that the Indian car market has gotten intense and there are also plenty of options favoring the customers, the pressure is now completely on the car makers.
In the recent times we have seen auto manufacturers are not only trying to provide the Indian car customers best value for money products but they are also paying special attention towards their cars styling and appearance as well. Few modern styling accessories like Daytime running lamps, sporty wheel rims, sporty bumpers and integrated spoilers have now become part of even regular budget hatchbacks as well.
Although the choices and the sense of style vary from person to person still we have tried to pick 5 stylish budget hatchbacks from the lot which has all the appeal to stand out in the crowd.
Below provided is the list of top 5 stylish sub eight Lakh Rupee hatchbacks available in the Indian market today.
Fiat organizes nationwide loyalty camp from 9th – 12th March
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India will organize a pan India loyalty camp for all of their customers from 9th to 12th March. The four day loyalty camp program will focus on long standing Fiat customers.
The customers will get various benefits like discounts up to 10% on spare parts, and 10% on labour, on mechanical repairs although. Besides that, this program will offer the Fiat customers free car check up and free car top wash.
Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FIAT Chrysler Automobiles India Operations has said, “The year 2016 marks an important year for FCA India as we foresee interesting times ahead in our long term goal to widen our existing customer base in India and retain existing Fiat consumer. The nationwide Fiat Loyalty Camps is not only a part of our extensive strategy to connect Fiat owners to the brand but also an effort to strengthen our relationship with our valuable customers. We are committed to provide world class products and services to our customers here and 100% customer satisfaction remains our constant endeavour.”
Fiat Chrysler Automobile India has taken the Indian market in a serious note this year. They have already launched the Jeep brand with two cars in India during the Auto Expo 2016. Besides that they are also planning to launch some spectacular cars under Fiat brand name.
Five things to know about Fiat Tipo
Fiat is finally bringing some spectacular designed models in their lineup. The result can be visible in Fiat Tipo line up. At the beginning of the Geneva Motor Show Fiat grabbed everyone’s attention by unveiling Tipo hatchback and estate alongside the Tipo sedan as well. The Fiat Tipo luxury hatchback and estate has garnered much appreciation from the automotive community. In India Fiat might consider launching the Tipo hatchback and the Tipo sedan, as both these cars will stop the Fiat critics of the country who believes Fiat doesn’t make good looking cars.
The Tipo lineup sports the similar front fascia, which looks cool and stylish, while the aggressive appearance makes the car appealing indeed. Fiat Tipo hatchback and estate will be launched in UK in September 2016, while the hatchback might be launched in India later in 2017. It will directly compete against the other luxury hatchbacks present in the country; Hyundai Elite i20 and Maruti Suzuki Baleno.
So what do we get with this luxury car? Let’s take a look at the Tipo.