With the ever-increasing purchasing power, the Indian car buyers are slowly moving to purchase of more sophisticated vehicles. However, in spite of this trend, the local car market remains largely small car-centric. This is mostly due to their high fuel efficiency, low purchase price and improved safety. Considering all of this, here is a list of top 5 small cars in India –
1. Maruti Suzuki Alto
When it comes to small cars in India, no other car comes close to the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. Designed to be the ultimate budget-friendly vehicle, the Alto 800 is compact and very affordable. That doesn’t mean that Maruti Suzuki hasn’t designed the Alto 800 to perform exceptionally well. The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is small and powerful thanks to the 0.8L 3-cylinder petrol engine that is capable of generating 48Ps of power and 69Nm of torque. The car can also be had with a CNG tank attached to the petrol engine which then produces 41Ps of power and 60Nm of torque. In the transmission department, the Alto 800 comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Inside the Alto 800, the car features a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, power windows, and keyless entry. The Alto 800 also comes with safety features such as ABS with EBD, airbags on the driver side, and parking sensors in the rear.
2. Maruti Suzuki Celerio
Maruti Suzuki is India’s biggest car manufacturer and they are always looking to add to their collection of affordable, yet powerful hatchbacks. This is where the Celerio fits in quite comfortably. Offering a compact design with a more-than-decent performance, the Celerio is a perfect choice for those looking for a small but powerful car. There are 6 variants of the Maruti Suzuki Celerio that range between Rs 4.36 lakh to 5.53 lakh and they all know how to perform. Under the hood of the Celerio sits a 1.0L 3-cylinder engine that generates 68Ps of power and 90Nm of torque when powered by petrol and 60Ps of power and 78Nm of torque when powered by CNG. In transmission, the Celerio features a 5-speed manual gearbox, however, the petrol variant can be had with a 5-speed automatic setup. The Celerio has 14-inch alloy wheels, an adjustable driver seat, manual air-conditioning, and keyless entry. In the safety department, the Celerio offers ABS with EBD, driver-side airbags, and parking sensors in the rear.
3. Renault Kwid
If you are looking for a budget-friendly car that performs excitingly well, the Renault KWID has to be your number one choice. Since it was first launched, the KWID has been dominating the Indian budget hatchback market. The latest Renault KWID comes with either a 0.8L or a 1.0L petrol engine which is capable of generating 54Ps of power and 72Nm of torque and 68Ps of power and 91Nm of torque respectively. In the transmission department, the 0.8L petrol variant is available with only a 5-speed manual gearbox whereas the 1.0L variant can be had with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic setup. Some of the latest features added to the new KWID include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, manual air-conditioning, keyless entry, a 12V charging outlet for passengers in the rear, and parking cameras in the rear. Safety is also extremely important for the KWID as it comes with a driver-side airbag, parking sensors in the rear, and ABS with EBD.
4. Hyundai Grand i10
Hyundai Grand i10 is a Maruti Swift rival that offers a more practical cabin than its chief rival. The i10 is in its third generation now and like the Swift, is available with an optional AMT. It also offers a spacious cabin, many features and is easily available in the used car market. The Grand i10 is on sale with 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines, both of which are already BSVI-compliant. What this means is that prices would likely remain untouched once the BSVI norms kick in on 1 April 2020.
5. Ford Figo
The second-generation Ford Figo locks horns with the Maruti Swift and the Hyundai Grand i10. Like the Aspire, its sub-4-metre sedan sibling, the Figo is on sale with a wide range of engine options comprising a 1.2-litre petrol, a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel unit. The more powerful petrol unit comes mated to a 6-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, which makes it pretty convenient to drive. As the Figo has been on sale in the country for many years now, you can easily find well-maintained examples in the used car market.