Best Buys In Small Car Segment
The Indian car industry is taking a sharp turn towards small cars with the rising inflation. Cars belonging to the small car segment are believed to deliver better fuel economy as compared to other cars belonging to segments like sedans and SUVs.
Most of the Indian car manufacturers are moving towards the concept of small cars accepted by Tata Motors. The production of the smallest car, Tata Nano, has brought a revolution in the Indian car industry and is expected to change the complete scenario of the car market. After Nano, many other car manufacturers are also following the trend and participating in the small car race.
India today is predominated with a number of small cars. Compiled here is a list of small cars with competitive pricing, good performance and enhanced fuel efficiency.
Priced at about Rs 4.2 lakh, Hyundai i10 has been awarded as the â¬ÅCar of the Year 2008. This is a really good car for the city with a nippy engine and striking features. Some of the most entertaining and attractive features include beige interiors, light controls, compact dimension, and high quality interiors.
The car with its 1.1 l and 1.2 l kappa engine delivers the best in class fuel efficiency. It gives a mileage of about 15 kmpl in city and about 19 kmpl on highways.
Hyundai Santro is another good car from Hyundai. This car is rated the best compact car in the consumer response survey conducted by JD Power Asia. This clearly indicates that most of the people appreciate the extensive design, contemporary appeal and flowing aerodynamics of the car.
Santro is also great in performance and gives a decent mileage of about 11 kmpl in city and 16 kmpl on highways.
Tata Indica Dicor
Tata Indica Dicor is priced at about Rs 4.50 lakh and is equipped with heart rendering virtues. Some of the most exciting features of the car are solid build, roomy cabin, power steering, stylish bumper, molded roof lining, and standard safety features.
The responsive common rail engine delivers an excellent fuel economy of about 12 kmpl in city and about 16 kmpl on highways.
Currently, priced at Rs 2.66 lakh, Chevrolet Spark is loaded with excellent interiors and attractive exteriors. The car has a good cabin space, compact dimension, and well placed instrumentation. The car is designed and produced with a unique mind delivering a blend of performance, effectiveness and comfort.
Spark with its refined 1 l engine delivers an excellent fuel economy of about 13 kmpl in city and about 18 kmpl on highways. It is also believed to be one of the sturdy cars coupled with solid warranty package in the small car segment.
Maruti Wagon R
The car is priced at about Rs 3.9 lakh. Wagon R is a great car loaded with spacious cabin and good service network. JD Power Asia has also rated Maruti cars for its durability, reliability and vehicle dependability.
Wagon R also gives an excellent fuel efficiency of about 11 kmpl in city and about 14 kmpl on highways.
Priced at about Rs 2.33 lakh, Maruti Alto is believed to be one of the most affordable and highly fuel efficient car in the small car segment. The car is loaded with standard safety features, ample interior comfort, electronic power steering, convenient cup holder, moulded carpet and various other striking features.
Maruti cars always have a higher level of reliability and durability coupled with a bundle of service centers across the country. The car also gives a commendable fuel economy of about 15 kmpl in city and about 18 kmpl on highways.