In India, car prices have risen dramatically in the last two years, posing a significant difficulty for first-time buyers. To get one now, one must pay a lot more money, and there aren’t many decent deals left on the market. Thankfully, there are still a few cars that can be purchased on a low budget, which is especially beneficial for those wishing to upgrade from a motorcycle to a car.
We’ve compiled a list of the most affordable hatchbacks on the Indian market, which you should consider if you’re in the market for a new car but don’t want to break the bank.
1. Maruti Alto
Price: Rs. 3.25 lakh – Rs. 4.95 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
The Maruti Suzuki Alto hatchback is the company’s most affordable passenger automobile. It is driven by a 0.8-liter petrol engine that produces 48 PS and 69 Nm of torque. There’s also a CNG alternative, which puts out 41 horsepower and 60 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission option is a 5-speed manual gearbox.
2. Maruti S-Presso
Price: Rs. 3.85 lakh – Rs. 5.56 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
The S-Presso, Maruti’s little crossover hatchback, looks beautiful and has plenty of interior room. It comes with a 1.0-litre petrol engine (68 PS/90 Nm) with a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission. This engine also comes with a CNG version (59 PS and 78 Nm when running on CNG), and is only available with a 5-speed manual transmission.
3. Datsun Redi Go
Price: Rs. 3.83 lakh to Rs. 4.95 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
The Datsun Redi-Go is an underappreciated entry-level vehicle; it is inexpensive, fuel-efficient, and somewhat capacious, but it is not widely known. A 0.8-liter petrol engine (54 PS/72 Nm) and a 1.0-liter petrol engine (68 PS/91 Nm) are available as options. The smaller engine comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, while the larger engine comes with a 5-speed AMT option.
4. Renault Kwid
Price: Rs. 4.49 lakh to Rs. 5.83 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Personally, I think Renault’s small crossover hatchback is the most attractive car in its class. It comes with the same 0.8L petrol engine (54 PS/72 Nm) and 1.0L petrol engine (68 PS/91 Nm) as the Datsun Redi-GO. Both engines come with a 5-speed manual transmission, while the 1.0-litre engine also has a 5-speed AMT option.
5. Hyundai Santro
Price: Rs. 4.86 lakh to Rs. 6.44 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
The Hyundai Santro is one of the oldest automobile brands in India, and the current-generation model is still a good price. It is powered by a 1.1-litre petrol engine that produces 69 PS and 99 Nm and is available with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. There’s also a CNG version (60 PS and 85 Nm when running on natural gas), but it’s only available with a manual transmission.