Buying a car for an individual is relatively easy compared to buying a family car, which brings with it certain prerequisites. It should be practical, spacious enough to seat four or more, comfortable and should have adequate boot to carry luggage and shopping bags for those occasional outstation trips. Above all, it should be efficient and affordable to maintain. Family cars may not necessarily be high on styling, but we have drawn up a list that not only fulfils all of the above mentioned criteria but are great to look at as well!
Renault Kwid: Rs 2.7 – 3.7 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi)
The Renault Kwid is an adequately spacious car despite being in the entry-level category. The French car has a raised stance thanks to the 180mm of ground clearance which ensures it stays well-off those nasty speed breakers. Apart from the sumptuous interior space, even the boot space stands segment-leading at 300 litres. Unlike the Alto, seating three at the rear seats isn’t a problem with the Kwid. The cabin looks chic and comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit offering you navigation, USB, AUX and Bluetooth Connectivity.
It is powered by an 800cc engine which develops 54PS and 74Nm of torque and is the most fuel efficient petrol motor within the country, giving a mileage of 25.17kmpl.
Factors supporting the Kwid - Looks, Practicality, Space, Fuel efficiency, Price
Tata Tiago: Rs 3.2 – 5.5 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi)
In a bid to recreate its brand image, Tata Motors has been constantly working on the visual appeal of its cars. After the Zest and the Bolt, the homegrown carmaker has come up with the Tiago. The car looks very appealing. The Tiago is a value for money car as it supports many segment-first features such as an 8 - speaker sound system by Harman, Clever smartphone apps developed specifically for the Tiago, Turn by Turn Navigation as well as Juke Car app and Multi drive modes. The Tiago is one of the well-built cars in the segment, and quality stands at par with the Grand i10. It has decent space to seat three passengers at rear while the boot space is also good at 240 litres. The cabin is neatly dressed with everything tucked in place.
It is available in both the engine options -- a 1.2litre petrol and a 1.0litre diesel. The former returns an impressive fuel economy of 23.84kmpl, while the latter gives an exceptional mileage of 27.28kmpl.
Factors supporting the Tiago – Looks, Build quality, Fuel efficiency, Price
Maruti Vitara Brezza: Rs 7.0 – 9.7 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi)
Launched in March this year, the Vitara Brezza has been going strong in the market. The compact SUV looks muscular and proportionate from every angle. The styling is refreshing, especially the contrasting roof and side mirrors! The smoke finished projector headlamps with daytime running lamps and the muscular bumper are instant attention grabber at the front. Peep in the interiors and the all black theme with a few dull silver and piano black shades welcome you. Divided into four sections, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit displays Music, Navigation, Phone and Calls.
The Brezza can easily accommodate two individuals at rear, though, squeezing in a third would call for a bit of cramping. It has a boot space of 328 litres which is satisfactory given the compact size of the car. With respect to the engine, the Maruti is only offered with a 1.2litre diesel which packs in 89PS of power and 200Nm of torque. It offers 24.3kmpl of fuel efficiency.
Factors supporting the Vitara Brezza – Cool looks, Features, Fuel efficiency, Maruti’s trust
Toyota Innova Crysta: Rs 13.9 – 20.8 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi)
Toyota Innova had received timely facelifts, but it finally got the overhaul in May, when it not only adorned a new outfit, but also got a new name extension, the Innova Crysta. The Crysta is looks and feels premium. Despite a massive hike in its pricing, the MPV is garnering amazing sales figures. The vehicle is a complete departure from the previous Innova – it is wider, more muscular and comes with more gripping looks.
The Innova was always all about interior comfort, and the same has been notched up in the Crysta. The completely revamped cabin is now more plush with top quality materials being used everywhere. It gets futuristic dash with plenty of cuts and creases. You get adequate room inside for all the three rows. It gets touchscreen infotainment which doubles up as the screen for navigation and reverse camera. The storage spaces are a perfect example of space utilisation . Certainly, the cabin speaks of practicality.
The Crysta comes with two diesel engine options– a 2.4 litre and a 2.8 litre mill. The former generates 150PS and 343Nm of peak torque while the latter produces 174PS and 360Nm of massive torque.
Factors supporting the Crysta – Revamped Looks, Sheer practicality, Top-notch interior, Reliable engine and Toyota badge