New car prices have been on a constant uphill climb. Add to that the fact fuel isnt exactly getting any cheaper, what you get is a confused Indian customer. What does he do in a scenario like this? He hunts for vehicles that make most sense for the money they command. We compile a list of what we think are the most value for money propositions in the Indian market.
The Grand i10 is amongst Hyundai’s highest selling cars. And there’s good reason for it. The car comes loaded to the gills, as is the case with most Hyundais. The hatchback features a segment first rear-ac vents, an integrated music system with bluetooth, usb and aux connectivity, auto-folding mirrors with blinkers, engine start-stop button...the list goes on and on. Hyundai offers the hatchback with two engine options, the 1.2 litre petrol and the 1.1 litre diesel. An automatic transmission is on offer too, with the petrol engine. Starting at 5.7 lakh rupees, the Grand i10 is one amongst the most loaded hatchbacks you can buy.
Ford launched the iconic Fiesta brand in India in September 2005. The no nonsense styling and the impressive handling of the car made it click with the masses at large. Ford kept up with the times, refreshing the Fiesta in 2008 and also launching a go-faster 1.6S version. With the new generation Fiesta being launched in 2011, the Fiesta was renamed to the ‘Fiesta Classic’. It continues to sell alongside it’s new avatar and recently, Ford dropped the Fiesta badging completely, calling the sedan just the ‘Ford Classic’. Available with a 1.6 litre 100 bhp petrol motor and a 1.4 litre 68 bhp mill, the Ford Classic is a full-size sedan, for compact sedan money. Starting at 5.1 lakh rupees, this sedan is a bargain for what it offers. Sadly, it is soon to be replaced with the new Ford Aspire compact sedan.
The Ertiga is based on Maruti’s hot seller, the Swift. It is offered with two engine options - a 1.4 litre K-Series petrol engine and a 1.3 litre DDiS diesel mill. The Ertiga does feel like a grown up Swift, and it shares a lot in common with the hatchback. For example, the interiors including the steering wheel are identical on both cars with the only difference being the color. Inspite of it’s size, the Ertiga is extremely easy (read: car like) to drive around the city as well as the highway. With prices starting at around 6 lakhs, the Ertiga one of the most versatile cars on sale today.
Ever since Mahindra launched the Scorpio back in 2002, it has developed a cult following. The Scorpio was the first Mahindra built for international markets and it did do reasonably well in markets like South Africa and Brazil. The Scorpio has been a favorite among the political and the influential class too. The butch looks and the huge proportions scream ‘Get out of the way’. The Scorpio is powered by the 2.2 litre mHawk diesel engine which puts out 120bhp of power and 280nm of torque and is available in 2 and 4 wheel drive versions. The SUV in it’s latest avatar has become quite sophisticated. Well, atleast on the inside. It features an all-new dashboard, an updated infotainment system and the steering wheel from it’s elder brother - the XUV5OO. Starting at 8.7 lakhs rupees, you do get a lot of car for your money.