Best cars under 8 lakhs
The Indian market has changed massively over the past decade and this change has majorly brought a variety of cars to the customers to choose from. The customers have access to choose from a variety of different body types as there are a lot of cars which fall under a similar price bracket. Today we are going to find out the best cars under the budget of 8 lakhs. This list is going to include
Let us start our list with hatchbacks.
Hatchbacks are the best city commuters as they are small and you can easily go through the tightest of roads with ease. This segment has a whole bunch of cars that are well established family cars and at the same time are super efficient and easy on the pocket.
The best car in my opinion in this segment is going to be the TATA Tiago, because it is simply the best all round package. It's got the looks, space inside the cabin, mileage, good drive, comfort, healthy dose of features and the best safety rating amongst the cars in this segment. The car has got a lot of pop colours to choose from which will definitely attract the youth, the car also offers a hassel free AMT grearbox which is a boon in city traffic and because it is a TATA, after sales service and spare part availability will be a big plus for you. But no car is perfect and the TATA Tiago has it's own flaws like the interior quality could have been slightly better. The boot size is small compared to it's rivals and rear visibility isn't the best. If all these things aren't a deal breaker for you, then the TATA Tiago is the car for you and with the prices starting from just 5.38 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi, you can better believe it gives you a lot of car for your money
The next car in this segment is going to be the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R. The major reason why this car still finds itself at the top door of this segemnt even after 15 odd years, is becauee of the realibility and ease of ownership that maruti suzuki offers. But that does not mean that the Wagon R does not make a case for itself as one of the best cars in it's segment. It has the most spacious cabin and the best headroom in it's segment, it gets a lot of features for the price that you pay, you get the option of buying it with the 83 horepower swift's engine, it has the option of an AMT gearbox, and if you buy the CNG varient, the company claims a mielage of over 30 km per kg. On the negative side though, the looks aren't everyone's cup of tea, it has gotten pricier over the older generation, could do better with better driving dynamics, has excessive bodyroll because of the tallboy design. It still makes it's case as a safe reliable purchase.
Now let us talk about the premium hatchback segment
Keeping in mind our price bracket, most of the premium hatchbacks have gotten super expensive over the years, like the top model of the all new hyundai i20 will cost you over 12 lakhs and in my personal opinion you should never compromise by buying the base varient of a car.
The first car that I would pick with the given price range will be the Maruti Suzuki Baleno. Now a lot of you might think that it is an older car compared to the new Swift which is a fresher launch but what we should keep in mind is that the baleno is bigger, wider and a lot more premium compared to the Swift. Talking about the car itself, it offers the most space out of any car in this segment, it comes with a healthy dose of features, it has got one of the best driving dynamics in this segment combined with a peppy motor and it definitely looks the part. On the down side though it has got a stiff low speed ride, fit and finish is not the best in the segment and the company should bring back the turbo engine like it's rivals offer today.
The second pick in this segment is definitely going to be the TATA Altros. It is the best looking car in the segment without a doubt and it is the safest car with a 5 star G-ncap safety rating. The car is absolutely gorgeous to look at and offers great practicality, mileage, cabin space and a lot of features for the price, the car goes one up on the Baleno with connected car tech. Now let us talk about the flaws with the TATA Altros, petrol engine could do with a bit more punch, needs less suspension noise, pricing could have been a bit more competitive.
Now let us talk about the compact sedans or hatchback's with a boot that offers a bit more space on the inside.
The best pick for me in this segemt will be the Honda Amaze, it is by far the most spaceious car in this segment and at the price point. Not taking away the fact that it is a Honda car and the promise that badge comes with, it also gives ease of driving with the CVT gearbox, it has got fuel efficient engines which offers decent performance, the engine is barely audible inside the cabin. Now talking about the negatives related to the car. The petrol engine could do with a bit more punch, the CVT gearbox is not offered with the top end varient and the interior fit and finish could be slightly better.
The second pick in this segment is going to be the very desirable Maruti Suzuki Dzire. The car stands true to it's name and is massively desirable for all the right reasons. It looks amazing, it is great on comfort, gets a peppy engine, offers a good dose of features and is a very reliable car and offers great aftersales service. Now let us talk about a few negatives about the car. It has stopped offering the very efficient diesel engine, the AMT gearbox is a bit jerky, base varient misses out of a lot of features for its price.
Now let us talk about the current favourite segment in the market the compact suv's
This segemt has over 10 cars but because we are on a budget here the options are limited to only 1 car, but on the plus side this car is one of the best cars in this highly conpetitive segment.
My pick would be the all new sensational Nissan Magnite, This car needs no introducation as it created a massive hype for itself for all the right reasons when it was launched, the car already has a booking period of over 3 months which can be a bummer but its the complete car that you get for the price. It looks absolutely stunning, it gets features like a 360 degree parking camera which just goes to show how much efforts Nissan has put into its make or break product. The car is supremly spaceious offers great boot space, long list of features and a very likeable turbo petrol engine.This car has the segment leading 205mm ground clearence which is a boon for our pothole filled roads. The car is also offered with a CVT gearbox and what is astonishing is the price at which this car starts. At a starting price of only 6.47 lakhs the Nissan Magnite is the most value for money car that you can buy in the country today. No car is perfect and the Nissan Magnite also comes with it's own fair share of flaws starting with the poor aftersales service and lack of service stations in the country, though Nissan has promised the opening of a lot of service station in the coming years, as of now it still remains as a flaw, high speed stability could have been better, cabin quality not on power with cars like the Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue (They are a whole 2 lakh rupees more expensive to be fair to the Magnite). With these minor flaws which can easily be forgotten, the Nissan Magnite offers and makes for a great value promosition and will be my ultimate pick in the sub 8 lakh rupee cars.
By - Researcher @MotorUncle
Alvin Kuruvilla Shaji