Top 5 best cars under Rs. 10 lakh in 2017

The Indian car industry is maturing at a rapid pace. Two decades back, majority of the customers were entry-level buyers who were looking for their first car. However, growing economic standards and rapid urbanization has resulted in huge hikes in pay scales of customers. As a result, a significant share of buyers in the market are now looking for more premium cars. This is the reason behind many new launches being introduced in the Rs. 5-10 lakh price bracket.

Hence, one of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from our readers is regarding the best cars in India under Rs. 10 lakh. While we love to answer questions of our readers individually, this is a topic that has been brought back repeatedly. As a result, we decided to research a bit and put down a comprehensive list of best cars under 10 lakh rupees in 2017. This will not only help those who have asked us the said question, but will also be a go to list for anyone looking to buy a car under Rs. 10 lakh in 2017.

Please note that we have considered the starting price of all models to fabricate the list. This will allow us to offer a fair idea about the price range of the car to our readers. Since there are a multitude of variants on offer with each model, it becomes impossible to take into account all such trim levels.

Following is thus a list of Top 5 best cars under 10 lakhs in 2017:

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

1. Maruti Vitara Brezza

Pros:

  • Compact SUV – gives the SUV feeling while not being cumbersome to drive in the city
  • Matured and clean styling can appeal to a wide range of customers
  • Well loaded with features. Mid-trims get 2-DIN music system, top-end models come with touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
  • Driver airbag as standard. Passenger airbag, ABS and EBD available as an option across the range
  • 1.3-litre diesel is still a hoot to drive. Apt combination of power and efficiency
  • Maruti’s bullet-proof reliability and after sales support is unmatched

Cons:

  • No petrol engine option. However, Maruti is planning to launch the Vitara Brezza petrol in the near future
  • No automatic transmission on offer. Can be an issue with city commuters
  • Smallest boot space in the segment – 328 litres
  • Huge waiting periods

2017 Maruti Swift Dzire

2. Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Pros:

  • Recently launched product. Fresh design and features
  • Superb desirability and resale. It is one of the most desired sedans in the country
  • Standard safety features like airbags, ABD and EBD
  • Powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines. Both get manual as well as automatic gearbox options
  • Maruti’s bullet-proof reliability and after sales support is unmatched

Cons:

  • Similarly priced crossovers offer better road presence and appeal
  • Relatively cheaper plastic quality used in the cabin
  • Huge waiting periods

Ford EcoSport

3. Ford EcoSport

Pros;

  • Compact SUV – gives the SUV feeling while not being cumbersome to drive in the city
  • Ford’s characteristic built quality
  • Diverse engine options on offer – 1.0L petrol, 1.5L petrol and 1.5L diesel
  • Standard dual airbags, ABS and EBD
  • Available with a super-fast shifting dual clutch transmission (DCT)

Cons:

  • Facelift is just round the corner. Hence, it is ideal to wait for 6 months and go for the updated model
  • Top-end variants priced a bit higher. Lower trims aren’t loaded well
  • Ford cars suffer from huge depreciation. As a result, resale value can disappoint

new Honda City 2017 front

4. Honda City

Pros:

  • Fun to drive 1.5L petrol and diesel engines. Offer good efficiency as well
  • Feature loaded mid and high trims
  • Petrol automatic option on offer. Makes for a perfect city car
  • Ideal space on the inside. Respectable 510-litre boot space as well. Can serve as a highway cruiser with ease

Cons:

  • No diesel automatic option on offer
  • Poor build quality. Lack the tank-like feel of its European competitors
  • Steering wheel is extremely light. Offers poor feedback, especially on high-speed corners

Maruti Baleno RS

5. Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Pros:

  • Great value for money. Delta trims are loaded well and offer everything that an average Indian customer
  • Standard safety features – dual airbags, ABS and EBD
  • Fun to drive and fuel efficient 1.2 petrol and 1.3 diesel engines
  • Petrol automatic (CVT) option on offer

Cons:

  • Hard suspension can be nerve-wracking on pothole laiden roads
  • Front styling can polarise opinions
  • Huge waiting periods

What is your favourite model in this list of best cars under 10 lakhs in 2017? Do comment down below and let us know your choice.

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