Best Budget Buys – Cars Under ₹5 lakh

Here in this article, we take a look at some of the many affordable and viable options for your budget car (all prices are indicative and ex showroom):

Maruti Suzuki Alto ( ₹2.94 lakh):

It need not be said, but the fact remains that Alto has been the undeniable champion in the entry-level Passenger Vehicle segment in India for several years now. The car has undergone a plethora of updates since its first launch in September, 2000 and now, it comes with several features that include dual airbags, dual-tone interiors, peppy petrol engine and rear-parking sensors. 

If you want to roll around with comfort without burning a hole in your pocket, this is what you should go for – it is also backed by Maruti's robust post-sales network and value. 

Hyundai Santro ( ₹4.57 lakh):

The Santro, which was launched to take on Maruti 800, was also called 'Sunshine Car' during its initial days. 

While the latest offering is nothing like the one which first grabbed the attention of the Indian market, as per Hyundai, it is safer and comes loaded with several features. Even at its entry-level, the car comes with ABS, driver airbag as well as a rear parking sensor. 

Renault Kwid ( ₹2.92 lakh):

The French car maker rolled out the Kwid in a bid to challenge the might of Alto in the Indian market. It has made quite the splash in India and it is a very good option for people looking to look beyond Maruti. 

Now, it has made several latest updates and this ensures that the car looks catchy and it comes with a mileage of above 20 kmpl that has made it a strong player in this segment. 

Tata Tiago ( ₹4.60 lakh):

For starters, Tata has done tremendously with this model – it has got a safety rating of four stars from Global NCAP. 

While the final on-road price may be slightly above ₹5 lakh but the Tiago has all the features to make a strong case for you get hold of the steering wheel. Tata Motors has been working on improving its post-sales network as well as the perception of the customer towards the Tiago and this has yielded dividends. Now, the entry level model might not have all the features, but then, if you want a handy option at your disposal, this is certainly a good buy.