Best cars to Buy under 10 Lakhs in India

After the liberalization of the Indian economy in the year 1991, the Indian automotive sector has seen a consistent rise in terms of growth and brand presence. In almost 30 years, it has developed so strongly that the consumers are now spoiled with choices when it comes to buying a vehicle in any given segment. The golden 10 lakh rupee segment is no exception, and right now one can choose between 50+ models from different manufacturers, covering various segments. With so many choices, it is difficult to be lost and confused while buying a new car. Here is a list of 5 best cars to buy under 10 lakhs in India today-

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1. Maruti Suzuki Baleno

This premium hatchback from the Maruti stable has had a strong presence in this segment since launched in 2015 and right now, it is the third-largest selling car in India in terms of numbers. Sold under their premium outlets Nexa, it comes with a 1.2-liter petrol K series engine and a mild hybrid option. The price range is between 6.23-10 lakh INR but the Delta and Alpha variants are excellent in terms of features and are a great value for money. You also get a CVT option too. Although it is a bit expensive considering the brand image, if compared with the other similar products, it provides a good value for money proportion. 

2. Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Another car from Maruti Suzuki is the car that made the compact sedan segment popular in India and a long-term holder of the best cars to buy under 10 lakhs. The third generation of this car offers a class-leading cabin space and a good propionate design. With newer features such as an AMT transmission, LED headlights, Touch screen infotainment system, etc, it offers maximum value for your money. With the peace of mind of owning a Maruti product, the maintenance cost is also low. The price ranges between 6.57 to 9.91 lakh INR. The ZXI trim offers the best value and should be the choice to go if your budget permits. 

3. Ford Ecosport  

Since its launch in 2012, the compact SUV has been a good option in this category. The car started the compact SUV segment in India and right now people prefer this segment more than hatchbacks. Although it has been on sale for a long time, the 2017 updates brought some comprehensive updates, and it provides the best value for money in this segment. Prices range from 8.6 to 13 lakh INR. It has two petrol and one diesel engine option and also comes with an automatic gearbox. Safety-wise, the build quality is strong too and not flimsy like its competitors. The lowest Ambient variant is well loaded and a good choice. 

4. Maruti Ertiga

In the MPV segment under 10 lakh rupees, the Ertiga has been a favorite since its launch. Although the model has become a bit old and its new iteration called XL6 has also been launched, it still provides the best value for money proportion in this segment. With a price range of 7.81-10.59 lakh INR, you can choose between petrol, CNG, and an automatic option. Ertiga is well loaded and provides a great ride quality over bad roads. The interiors are well thought and good for carrying 7 people in comfort. 

5. Mahindra Bolero 

This SUV is a legend from Mahindra stable and has a strong rural presence in the market. The recent update has given it airbags and ABS with a BS6 mHawk engine. Bolero has almost assumed cult status in our market and has a huge fan following. Though a bit crude, the SUV is very practical and does the job perfectly. The newer NEO version is a lot more developed and offers a good value for money proportion. The build quality is sturdy and robust, and it can take a good amount of abuse. The price range is between 8.6 and 9.6 lakh INR and 8.4 to 11 lakh INR for the newer NEO version. 

Conclusion

These were the best cars to buy for under 10 lakhs in India today. No doubt this is a great time to be a car buyer in the Indian market with so many choices. But sadly, even today, our purchase decision is mostly driven by considerations such as fuel economy and resale value. We still chose to ignore safety over novelty features such as touch screens. There are many great options from Tata, Ford, or VW, that are not only safe but provide decent value for money. The recent laws making safety features mandatory is a welcome move, but our buyers still need to be educated.   

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