India, being a country of lower and middle class people, it is natural that when Indians want to own a car, they want to buy a less expensive car. Another point is that as the roads in most parts of the country are bad and the traffic snarls are notorious, it seems to make sense in buying a cheaper car, which will have lower maintenance costs.The car manufacturers have been able to bring out automatic cars in even the low budget vehicles.
Affordable Automatic Cars in India
Tata Nano GenX- XMA, XTA
The Tata Nano’s new incarnation, the Gen X is probably the best car to buy in this low cost car segment, falling within the range of 2.69-2.89 lakhs. The Nano GenX is sturdily built, but the very compact size, coupled with AMT, makes the car very easy to turn and park, in even narrow roads. This new Nano, unlike its predecessor, comes with a larger fuel tank and an opening boot, apart from the bigger radiator grille and blackened headlamps up front.
Alto K10-VXI AGS
Maruti-Suzuki has been involved in making affordable cars, and the Alto K10 VXI-AGS, launched last year was said to be not just India’s but the world’s cheapest car in the Automatic transmission segment, priced at 3.9 lakhs. This car is made perfectly for the Indian roads, with minimum maintenance issues. The displacement is 998 cc, and the car is very comfortable for the passengers inside.
Celerio LXI AT
Another Maruti make, this tie a Celerio, its LXI AT version also makes to the list of the most affordable cars, at just 4.35 lakhs, about 50000 more than the K10. The engine is similar to that of the K10, with the displacement of 998 cc and the capacity being a 1 liter K10B engine. This is one of the most serious looking hatch-backs in this segment. Unlike other cars which get an option of automatic gears long after their initial launch, the Celerio was first launched with the automatic gear.
Hyundai Grand i10
The Korean firm Hyundai has been trying to pose a competition for Maruti, and as of now, it looks like it is closing that gap, with the launch of the Grand i10, another automatic car, within the price range of 5.70-6.23 lakhs. The engine power of the car is also pretty good, at 1197 cc, with a Kappa VTVT petrol engine. The car looks smart, as well.
The other Maruti car to make it to the list is the Ritz, costing between 5.97-6.2 lakhs, though the engine, the platform and most of the variants are the same as the Swift. It is taller than the Swift, thou not as expensive. Its engine is 1197 cc.