The affordable compact four wheeler segment has suddenly caught everyone’s attention with two new launches in close succession – Tata Motor’s much talked about Tiago (earlier christened as Zica) and Datsun’s second attempt with the Redi Go. Moto Adda takes a quick look at the 6 most affordable hatches in India that aimed at first time car buyers or those looking for a second car.
First on the list is our favourite, the compact yet spacious Tata Nano. We loved the shape of this car right from the start and Tata Motors have bettered their product with the recently launched Nano Gen X which now comes with Easy Shift (AMT) gearbox. Happy to note that the folks at Tata Motors have closely looked at customer feedback and incorporated a host of changes while adding some new features into this compact car. Some of these features include the Auto shift gearbox with a Sports mode (WOW!!), rear trunk with about 100 liters of storage space and plush new interiors. This truly makes for an ideal city car and is in a league of its own.
Engine Capacity: 660 cc – 38 bhp
Price: Starting at under 2 lakhs for the base model and Rs 2.7 lakhs for the Easy Shift automatic variant.
Unveiled on the 14th of April, Redi-Go is Datsun’s third offering in the Indian market after Datsun Go and Go+. While the first two have not lived up to the company’s expectations, Redi-Go promises to rake in the numbers thanks to its refined looks and lean price tag. Yes, the Redi-Go is expected to sell for about Rs 2.5 lakhs with bookings having already started from 1st May and deliveries expected from June’16. Don’t expect fancy features such as touch screen entertainment or ABS, but you will get your money’s worth. We must appreciate the company’s efforts to make this car stand out in the looks department (esp at the back) while keeping the ground clearance at 185mm. The Redi-Go will directly compete with Maruti’s Alto 800 / K10, Hyundai Eon, Tata Tiago and Renault Kwid.
Engine Capacity: 800 cc mated to 5 speed gearbox
Price: Expected to fall under 2.5 lakhs for the base model
This is yet another surprise package from the Tata stable with fresh styling and a refined three pot petrol and diesel engine developed in-house. Tata Motors have taken on the challenge of giving us another success story (after Indica) in the form of Tiago with a very modest price tag while offering rich features within the cabin. If not for the Tata badge, you would never have guessed this to be a Tata product. The Tiago also proved its durability during the recently concluded 50,000 km non-stop run at top speeds breaking multiple records under the #GearedForGreat challenge (Click here to read our story). The car scores high on looks, features, refined interiors and claimed fuel efficiency of about 25 km/l. What more can you expect from an entry level car. To market their new line of products, they have signed up with Lionel Messi for many crores.
Engine Capacity: 1.2 L Revotron Petrol and 1.05 L Revotorq Diesel
Price: Starting at 3.20 lakhs for the base model and about 4.9 lakhs for the top end variant
After its success with the Duster, Renault India has not been fortunate with any other successful product so far. Renault Pulse, Scala Sedan and Lodgy have not been able to cut ice with India car lovers resulting in average sales. However, their latest offering the Kwid with its SUV inspired design has caught our attention thanks to its looks, optional features and low price tag. The final verdict will come from the people soon enough. Regardless, we are happy to look beyond the Maruti stable for pocket friendly cars.
Engine Capacity: 800 cc petrol offering 54 PS of power with a fuel efficiency of 25 km/l
Price: Starting at 2.65 lakhs
Hyundai has been a tough competitor to the Maruti since it entered the market with the Hyundai Santro in 1998 and has since slowly eaten away their market share making it the second largest automobile manufacturer in the country. I have personal been a big fan of the Santro and still continue to own a 1.1 ltr 2002 ZipPlus model. While the Santro went out of production last year, they brought in the Eon well before (2011) to fill the gap in their portfolio. Designed under the new fluidic philosophy, the Eon is quite good looking both inside out. While the market didn’t warm up to this car initially, they company has managed to rake in the numbers in the last couple of years. Guess it’s time for a refresh with new entrants emerging every other month.
Engine Capacity: 800 cc petrol motor generating 56 PS of power and the recently added 1000cc motor generates 69 PS
Price: Between 3.25 lakhs to 4.4 lakhs
Maruti Alto 800
Maruti has been the country’s darling since the 80’s. They have produced some brilliant products in association with Suzuki of Japan like the 800cc Van (still in production), 800 car, Esteem, Baleno and more recently the Swift, S-Cross, Baleno hatchback and Brezza. Known for their price points and low annual maintenance they have become a dominant player in the country. Their biggest success story after the 800 was the Alto 800 which was powerful yet frugal and in a better shell. People lapped up this product and still continue to do so. Today, shoppers have a 1000 cc engine option as well. However, with stiff competition, Maruti better pull out a surprise (esp in the design dept) if they plan to dominate the entry segment.
Engine Capcity: 800
Price: Base variant starts at 2.5 lakhs and the K10 variant can go up to 4.35 lakhs