India is a price-oriented market. We always prefer affordable things with powerful features. That’s why, when the automobile segment was booming, a major focus on the entry-level segment was evident.
Presently, the Indian automobile market is filled with various options, thanks to the cut-throat competition among the auto giants. With so much of variety around, choosing a perfect car for you and your family will not be an easy task. However, there are a few cars that stand out from the crowd.
We have listed 5 best autos under 7 lakhs at Autoportal that stand out as the best options in this segment.
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Maruti Suzuki Swift
Maruti Suzuki, the leading automaker in the country, recently launched the third generation of their crowd puller hatchback, Swift. The all-new Swift has been designed on Heartect platform and it gets a new structure which makes the appearance stronger. It also features diamond-cut alloy wheels and LED taillights.
Inside the car, dual-pod instrument cluster along with the flat-bottom steering wheel provide a sporty appearance. Moreover, it also features advanced SmartPlay infotainment system that supports Apple Carplay and Android Auto features.
As for the powerplant, the vehicle is powered by a 1.2-Litre, K-series petrol engine which is capable of providing a maximum of 82bhp power along with a peak torque of 115 Nm. Whereas, the diesel variant has a 1.3-Litre DDiS oil-burner which delivers up to 74 bhp power with 190 Nm torque.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with dual airbags, ISOFIX child seat as the safety options. Apart from these, the car features Anti-lock braking system with EBD and brake assist to enhance handling
The Swift is a great option for those who are looking for a fuel-efficient car as the hatchback returns an average of 25.2 kmpl mileage.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift has a starting price tag of Rs. 4.99 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Kolkata).
Hyundai Elite i20
If you are looking for a premium hatchback, the Hyundai i20 can be a great choice. Designed by the newest design philosophy of the manufacturer, Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, the vehicle is one of the best in its segment.
The petrol variant of the Elite i20 is blessed with a 4 cylinder, 1.2 L Kappa dual VTVT oil-burner which churns out a maximum of 81.1 bhp power along with a 114 Nm of torque. Whereas, the vehicle is also available in a diesel variant, which gets a 1396cc, 4-cylinder engine. It can make a maximum of 88.7 bhp power along with a peak torque of 220 Nm. Both the engines come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
All the variants of the vehicle feature ABS or anti-lock braking system that helps to enhance the performance of the brakes. Whereas, the top-spec model of the Elite i20 has parking assistance with reverse parking sensors and 2 airbags.
The starting price tag of the Hyundai Elite i20 is Rs. 5.35 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Tata Tiago, launched in April 2016, was the first vehicle of the manufacturer to get the new IMPACT design. The hatchback has contributed to the 40% of the homegrown company’s total sales. It is still one of the best entry-level hatchbacks.
The Tiago is great on the inside as well. The top-end variant of the vehicle comes with a ConnectNext infotainment system along with a 4-speaker audio system.
The petrol variant of the Tiago draws its required power from a 1.2-litre Revotron engine which can make up to 84 bhp power and 114 Nm torque. Whereas the 1.05-litre Revotorq diesel engine provides a maximum of 69 bhp power at 140 Nm of peak torque. Both the engine options are coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Moreover, the XT and XZ variants feature optional AMT transmission.
The key feature of the vehicle is its low competitive price tag. The starting price tag of the Tata Tiago is Rs. 3.21 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which goes up to Rs. 5.64 lakh for the top-end model (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Mahindra KUV100 NXT
After producing a wide range of robust and rugged passenger vehicles, Mahindra & Mahindra focused to bring some compact crossover in the market. As a result, the Mahindra KUV100 NXT was born.
The vehicle gets a SUVish look, whereas the dimensions are like a hatchback. The car looks sporty and it has large headlamps with a thin grille. The car is available in a five- as well as six-seater configurations.
The Mahindra KUV100 NXT employs a 1.2 litre, mFALCON G80 petrol engine which churns out a top power of 82 bhp and a peak torque of 115 Nm. Moreover, the diesel variant gets a 1.2 litre, mFALCON G75 powertrain that can make up to 77 bhp power with a 190 torque.
The vehicle features disk brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The vehicle also supports ABS with EBD. All the plus variants along with the top models get dual airbags as the safety feature.
The base variant of the Mahindra KUV100 NXT is priced at Rs. 4.70 lakh (Ex-showroom, Kolkata)
The Ford Figo is one of the most value-for-money hatchbacks in this segment. The ongoing model is the 2nd generation of this popular car.
The key attraction of the vehicle is its engines, which comes with three different options – two petrol engine options namely a 1.2-Litre and 1.5-Litre, and a 1.5-Litre diesel unit.
The petrol variants, 1.2 L manual and 1.5 L automatic trim provide a mileage of 18.16 kmpl and 17 kmpl respectively, whereas, the 1.5-litre diesel powertrain can return an excellent mileage of 25.83 kmpl.
The Ford Figo price begins from Rs. 5.47 lakhs (Ex-Showroom Price, Kolkata).
The above article provides you with an idea about the best cars under 7 lakhs that are available at Autoportal. However, some of the cars missed gaining a spot despite being good. We thought that it would be a great idea to mention them at the end.
Depending on your budget and requirements, you can also consider Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Hyundai Grand i10, and the Maruti Suzuki Baleno.