Top 5 entry-level cars that are ideal for everyday use and commuting. We list the five most practical entry-level cars in India along with their price, mileage and boot space.
While SUVs have gained popularity in recent times, entry-level cars are very much in vogue, although sales volumes have declined. Commuting in busy cities is becoming more and more stressful and to combat this, small hatchbacks are the perfect solution. They offer good mileage, parking is easy, maneuvering in traffic is hassle-free and they are cost-effective to maintain.
With the above in mind, here are the top 5 entry-level cars that are perfect for everyday use, whether commuting to work, a quick trip to the mall, or for the occasional weekend getaway.
Maruti Suzuki Alto
Price: 4.0 lakh ex-showroom (estimated)
Mileage: 22 kmpl
Boat room: NA
When a car is on a budget, there is no better option than the Maruti Suzuki Alto. For years, the Alto has been the premium hatchback on the market, meeting all the needs one could want in a commuter: compactness and low fuel consumption.
Maruti Suzuki has kept this in mind with the new Alto, which will be launched soon. As with the previous generation vehicles, Maruti Suzuki offers two engine options, the proven 800cc engine and a new 1.0-litre K-Series engine that debuted with the recently launched S-Presso. Pricing details have not yet been released, but expect the Alto to be Maruti Suzuki’s most affordable offering, as it has always been.
Price: 4.64 lakh ex showroom
Mileage: 20.7 kmpl
Boot space: 279 liters
When we talk about an entry-level hatchback, the name that comes to anyone’s mind after the Alto is the Renault Kwid. The Kwid, rather than keeping its design subtle, flaunts its muscular SUV-esque design, which helped the hatchback gain popularity.
Like the Maruti Suzuki Alto, the Renault Kwid is offered with a choice of an 800cc engine or a larger 1.0-litre engine, with manual and AMT gearboxes. The Renault Kwid’s bold design and high ground clearance have also only complimented the entry-level hatchback’s popularity.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
Price: 4.25 lakh ex showroom
Mileage: 24.1 kmpl
Boot space: 240 liters
For those looking for a more SUV-inspired design in the entry-level segment, the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is an option. Although classified as a hatchback, the S-Presso offers an upright seating position and the boxy exterior gives it an SUV hint.
The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is offered with the new K-series 1.0-litre engine mated to either a manual or an AMT gearbox, which contributes to low fuel consumption. Also, the new range of standard safety features in the S-Presso has made it a compelling choice in the segment, even compared to the 2022 Maruti Suzuki Alto.
Price: 5.39 lakh ex-showroom
Mileage: 20 kmpl
Trunk space: 242-litre
In addition to Maruti Suzuki and Renault, Tata also offers the Tata Tiago hatchback. In terms of segment, the Tiago is above the above-mentioned cars, but is Tata’s entry-level model.
Also, aside from its 85 hp 1.2-litre petrol engine, the Tiago is also offered in a CNG variant, along with manual and AMT gearboxes, making it a worthy contender in this list.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio
Mileage: 25.2 kmpl
Trunk space: 313 liters
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio offers all the positives mentioned so far, good mileage, compact size, AMT gearbox, CNG version and more, but offers a more spacious interior and is possibly the best looking version of the Celerio yet .
The 66 hp 1.0-litre petrol engine delivers a mileage of 25.2 kmpl, while offering the most luggage space of any car on this list. Also, the CNG option is useful when commuting is the main purpose.