The mid-range sedan segment in India has witnessed a lot of launches in last few years. Especially the government’s decision to relax taxes on sub 4-meter cars has motivated all the mainstream manufacturers to add a compact sedan in its portfolio. Other than that the car makers have also brought many premium-ish sedans in order to keep up with the increasing demand of the under 10-lakh price segment. If you are in the market to buy a family sedan within this price bracket, chances are you are already confused with the number of options available. Each of the vehicles has its own pros and cons so deciding where you should put your hard-earned money isn’t an easy job. We analyzed the options available in this price range, and have shortlisted five cars which seem to deliver the best value for money. Read-on and check which one suits your needs best.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
The successor to the Maruti SX4 is all about style. With a chrome-decorated grille and projector headlamps, the car looks more premium than its price segment. A hybrid power train option, space for five adults to sit comfortably, and features like a touchscreen entertainment system, GPS navigation, reverse parking camera and leather seats make it a value-for-money buy. The Ciaz is powered by two engine options – a 1.4-liter petrol unit and a 1.3-liter diesel engine. The car is available in two transmission options too – 5-speed manual and auto transmission. The petrol engine can churn out 91 bhp of power at 6000 rpm and 130 nm of torque at 4000 rpm. On the other hand the diesel engine can produce maximum power of 89 bhp of power at 4000 rpm and 200 nm of torque at 1750 rpm. This car is best option if you have a chauffeur to drive you around. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz price starts from Rs 7.53 lakh and goes up to 9.94 lakh.
The Korean car maker asserted some authority in this rapidly developing segment with an upgraded rendition of the Verna a year ago that gloats of an exceptionally enhanced suspension bundle. Other USPs on the Verna includes a wide array of power train options (both diesel and petrol) and one of the best safety features list, including six airbags. The Verna is powered by two engine options – 1.4-liter petrol engine and 1.6-liter diesel engine. The diesel engine can churn out 128 bhp of power at 4000 RPM and 260 Nm of torque at 1900 RPM. The petrol engine churns out 106 bhp of power at 6300 RPM and 135 Nm of torque at 5000 RPM. Hop inside the car, and you will be welcomed by a classic dashboard, infotainment system, steering wheel, and controls. The ICE now comes with 1GB internal memory that helps to store your favorite songs. The lowest-end variant of Hyundai Verna will cost you Rs 7.88 lakhs, whereas, the highest-end variant will make you shell out Rs 13.10 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
It’s not every day that a vehicle consistently attracts customers, that too for nearly two decades. One of the biggest selling sedans, the City along these lines wins an exceptional mention in this list. The current generation City is much improved over its predecessors due to better looks, engine and use of technology. The sedan is being offered with 1.5-liter petrol and diesel motors. The petrol motor churns out 119 PS of power at 6600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4600
rpm, while the diesel engine produces 100 PS of power at 3600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. The sedan is available in both 5-speed manual transmission and a CVT transmission option. At the inside, the City is quite improved than ever before. The sedan is additionally equipped with leather seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, airbags, ABS, EBD etc. Honda city is priced from Rs 8.11 – 12.43 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The latest kid on this list happens to be one of the least expensive one. The Volkswagen Ameo is a surprise package at its price. This compact sedan is a great buy with high dosage of technology and brilliant ride quality. The Ameo is available in both petrol and diesel avatars. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.2-liter engine that is capable to produce maximum power of 74 bhp at 5400 RPM and 110 nm of torque at 3750 rpm. The diesel Ameo is powered by a 1.5 liter engine that can churn out 109 bhp of power at 4000 RPM and 250 Nm of torque at 1500 RPM. In terms of safety, the compact sedan is equipped with airbags and ABS. However it misses out a rear ac vent, which is available in its competitors. Volkswagen Ameo price starts from Rs 5.31 lakh and goes up to Rs 9.32 lakh.
Ford Figo Aspire
The Ford Figo Aspire is a great choice when it comes to a compact sedan. It is coupled with a fantastic suspension, engine and brilliant driving dynamics for brilliant ownership experience. The looks of the Aspire is identical to a number of the other Ford models worldwide under the One Ford Philosophy. The front of the car gets a hexagonal grille inspired from Aston Martin, and it looks quite good too. The Ford Figo Aspire is available for the customers in both petrol and diesel avatars. The 1.2-litre petrol unit can churn out 88 bhp of maximum power and 112 Nm of maximum torque. The 1.5-litre TDCi powers the diesel variant that can produce 99 bhp of maximum power and 215 Nm of torque. This is currently the most powerful engine in the segment and also offers decent fuel efficiency at 25.83kmpl. The entry level variant of Ford Figo Aspire will cost you Rs 5.28 lakh while the top-end model will set you back by Rs 8.55 lakh.
The Volkswagen Ameo and Ford Figo Aspire are sub-4 meter sedans and are great options if you are looking for a better value for money deals. The other options listed here are more like premium cars and offer better luxury and high-end feel. However, we would suggest you to have a test drive of all these cars before buying one.