That hatchbacks are immensely popular in India is not news to anybody, because of their affordable price tags and low maintenance cost. And the very next most talked about segment is the emerging SUV space. Now these segments may have had a very huge impact, taking up a major chunk of the market with the compact sedan segment somewhat struggling to keep up with the competition. However, the demand hasn’t died out yet, with customers still taking to these hatchbacks with boot extensions slapped on to them. We look at a list of compact sedans that is sure to leave you thinking about your next purchase.
1) Maruti Suzuki Dzire: ₹ 5.89 – ₹ 8.81 lakh
Under the bonnet of the Dzire lies a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder K12N DualJet petrol engine that produces 88bhp and 113Nm of torque, paired either to a 5-speed manual gearbox or an AMT. There is no SHVS mild-hybrid system being offered however, to keeps costs down. The engine comes with idle-start-stop tech, which results in good fuel efficiency. The manual version returns a fuel economy figure of 23.26kpl and 24.12kpl for the AMT model. On the design front, the Dzire gets a new grille and a new front bumper as well. Inside the car, it is loaded with goodies like a SmartPlay Studio infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cruise control, auto-folding ORVMs, dual-tone upholstery and faux wood trim. Safety wise, it is equipped with ESP and Hill Hold Assist.
2) Hyundai Aura: ₹ 5.8 – ₹ 9.23 lakh
The Aura replaces the Hyundai Xcent; the car is wider and longer and comes with more features. The car is powered by an 81bhp, 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, a 1.2-litre three-cylinder diesel engine, paired either to a 5-speed manual or 5-speed AMT gearbox. The CNG version gets a 1.2-litre engine that produces 68bhp and 95Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. There is also a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol engine on sale that makes 98bhp and 172Nm of torque that delivers a fuel economy figure of 20.5kpl. The cabin is identical to the one on the hatchback, and a long list of features include an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cooled glovebox, driver rear view monitor, wireless charging and an Arkamys sound system.
3) Ford Aspire: ₹ 5.99 – ₹ 8.62 lakh
The Ford Aspire is sold in four variants and comes packed with standard safety features like ABS with EBD, reminder for the front seat belts, rear parking sensors, two air bags and adjustable front and rear seat headrests. On the automatic model, you will get to make the most of features like traction control, ESP, hill start assist and four additional four bags. From the outside, it looks like the Freestyle and also comes equipped with a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Ford’s Sync 3. Power comes from a 94bhp, 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that returns a fuel efficiency figure of 18.16kpl and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. It also comes with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that makes 121bhp and is paired to a 6-speed torque convertor gearbox.
4) Honda Amaze: ₹ 6.1 – ₹ 9.96 lakh
The Amaze is powered by a 1199cc, four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that makes 88bhp and 110Nm of torque, paired to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic. There is also a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel that produces 98bhp and 200Nm of torque. It comes with features like GPS with turn-by-turn navigation, a 7.0-inch infotainment system with capacitive touchscreen, reverse camera, cruise control, steering-mounted voice controls, paddle-shifters, keyless go with push-button start, automatic climate control, LED DRLs and 15-inch alloy wheels. Cosmetically, the Amaze’s styling is inspired by the Honda City, Civic and Accord.
5) Tata Tigor: ₹ 5.75 – ₹ 7.49 lakh
In terms of styling, the Tata Tigor gets slender headlights up-front with the front grille underlined by the signature ‘Humanity Line’ in chrome. It gets a raised bonnet, a new front bumper, new tail light inserts and dual-tone alloy wheels. The cabin gets new seat fabrics for the seat upholstery as well. The Tigor is powered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, naturally-aspirated petrol engine that makes 84bhp and 113Nm of torque, paired either to an AMT or a 5-speed manual gearbox. Features include projector headlights and LED DRLs, push button start, ABS with EBD, corner stability control, dual airbags, rear parking sensors, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, 15-inch alloy wheels and a lot more.