11 Best Cars in India Under Rs. Eight Lakh


Whenever an Indian consumer buys anything they are always on a budget. And if the said purchase is a car then it becomes truly significant to choose some of the best cars in India you can buy within that budget. Considering an average Indian car buyer mostly belongs to the working-class their buying decisions are based on thorough research rather than an impulse purchase. In brief, buyers want the best value-for-money product for the price that they pay. Even manufacturers have embarked to understand what today’s customers want so you’ll find a lot of cars now, which are priced under Rs. Eight lakh, come with features that were previously a part of only premium models.

Models that come under this price segment are mostly hatchbacks and the subcompact sedans and frankly, cars in this space have now come a long way. Therefore, we list out the best cars in India that you can buy under Rs. Eight lakhs in India. The cars that we have listed here have most of their trims and variants falling below Rs. Eight lakh mark with a model or two going above the indicated price point. While there are some better options as well, but only their base variants fall below Rs. Eight lakh and most of higher variants, which actually hold value, are priced above. So, we have consciously attempted to avoid such cars.

Here is our list of the best cars in India under Rs. Eight lakh:

Hatchbacks Under Rs. Eight Lakh

It is the car which is making all the swings right now. Maruti Suzuki was keen on having a product in its portfolio which was targeted at the youthful audiences and the Ignis was launched. The looks of the car are quirky and it is loaded with features, keeping it real savvy for the style conscious. The Ignis gets the attempted and tested 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines from Maruti Suzuki and also have an AMT option along with the regular 5-speed manual gearbox. The interior is well appointed and will surely cater to buyers with sophisticated sensibilities as well. The Ignis is doing rather well for Maruti Suzuki and there is fairly a bit of waiting from what we hear. The Ignis boasts of a fuel efficiency of 20.89 kmpl for the petrol/AMT model and 26.8 kmpl for the diesel variant. The prices for the Ignis begin at Rs. Four.59 lakh for the base petrol variant and goes up to Rs. 7.46 lakh for the fully loaded diesel variant. Right in the sweet spot, then!

Two. Hyundai Grand i10 Facelift:

The flawless rival to the Ignis, the Hyundai Grand i10 facelift was launched recently and gets a few revisions along with some cosmetic updates as well. The Grand i10 was always well-appointed when it came to features considering that the top trims got you a switch roles parking camera, 1GB storage for music and so on. The facelift model does even better and offers you a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, LED DRLs and a fresh 1.2-litre diesel engine which is slightly more powerful than the 1.1-litre unit that the old model had. The Grand i10 has a spacious cabin and is super practical for daily driving. It has a claimed efficiency of Nineteen.77 kmpl and 24.95 kmpl for the petrol and diesel models respectively. Plus, prices for the Grand i10 facelift commence at Rs. Four.58 lakh and go up to Rs. 7.33 lakh. Certainly worth a consideration if Rs. Eight lakh is your budget.

It could be said that the 2nd generation Ford Figo has built up a cult following of sorts, the 1st gen model undoubtedly did. Cutting straight to the pursue, the USP of the Figo are its engines. Most noticeably, the 1.5-litre petrol model which is mated to a 6-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. This engine is a sure-fire recipe for joy. Not to say that the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel aren’t. The Figo looks stylish and comes with a decent list of features too. In case you fancy yourself as an enthusiast, then you can also buy the Figo Sports, which gets a few switches here and there and all of them are for the better. The Figo 1.Two petrol offers a fuel efficiency of Legal.16 kmpl while the diesel model comebacks 25.83 kilometres to a litre. The prices of the Figo begin at Rs. Four.75 lakh and go up to Rs. 7.21 lakh for the top diesel Sports trim.

The Baleno is yet another best-seller in Maruti’s portfolio and has been doing consistently well, since it was launched in late 2015. It looks rather good, has a long list of features and is generous with cabin space as well. A decent win-win then! The interior gets an all-black treatment to add to the sporty and premium credentials. And that is what Maruti desired its customers to hook on to! Premium! The company brought in the Baleno to go up against the likes of the i20 and the Jazz as the Swift wasn’t fairly in their league as far as ‘premium-ness’ was worried. The Baleno gets the same attempted and tested 1.2-litre petrol with a manual and a CVT box along with a 1.3-litre diesel with a manual box. The prices for the Baleno begin at Rs. Five.99 lakh for the Delta petrol variant and go up to Rs. 8.43 lakh for the Alpha diesel trim, which is the only trim with its price going above Rs eight lakh. The Baleno is sold through Maruti Suzuki’s Nexa dealership.

Lastly, our list of best hatchbacks concludes with the Tata Tiago. The Tiago is perhaps the least expensive model here, but a rather good one, hence the inclusion. The Tiago is the third model by Tata under its HorizonNext strategy after the Bolt and the Zest and is presently doing very well for the company. With its fresh looks, contemporary design and the Tiago has proved to be a hit for the company and shows no sign of slowing down. The Tata Tiago gets a 1.2-litre petrol and a fresh unique 1.05-litre diesel engine with respective fuel efficiency figures of 23.84 kmpl and 27.28 kmpl. The price range for the Tiago starts for Rs. Trio.24 lakh for the XB Revotron and go up to Rs. Five.78 lakh for Revotorque diesel.

Yep! Despite the fact that four variants of the Hyundai i20 are priced above Rs. Eight lakh, we still thought it would be a good idea to include it in our list. One of the most good-looking premium hatches, the i20 doesn’t display its age, despite being almost three years old now. Of course, the subtle update that it recently got undoubtedly helped. The i20 now gets a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink along with a dual tone colour scheme for the exterior and orange coloured inserts in the cabin as well. The i20 still gets the same three powertrains which are the 1.2-litre petrol, 1.4-litre diesel and a 1.4-litre petrol with a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The i20 has always been a feature rich car and resumes to be so. The prices for the i20 begin at Rs. Five.37 lakh for the Era petrol trim and go up to Rs. 9.07 lakh for the Asta (O) diesel trim. Lots of features, oodles of space and good looks make it one of best buys in the under Rs. Eight lakh bracket, even if you are going for the top of the line variants.

Sedans Under Rs. Eight Lakh

The new-gen Maruti Suzuki not only dropped the ‘Swift’ from its name but also a lot of weight making it over one hundred kg lighter than the older model. This is courtesy of the fresh HEARTEC design platform, which also underpins the upcoming next-gen Swift hatchback. The fresh Dzire makes a lot of sense in this price segment considering the car comes with a host of fresh and premium features along with outstanding design and styling. Safety features like airbags and Six pack come as standard across trim levels and considering the base variant starts at Rs. Five.42 lakh (ex-showroom) there are many options to choose from the variant list. Only top-end model gets projector headlights and LED DRLs for which you’ll need to cough up a duo of lakhs more. However the AMT option is available even in the mid variants – VXI an VDI, which are in fact a very decent pick. Engine options remain unchanged as you get the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard and AMT unit as option. The fresh Dzire also offers the best fuel efficiency be it among petrol models or diesel, returning an ARAI claimed mileage of twenty two kmpl and 28.Four kmpl respectively.

The Xcent facelift was launched recently and like the Grand i10 got a comprehensive update to the looks and the features. The car looks much better now with a fresh front end which takes inspiration from the Elantra. Akin to the Hyundai Grand i10 facelift, the Xcent facelift too gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with a MirrorLink function as well. The Xcent facelift can be specified with either a 1.2-litre petrol or the fresh 1.2-litre diesel as well. The Xcent proceeds to be one of the most fuel efficient cars with 1.Two petrol manual returning 20.14 kmpl and the automatic version comes back 17.36 kmpl. The diesel engine variant has a claimed fuel efficiency figure of 25.Four kmpl. Like the Grand i10, the Xcent facelift too offers fine practicality and with a kicking off price of Rs. Five.38 lakh and going up to Rs. 8.13 lakh for the top diesel trim, the fresh Xcent facelift is good value for money.

Like most other hatchback and sedan duos, the Tigor too, is essentially a compact sedan version of the Tiago. While the front end of the Tigor resembles that of the Tiago, the rear is where the style quotient comes into play. Tata managed to give the Tigor a coupe-like look from the rear, making it rather pleasing to the eye as compared to other sub 4-metre sedans which do not fairly cut it as far as the rear design is considered. The Tigor too gets a host of features such as a touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink, climate control and colour-coded AC vents. It gets the same engine and transmission options as the Tiago, which is not a bad thing. The claimed fuel efficiency on the Tigor is twenty two kmpl for the petrol variant and twenty six kmpl for the diesel variant. The prices for the Tigor embark from Rs. Four.70 lakh for the XE Revotron variant and goes up till Rs. 7.09 lakh for the XZ (O) variant.

Like all other manufacturers, Volkswagen too couldn’t stand against the lure of manufacturing a sub 4-metre compact sedan. The Ameo is to the Polo what the Tigor is to Tiago, the Aspire is to the Figo, and the Xcent is to the Grand i10 and so on. While the overall design might not be as pleasing as some of the others in this list, VW has done well to geyser the Ameo with a entire lot of features such as rain-sensing wipers, cornering lights, rear-view camera, touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink, climate control and even a cruise control. All variants of the Ameo get Six pack and dual airbags as standard. The Polo drew a lot of flak for not getting enough features but with the Ameo, VW has rectified the same. The Ameo gets a 1.2-litre petrol engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 1.5-litre diesel engine which can be specified with either a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG automatic unit. The Ameo is one of the more expensive cars on our list but it is a practical subcompact sedan loaded with features and a solid engine as well. The Volkswagen Ameo thirteen variants out of which nine variants are priced below Rs. Eight lakhs while four variants are priced above the Rs. Eight lakh mark. The prices embark from Rs. Five.45 lakh and go up all the way to Rs. 9.62 lakh.

The Ford Aspire is yet another compact sedan which makes it to our list of best cars under Rs. Eight lakh. It is possibly the best-looking subcompact sedan in the market at present. The front end, with its large black grille and swept-back headlamps, look indeed good. The interior too is spacious and well-appointed. The beige and black colour scheme add to the premium-ness of the car. The Aspire is suggested with three drivetrains, a 1.2-litre petrol, a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. The 1.5-litre petrol gets a 6-speed dual clutch transmission which is fairly a joy car to drive. Rest, the 1.Two petrol and the 1.Five diesel aren’t bad either. As is the case with the Figo, the Aspire too gets a ‘Sports’ version which has a few cosmetic switches and a stiffer suspension. The prices for the Aspire commence at Rs. Five.45 lakh for the base petrol variant and go up to Rs. 8.28 lakh for the top of the line diesel variant.

Special Mention: While they might not be the absolute best buys under Rs. Eight lakh, we thought it would be a good idea to at least mention them here. You could also buy the base trims of the Vitara Brezza, Ciaz, EcoSport and the TUV300 as well. But we would rather not consider these as the best buys.

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