Best cars to buy in India in 2019

With the falling demand for four-wheelers, some manufacturers are offering more economical solutions, along with the latest technology, stylish exteriors, class-leading features and more. This has helped these brands gain popularity and stand strong in the market against their competitors. These auto brands are investing heavily in creating vehicles with state-of-the-art offerings at an attractive price.

 Here’s a list of best cars to buy in India in 2019:

  1. Renault KWID

Renault launched the facelift version of its popular hatchback, KWID. The stylish, feature-loaded Renault KWID was launched with new safety additions so that you can make the most out of every drive, along with a host of other features that are aimed at making your drives more exciting.

Renault KWID

All the KWID variants have front disc brakes with ABS that ensure a safe drive in all weather conditions and on different road surfaces. Further, these variants come with a driver airbag, a seat belt reminder, new rear retractable seat belts, and central locking. Additionally, the front ELR seat belt with pre-tensioners and load limiters make every drive safer, while the high mount stop lamp gives complete peace of mind. The Traffic Assist Mode helps the car inch forward in heavy traffic and keeps it steady on slopes.

This facelift version has taken the market by storm, as KWID is one of the very few hatchbacks that offer a vast range of features at such an affordable price, making it one of the best cars to buy in India.

The Renault KWID is available at a starting price Rs.2.76 lakh.

  1. Maruti WagonR Facelift

Maruti launched the third generation of the WagonR in the month of January. The new facelift variant looks bigger and more spacious than the old model. On the outside, it comes with large headlamps and vertically stacked tail lamps on the C-pillar. Moreover, the top variant comes with a roof-integrated spoiler with high mounted stop lamps.Maruti WagonR

The all-new WagonR is available in manual as well as AMT options. As far as safety is concerned, it offers dual front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard in all its variants.

The WagonR facelift variant is available at a starting price of Rs.4.29 lakh.

  1. Renault CAPTUR

Renault attracted all the consumers who were on a hunt for a stylish SUV, with the launch of the Renault CAPTUR. With the distinctive expressive design, the Renault CAPTUR has established itself as India’s most stylish SUV. Perfectly blending power with efficiency, the CAPTUR delivers a dynamic drive experience, along with a host of safety features.Renault CAPTUR

Thoughtful and convenient storage spaces and a boot space of 0.392 m3 (392 litre) which is expandable up to 1.353 m3 (1352 litre) further complement its premium interiors. So, there’s enough space to carry everything you want on your journey. The CAPTUR offers the best-in-class ground clearance of 210 mm that can help you conquer any terrain with ease and makes any ride, just a piece of cake

The Renault CAPTUR is available at a starting price of Rs.9.49 lakh.

  1. Mahindra TUV300

The Mahindra TUV300 is popular for its rugged looks, boxy proportions, and a spacious cabin. It is a subcompact SUV that accommodates 7 people with additional jump seats in the boot. It comes with a 1.5-litre engine paired to a manual and AMT gearbox options. For those looking at a fuel-efficient SUV without compromising on space and looks, the TUV300 is a good choice in this price range.Mahindra XUV300

The Mahindra TUV300 is available at a starting price of Rs.8.28 lakh.

The battle to maintain their place in the market is tough. But, these brands are surely capitalizing with vehicles that ensure the best performance and great driving experience.

Most Popular Cars on Indian Roads

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The Indian auto industry is rapidly growing since the consumers are constantly looking for modern and high-end products. There’s a continuous rise in the demand for such vehicles as the customers are aware that even if they are on a budget, they don’t have to compromise in terms of the car’s styling, performance, features or safety. The consumers are always asking for more at a reasonable price. To match up to this demand, manufacturers are heavily investing in creating products that are well equipped and affordable.

If you are looking to buy a new vehicle, this list of the most popular cars on Indian roads will help you.

Renault KWID

With the launch of Renault KWID, popularly known as India’s favorite car, the brand challenged various entry-level hatchbacks. Its design strategy symbolizes dynamic performance, robust strength and a taste for adventure. Moreover, it is loaded with first-in-class features that make it ideal for zipping around in urban traffic and roaring down the open highway.

The Feature-Loaded Range of the KWID comes with a first-in-class touchscreen display, which features a user-friendly MediaNAV (multimedia and navigation) system, a new first-in-class Reverse Parking Camera and a host of other first-in-class features like the Digital Instrument Cluster, Rear Armrest and a Rear 12V power socket. The Renault KWID also offers a boot space of 300 liters, which can be extended up to 1115 liters. The ultra-high ground clearance of 180 mm establishes the KWID as a big small car that is ready for anything. Adding to a long list of features, the KWID also offers a category-first warranty of 4 Years/100000KM, a low cost of maintenance and great resale value.

Renault KWID

With different variants like the KWID 0.8L, KWID 1.0L, KWID AMT and KWID CLIMBER that offer the best driving experience, the Renault KWID is considered one of the best cars to buy in India.

The KWID is available at a starting price of Rs.2.76 lakh.

Renault DUSTER

Brand Renault entered the SUV market with the launch of Renault DUSTER. Known as the true SUV, DUSTER gives you the license to challenge all limits and explore new adventures every day.

With new design details and powerful features, the DUSTER can fuel your passion to go anywhere. The power-led performance of the DUSTER is enhanced by the X-Tronic CVT gearshift, which is engineered to deliver seamless acceleration. It also comes with India’s first 6-speed Easy-R AMT, which delivers a comfortable drive and superior mileage. The AWD mode allows the car to adapt to any kind of terrain, be it slick city roads or the toughest terrains outside and delivers an effortless driving experience.

Moreover, its world-class safety and security features ensure you are in complete control, even on unfavorable terrains, whereas a host of other thoughtful features ensure that your driving comfort is not compromised.

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The DUSTER is available at a starting price of Rs.7.99 lakh.

Ford EcoSport
The Ford EcoSport is one of the first subcompact SUVs in India. The EcoSport offers a mix of good driving dynamics and features at a competitive price.

The EcoSport is equipped with features like an 8 or 9-inch touchscreen SYNC 3 infotainment system with smartphone integration, automatic climate control, auto projector headlamps, cruise control, push-button start, rain-sensing wipers, sunroof and even paddle shifters on the Titanium+ AT variant.

It is available with a choice of three engines: a 1.5-liter petrol unit (123PS/150Nm), a 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol unit (125PS/170Nm) and a 1.5-liter diesel unit (100PS/205Nm). The 1.5-liter petrol engine is offered with the choice of a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox while the 1.5-liter diesel only gets the 5-speed manual gearbox. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost variant, meanwhile, comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. It is also the most fuel-efficient petrol variant with a claimed mileage of 18.1kmpl.

The EcoSport is available at a starting price of Rs.7.69 lakh.

Tata Tiago

Since the time Tata Tiago was launched in April 2016, it has been a popular car in its segment.

With a host of segment-first features and a brilliant design, the hatchback has managed to keep itself on top. Boasting adequate space for five passengers, the Tiago has standout features like an integrated, 8-speaker sound system by Harman, chilled glovebox, electric mirrors, and multiple drive modes. It is one of the most affordable hatchbacks with a 1.2-liter petrol engine and high fuel efficiency (claimed mileage of 23.84 km per liter).
The Tiago is available with either a petrol or diesel engine, along with a 5-speed manual or AMT gearbox.

The Tata Tiago price range starts at Rs.4.40 lakh.

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These are just a few examples of the best cars to buy in India. Visit the authorized dealerships of different brands near you to know about their products in detail. It will also help you compare different variants and their offerings. Check out the features, get the expert reviews and don’t forget to take a test drive before making your final purchase decision.

Latest technologies and features available in the new breed of SUVs in India: An experience with the Renault CAPTUR

In recent years, automotive technology has seen a rapid growth. Moreover, the SUV sector has gained more popularity due to its off-roading capabilities, practicality and great performance. Hence, all manufacturers are focusing on creating SUVs that are equipped with high-tech features that ensure an effortless experience. Every new model that enters the market features some tech advancement that makes it stand out from other cars.

When I was planning to buy a new SUV this year, I came across many options. Some of them were good in terms of looks whereas some were loaded with tech and other features. After doing a thorough research and taking most of them out on a test drive to get the real experience, I decided to go for the Renault CAPTUR, which for me was a perfect blend of style and performance.

Here’s my overall experience with the car till date and what it offers:

When I first saw the CAPTUR, it caught my attention. The distinctive design details on the outside give it a bold look, whereas the ultra-premium interiors deliver unmatched comfort. The R17 Crystal Cut alloys and chrome studded front grille accentuate the car’s dynamic lines while the chrome jewel body side cladding and chrome accents on the rear embellisher and exhaust, add a touch of flair.

Renault CAPTUR

The Renault CAPTUR features an Innovative Lighting System (ILS), which brings a new dimension to automotive illumination. It comprises of segment-first Sparkle Full LED headlamps that produce an enhanced light output, while being highly energy efficient. It also extends to the iconic C-shaped Sapphire LED DRLs, unique Floating Indicators, Ripple tail lamps and LED ambient lighting on the inside. Moreover, it brings to life the One Integration concept that seamlessly connects car and driver with a Smart Access Card. The best-in-class ground clearance of 210 mm helps take on any terrain with ease.

When I sat inside to take the car out for a spin, it gave me a sense of sophistication and comfort. The 6-way adjustable Ergo Design Leather Seats* offered ample legroom in both the front and back rows, ensuring a relaxed drive. Other state-of-the-art technology features like the Intelligent ULC 3.0 with rear parking camera and advanced Infinity Instrument Cluster enhance the overall driving experience. Moreover, the thoughtful storage spaces can carry more luggage without hesitation. The interiors are complemented by convenient storage areas and a boot space of 0.392 m3 (392 litre) that can pack everything that’s needed for a perfect outing.

It makes sure that the driving safety is never compromised. The Renault CAPTUR features state-of-the-art technology that makes driving effortless, in all road conditions. Advanced features like ABS + EBD + Brake Assist, ESC and a reinforced body shell for increased torsional rigidity ensures a safe ride.

I’ve been driving this car for the last six months and it has never let me down. I’ve taken it to my native place in Tamil Nadu twice and did one road trip to the North East. Trust me; my journey wouldn’t have been this easy and comfortable without the CAPTUR by my side. For me, it’s surely one of the best cars to buy in India.

Things you should check before buying a hatchback

Hatchback is currently the most preferred segment in the Indian market. Most new car buyers are choosing a hatchback over other vehicles due to its practicality, affordability, fuel efficiency, ease of handling and more. With an increase in demand, Indian automobile industry has become one of the world’s largest portfolio of hatchbacks.
Various car manufacturers are focusing on creating best hatchback cars in India in different categories, right from entry-level to the most premium ones and are aimed to give you an enhanced experience at an affordable cost.
If you’re planning to buy a hatchback, here’s a list of things you should check:

1. Style
Hatchbacks are visually more appealing than a traditional sedan, which could be a reason behind their increasing popularity. When you are buying a new car, make sure its design goes well with your personality and makes you stand out from the rest, every time you’re on the road.

When I was planning to buy my first car, I went to a Renault showroom to check out its popular hatchback, the Renault KWID. I was very fascinated with its SUV-inspired design and it was a perfect match for me.

2. Space
When you’re looking to buy a stylish car, make sure you don’t have to compromise on other practical requirements. Space is one of the most important factors to consider while buying a hatchback. A spacious car enhances your overall travel experience. An ideal hatchback offers a generous and convenient boot as well as storage spaces, so that you can carry all the required things with ease.

3. Safety
If you plan to own a vehicle, be sure that you don’t have to compromise on safety. It’s ideal to look for a safer car regardless of what vehicle configuration you are looking for. The modern hatchbacks come with features that protect drivers and passengers both. You should select a hatchback that fits your individual safety needs and preferences.

With my KWID, I’ve always experienced a secured ride. It is equipped with a driver airbag, a seat belt reminder, new rear retractable seat belts and central locking, which ensure complete peace of mind. Moreover, I can easily take my car out in all weather conditions and on different road surfaces with the help of its front disc brakes with ABS.

4. Features for driving comfort and convenience
It is necessary that you look for specific features that offer enhanced comfort and convenience, making every ride an easy task. These features include adjustable front and back seats, armrests, MediaNAV, reverse parking sensors and more. Today, most manufacturers are investing heavily on their upcoming hatchbacks to meet your expectations and provide you with a host of best-in-class features.

Check out the best hatchback cars in India and get into the details of every car you have in mind, to see which one is a perfect match for you. Once you have ticked the above checklist, don’t forget to check the price, expert reviews, compare it with its competitors in the segment and take it for a test drive to make the prefect choice.

What are the Best Features of the Renault CAPTUR?

If you’re a person who likes to explore new, uncharted roads and wants to own an SUV that matches your stylish personality, then the Renault CAPTUR would be a perfect choice for you.

With an expressive design styling, the Renault CAPTUR blends a bold, assertive presence to establish itself as India’s most stylish SUV. The distinctive design details like the R17 Crystal Cut alloys and chrome studded front grille accentuate the car’s dynamic lines. The chrome jewel body side cladding and chrome accents on the rear embellisher and exhaust add a touch of flair, giving it an elegant and stylish look. The Innovative Lighting System (ILS) brings a new dimension to automotive illumination. The LED front fog lamps give the car a stunning look and its cornering function automatically illuminates the corners while you are taking a turn.

Renault CAPTUR

Its expressive design is carried forward on the inside. Every Renault CAPTUR feature is carefully crafted to give you uncompromising comfort. The Ergo Design Leather Seats are 6-way adjustable and come with ample legroom in both the front and back rows. Together with a high driving position that offers wraparound panoramic visibility, the CAPTUR delivers unmatched comfort. These ultra-premium interiors are further complemented by thoughtful and convenient storage spaces and a 0.392 m3 (392 litre) boot that’s expandable up to 1.353 m3 (1352 litre). So, you can easily carry everything you want on your journey. The CAPTUR offers the best-in-class ground clearance of 210 mm that makes any ride, just a piece of cake.

It brings to life the OneIntegration concept that seamlessly connects car and driver. A unique Smart Access Card helps you ease into a world that’s connected and convenient. OneIntegration further extends to the advanced Infinity Instrument Cluster, the Intelligent ULC 3.0 with rear parking camera and the Auto AC with surround white illumination that ensures the cabin is always optimally cooled – both in the front and back rows.

With the legendary K9K 1.5L diesel engine and the responsive H4K 1.5L petrol engine, the CAPTUR perfectly blends power with efficiency to give you a dynamic drive experience. It also comes with a host of safety features. While the ABS with Brake Assist ensures your well-being is prioritised, the electronic Stability Control (ESC) ensures safe driving during sudden manoeuvring through tricky roads. State-of-the-art technologies like Cruise Control, Speed Limiter and steering wheel controls are accompanied by advanced features like auto headlamps and rain sensing wipers to keep you prepared for all conditions. The front and side airbags help you be at peace as they ensure that you are indeed safe and the rear parking camera helps you park your car with ease.

The CAPTUR offers more than 40 personalisation categories, so you can make every drive a perfect combination of style and sophistication. Read more about the Renault CAPTUR features and select from a range of accessories to create a car that’s unmistakably you.

Top Hatchback Cars in India to Buy This Season

Hatchbacks are the highest selling car body style in India. From entry-level to premium ones, currently, our market has one of the world’s largest portfolio of hatchbacks on sale. For many buyers, a hatchback is appealing not only because of its affordability, but also practicality.

The demand for hatchbacks is such that even premium car manufacturers have started to launch their versions of compact hatches in India. They are coming up with cars that not only offer advanced comfort and convenience, but are also easy on the pocket.

Here’s a list of top hatchback cars in India:

1. Renault KWID

Renault challenged various entry-level hatchbacks in the segment, with the launch of India’s favourite car, the Renault KWID. With a design strategy that symbolises dynamic performance, the KWID also exudes robust strength and a taste for adventure. Its SUV-inspired stance offers a high driving position and greater visibility, which makes it ideal for both zipping around in urban traffic and roaring down the open highway.

Renault KWID

The Renault KWID New Feature-Loaded Range comes with a first-in-class touchscreen display, which features a user-friendly MediaNAV (multimedia and navigation) system, a new first-in-class Reverse Parking Camera and a host of other first-in-class features like the Digital Instrument Cluster, Rear Armrest and a Rear 12V power socket. The Renault KWID also offers a boot space of 300 litres, which can be extended up to 1115 litres. The ultra-high ground clearance of 180 mm establishes the KWID as a big small car that is ready for anything. Adding to a long list of features, the KWID also offers a category-first warranty of 4 Years/100000 KM, low cost of maintenance and a great resale value.

With different variants like the KWID 0.8L, KWID 1.0L, KWID AMT and KWID CLIMBER that offer the best driving experience, the Renault KWID is considered one of the best hatchback cars in India.

The Renault KWID price range starts at Rs.2.66 lakh.

2. Maruti Alto K10

The Maruti Alto K10 features the brand’s peppy K-Series engine. In addition to the petrol version, the Alto K10 also has a CNG variant. The Maruti Alto K10 is available with either a 5-speed manual or an AMT. It is also one of the cheapest Maruti models currently available and is a joy to drive.

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The Alto can deliver a mileage of 24.07 km per litre, has compact dimensions, unbelievably low running costs, and to top it all, a good resale value. The brand lacks in the features department and exteriors, but the positive attributes overshadow these. The low running cost, fuel-efficient engine, Maruti’s widespread sales and service network, and a high resale value easily justify the top spot for K10.

The Maruti Alto K10 price range starts at Rs.3.5 lakh

3. Tata Tiago

The Tata Tiago was launched in April, 2016 and since then, it’s been one of the best-selling hatchbacks in India. It can be considered as the return of Tata Motors. With a lot of segment-first features and a brilliant design, the hatchback has managed to keep itself on top.

Boasting adequate space for five passengers, the Tiago has standout features like an integrated, 8-speaker sound system by Harman, chilled glovebox, electric mirrors and multiple drive modes. It is one of the most affordable hatchbacks with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and high fuel efficiency (claimed mileage of 23.84 km per litre).

Tata Tiago

The Tiago is available with either a petrol or diesel engine, along with a 5-speed manual or AMT gearbox.

The Tata Tiago price range starts at Rs.3.26 lakh.

4. Maruti Suzuki Baleno

The Maruti Baleno is a premium hatchback from Maruti Suzuki. The iconic design of the Maruti Baleno and its advanced safety features are highlights of the car. With upmarket interiors and features, the Maruti Baleno is almost on par with premium hatchbacks sold in the European market.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

The SmartPlay Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay Smartphone connectivity and Bluetooth connectivity are some of the innovative features of the vehicle. Other notable features include the TFT multi-information display panel and tilt and telescopic steering functionalities. The car also has an improved crash resiliency platform, Total Effective Control Technology, dual-front airbags, ABS, and anti-pinch power windows.

The Baleno comes with both petrol and diesel engine variants, along with an optional CVT. The premium Maruti hatchback also has a sporty sibling – the Baleno RS.

These are just a few examples of top hatchback cars in India. If I had to choose one, the Renault KWID would be my top pick, as it offers the most value for money. Plus, an exciting range of Renault KWID accessories helps you personalize the car the way you want, which is very necessary nowadays.

Small Cars with Good Ground Clearance

Ground clearance is the minimum distance between the lower end of a vehicle’s body and the road. It is one of the trickiest dimensions as vehicle handling is directly dependent on the ground clearance.

Most new car buyers look for small cars with good ground clearance to negotiate with bad roads and it is a pretty important factor while deciding a new vehicle. Higher ground clearance also means you can travel over higher obstacles, simply put. If you make a mistake in the parking lot where you find yourself bouncing over a curb, you’ll find that a higher ground clearance car can be more resilient to potential damage than a lower-to-the-ground vehicle, because of the fact that the body of the vehicle is farther from the ground. Indian roads are full of speed breakers and other hurdles like bricks, stones, potholes, etc. High ground clearance ensures that your car doesn’t touch the ground or get damaged, ensuring a smooth and steady ride.

And when it comes to going out for adventures, this feature is really important. Be it traversing through roads covered in deep snow, crossing fords, driving on gravel and boulders, or driving in sand, cars with higher ground clearance make it easier for you to conquer any terrain.

Here’s a list of small cars with good ground clearance that offer an effortless drive every time.

Renault KWID:

The Renault KWID is popular among young buyers for its SUV-inspired looks. The KWID offers a high ground clearance of 180 mm, which is similar to or more than many SUVs in India. High ground clearance helps avoiding the scratching of the underbelly of your vehicle. And what’s more, even though the KWID has a higher ground clearance, its handling isn’t affected. It continues to offer a great driving experience in all situations. Be it bumpy, uneven roads and speed breakers of the city or rugged, off-roading terrains, the KWID’s SUV-inspired design offering high ground clearance makes driving a breeze.

Image result for Renault kwidWhile the KWID remains a firm favourite amongst Indian buyers, a few other hatchbacks also offer a good ground clearance.

Hyundai Eon:

Eon has a ground clearance of 170 mm which is considered to be above average, as a good ground clearance for cars in this category is 164 mm. Plus, this comes with a powerful engine coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

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Datsun Redi-Go:

 In the small car category, the Redi-Go stands tall! While it may not be the best in terms of exterior aesthetics or power, it beats all other cars in this segment with a ground clearance of 185 mm.

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Toyota Etios Cross:

 Toyota has based the Etios Cross on the Etios hatchback. It has also increased the ground clearance of the model to 174 mm so that it can ride easily on rough surfaces. The extended ground clearance helps the Etios Cross negotiate tough roads easily and live up to its name.

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Maruti Ignis:

The Ignis is a premium entry-level hatchback targeted at the youth. With a high ground clearance of 180 mm, Ignis can take on bad surfaces with ease. The Kei car design of the Ignis is unique and attracts a lot of attention.

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 Maruti Suzuki Baleno:

 Taking inputs from Swift, Maruti Suzuki Baleno was launched to cater to those who wanted something more premium than the former. The hatchback offers a ground clearance of 170 mm and a spacious cabin to help you travel effortlessly.

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These are just a few examples of hatchbacks cars with good ground clearance and in the coming years most manufacturers will be looking to give you more for less.

And if we had to choose one, we would pick the Renault KWID because it comes loaded with a host of features like the new first-in-class Reverse Parking Camera, new first-in-class Rear Armrest, new Razor-edge Chrome Front Grille, first-in-class touchscreen MediaNAV and much more. These, along with high ground clearance give you the comfort and convenience you deserve. Plus there is an exciting range of Renault KWID accessories that can help you enhance your overall experience. What’s more, if you had to compare its ground clearance with other cars in the same price range, then it beats the Maruti Alto 800 (160 mm), Maruti Suzuki Wagon R (165 mm), Hyundai Eon (170 mm) and Maruti Celerio (165 mm) comfortably.

So go ahead, make your own choice when it comes to Small cars with Good Ground Clearance, but remember this, even though you are not buying an SUV you must expect more, as High Ground Clearance is not just a Good-to-have feature anymore. It is a must have!