Best cars for the middle class in India

by IndianAuto Team | 26/09/2018
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Car is no longer a luxury but rather a necessity for Indian people. If you are looking for a car that performs well but does not put a dent in your pocket, check out the list below

First off, this list is for a middle-class family, who:

  • Live in their own residence or in rented accommodation

  • Do not have a free flow of cash

  • Keep track of and try to control bills and expenditures

  • Strike to achieve a balance between status and comfort

So a car that is suitable for a middle-class family would have a price tag of 7 lakhs or under, low maintenance, good mileage, comfortable space, and decent value.


1.1. Renault Kwid

Renault Kwid is a reasonably-priced car that comes with a variety of features. Despite being a hatchback, Kwid has a strong and tall SUV look. It has great legroom space on both front seats and rear seats and is more spacious than Hyundai Eon or Maruti Suzuki Alto. The car is ideal on Indian roads as it has high ground clearance, so you do not have to be that worried about the speed breakers and holes on the street. The affordable price tag makes it a top pick under 4 lakh price.

Renault Kwid front side view

Renault Kwid is a hatchback that has a strong SUV look

1.2. Tata Zest XMS Petrol

Tata cars have always had the lowest price tag in India’s automotive market. But the low price tag does not mean that safety and comfort are compromised. Tata Zest XMS Petrol boasts safety features of high quality and top-notch interiors. What’s more, the car has quite a decent cabin space. With its Safety Specs and Revotron Engine taken into consideration, Tata Zest XMS Petrol is definitely good bang for your buck.

Tata Zest XMS Petrol front-side view

Tata Zest XMS Petrol has both good price and good quality

1.3. Maruti Suzuki Dzire Vxi

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Vxi is one of the best compact sedans in India. The Dzire Vxi has a sleek modern design that gives a premium feel. The new-generation Dzire features many safety, convenience, and entertainment functions with great seating space. Also, the car has a class-leading mileage and low maintenance for those busy people that do not want hassle. The Dzire Vxi is an excellent value buy for a middle-class family.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Vxi front-side view

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Vxi is a hassle-free car for busy family


Generally speaking, the prices of diesel cars are higher than those of petrol cars but worry not, there are still some great diesel cars for a family that are under 7 lakhs.

2.1. Tata Tiago XT Diesel

Tata Tiago XT Diesel is one of the most affordable hatchbacks in India and it is considered to be one of the best, too. Good ground clearance makes it ideal to go on urban as well as suburban roads. The car has premium interiors and spacious cabin that can accommodate 4 adults and 1 child. It is also loaded with features and delivers a great mileage of 27.28 km/l. The price is almost 1 lakh lower than most other cars of the same kind, making the Tiago XT Diesel the most promising diesel hatchback in its class.

Tata Tiago XT Diesel front-side view

Tata Tiago XT Diesel is the most promising diesel hatchback

2.2. Hyundai Grand i10 Magna Diesel

Hyundai Grand i10 Magna Diesel is the ideal car to drive in crazy city traffic thanks to its excellent low-end torque. The i10 Magna Diesel focuses on convenience and comfort of the passengers and lacks safety features. It boasts the best-in-class rear seat cabin space and amazing legroom. Not only that, the mileage of 24.95 km/p is not bad when compared to its competitors. The price tag makes the car an excellent value proposition for its all convenience features.

Hyundai Grand i10 Magna Diesel front-side view

Hyundai Grand i10 Magna Diesel is the car of convenience and comfort

2.3. Tata Tigor XT Diesel

Tata Tigor is priced a bit higher than other Tata lineups but like other Tata cars, the price is still pretty good. Tigor XT Diesel has a structured masculine style and incredible ground clearance. More than that, it offers good driveability and great legroom. Coupled with excellent mileage of 24.7 km/l, Tata Tigor XT Diesel is definitely a car that you should consider.

Tata Tigor XT Diesel front-side view

Tata Tigor XT Diesel is a great deal for a middle-class family

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