Best Looking Affordable Cars in India - Maruti Swift to Honda City

by Harish Kumar | 24/05/2020
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Our list of best looking affordable cars in India will provide you with some handsome models like Maruti Swift, Tata Altroz, Tata Harrier, Kia Seltos and more.

It might be okay for you that not all cars are created equal in terms of look. However, for some fastidious motorists, driving in a handsome-looking car is a top priority. That’s the reason why we all agree that alongside the price, feature or service reach,etc., good look is of the most important aspects for customers when buying a car and for the manufacturers when designing them. While the idea of beauty is one of the most polarising matters on the planet and it’s even more subjective than whether to eat Chole the dinner, there are some cars whose style and design are just gorgeous from top to toe. If you are finding the good looking cars for sale within the Indian market, here are our compiled list of best-looking cars in India, from the nicely-designed Maruti Swift to the stylish Honda City.

1. Maruti Swift

One can’t ever deny that Maruti Swift is a good looking car of India. It is quite apparent that Maruti Swift takes over an award-winning styling design that makes it an absolute stunner on the roads. For the one who may not know, the third-gen global-spec Swift even won the Good Design Award 2017 by the Institute of Design Promotion of Japan.

maruti swift red colour front three quarters

While the first-gen Swift came to us in 2005, it took the market by storm by its cute and sporty appearance. In its current-gen avatar, the funky design of the Swift, which has been tweaked to the modern customers’ tastes, is still one of its strongest USPs. Every design patterns in the Swift are eye-catchy, from the sweptback headlamps to the nicely-designed front grille, the contours on the hood, C-pillar mounted rear door handles and the evolved rear angle. Over the years, Maruti Swift always tops off the monthly sales chart in India and certainly design is one of the key factors.


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2. Tata Altroz

Before the arrivals of some present-day vehicles, Tata’s design was known to be boring-looking and no more. However, with the Impact 1.0 and 2.0 design philosophies, Tata ushers in the better-looking styles of its new models, especially the recently-launched Tata Altroz.

tata altroz front angle

It is not an overestimation to say that the Altroz is synonymous with the head-turning road presence. That’s why the list of best-looking cars in India can’t miss out on the Tata Altroz. Clearly, the Altroz is the best-looking hatchback, not just in its segment, but also in the entire Indian market at the moment. The Altroz’s major highlight is its distinctive shark nose-like front end with a smiling grille that gives us a euphoric feeling that no other hatchback cars can imitate.

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Tata has had a clever play in the colour cards of the Altroz, where the black embellishment makes a great mix with the chrome details and shining body colour options. Tata’s designers should have burnt their mid-night lamps to come up with a fashionable, edgy and dual-tone tail end which incorporates stylish tail lamps with tapering blacked-out tailgate. If considering its budget-friendly pricing, the Altroz is apparently the best looking cars in India under 10 lakhs.


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3. Kia Seltos

Unlike the two earlier car giants, Kia is a completely new game player in India. However, the South Korean company has been on a hot streak from day one with the beautifully-designed Kia Seltos. Shortly after the Seltos was introduced to the Indian audience, it easily jumps on the bandwagon of the best looking SUVs in India.

kia seltos front three quarters

Kia Seltos looks extremely handsome from almost every direction. It gets just the right proportions, not too big as the MG Hector or Mahindra XUV500 but still feels a couple of classes up above the Duster or Kicks. The Seltos uses a lot of stylish design cues including the signature Tiger Nose front grille with knurled-effect chrome finishes, multi-tier LED lighting setup, ice-cube LED fog lamps along with lavishly-designed crystal-cut alloy wheels and more. All in all, the Kia Seltos looks fresh and decent in the sportiness and we think its name deserves to be mentioned here in the list of best-looking cars in India.


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4. Hyundai Creta

Opinions might be polarizing here and some might reject our statement, especially with the 2020 Hyundai Creta. However, if there is one of the major reasons that turns the Creta into a global success, it should be its style.

2020 hyundai creta front three quarters

Hyundai’s design has always been a big hit, and that’s the same case for the Creta. The pre-facelift Creta attained a fluidic design language, making it one of the best looking cars of all time. The contemporary SUV-like proportions are a big contributor to the car’s major success. The cascading grille with sharp-looking headlamps lends the Creta a distinct look.

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Hyundai Creta has changed much in its 2020 avatar images. For some who wants to stay true to its outgoing design, the 2020 Creta might be a bit quirky and annoying. However, it is obvious that the Creta old vs new goes into a different styling strategy. While the pre-facelift SUV looks conventional to the SUV family, the 2020 Creta is rather radical, sitting in the same lot of the Hyundai Venue.


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 5. New Hyundai Verna

Next up in the list of best-looking cars in India is the new Hyundai Verna of which the design has been in the hot spot in recent times. Of the biggest plus points of 2020 Verna, design tops off the list. As you can see, the Verna was always a bold looker of the segment it’s based on and the 2020 Hyundai Verna just follows the same route.

hyundai verna front three quarters

The new Verna takes huge inspiration from the Le Fit Rouge concept unveiled at the Auto Expo 2020. And for the uninitiated, the same also previewed the much-awaited upcoming 2021 Hyundai Elantra in the global markets. It gets a bold new front grille with criss-cross detailing, which merges with the tapering headlamps to create an aggressive front face. The sedan looks classy on either side with sporty diamond-cut alloys and prominent shoulder lines.

That said, it’s hard to believe that the 2020 Creta is just a facelift model, given the massive styling elements made ways to the new executive sedan.

6. Tata Harrier

If you are a fan of badass, Tata Harrier carries just the same. As what we’ve said earlier on, the new-day Tata cars are scoring very well in terms of look and Tata Harrier is just among them. Tata Harrier is based on the Land Rover D8 architecture and it follows the company’s latest IMPACT Design 2.0 so no wonders, it looks badass.

2020 tata harrier front three quarters

Many people think that the Harrier gets a like-it-or-hate-it styling design but we think the Tata car just leans on the first half. Being an Indian car, the Harrier is very interesting to look at. The SUV features a fair bit of one-of-a-kind styling cues, like a unique headlamp setup, roofline or the edgy-looking tail. The Harrier gains a good street presence and along with its design, it can steal the limelight of any cars plying on the same roads. We say Tata Harrier is among the best looking cars in India.

2020 tata harrier side angle

Tata is working on the seven-seat iteration of the Harrier, the Tata Gravitas. We do hope the Gravitas to take the leaf out of the Harrier’s book and even more in terms of design and performance in the Indian space.


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7. Honda City

Honda City has been the backbone of Honda in India, especially for its look. It is the most sought-after sedan out there and the 2020 City is anticipated to go on the same way. In its 2020 model, the latest-gen Honda City features a new styling but is still recognized as the City’s signature look. The sedan gets quite an impressive aesthetics. The exterior of the car strikes a great balance between elegant, modern and dynamic appeal.

The sedan features larger and sharper wraparound headlamps and grille while its bumpers are also wider at the same time, thereby adding up to the car’s overall premium look. It comes with many prominent lines and creases on its bodywork, while the diamond-cut alloys come in place of the boring-looking units of the outgoing model. Having said, 2020 Honda City looks extremely promising, not to mention the compelling upgrades it receives on the inside and under the hood. Stay updated with IndianAuto for more details of the 2020 Honda City India launch.


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Like we said above, beauty is based on the eyes of the beholders and that it may seem desirable for some but fussy for the rest. Therefore, our list of the best looking cars in India is just based on our subjective ideas. Do you agree or disagree with these listed vehicles? Do you think there is any best-designed car that we miss out on? Let us know in the comment.

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