10 Best Small Cars In India With Prices, Specifications

by Harish Kumar | 13/12/2019
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Check out the list of 10 best small cars in India with prices, specifications to get everything to know about the most worth-considering small cars of India.

When talking about small cars in India, things surfaced on our head should be compact sizes, higher fuel efficiency and cost-effectiveness. For these reasons, compact cars still cement a strong position in the Indian automobile market, despite the growing sentiments towards highly-priced SUVs and crossovers among buyers in present days. India, as we all know, is a price-sensitive market and small cars are always a better option as they can ease out pocket the most. In the days when the number of nuclear families is on the steeper side, small cars are taking back buyers’ affinity and auto manufacturers have eyed this trend to launch important products in this segment. We’ve compiled a complete list of best small cars in India on the basis of prices, specifications, features and more.

1. Maruti Alto 800

  • Price: Rs 2.88 – 4.09 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

If you asked us which is the oldest-running and one of the best small cars of India, the Maruti Alto 800 would be the first one to be named. Maruti 800 was a small city car launched back in 1983 and has won thousands of hearts of the Indian car aficionados. Over years of existence, the Alto 800 has changed much in terms of design, features and specs. And even though it’s no longer the best-selling model in Maruti Suzuki’s product lineup, there’s one thing that never changed: it is always a favourite small car for first-time buyers in India.

maruti alto 800 red front angle

Maruti Suzuki brought out the 2019 facelift of the Alto 800 in April of the year, making it a safer and more stylish. The 2019 Alto 800 is still powered by a 796 cc 3-cylinder engine that develops 47 BHP of max power and 69 Nm of torque but it is now BSVI compliant.

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The new Alto 800 remains all its core strengths, including high fuel efficiency, low maintenance cost and pretty good ride & handling quality for a car of budget. What’s better is that the Alto has been out in the new car market for long enough to be a good option in the used car segment. You can easily find thousands of used Maruti Alto K10 for sale across the country on IndianAuto.

Maruti Alto 800 Specifications

 Engine Type  0.8-litre 3-cyl Petrol
 Displacement  796 cc
 Max Power  47 BHP (Petrol) | 40.3 BHP (CNG)
 Max Torque 69 Nm (Petrol) | 60 Nm (CNG)
 Transmission  5-speed MT
 Fuel Mileage  22.05 kmpl (Petrol), 32.99 km/kg (CNG)

Maruti Alto 800 Prices In Popular Cities

 Cities Ex-showroom Price On-road Price
New Delhi Rs 2.94-4.14 lakh Rs 3.28-4.56 lakh
Mumbai Rs 3.04-4.24 lakh Rs 3.61-4.75 lakh
Bangalore Rs 3.04-4.24 lakh Rs 3.65-5.01 lakh
Chennai Rs 3.04-4.24 lakh Rs 3.51-4.88 lakh
Hyderabad Rs 3.04-4.24 lakh Rs 3.71-4.96 lakh
Pune Rs 3.04-4.24 lakh Rs 3.54-4.75 lakh
Kolkata Rs 3.04-4.24 lakh Rs 3.37-4.69 lakh
Kochi Rs 3.04-4.24 lakh Rs 3.42-4.75 lakh

2. Maruti Alto K10

  • Price: Rs 3.60 – 4.39 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

The bigger brother of the Alto 800, the Maruti Alto K10 is the next model in our list of best small cars in India. While retaining all the traits offered on the cheaper Alto 800 sibling, the Maruti Alto K10 does offer a pepper 998 cc 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 67 BHP of power and 90 Nm of torque. Further, the Alto K10 even comes in a choice of an automated manual transmission that boasts a good mixture of performance and efficiency. The small car by Maruti Suzuki can deliver a fuel economy figure of up to 23.95 kmpl for both the manual and automatic versions.

new 2019 maruti alto k10 orange front angle

Like the Alto 800, the Alto K10 also received new safety features to make it conform to the new AIS-145 safety norms. Driver side airbag, ABS with EBD, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder, reverse parking sensors, speed warning are some essentials in the Alto K10’s safety package. Due to the updates, the price of the 2019 Maruti Alto K10 sees a rise. It is currently priced from Rs 3.60 – 4.39 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) that makes it a bit pricier than the Alto 800 sibling. However, it is still a good option for those who are in the market for a car under 5 lakhs in India.

Maruti Alto K10 Specifications

 Engine Type  1.0-lite 4-cyl K10B
 Displacement  998 cc
 Max Power  67.1 BHP (Petrol) | 58 BHP (CNG)
 Max Torque  90Nm (Petrol) | 78 Nm (CNG)
 Transmission  5-speed MT + AGS (Petrol) | 5-speed MT (CNG)
 Fuel Mileage  23.95 kmpl (Petrol, AGS), 32.26 km/kg (CNG)

Maruti Alto K10 Prices In Some Popular Cities

 Cities Ex-showroom Price On-road Price
New Delhi Rs 2.75-4.75 lakh Rs 3.05-5.36 lakh
Bangalore Rs 2.86-4.86 lakh Rs 3.56-5.91 lakh
Chennai Rs 2.86-4.86 lakh Rs 3.46-5.72 lakh
Hyderabad Rs 2.90-4.86 lakh Rs 3.49-5.75 lakh
Pune Rs 2.90-4.86 lakh Rs 3.63-5.89 lakh
Kolkata Rs 2.86-4.86 lakh Rs 3.42-5.61 lakh
Kochi Rs 2.86-5.00 lakh Rs 3.24-5.60 lakh

3. Renault Kwid

  • Price: Rs 2.83 – 4.92 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Renault Kwid, which paved the way for the cross-hatch car sub-division in India, is the next car name to be called out. Regarded as the mini-Renault Duster, the crossover-ish hatchback by Renault had been the bestseller of the brand in India, before the introduction of the Renault Triber.

renault kwid hatchback blue front angle

The Kwid hatchback is quite a convincing car in its category in India. The critically rugged-looking SUV-ish styling design of the car is one of the main reasons that lures in a set of buyers to Renault’s showrooms every month. In particular, the 2019 Renault Kwid (facelift) comes at the right time to regain buyers’ interest to the cross-hatch after more players have jumped on the bandwagon already. As an SUV-like hatchback, the Kwid comes with a host of SUV crossover-ish design cues like high ground clearance, well-sculpted bumper, skid plates, black body claddings and raised bonnet, making it stand out from the crowd.

Also Read - 2020 Renault Kwid Facelift – All You Need To Know

Powering the Kwid is a 799 cc SCe 3-cylinder petrol engine that can crank out a power output of 54 PS and 72 Nm of torque. There’s also a 999 cc SCe 3-cylinder petrol mill good for 68 PS of power and 91 Nm of torque.

Renault Kwid Specifications

 Engine Type  0.8 SCe  1.0-litre SCe
 Displacement  799 cc  999 cc
 Max Power  54 PS  68 PS
 Max Torque  72 Nm  91 Nm
 Transmission  5-speed MT  5-speed MT/ AMT
 Fuel Mileage  25.17 kmpl  24.04 kmpl

Renault Kwid Prices In Popular Cities

 Cities Ex-showroom Price On-road Price
New Delhi Rs 2.75-4.75 lakh Rs 3.05-5.36 lakh
Bangalore Rs 2.86-4.86 lakh Rs 3.56-5.91 lakh
Chennai Rs 2.86-4.86 lakh Rs 3.46-5.72 lakh
Hyderabad Rs 2.90-4.86 lakh Rs 3.49-5.75 lakh
Pune Rs 2.90-4.86 lakh Rs 3.63-5.89 lakh
Kolkata Rs 2.86-4.86 lakh Rs 3.42-5.61 lakh
Kochi Rs 2.86-5.00 lakh Rs 3.24-5.60 lakh

4. Maruti S-Presso

  • Price: Rs 3.69 – 4.91 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

The next model in our list of best small cars in India is the Kwid-rivalling Maruti S-Presso, which is the company’s newest model. Launched amid fanfare a couple of months ago, the S-Presso received a massive response from the domestic car buyers and witnessed a monthly sales figure of over 10,000 units in October 2019. Therefore, despite being younger, the S-Presso totally deserves to be here, as one good example in the top of 10 small cars for India.

maruti s-presso red colour front view

The latest budget small car of Maruti Suzuki debuts the carmaker’s BSVI-compliant 1.0-litre K10 gasoline engine which is announced to make it to other Maruti cars in the future. This engine is capable of generating 68 HP and 90 Nm of torque and comes linked with a 5-speed MT and an AMT option. Claimed to be a frugal car, the Maruti S-Presso has an ARAI-rated mileage of 21.4 kmpl (for the lower variant) and 21.7 kmpl (for the higher trims level).

Maruti S-Presso Specifications

 Engine Type  1.0-litre K10B
 Displacement  998 cc
 Max Power  67 BHP
 Max Torque  90 Nm
 Transmission  5-speed MT/ AGS
 Fuel Mileage  21.7 kmpl (VX, VXI+, AGS), 21.4 kmpl (STD, LXI)

Maruti S-Presso Prices In Popular Cities

Cities Ex-showroom Price On-road Price
New Delhi Rs 3.69 -4.91 lakh Rs 4.05-4.93 lakh
Mumbai Rs 3.59-4.55 lakh Rs 4.44-5.09 lakh
Bangalore Rs 3.66-4.55 lakh Rs 4.49-5.36 lakh
Chennai Rs 3.64-4.55 lakh Rs 4.33-5.23 lakh
Hyderabad Rs 3.53-4.39 lakh Rs 4.14-5.13 lakh
Pune Rs 3.58-4.55 lakh Rs 4.37-5.09 lakh
Kolkata Rs 3.64-4.55 lakh Rs 3.16-5.02 lakh
Kochi Rs 3.67-4.55 lakh Rs 4.21-5.09 lakh

5. Tata Tiago

  • Price: Rs 4.39 – 6.76 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Tata’s most affordable vehicle, the Tiago also presents in our compilation of 10 best compact cars in the Indian market. The Tiago is a successful runabout car by Tata as it holds a firm position in top 10 selling cars of India.

tata tiago orange front angle

The Tiago did not have an easy “dreaming” start. The Tata Tiago kicked off slow with less than 5,000 units sold per month on average. Given the fact that models like Tata Indica and Bolt were embedded firmly in customers’ minds, the Tata Tiago struggled to attract the crowd towards its showrooms initially. Nonetheless, with a healthy value-for-money quotient and compelling package, the Tata hatchback eventually managed to make them understand the traits that it was selling on.

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The Tata Tiago is based on by Tata’s latest IMPACT design language that also underpins the Tata Altroz premium hatchback that would see its market launch in the coming months. Under its skin lies two engine options, including a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine and a 1.05-litre Revotorq diesel motor with multi-drive modes. While the former can produce 85 PS/ 114 Nm of torque and comes paired with either a 5-speed MT or an automatic unit, the diesel mill has an ability to churn out 70 PS and 140 Nm of torque and is available with a 5-speed manual gearbox only. 

Tata Tiago Specifications

 Engine Type  1.2-litre Revotron Petrol  1.05-litre Revortoq Diesel
 Displacement  1199 cc  1047 cc
 Max Power  85 PS  70 PS
 Max Torque  114 Nm  140 Nm
 Transmission  5-speed MT/ AMT  5-speed MT
 Fuel Mileage  23.84 kmpl  27.28 kmpl

Tata Tiago Prices In Popular Cities

 Cities  Ex-showroom Price  On-road Price
New Delhi Rs 4.4-6.62 lakh Rs 5.97-7.71 lakh
Mumbai Rs 4.5-6.67 lakh Rs 6.52-8.07 lakh
Bangalore Rs 4.5-6.67 lakh Rs 6.62-8.12 lakh
Chennai Rs 4.39-5.96 lakh Rs 6.36-7.78 lakh
Hyderabad Rs 4.5-6.67 lakh Rs 6.38-7.91 lakh
Pune Rs 4.5-6.67 lakh Rs 6.54-8.11 lakh
Kolkata Rs 4.5-6.67 lakh Rs 5.96-7.4 lakh
Kochi Rs 4.45-6.67 lakh Rs 6.14-7.17 lakh

6. Maruti Swift

  • Price: Rs 5.14 – 8.84 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

One of the country’s highest-selling vehicle, the Maruti Swift is in its third-gen avatar now. The mini car is a roaring success of Maruti Suzuki in India for many good reasons. It scales to the heights of the chart with its funky-looking design, cost-effective values, decent fuel efficiency and long equipment list, not to mention the brand image itself.

maruti swift 2018 red test drive image

Apart from the stunning design, the well-received small hatchback car packs itself with a batch of comfort-focused goodies on the inside along with its fun-to-drive performance versus high mileage. At the moment, the Maruti Swift uses a BSVI-spec 1.2-litre K12B 4-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.3-litre DDis 200 diesel motor in BSIV guise. Note that the latter won’t receive the update and face the axe before the BSVI norms roll out. Apart from a manual transmission, the Swift is available with an AMT option onboard that makes driving in the stop-and-go traffics a breeze. The Swift is also easy and cheap to maintain and can be had with plenty of models in the used car segment. The Swift is easily among the best small cars in India. 

Maruti Swift Specifications

 Engine Type  1.2-litre K12B  1.3-litre DDis
 Displacement  1197 cc  1248 cc
 Max Power  81 BHP  74 BHP
 Max Torque  113 Nm  190 Nm
 Transmission  5-speed MT/ AMT  5-speed MT/ AMT
 Fuel Mileage  22 kmpl  28.4 kmpl

Maruti Swift Prices In Popular Cities

Cities Ex-showroom Price On-road Price
 New Delhi  Rs 5.23-7.69 lakh  Rs 5.78-8.64 lakh
 Mumbai  Rs 5.23-7.69 lakh  Rs 6.11-8.94 lakh
 Bangalore  Rs 5.23-7.69 lakh  Rs 6.39-9.33 lakh
 Chennai  Rs 5.23-7.69 lakh  Rs 6.03-8.79 lakh
 Hyderabad  Rs 5.23-7.69 lakh   Rs 6.23-9.09 lakh
 Pune  Rs 5.23-7.69 lakh  Rs 6.13-8.94 lakh
 Kolkata  Rs 5.23-7.69 lakh  Rs 5.91-8.63 lakh
 Kochi  Rs 5.27-7.75 lakh  Rs 6.04-8.84 lakh

7. Maruti Baleno

  • Price: Rs 5.58 – 8.9 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

The king of the B2 segment, Maruti Baleno is the most preferred premium hatchback in the country. Recently, the Baleno has hit 6.5 lakh sales milestone in November 2019, seeing a market share of over 27 per cent of its car category. Rules the market with its premium looks, feature-laden cabin and peppy yet frugal petrol and diesel engines, the Baleno is one of the most perfect compact cars in India. The Baleno comes as the first choice for anyone who has been looking for an upmarket hatch that offers good ride quality at the same time. While the 1.2-litre petrol engine of the Baleno can pump up to 83 HP and is available with both 5-speed MT and CVT options, the 75 HP 1.3-litre diesel engine can be had with a 5-speed manual gearbox merely.

maruti baleno 2019 blue front angle

Built on the strong and modern HEARTECT platform for improved safety, the Baleno gets sufficient standard safety bits such as dual airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, seatbelt reminder with pretensioner and load limiter along with ISOFIX child seat mounts, high-speed warning, rear parking sensors among others.

Maruti Baleno Specifications

 Engine Type  1.2-litre VVT  1.2-litre Dualjet VVT  DDis 190
 Displacement  1197 cc  1197 cc  1248 cc
 Max Power  81 BHP  88 BHP  74 BHP
 Max Torque  113 Nm  113 Nm  190 Nm
 Transmission  5-speed MT/CVT  5-speed MT  5-speed MT
 Fuel Mileage  23.87 kmpl (MT), 21.4 kmpl (CVT)  23.87 kmpl  27.39 kmpl

Maruti Baleno Prices In Popular Cities

 Cities Ex-showroom Price On-road Price
New Delhi  Rs 5.59-8.9 lakh  Rs 6.67-9.17 lakh
Mumbai  Rs 5.68-9.0 lakh  Rs 6.63-10.4 lakh
Bangalore  Rs 5.68-9.0 lakh  Rs 6.02-8.62 lakh
Chennai  Rs 5.68-9.0 lakh  Rs 6.55-10.29 lakh
Hyderabad  Rs 5.68-9.0 lakh  Rs 6.68-10.53 lakh
Pune  Rs 5.68-9.0 lakh  Rs 6.63-10.44 lakh
Kolkata  Rs 5.68-9.0 lakh  Rs 6.27-9.86 lakh
Kochi  Rs 5.68-9.0 lakh  Rs 6.51-10.25 lakh

8. Hyundai Grand i10

  • Price: Rs 5.79 – 6.46 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

While the new-generation Hyundai Grand i10 Nios has been launched, the old-gen Grand i10 remains as a solid contender in Hyundai’s lineup in the Indian space. The Maruti Swift rival is an interesting small urban car for India. Compared to the Swift counterpart, the Grand i10 offers a more decent space inside the cabin which boasts a premium design as well as many creature-comforts.

hyundai grand i10 side angle

The Hyundai Grand i10 is a well-priced small car that is even more affordable than the budget-end Maruti Swift. The Grand i10 is on sale with a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder diesel engine option, both of which are already ready for the BSVI emission standards.

The Hyundai Grand i10 proves to be irreplaceable. Combined with the feature-packed Grand i10 Nios, the Grand i10 even overtook the Hyundai Venue in terms of sales in August 2019. The new Venue is currently the company’s biggest player in the sub-4m SUVs segment.

Hyundai Grand i10 Specifications

 Engine Type  1.2-litre Petrol  1.2-litre Diesel
 Displacement  1197cc      1186cc
 Max Power  82 BHP   73.97 BHP
 Max Torque  113 Nm   190 Nm
 Transmission 5-speed MT, 4-spe ed AT  5-speed MT
 Fuel Mileage  17 kmpl  24 kmpl

Hyundai Grand i10 Prices In Popular Cities

 Cities  Ex-showroom Prices  On-road Prices
 New Delhi  Rs 5.79 - 6.46 Lakh  Rs 6.43 - 7.34 Lakh
 Mumbai  Rs 5.81 - 6.48 Lakh  Rs 6.81 - 7.32 Lakh
 Bangalore  Rs 5.81 - 6.41 Lakh  Rs 7.10 - 7.66 Lakh
 Chennai  Rs 5.81 - 6.48 Lakh  Rs 6.77 - 7.49 Lakh
 Pune  Rs 5.81 - 6.48 Lakh  Rs 6.90 - 7.37 Lakh
 Hyderabad  Rs 5.81 - 6.48 Lakh  Rs 6.88 - 7.65 Lakh
 Kolkata  Rs 5.82 - 6.49 Lakh  Rs 6.51 - 7.49 Lakh
 Kochi  Rs 5.89 - 6.57 Lakh  Rs 6.75 - 7.45 Lakh

9. Hyundai Elite i20

  • Price: Rs 5.52 – 9.34 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Not just once but many times that the Elite i20 became Hyundai’s best-selling model of India. It did just that again in October 2019 when Hyundai saw over 14,700 units of the Elite i20 sold in the country during the month.

new hyundai elite i20 blue front angle

The Hyundai Elite i20 is a respected small car in India. Being a premium offering in the B2 segment, the Hyundai Elite i20 impresses buyers with a proper European styling design, great ride quality, an upmarket cabin and fairly powerful petrol and engine powertrain setups. The Hyundai Elite i20 draws the power from a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine and a 1.4-litre CRDi diesel unit. It delivers a silent and refined driving quality, especially with the CVT gearbox. The spacious and functional cabin that is replete with high-quality materials all around the corners and steps up in the premium feel over other cars in its segment. And of course, the attractive pricing of the Hyundai Elite i20 comes as one of its biggest USPs.

Hyundai Elite i20 Specifications

Engine Type  1.2-litre Kappa Petrol 1.4-litre CRDi Diesel
 Displacement  1197 cc  1396 cc
 Max Power  83 PS  90 PS
 Max Torque  117 Nm  224 Nm
 Transmission  5-speed MT/ CVT  6-speed MT
 Fuel Mileage  18.6 kmpl (MT), 17.4 kmpl (AT)  22.54 kmpl

Hyundai Elite i20 Prices In Popular Cities

 Cities  Ex-showroom Prices  On-road Prices
 New Delhi  Rs 5.52 – 9.34 Lakh   Rs 6.12-10.64 lakh
 Mumbai  Rs 5.52 – 9.34 Lakh   Rs 6.43-10.99 lakh
 Bangalore  Rs 5.52 – 9.34 Lakh   Rs 6.73-11.04 lakh
 Chennai  Rs 5.52 – 9.34 Lakh   Rs 6.37-10.71 lakh
 Pune  Rs 5.52 – 9.34 Lakh   Rs 6.57-11.17 lakh
 Hyderabad  Rs 5.52 – 9.34 Lakh   Rs 6.49-10.87 lakh
 Kolkata  Rs 5.52 – 9.34 Lakh   Rs 6.13-10.95 lakh
 Kochi  Rs 5.6 - 9.44 Lakh  Rs 6.43 - 10.74 Lakh

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10. Ford Figo

  • Price: Rs 5.23 – 7.69 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)

The last model in the list of best small cars in India should be the Ford Figo. First launched in the market in 2010, the Ford Figo has remained an instant hit for the American brand in India. It even won the prestigious title of “Indian Car of the Year” in 2011 and became the biggest sales driver of its brand in the domestic space. In 2019, Ford gave a facelift to the Figo, brought in a number of design changes, added features and new safety kits to the hatchback. In its tweaked avatar, the new Figo appeared as a handsome-looking small hatchback car to go squarely against the Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Swift in the competition.

ford figo blue front angle

A big talking point in the 2019 Figo is the arrival of two new engine options under the hood. The 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine makes 96 HP and 120 Nm of torque, is mated to a 5-speed MT while the other is a 123 HP/ 150 Nm 1.5-litre 3-cylinder unit that is coupled with a 6-speed automatic torque converter option. There's also a 1.5-litre diesel engine on offer.

Ford Figo Specifications

 Engine Type  1.2-litre Petrol  1.5-litre Petrol  1.5-litre Diesel
 Displacement  1194 cc  1497 cc  1498 cc
 Max Power  96 PS  123 PS  100 PS
 Max Torque  120 Nm  150 Nm  215 Nm
 Transmission  5-speed MT  6-speed AT  5-speed MT
 Fuel Mileage  20.4 kmpl  16.3 kmpl  25.5 kmpl

Ford Figo Prices In Popular Cities

 Cities  Ex-showroom Prices  On-road Prices
 New Delhi  Rs 5.23-7.69 lakh  Rs 5.78-8.64 lakh
 Mumbai  Rs 5.23-7.69 lakh  Rs 6.11-8.94 lakh
 Bangalore  Rs 5.23-7.69 lakh  Rs 6.39-9.33 lakh
 Chennai  Rs 5.23-7.69 lakh  Rs 6.03-8.79 lakh
 Pune  Rs 5.23-7.69 lakh  Rs 6.13-8.94 lakh
 Hyderabad  Rs 5.23-7.69 lakh  Rs 6.23-9.09 lakh
 Kolkata  Rs 5.23-7.69 lakh  Rs 5.91-8.63 lakh
 Kochi  Rs 5.27-7.75 lakh  Rs 6.04-8.84 lakh

Among a number of small cars flooded in the Indian auto market these days, these are 10 best compact cars that are ruling the segment in India. For such more interesting car stories in the country, keep updated with Indianauto.com!

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