The automatic cars with paddle shifts in one way or other make the drives safe and more involving as drivers do not need to put their hands off the steering wheel.
While the preference for the automatic transmission in India is rocketing these days, the importance of paddle gear shifters is also growing in magnitude. Since automatic cars with paddle-shifters are more convenient for drivers than manual units due to the narrowing traffics, it is earning popularity among customers. As a matter of fact, automatic vehicles with paddle shifters are even more expensive than conventional models. However, these cars are getting more popular by the day. In this article, we come up with a list of 5 budget cars with automatic gearbox and paddle shifters in India.
When the second-gen Honda Amaze hit the dealerships last year, it sparked a wide range of public interests with a CVT transmission for both gasoline and diesel variants and the segment-first paddle gear shifter offered on the single petrol version. The equipment facilitates the driver to manually change the gears without taking their hands off the multifunction steering wheel.
Honda Amaze becomes the biggest gainer in India with 7,981 units sold in January 2019
The celebrated Honda Amaze sedan is powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine that rolls out the maximum power-torque of 90PS and 110 Nm units and an ARAI-rated 10 kmpl of mileage. The Honda Amaze is the most affordable automatic car in the list with the price starting from Rs 5.85 Lakh (ex-showroom, India).
In July 2018, Honda continued to introduce another budget car namely the Honda Jazz which was attached with a 7-speed CVT transmission and paddle shift lever behind the wheel. The CVT gearbox with the paddle gear shifters is available from the mid-spec grades onwards.
The Honda Jazz is equipped with a 7-speed CVT transmission
Apart from the segment-first paddle shift, the Honda Jazz offers exclusively the best-in-class space and comfort. Driving the car is more relaxing with the action-packed steering wheel wrapped with audio, hands-free and cruise controls, start/stop push button with smart key, automatic AC with touchscreen and multi-info combi meter. Powering the Honda Jazz is also the 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine tuned for 90 PS of max power and 110 Nm of torque. With the fuel efficiency of 19 kmpl, the Honda Jazz is positioned at the ex-showroom price of Rs 7.39 Lakh.
If the Honda Amaze and Honda Jazz are two automatic cars of driving fun, the Ford Ecosport petrol with automatic transmission and paddle shift is the one of convenience and easiness. The new 6-speed AT units comes along with the paddle-shifters mounted right on the steering wheel that makes the gears changing is much easier than ever before.
The Ford Ecosport comes with first-in-segment paddle shift fitted on the steering wheel
Besides, the all-new Ford Ecosport is well-designed to make the trips smooth and fun-filled with a bunch of innovative features such as height-adjustable front and rear headrest, cruise control with adjustable speed limiter, AC vents with heater, height adjustable driver seat, 12V power source outlets and many more.
By a new 1.5-litre Dragon series engine in the heart, the Ford Ecosport can deliver up to 123 PS of power and 150 Nm torque while the automatic transmission can return a 14.8 kmpl figure of mileage. Price of the Ford Ecosport stands at around Rs 7.82 Lakh (ex-showroom).
It seems like the manufacturers prefer to integrate the CVT gearbox on their petrol-running products and the Honda BR-V is one example. As another attractive car with the price tag of Rs 9.50 Lakh, the Honda BR-V is a value-to-the-money agile compact SUV that is mounted with a 1.5-litre motor, a 7-speed CVT gearbox and the paddle shift lever support (for the V variant). The engine comes to provide whopping figures of 190 PS and 145 Nm along with an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 16 kmpl.
The all-new Hond BR-V is priced at Rs 9.50 Lakh (ex-showroom) in the market
Apart from the powerful engine and convenient gear levering, the Honda BR-V is offering a number of features ready for the very safe trips. The high standard in care of the company’s engineering team helps to navigate the car safely through the bustles and hustles of life thanks to the ACE body structure, driver and front passenger’s SRS airbags, ABS with EDB, immobilizer and seatbelt pre-tensioners.
Right from its launch, the Honda City rapidly becomes one of the most popular cars in the segment of sedans in India. The unmistakable City is available with both petrol and diesel engine options in which the petrol variant is paired with a new continuously variable transmission with torque converter and 7-speed paddle shift.
Honda City is the top-selling sedan in India as per the January sale report
Powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol motor, the car is capable of generating 119 PS of power at 6,600 rpm along with 145 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm. As an innovation at its best, the engine-transmission combination is said to return the fuel economy of 18.0 kmpl which is more efficient to a higher extent as compared to manual units.
Also based on the ACE body structure, the Honda City comes packed with standard and above-standard safety features, namely the rain sensing wipers, ABS with EBD, dual airbags, driver side pinch guard, auto dimming IRVM, rear parking camera with sensors, impact mitigating front headrests, rear ISOFIX anchors and tether and immobilizer with anti-theft alarm. Price of the Honda City starts at Rs 9.70 Lakh (ex-showroom) in India that make it the costliest model in the budget car list.