Which Are The Small Cars Under 3 Lakhs In India?

by IndianAuto Team | 26/04/2020
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While SUVs are the craze around town, there is no shortage of capable cars on offer under the Rs 3 lakh mark. Here is our list of 3 new and 2 used vehicles which comfortably sit inside this budget range.

Nowadays, SUVs are becoming more and more popular with Indian customers. The characteristics which make it such a popular option include rugged appearance, powerful motors, large cabin space and the high ground clearance. However, the hatchback segment still hasn't lost any of its popularity in the country, with numerous models being launched each year. Hatchbacks, with their compact designs and aggressive prices, make quite a good proposition for those wanting a versatile vehicle on a budget. While new cars are highly sought after, the second-hand car market is not a bad place either to find a good deal for your next purchase. With the world economy in turmoil, this is also the best time to pick up a new or used car without having to spend a lot of money. Hence, here is our list of 2 new and 2 used car models in India that can be yours for a pretty small amount. So, here are the small cars under 3 lakhs in India that you should check out - 

Datsun redi-GO

  • Prices: INR 2.49 lakh - INR 4.27 lakh*

Ar player in the A-segment of cars in India under Rs 3 lakh is the Datsun redi-GO. The small hatchback receives power from two gasoline burners - a 0.8-litre motor with 54 PS and 72 Nm of torque, which is mated to a 5-speed MT and a 1.0-litre unit with 68 PS and 91 Nm of torque, which is coupled to a 5-speed MT/AMT. In terms of efficiency, the fuel mileage figures of the two versions are 22.7 kmpl and 22.5 kmpl respectively.

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The redi-GO is very well-equipped in terms of features with LED DRLs, a semi-digital instrument cluster, an audio system which supports Bluetooth connectivity and central locking. On the safety front though, the Datsun redi-GO delivers a poor performance with only a 1-star crash test rating and a limited list of safety features which include a driver airbag, seatbelt reminder and rear parking sensors. Although some high-spec variants of the vehicle surpass Rs 3 lakh mark, the used car market gives you a wide range of pre-owned Datsun redi-GO within INR 3 lakh in India on IndianAuto.

Maruti Alto 800

  • Prices: INR 2.99 lakh - INR 4.41 lakh*

The Maruti Alto 800 is one of the first vehicles in India to receive a BS6 compliant engine under the hood. The hatchback gets an updated 0.8-litre 3-cyl gasoline burner which can deliver 48 PS and 60 Nm of torque, coupled with a 5-speed MT. Similar to other BS6 models from Maruti-Suzuki, the claimed fuel mileage of the BS6 Maruti Alto 800 has dropped  in its BS4 guise from 24.07 kmpl to 22.05 kmpl in the BS6 version. A CNG variant is also available with a claimed fuel efficiency decreasing from 33.44 km/kg to 31.59 km/kg in the BS6 version.

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The Maruti Alto 800 is equipped with an audio system which supports Bluetooth connectivity, a standard driver airbag, an optional front passenger airbag, ABS with EBD, front occupant seatbelt reminder, a speed alert system and rear parking sensors. Although the high-spec variants of the Maruti Alto 800 exceed INR 3 lakh, it should be included in the list of small cars under INR 3 lakh in India since you can find numerous options second-hand examples the Maruti Alto 800 under INR 3lakh on IndianAuto.

Maruti Swift

  • Prices: INR 5.19 lakh - INR 8.02 lakh*

The Maruti Swift gets a 1.2-litre petrol motor which can deliver 83 PS of peak power and 113 Nm of peak torque.Before the BS6 emission norms came into play, the Swift was even avilable with 1.3-litre oil burner with 75 PS of peak power and 190Nm of peak torque. The transmission duties on both versions were taken care of by a 5-speed MT or 5-speed AMT. The claimed ARAI-certified fuel mileage of petrol and diesel versions are 21.21 kmpl and 28.4 kmpl, respectively.

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The safety features of the Maruti Swift include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat anchors as standard. Convenience features include automatic projector headlights with LED DRLs, LED taillights and a 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. With all these features on offer, the Maruti Swift comes priced between INR 5.19 lakh and INR 8.02 lakh mark, eliminating it from our list of new small cars in India under INR 3 lakh. Nevertheless, there is a wide array of pre-owned Maruti Swift under Rs 3 lakh on IndianAuto.

Ford Figo

  • Prices: INR 5.39 lakh - INR 7.85 lakh*

The new Ford Figo has been updated to comply with the BS6 emission standards. The hatchback is powered by an updated 1.2-litre gasoline burner which can generate 96 PS and 119 Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre oil burner, on the other hand, has also been upgraded to conform to BS6 emission norms. This motor also serves as the power source for the Ford Aspire and EcoSport as well. It can generate 100 PS and 215 Nm of torque. The transmission duties on both versions are undertaken by a 5-speed MT.

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The new Figo gets features like automatic headlights, rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers, 6 airbags, Ford Pass connected car technologies and more. Although the prices of Ford Figo surpass INR 3 lakh across all variants, we have decided to include it in our list of small cars under INR 3 lakh in India because of the wide range of used Ford Figo options which cost less than Rs 3 lakh on IndianAuto.

The aforementioned cars conclude our list of five small cars below INR 3 lakh in India. If you are a fan of these small cars and are on a strict budget under 3 lakh, we hope our article would have helped you find your next ideal vehicle. For more other used cars which cost under INR 3 lakh in India, please pay a visit to IndianAuto.

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