The thing of luxury has become an essential commodity.
Yet the Indian psyche hasn't changed much and buying a car is as important as marrying the right person. It is a collective decision of the family and countless suggestions and advice is collated and the car is chosen.
So we'll just add our bit to the decision-making process by giving some suggestions on what we think are the best wheels that give value for money for the discerning Indian customer.
Looking at the amount of money a middle class family is ready to put in for a car, we've put together our own list of cars that we feel does justice to the sentiments and mentality of the "Great Indian Middleclass." This list does not consider the smaller cars like the Altos and Eons, but takes into consideration cars from A1 and A2 categories.
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Maruti Suzuki WagonR
Nothing beats a Maruti in terms of value for money now, does it? The market leader has a winner in its kitty in the form of the tried and tested WagonR. The "Stingray" version brings a dash of flair to the design.
Tata Indica eV2
Well, Tata Motors are not exactly known to dish out stunningly beautiful cars but they know the Indian conditions and the customer well. The all-new eV2 has something for everybody.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio
The new-kid-on-the-block from the Maruti stable, Celerio is all set to help phase out the A-Star and the Zen Estilo, which didn’t fare as well as Maruti would have liked. The first car with an automatic variant below Rs. 500000, it sure is ready to set the Indian roads on fire.
A workhorse from the Ford stable, Figo is extremely popular with the urbane citizenry. A nice mix of spacious interiors coupled with a disciplined engine makes this car a dream to own.
A charismatic mix of styling, interiors, power and handling, Beat was the first to launch a diesel variant in this segment. With competitive pricing, it is a fine buy.
The Kappa 2 variant has raised the bar within this segment and with the inclusion of the patented VTVT technology which gives more power and efficiency, the all-new I10 is a feature-packed fun ride. The I10 Grand version is in keeping with the new "Fluidic Design" philosophy of the company.
Hyundai Santro Xing
The Santro has been the "challenger" to Maruti's best sellers. Launched in 1998, this car became a runaway success and made Hyundai into what it is today in the Indian market. It sells almost 2500 units a month and is cheaper than the WagonR.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
Like it or hate it but you cannot deny the fact that the Swift and its brother Dzire win any comparison hands down. The second most popular car in India, Swift is a fantastic amalgam of all things good on four wheels.
Hope this list helps you zero in on your dream car. We wish you all the best!