What would be the 10 best cars launched in the year 2020? A difficult question, isn’t it? Well, we were in the same predicament.
The year 2020 saw the entire world come to a standstill. With the coronavirus halting almost most of the production of the auto industry. Most of the car manufacturers saw dwindling sales, dropping profits and much more. However, the festive season did bring a sigh of relief.
So in this year of unpredictable elements, how did the Indian automotive industry fare? We’d say quite decently. Considering the blows it faced, the industry still braved themselves up and gifted us with some amazing cars this year.
To answer the question asked in the beginning, we are here. Let’s find out what were the 10 best cars launched in the year 2020. The most anticipated ones, the showstoppers and the ones who couldn’t excite us much.
Note: The list will be a good compilation of popularity, anticipation, sales figures and a little bit of our own personal favourites.
With a spot-on marketing campaign and all the necessary hype, Kia introduced the Sonet to the Indian consumers. The South Korean automaker knew how to play its cards right, and it surely did.
The Sonet sits in the super-competitive compact-SUV segment. It is priced at ₹6.71 lakhs in India. With its larger sibling gaining a positive response in the country, the Sonet is expected to follow the same lines.
A slew of engine and transmission option ensured that every consumer has something for themself with the Sonet.
Is it an SUV? Is it priced like a hatchback?
The affirmatives for both the questions can ensure a much-needed comeback for Nissan in India. With the last two years for the Japanese automaker been filled with dropping sales numbers, the Magnite surely shows the light at the end of the tunnel.
Nissan surely isn’t taking a chance with the Magnite. Along with pricing it super competitively, the carmaker has also ensured a plethora of features in its compact SUV.
A super-competitive price point and an in-demand segment have brought a sense of optimism in the Nissan garage. At ₹4.99 lakhs, the Nissan Magnite has the capability to disrupt the competitors’ strategies.
2020 Hyundai i20
What do you get by upgrading an already popular hatchback? The Hyundai i20.
The 3rd gen Hyundai i20 was introduced in November 2020. With a revamped design and styling, the i20 is now up for grabs for the hatchback fanboys. A number of decently powered engine options and feature-loaded interiors ensure that the car cannot go wrong.
Hyundai knew they cannot go wrong with the i20. Keeping that in mind, they brought the 3rd gen i20 to the Indian markets at a price of ₹6.80 lakhs. One gets a different set of transmission options with the Hyundai i20.
It surely has created quite a hype already and hence it is surely one of the 10 best cars launched in 2020.
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You can love it, you can hate it but you cannot ignore it. That’s how we describe the Mahindra Thar.
Mahindra finally listened to its cult Thar enthusiasts in the year 2020. Carrying the legacy of its previous generations and a much more modern package, the Mahindra Thar cruised straight into the hearts and souls of many Indian car buyers.
The new Thar is powered by both petrol and diesel options adding to its versatility. Mahindra has managed to garner the necessary hype for the Thar. Waiting period for the Thar has managed to cross the 6-month mark across India.
Tata Nexon EV
As if the Nexon wasn’t enough for Tata, they launched the Tata Nexon EV in the Indian markets.
Why does it feature in our list? That is because the Tata Nexon EV paves the way for the future of the Indian automotive industry in many ways. An Indian company building an EV for the Indian roads is a statement in itself.
The Nexon EV can be a pathbreaker and a yardstick for many Indian car manufacturers. Hence, it surely deserves a spot in our 10 best cars of 2020 list.
5th-Gen Honda City
Honda surely knows Indian customers very well. And that is why they were exactly right about the 5th Gen Honda City.
While the previous generations of Honda City already paved the way for the 5th generation, it surely came with more.
A new and refreshing design, new powertrain options, sleek styling and a feature-loaded cabin combined with Honda reliability is the perfect concoction for the Indian consumers.
Launched at a price of ₹10.90 lakhs, the premium paid by the consumers for the sedan seems a bang for the buck.
You probably would’ve been waiting for this particular car in the 6 preceding points. Well, here it is now.
The Hyundai Creta is undoubtedly one of the 10 best cars in 2020. In order to keep up with its cousin, the Seltos, Creta underwent a few changes for the Indian markets.
The feature list of the Hyundai Creta now includes a 10.25-inch infotainment system, panoramic sunroof, Bose sound system and an integrated air purifier among many others.
The Hyundai Creta has already made a name for itself, and the newer generation is a dividend for the same. Even though it faces fierce competition from the Jeep Compass, Kia Seltos, the Tata Harrier and more, it sits comfortably in the mid-size SUV segment.
The Hector helped MG set its foot in the Indian markets. The Gloster will ensure a long innings for it now. It is positioned in the full-size SUV segment dominated by the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour.
A modern design, spacious & feature-loaded cabin, on-demand 4WD system, driver assists and much more ensures that the Gloster is ready to make a name for itself as well as the SIAC owned British brand.
The Tata Altroz gave us something to rejoice about at the beginning of 2020. Finally, Tata had entered the premium hatchback segment and with a bang.
Tata Altroz was launched as a perfect car inside-out. Touted as one of India’s safest cars, the Altroz has a lot to offer. Launched at a decent price of ₹5.29 lakhs, the Altroz is based on Tata’s new ALFA (Agile, Light, Flexible and Advanced) architecture.
Spacious cabins, top of the line safety, and a long list of features ensured that the Tata Altroz created a space for itself in the coveted premium hatches of India club.
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The Kia Carnival is the MVP of the MPVs.
It is a premium MPV offering from the South Korean brand which comes with a price tag of ₹25 lakhs. While the Sonet may not have a current market for itself in the country, it does have the capability to change that fact.
The Kia Carnival was launched as a more premium option against the epitome of MPVs in India, the Innova (Crysta). With top of the line features, a strong performing diesel engine and much more, the Kia Carnival can comfortably compete with Toyota’s Innova Crysta.
Conclusion | 10 Best Cars Launched in 2020
At the end of this list, we do realise that ten is a small number to cover all the amazing vehicles we witnessed in 2020.
However, these were the creamiest of the creamiest. The year 2020 was a year which tested patience, innovation, planning and everything else that matters for the automotive industry. But the Indian automotive industry clearly passed that test with flying colours.
With the year coming to an end, here’s to all the amazing automotive machines that we witnessed this year. Here’s to more which we will witness.
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