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Indian Cars & their Stereotypes | From Hyundai Santro to Toyota Innova

We are back with another edition of Indian cars & their stereotypes! In case you have no idea what we are talking about, you can read the first part by clicking here. Here are some more cars that have got some popular stereotypes associated with them. Read on to find out and don’t forget to comment if you agree with us!

  1. Hyundai Santro – The First Job Car

    Hyundai Santro | Indian Cars Stereotypes
    Hyundai Santro | Indian Cars Stereotypes

    Now you would say that its 2020 and the Hyundai Santro is here in a completely new avatar! Yes, you are right. Still, when you say the name Santro, we are sure that what comes to most people’s minds is the picture shown above. Almost all Indians have got really special memories associated with the Hyundai Santro. Most of us remember it as our first family car or some of us might have purchased this one from our own earnings. However, Hyundai Santro was a popular choice and still remains one in its latest generation.

  2. Toyota Innova – People’s Carrier/Taxi Agency Favourite

    Toyota Innova | Indian Car Stereotypes
    Toyota Innova | Indian Car Stereotypes

    No doubt, Toyota Innova is the unrivalled MPV king in India. The Innova Crysta, however, has gained popularity among the buyers who prefer luxury and power. The earlier generation of the Innova was quite popular among the cab drivers. Whenever we see one of these on the roads, we assume that either a family is out on a long holiday or some people are heading towards their offices. It was really hard to digest that a family would ever own this generation of Innova. However, some still did.

  3. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga – Fleet Car / Company Car

    Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
    Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

    Talking about office cabs? How can we miss this one! Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes with company fitted CNG and delivers excellent fuel efficiency which is why you would see it often with a yellow number plate here in India. Almost all of the Ertigas are either office cabs or belong to Ola/Uber. Therefore we can’t consider this one as a stereotype. It is a fact rather!

  4. Fiat Punto – The Enthusiast’s Car

    Fiat Punto and linea Range Discontinued- The BS6 Effect
    Fiat Punto

    Blame it on the looks! The Fiat Punto and the Fiat Punto Abarth had much in common if you consider the design. Abarth Punto was no doubt an enthusiast’s car but Fiat Punto got some attention going with the flow too! Fiat has however discontinued the Punto and the Linea range in India now. The associated stereotype (a good one in this case) still persists.

  5. Tata Nexon – Safety is a Priority

    Nexon XZ+(S) with sunroof
    Tata Nexon

    Nexon created quite a hype when it achieved the 5-star NCAP rating! Safety wasn’t a priority for Indian buyers till then. However, if we see anyone travelling in a Nexon now, we are automatically forced to think that the owner values safety over money! Anyone can buy a Maruti Suzuki and possibly risk their lives (because MS cars have a lower safety rating) but the people who buy Nexon are automatically considered to be responsible!

  6. Datsun Cars – The Bad Decision

    Datsun Redi-Go | Upcoming Cars In March 2020
    Datsun Redi-Go

    We still wonder why people buy Datsun cars in India. Consider any Datsun that exists in India. Neither you will find a good shape, features and convenience, nor you will find yourself safe inside the cabin. Therefore, it is no wrong in saying that Datsun cars are a bad decision! Three of them are stereotyped to be a wrong decision of the buyer who could have possibly selected a better model anyhow!

  7. Isuzu V-Cross / Maruti Gypsy – The Off-Road Enthusiasts

    Gypsy: One of the best tuning-friendly cars in India
    Gypsy: One of the best tuning-friendly cars in India

    We haven’t thought of anyone driving the Gypsy on a normal road, have we? Similar is the case with Isuzu V-Cross. Whenever we see either of them on the road, we assume that the guy is an off-roading enthusiast! There’s nothing wrong in that but there are some people who use the Gypsy for their city drives!

  8. Mahindra Bolero – The Goods Carrier

    Mahindra Bolero | Indian Cars Stereotypes
    Mahindra Bolero | Indian Cars Stereotypes

    Although the Bolero Pickup is a version of the Mahindra Boler which is meant to carry goods only. This version has made people think Bolero as a goods carrier only! Mahindra recently launched the BS6 version of the Bolero which is quite up to date. However, Bolero has now gained popularity as a goods carrier only! The people’s carrier version of the Bolero fails to attract customers we guess!

  9. Hyundai Verna – The Bass Box

    2020 Hyundai Verna
    2020 Hyundai Verna

    Hyundai Verna has got some really energetic looks and a sporty stance. This sedan from Hyundai was supposed to cater the audience looking for a comfortable sedan however, Verna has gained popularity in some other kind of crowd! The 2020 Hyundai Verna is equally sporty but talking about the older generations, you would easily find one inside market like Karol Bagh getting huge woofers installed! Some owners, however, use it as a decent vehicle but the majority only counts for the stereotypes!

  10. Tata Nano – The Two-Wheeler Replacement

    Worst Selling Cars of 2019 | Tata Nano
    Tata Nano

    Tata Nano was known to be the cheapest car in the world. Tata Motors was proud of this production unit until its sale started declining. Maybe this was because of a stereotype that people no longer considered it a car! Most of the people thought that the owner must have planned to buy a bike but bought the Nano just for the sake of two extra wheels! What do you think?

This was all for our list of Indian cars and their stereotypes. Let us know in the comments section if you agree with us! Have a stereotype related to a car that we might have missed? Let us know by commenting down! Don’t forget to share this article with all the people who own any one of the above-mentioned cars!

Vishal Khanna
Vishal Khanna
GoMechanic's OG Content Creator | Automobile Enthusiast | Automobile Engineer | Blogger | YouTuber | The DIY Automotive Guy


  1. Who told you that Datsun Cars are a wrong decision? I know that they are not safe. We got our Go+ in just 5.9 lakh on road in Mumbai in 2017. It was a better choice considering that the so called ‘best selling’ cars from Maruti come with similar safety ratings and people pay almost 1.5 to 2 times more money to buy those tin cans. What do you think buying a tin can worth Rs.8-10 is a better choice or buying a similar tin can worth Rs.6 lakh is a better choice? My Datsun Go+ even after 4 years gives a decent mileage of 16-17 kmpl. You need to improve your reading habit bro. It seems like you have very less knowledge about Indian cars and their place in Indian people’s heart. Read Bob Rupani’s articles from Overdrive to fill your half filled brain with some practical knowledge.


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