Indian automotive industry is among the top 5 largest auto industries globally, and India loves automobiles. For one, what started with a luxury back then is now assimilated into everyone’s lives. There are numerous categories to pick your next car, from SUVs to sedans, from compact SUVs to hatchbacks. But one thing is for sure: India loves at least one vehicle in each category. So, today, we have a list of 7 India’s favourite cars segment-wise.
Entry-level hatchback: Maruti Suzuki Alto
Starting from entry-level hatchbacks is the oldest vehicle on the list, Maruti Suzuki Alto. No denying the fact, if one wants a no-nonsense car with a lot of practicality for the price and is particularly not a keen driver, Alto is the one to go. Right now, Alto is only available with an 800cc naturally aspirated petrol motor.
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However, you do have a choice of going for the CNG option. Yes! The carmaker Maruti Suzuki did discontinue the 1000cc engine from the Alto. Still, when it comes to car sales Alto has been among the top 5 best selling cars for a long time now.
Hatchback: Maruti Suzuki Swift
How can we miss another vehicle from Maruti Suzuki that still is India’s favourite, i.e. Swift? Maruti Suzuki Swift is another vehicle from the company’s stable that has been around for almost two decades. The last time Maruti updated their Swift was in the first quarter of 2021.
This was when the hatch got a more powerful dual-jet 1.2-litre petrol engine. Along with that, Swift also got some updates in and out. But the sad part is that with the years passing by, Maruti Suzuki Swift has constantly got not-so-good scores in crash tests. Still, India loves to buy one.
Premium Hatchback: Hyundai i20
Moving a segment above to premium hatchbacks, we have the Hyundai i20. This Hyundai’s flagship hatchback in India was a game-changer for Indians as well as the segment.
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Possibly the first successful vehicle in the premium hatch segment is the i20, and the Hyundai i20 has been on top or among the top contenders in its category. The utter long list of features with a potent engine makes the i20 India’s favourite.
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Sub-compact SUV: Tata Nexon
Let’s talk about the segment that almost everyone wants a price for SUVs. The best and value for money SUVs are subcompact SUVs, and leading this segment is the Tata Nexon. After Tata launched the facelift of the Nexon, the sales went up.
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This means more people are flocking to Tata’s showroom to buy one of the safest cars in the country. That said, along with scoring a 5-star rating in the Global NCAP, Nexon also is feature-packed. Also, it gets a potent set of diesel and turbo petrol engines. All these, in conjunction, make Nexon an easy sell.
Compact SUV: Hyundai Creta
Moving up a notch, we have the Hyundai Creta in the compact SUV segment that is India’s favourite. It was 2020 when the Korean carmaker Hyundai gave Creta a generation change. At first, the car seemed to have a polarizing design, but later the car grew on people’s minds.
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Yet again, Creta became the countries favourite compact SUV. It has to (keeping the Global NCAP rating aside) as Creta comes with a set of decently powerful engines with enthusiastic 1.4-turbo petrol. Also, in typical Hyundai fashion Creta is feature-packed. From a vibrant and substantial panoramic sunroof to ventilated seats and more.
SUV: Tata Harrier
Top of the line SUVs are also in trend, and currently, the country’s favourite is the Tata Harrier. Based on the Range Rover Land Rover Discovery’s platform, Tata Harrier is one of the perfect buys in its segment. Coming powered by a 2.0-litre Kryotec engine, it also is powerful for its size and weight. But the only caveat is that Harrier only comes with a diesel engine.
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MPV: Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
We are talking about the segment that is not so favourite in India MPV. But if there is a segment, there has to be a famous car; here we have the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. Coming relatively at an affordable price point, Ertiga is an instant choice for people having large families and have a tight budget.
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Also, Maruti Ertiga is a price choice for Taxi fleets as it comes with factory fitted CNG. Okay, being a purpose-built vehicle let’s not talk about the features. Or should we?
Sedan: Honda City
Favourite:Sedan:Luxury: Honda City. The following vehicle on this list that has seen the Indian automotive industry change is Honda City. Came in the late 1990s, Honda City, in its 5th generation, is still going long and strong.
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In the last update, Honda thoroughly changed the City. The company gave the City new aesthetics, a better and more fuel-efficient engine a ton of new features, making this sedan an even better value for money deal.
Compact Sedan: Maruti Suzuki Dzire
A perfect alternative to c-segment sedans are compact sedans; the only thing one compromises is the boot space. On the inside, it’s more or less the same story with some nicks here and there. That said, India’s favourite compact sedan has to be the Maruti Suzuki Dzire.
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Of course, fuel economy is one of the prime aspects one considers while buying a vehicle in India. Talking about Dzire, it is the most fuel-efficient petrol vehicle in its segment and above. Maruti Suzuki Dzire also is comfortable on the inside with too little compromise in driving pleasure.
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These were the nine cars that India loves in their respective segments. Tell us in the comment section below did we miss any vehicles? Also, which is your favourite on this list?