“A car can either be a love or a horror story, you just have to choose the right one!” As it is said, the quality never goes out of style, some cars are just built to stay forever. And getting quality does not certainly mean that you will have to spend a lot. There are some good affordable cars that can really last long on the odometer. Just get the car timely serviced and you are good to go. Let’s take a look at 10 such reliable and affordable Indian cars that will never leave your side! Note that the list contains the cars that are currently available for sale and not the ones that have been discontinued.
You cannot tell how old an Innova is by just seeing at the condition of the car if the owner has kept it serviced timely. It is just not possible. And this is because of the ultimate build quality, Innova comes with. You may still easily find a 2008-09 Innova roaming on the roads with soothing engine noise, comfort level at par with the legacy of the MPV and excellent mileage. 1,00,000kms for a Toyota Innova is nothing, the odometer can read 5,00,000kms and you will still enjoy the ride as if it was in a new one. The BS6-compliant 2.7-litre engine capable of producing 165hp of power and 245Nm of torque is a reliable engine.
Some cars just ooze out masculinity. Mahindra Bolero is one such car. Launched back in 2000, Bolero soon became famous among the masses due to the powerful engine and robust body, that too at affordable prices. By 2005, it became India’s number 1 SUV in terms of sales. This beast was felicitated to Mary Kom, a lady that can last forever in a boxing ring, by Mahindra. The rugged door panels that thud whenever you close them are proof that this car can last for really long. The BS6 Mahindra Bolero is powered by mHawk75 diesel engine which produces 75hp of power and a peak torque of 210Nm. The all-new Bolero comes with a rugged body shell with frame-based construction which means that this generation of Bolero is also going to last long like the previous ones.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR
How great is it to get a car that has got mileage, a decent engine, enough space and can run and run all along. Maruti Suzuki WagonR is one such reliable car on which India’s taxi business relies on. Ask a WagonR owner and he will tell you how low maintenance this car is. The new big and bolder WagonR is powered by the K10B 1.0-litre engine capable of producing 67.05hp of power and a peak torque of 90Nm. This engine with CNG can make the car cover over 32kms in a single kg of the gas.
Nexon was India’s first car to score a 5-star rating at the Global NCAP crash test. This shows how rugged the car really is. Tata is known to make robust cars since the beginning be it the Safari or the Indica. Nexon is no exception. It comes in two engine options: a 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron petrol engine and a 1.5-litre Revotorq diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 120hp of power and a torque of 170Nm. On the other hand, the diesel engine oozes out 108hp of power and a peak torque of 260Nm. The high-strength steel structure is surely not going anywhere and the powerful engines make this car a reliable one. You can easily expect the car to clock over 1,00,000kms.
It is one of the most reliable sedans in India which comes with a powerful engine, first-in-segment features and an affordable price. It has been on the roads for a long now and you cannot find a single customer complaining about the City’s reliability. Powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine which can churn out a good 118hp of power and a peak torque of 145Nm, City is one of the best selling sedans in India, all thanks to its high fuel efficiency and long-term usage. And soon, the 2020 Honda City is going to come to our shores, with a load of features and that too best in class. So, if you are looking for a sedan with a decent engine and high fuel efficiency, Honda City is your car.
The American carmaker, the one with the muscular Mustang in its yard, is known to make some long-lasting cars. Figo is one such car from Ford. The hatchback from Ford has been in India for over 15 years and is still one of the most sought after ones, all thanks to its energetic design and powerful engines. Talking about the engines, the BS6 Figo has got two options on offer, a 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine and a 1.5-litre TDCI diesel engine. Ford’s reliable build quality can easily last for around 1,00,000kms which is just half-life period of the car or maybe even less.
Germans are known to have made things that lasted long. Be it the aircraft or cars. German engineering is equivalent to quality. One such marvel is the Volkswagen Polo, a hot hatch comes with two engine options. One is the naturally aspirated 1.0-litre MPI which can produce 75hp of power and a peak torque of 95Nm. Other one is the more powerful 1.0-litre TSI engine, a turbo-petrol engine which churns out 108hp of power and a peak torque of 175Nm, one of the highest in class. Pair it with the robust body and plethora of features, Volkswagen Polo can easily clock over 2,00,000kms on that odometer.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
Another car on the list from India’s largest carmaker, the Dzire. Dzire has also been famous amongst taxi drivers due to high reliability, high fuel efficiency, low running cost and low initial cost. The 2020 Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes equipped with a 1.2-litre petrol engine capable of producing 88.5hp of power and a peak torque of 113Nm. It now has a list of new features that were not offered earlier. Have a look here.
The South-Korean automaker and India’s second-largest carmaker is known to offer reliability and features in its cars. One such offering is the luxury sedan, Verna. Recently, an upgraded 2020 Hyundai Verna was launched by the company with first-in-class features such as digital instrument cluster, wireless charger, smart boot, emergency stop signal, ventilated front seats, twin-tip mufflers and much more. Hyundai Verna has got three engine options: 1.5-litre MPI Petrol, 1.5-litre CRDi Diesel and 1.0-litre Turbo Petrol engine. This sedan can surely clock over 1,00,000 kms.
Have a look: 2020 Hyundai Verna: Price and Variants-wise Features
Another American brand on the list, Jeep brought in its a-game by launching Compass in the Indian market. The SUV is affordable, powerful, and reliable too. Jeep Compass has a diesel and a petrol engine to offer. The 2.0-liter diesel engine produces 173hp of power and a peak torque of 350Nm. The 1.4-liter petrol engine can churn out 160hp of power and 250Nm of torque. The muscular build paired with a powerful engine can surely run for long enough.
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So this was the list of 10 affordable and reliable cars in India that can easily surpass the 1,00,000kms mark on the odometer with more than a half-life still left in them. Do you think there are other cars that can be on the list too? Let us know in the comments section below.