15 Lakhs is a huge amount, one should only spend it after knowing what the benefits and the demerits of the car are. The Rs.8-15 Lakhs segment has grown to become more and more competitive over the last few years. Some major players are the Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, VW Polo to name a few. Here’s a list of 4 things that one should look out for in a car in this segment.
For this segment, we believe that the Kia Sonet has set the bar quite high up when it comes to features. Spoiling buyers with features like a 360-degree camera and ventilated seats has made it tough for other cars. Nevertheless, some basic features like a sunroof, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering, cruise control and keyless engine start are expected at this price point.
This is something that has started off lately. Brands are offering multiple engine options with one car. A turbo-petrol naturally aspirated petrol and diesel, these 3 options have become very common. We believe that this is an excellent move because it enables everyone to find an engine that suits their driving style and requirements.
Cars today are being extensively used on the highways. This makes Safety a very important thing to consider while buying a new car. An extra set of airbags, traction control and stability control are some features that are good to have. Cars like the Ford Ecosport offer an option of up to 6 airbags as of now. Apart from this, there are 3 cars that have secured a 5 start Safety rating from the NCAP. These are the Tata Altroz, Tata Nexon and the Mahindra XUV300. So if safety is your primary concern, you should check these 3 cars out!
Another important parameter, considering the fuel prices as of today. Most cars have become extremely fuel-efficient now. Gearboxes like the AMT and CVT have also made it possible to extract good mileage from an automatic transmission. In this segment, you’ll find many cars claiming an efficiency figure of more than 17Kmpl. Since cars I this segment do not have very big or performance-oriented engines, finding a car with a decent mileage won’t be an issue.
These were a few things to look out for in a car under Rs.15 Lakhs. According to us, some of the top cars in the segment are-