It’s not easy to find cars that meet one’s requirements in terms of design, features or power and don’t break the bank at the same time. Below is a list of 10 such cars that can most certainly be considered good cars and are under the price tag of 10 lakhs INR. The list is in no order whatsoever and is completely random.

  1. Tata Nexon

    Tata Nexon
    Tata Nexon

    India’s first car that received a 5 star in Global NCAP testing, Tata made every Indian proud with this achievement. The subcompact SUV with its new BS6 compliant petrol engine generates 118bhp 170Nm torque while the diesel engine outputs 108bhp and 260Nm torque. Tata Nexon is certainly one of the best cars you could ask for under 10 lakhs.

    Lowest variant priced at 7.88Lakhs INR.

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  2. Tata Altroz 

    Tata Altroz
    Tata Altroz

    The second car in Indian history that scored a 5 star in Global NCAP, Tata doesn’t mess around with the safety of its passengers.  Even though its a hatchback it’s still spacious and one of the most stylish looking in the list. The lowest variant offers a 12.L Revotron engine with 85bhp power and 113Nm torque. There is only one issue that people might find to be a dealbreaker is that Tata Altroz doesn’t have an Automatic transmission.

    Lowest variant priced at 5.88 Lakhs

  3. Maruti Suzuki Dzire

    2020 Maruti Dzire
    2020 Maruti Dzire

    The Dzire recently got a facelift to make it more appealing against its rivals. It is powered by a 1.2L 4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine outputting 90 bhp and 113Nm torque. The engine is a BS6 compliant one. Dzire falls in the sub 4mt segment which faces the most competition thus it allows for us, as consumers better cars and options due to the challenge the cars give each other.

    Lowest variant priced at 5.89 Lakhs.

  4. Hyundai Venue 

    Hyundai Venue BS6
    Hyundai Venue BS6

    Hyundai’s first entry in the compact SUV segment, the Venue launched in 2019 and is still going strong giving cars like Maruti Suzuki Dzire a challenge. The car gets three engine options, two petrol and one diesel. The petrol engines are 1.2L petrol engine outputting 82bhp power and 115Nm torque and a 1.0L turbo petrol engine with 118bhp power and 172Nm torque. The diesel engine is a 1.5L delivering 98bhp and 240Nm torque.

    Lowest variant priced at 7.61 Lakhs

  5. 2020 Hyundai Verna 

    Hyundai Verna
    Hyundai Verna

    Another car on the list that just got a new facelift, Hyundai Verna has gone far and beyond and received eight new features that are first in the segment. Things like front wireless charging, Digital Instrument Cluster, Smart Boot and emergency stop signal to name a few. The car offers three engines and 4 new trims. The engines include 1.5L MPI petrol, 1.0L turbo GDI and a 1.5L diesel.  The turbo engine gets a 7-speed DCT followed by 1.5L petrol getting 6-Speed MT while the 1.5L diesel gets a 6-Speed MT and 6-Speed AT.

    Lowest Variant Priced at 9.31 Lakhs

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  6. Hyundai Elite i20

    Hyundai Elite i20 | Hyundai Sales Report March 2020
    Hyundai Elite i20

    Another Hyundai on the list, the Elite i20 is a car loved by the country. It did lose its diesel engine because of the new BS6 norms but the petrol engine is nothing to scoff at. The 1.2 L Kappa petrol engine outputs 81bhp and 113Nm torque. The hatchback features a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system supporting both Apple Car Play and Andriod Auto. The elite i20 gets four different variants named the Magna, Sportz+, Sportz+ Dual Tone and Asta (O).

    Lowest variant priced at 7.38 Lakhs.

  7. Maruti Suzuki Baleno

    Maruti Suzuki Baleno
    Maruti Suzuki Baleno

    Another Maruti on the list, the Baleno features a 1.2dualjet engine with an output of 89bhp and 113Nm torque it gets paired with a 5-Speed manual transmission. Efficiency claim of 23.87kmpl also comes along with the engine. Baleno also has the company in house technology called the smart hybrid system which boasts fuel economy of the car. The car is also rumoured to get a 48V hybrid system as there have been prototype testing which could give it a slight price hike and even an edge against its rivals like the elite i20 and Tata Altroz.

    Lowest variant priced at 8.23 lakhs INR

  8. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

    BS6 Maruti Brezza
    BS6 Maruti Brezza

    The third Maruti on the list, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone as Maruti is known for making budget cars that work. The BS6 Brezza gets a 1.5L petrol engine 103bhp and 138Nm torque. This engine is similar to cars like Ciaz and Ertiga. Another new addition that Brezza is getting is the first-ever manual transmission car to get SHVS system. The smart hybrid system is an interesting piece of technology. it uses two batteries instead of one and has a small electric motor. the electric motor always starts the car from neutral or when the ignition is turned on thus saving fuel.

    Lowest variant priced at 8.25 Lakhs.

  9. Ford Ecosport

    Ford EcoSport | Car under 10 lakhs
    Ford EcoSport| Car under 10 lakhs

    Ford Ecosport gets a 1.5L VCT petrol engine with an output of 121bhp and 149Nm torque. ARAI mileage of 15.9kmpl it is a BS6 compliant engine. It also gets safety features including ABS with EBD and dual airbags while higher variants get features like voice recognition infotainment system, rear-view camera, parking sensors and so on.

    Lowest variant prices at 9.02 Lakhs INR

  10. Honda Amaze

    Honda Amaze
    Honda Amaze

    The BS6 honda amaze can be considered similar to what the BS4 version was with the same engine and same output. The car gets 2 engines. The 1.2 Litre engine provides 88Bhp and 110Nm torque while the 1.5-litre diesel outputs 99bhp and 200Nm of rotational force. both engines are paired with a CVT and manual transmission.  Safety features include Anti-Lock Braking system to prevent steering lock while braking two airbags. Amaze also gets Electronic Brakeforce Distribution to prevent rolling over at high-speed turns.

    Lowest Variant Priced at 6.10 Lakhs.

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This concludes the list of top 10 cars under 10 lakhs. Most of these cars are common on the Indian street and you may own one of them too. The list was in no way a tier list. We do however consider these 10 cars to be the best in the budget.

32 COMMENTS

    • Hi Sandeep,
      Hyundai Verna’s base model has an ex-showroom price of Rs 9.31 lakhs. It won’t come under 10 lakhs if we consider the on-road price. All the cars mentioned in the list have been included on the basis of their ex-showroom prices only. Stay tuned!

  1. i sold my i10 grand ,now i want to buy a new car but i m so much confused which car i should have to buy

  2. I want to buy a compact SUV. Saw Nexon but the feed back was poor. Have ford , Duster WRV Brezza in mind. Which one should I go for. Pl advise.

    • Hi Dev,
      Out of the ones you have mentioned here, Renault Duster is the most powerful one, in fact, the most powerful in the segment (156ps). It also gets enough amount of features one could ask for in a compact SUV. The 1.3-litre turbo engine is also offered with a CVT transmission. Stay pinned!

  3. Hello I am planning to buy a car compact SUV in Petrol with budget of 8-9(on road), I have

    1. Tata Nexon 2020 in mind considering 120PS power and build quality but log term reviews of TATA regarding quality of material is not that good,
    2. Hyundai Venue but it seems smaller than competitors 🙁
    3. Kia Sonet seems expensive for features offered in lower variants
    4. Considering to stretch budget and buy Base creta (EX) also.

    Iam very confused , can you please guide me how to select a good car and zero down my choices before test drive and decide.

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Deepak,

      You can go for Hyundai Venue as it has got a powerful engine and enough features at offer. If you can stretch your budget up by 2 lakhs, you can also look for Mahindra XUV300 or the Renault Triber. In the list you have provided, we would definitely recommend you to take a test drive of Tata Nexon as well as the Hyundai Venue. Do let us know about your choice!

  4. Which one would be the best car if my budget is up to 10 lakhs and want it to be more of sedan then hatchback and can you refer me to the link of that car cause the one i have got from website making me confusing.

    • Hi Dinesh,
      You can go for Hyundai Grand i10 Nios or Maruti Suzuki Baleno if you seek features and optimum power. But if safety is the prime concern, you should definitely go for Tata Tiago as it is the safest car in the segment. We would advise you to take a test drive of these three cars and then let us know your further doubts. Stay pinned!

    • Hey there,

      The on-road price for these cars may vary from state to state. We advise you to reach out to your nearest car dealer for the best quotes. You might as well get a good discount on the on-road price!

  5. I want to buy a car the choices i have Hyundai venue, Baleno and Nexon . So need below 10 lakhs , which will be good in this list or any other you can suggest ?

    • Hi Arabinda,

      Hyundai Venue is a very good choice in terms of performance, comfort and features. Tata Nexon, if you are looking for the first safest car in India. And Baleno if you seek comfortable drive. It is the only Maruti Suzuki car that comes with a CVT. You can also go for the Hyundai i20 2020 which has been recently launched.

  6. Hi, I am planning to buy a compact SUV. Considering Sonet HTX diesel and Venue SX diesel. Both costing approx 11.5L on road. Can you suggest the better of these 2 options or any other better option in this price range. Not interested in Tata cars!

    • Hi Sumit,
      Both the vehicles from Hyundai are good in their own respective ways. But we also recommend you take a look at the Mahindra XUV300 and Ford Ecosport. Both of them have gem diesel engines and offer the appropriate features for your money. Also, the Mahindra is one of the safest vehicles in the segment scoring a rainbow (5-stars) in the Global NCAP crash test rating.

  7. I am buying Altroz XZ to keep safety in my mind even new features also very attractive like defogger, rear whipper, rear AC, rear and front hand rest, leg room, enough space, what you suggest. And pls tell if you have idea amount extra cost to migrate my car from one state to another

    • Hi Amit,

      You are making a good choice while selecting the Altroz XZ variant. As for the migration charges of registration certificate from one state to another, it varies between ₹500-600.

  8. hi my budget is around 7 lakhs. i would mostly do weekend long drives and occasional road trips around the country. i love to drive just for the fun of driving . it will be mostly two people going around. Can you suggest a car for me.

  9. I shortlisted Ford Freestyle diesel. It goes 2 lakhs above my budget. The only drawback is small boot space. If it’s only 2 people travelling hopefully it should not be a problem. Any suggestions or comments about my choice?

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