With the frequent hikes in gas prices, registration fees, the demand for vehicles with good mileage, great power at a reasonable price have increased. Due to increase in the oil prices, a big chunk of population these days looks for affordable cars rather than expensive and dashing cars.
The continuous improvement in technology and infrastructure in the automobile industry has made it possible for a common family man to buy a good car at a sensible price. In the following part, we will be discussing the top ten most affordable cars in 2022.
1. Suzuki Alto
Suzuki Alto 2022 is a leading 5-seater hatchback that was recently updated. The Petrol variant of Suzuki Alto in India starts from 2.99 Lakhs (ex-showroom) for the base variant having a 799cc powerful engine that produces a maximum power of 35.3KW @6000 RPM with manual transmission and maximum torque of 69 Nm @ 3500 RPM.
It was Maruti Suzuki’s second best-selling hatchback with more than 154,000 units sold in 2020 in India. The new Alto comes with ABS (with EBD) and dual airbags which add to its safety.
2. Renault Kwid
Renault Kwid is one of the most affordable cars with an attractive and sporty look. The Renault Kwid produces power of 54PS and maximum torque of 72 Nm with its 799cc, 3 cylinder engine which is enough for small to medium rides on highways as well as in the city. The company ARAI mileage of Renault Kwid is around 22 Kmpl.
Renault Kwid has all the features that are required in a car. The sporty look similar to the Hyundai i10, SUV-styled headlamps, and multi-spoke wheels makes it unique and attractive to the buyers. With the ex-showroom price of Rs. 3.18 Lakhs, it is worth the money.
3. Suzuki S-Press
Suzuki S-Presso was one of the best-selling cars of Suzuki in 2020. It is run by a 998cc engine with a maximum output of 50KW @5500 RPM and maximum torque of 90Nm @3500 RPM. The power and Torque of the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso are almost similar to Maruti Suzuki WagonR. Fuel Tank is limited to 27 liters which is one of the obvious drawbacks.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso has a strong HEARTECT platform that ensures safety and stability with its energy-absorbing structure similar to Maruti Suzuki WagonR. The ARAI claimed mileage is 21.4 Kmpl. Maruti Suzuki S-Presso ex-showroom price starts from 3.7 Lakhs.
4. Datsun GO
Datsun Go has really improved over the years and no doubt it has emerged as a good family car at a reasonable price and good maintenance cost. The Datsun Go is run by 3 cylinder engine with 1186cc capacity that produces a maximum power of 50kW (68PS) @ 5000 RPM and torque of 104Nm @ 4000 RPM.
The ARAI mileage for Datsun GO is 19.02 Kmpl. Safety features for Datsun Go include Central Locking, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Seat Belt reminders, ABS with EBD, and Brake Assist. These features will suffice the price and this car is really worth its price. Ex-showroom of Datsun Go starts from 4.02 Lakhs
5. Suzuki Celerio
Suzuki produces the best-selling hatchbacks in India with a lot of varieties for a variety of buyers. The Maruti Suzuki’s second hatchback in terms of affordability is Celerio with a more powerful engine with 998 cc that produces a maximum power of 50KW at 6000rpm and maximum torque of 90Nm at 3500rpm.
Celerio also has some attractive features including Electronic Power Steering, Seat Belt Reminder, Speed Alert System, ABS with EBD which gives it an upper hand over Maruti Alto. The Top Rival of Maruti Suzuki Celerio is Tata Tiago. The ex-showroom price for Maruti Suzuki Celerio starts at Rs 4.65 Lakhs.
6. Hyundai Santro 2022
The New Hyundai Santro comes with smart features like Auto AMT, 17.64cm touchscreen AV with phone connectivity, Rear AC vents, Tall Boy Design, and spacious boot. The powerful 1086cc engine ensures maximum power of 68.07 bhp @5500 RPM and maximum torque of 99 Nm @4500 RPM.
The company claimed mileage is around 20Kmpl which is lower than Maruti Suzuki Celerio. Hyundai Santro is a good option for highways but in hilly areas and traffic stuck cities lower mileage than its contemporaries can be a concern. The top rivals of Hyundai Santro are Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Tata Tiago. The ex-Showroom price for New Hyundai Santro starts from 4.74 Lakhs.
7. Suzuki WagonR
Suzuki WagonR has been updated recently and it has become bigger and smarter. It is run by a 998 cc engine with a maximum output of 50KW @5500 RPM and maximum torque of 90Nm @3500 RPM. It is similar to Maruti Suzuki Celerio in its specifications.
The ARAI claimed mileage is 20.52 km/l which is nearly equal to the mileage of Tata Tiago and lesser than the mileage of Maruti Suzuki Celerio.
Maruti Suzuki boasts the strong HEARTECT platform which ensures safety and stability with its energy-absorbing structure. Dual Airbags and ABS with EBD adds to its safety. The ex-showroom price of Maruti Suzuki WagonR starts from 4.80 Lakhs. The top rivals of Maruti Suzuki WagonR are Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Tata Tiago.
8. Tata Tiago
The Tata Tiago has an upper hand over Suzuki Celerio for its more powerful engine and its safety features. The Tata Tiago is run by 1.2L, 3 cylinders with a capacity of 1199cc which produces a maximum power of 86PS or 63KW @6000 RPM and maximum torque of 113 Nm @3300 RPM. Tata Tiago has a good ground clearance of 170mm. It is one of the most affordable cars from Tata Motors.
For safety and security, Tata Tiago offers Dual Airbags, Rear Parking cameras, ABS with EBD and CSC, strong energy-absorbing body structure, speed-sensitive auto door locking. The ex-showroom price for Tata Tiago in 2022 starts from Rs 4.85 Lakhs.
9. Suzuki Swift
Suzuki Swift is a leading 5-seater hatchback that has been recently updated and is the best-selling hatchback with more than 160,000 units sold in 2020. The Ex-Showroom price starts from 5.73 Lakhs in India for the base variant.
The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) mileage is above 23 km/l for both Automatic and Manual variants. Maruti Suzuki Swift is run by a 1197cc 4 cylinder engine which ensures maximum power of 66KW @6000 RPM and maximum torque of 113 Nm @4400 RPM. Fuel Tank capacity is 37 Litres which gives it an upper hand over its contemporaries.
10. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
The Grand i10 Nios is the most powerful, most attractive, most feature-loaded, and most expensive in this list of most affordable cars.
The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is run by a 1.2 liter Kappa engine that has a capacity of 1197cc with 83PS @6000 RPM and maximum torque of 11.6 K Kg.m @4000 RPM with a fuel tank capacity of 37 liters, highest among other 9 in this list. Dual Airbags are available even in the base variant along with ABS with EBD.
One unique feature of this car is a wireless phone charger. There is also a Smartkey with Push Button Start/Stop which is only available in its top variant, Hyundai i10 Nios Asta, as of now. The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios ex-showroom price starts from 5.19 Lakhs.