A list of automatic sedan cars in India below 9 lakhs of asking price
Work can be tiring. And the traffic on the roads of most cities these days doesn’t make things any better for an average commuter. A car with an automatic transmission can make driving in start-stop traffic a little less excruciating. A few days back we brought you a list of all the automatic hatchbacks that are currently on sale in India and now we have a list off all the automatic sedans you can lay your hands on for less than INR 9 lakhs, in case you want something bigger than a hatchback. Most cars on this list, barring one, are compact sedans which won’t offer much in terms of interior space compared to a hatch, but you still get the extra boot space and that little extra respect from your neighbour for owning a “badi gaadi”. Read our list of all the automatic sedan cars in India below 9 lakhs that are currently on sale.
MARUTI SUZUKI SWIFT DZIRE
One of the most popular cars on sale in India, the Swift Dzire, is also the cheapest sedan you can buy with an automatic transmission. Sticking a boot to the already popular Swift hatchback turned out to be masterstroke by Maruti and the latest sub-4 meter version zoomed to the top of the sales charts soon after its launch. The Swift Dzire is everything an average Indian buyer looking for an entry level sedan would expect from the car, its got decent space, its got enough features, it delivers great mileage, being derived from the Swift it is good to drive and its got the oh so important Maurti Suzuki badge which ensures great aftersales support and service. The 4-speed automatic, which it shares with the other non-AMT Marutis, only adds to the convenience. The only trouble is the rear end styling which is just ugly and the rear seat space isn’t all that great.
- Price: Rs. 6.57 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
- Engine: 1.2 litre petrol (85bhp & 114Nm)
- Transmission: 4-speed automatic
- Trims Available: VXi
Read about the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire facelift here
The car responsible for Tata Motors‘ revival in the passenger car segment, the Zest, is one of the most capable compact sedans on sale in India right now. It manages to carry off the stubby-boot compact sedan look very well and is easily the best looking sub-4 meter sedan out there. The interiors are pleasing and the quality levels are very impressive, something Tata has worked really hard on. The ride is very good and the car is good fun to drive, arguably the best in its segment. The Tata Zest features an AMT gearbox, the only sedan to get one in India, resulting in a car that is a very good value for money proposition. Moreover, it is the only diesel sedan available with an automatic transmission in India. What you also get are features seen only on cars a segment above such as LED daytime running lights, projector headlamps, touchscreen infotainment system. As a package the car is hard to fault except for maybe the Indica Vista derived looks and the Tata badge which has lost of bit of appeal in recent times.
- Price: Rs. 7.25 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
- Engine: 1.3 litre diesel (89bhp & 200Nm)
- Transmission: 5-speed automatic (AMT)
- Trims Available: XMA
Read our review of the Tata Zest
The Hyundai Xcent is one of the latest hatchback-derived sedans to hit showrooms in India. The Korean car maker has packed the car with features to make it feel more upmarket than its competition. Based on the Grand i10, the Xcent shares its interiors with its hatchback sibling, which means you get a nicely laid out dash that is high on quality. The front end styling is identical to the Grand i10 and Hyundai‘s done a decent job of integrating the boot, although it still looks a bit off. The 4-speed automatic transmission, shared with the Verna, is available only with the petrol version that too on the top level trim making it more expensive than its competition. A great package overall except for the slightly trashy ride quality and the name, which sounds like badly mispronounced “Accent“, the car which it sort of replaced.
- Price: Rs. 7.58 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
- Engine: 1.2 litre petrol (81bhp & 114Nm)
- Transmission: 4-speed automatic
- Trims Available: SX(O)
Read our review of the Hyundai Xcent
The Honda Amaze is possibly the only compact sedan which has been way more successful than the hatchback it is based on. That is mainly due to the availability of a diesel engine option. The automatic gearbox equipped version, however, is only available with the petrol engine, much like most of the sedans on this list. So what you get is Honda’s peppy 1.2 litre petrol mated to a responsive 5-speed automatic ‘box, which it shares with the Brio. Honda has also managed to pull off the compact sedan look very well making the Amaze arguably the most aesthetically pleasing compact sedan on sale. You also get typical Honda levels of refinement and quality along with good after sales support. There are a few negatives such as the asymmetric dash which is also not very high on quality and the competition offers way more equipment at a lower price.
- Price: Rs. 6.95-7.78 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
- Engine: 1.2 litre petrol (87bhp & 109Nm)
- Transmission: 5-speed automatic
- Trims Available: S, VX
Read about the Honda Amaze featured in the list of five most fuel efficient sedans in India
MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ
At an ex-showroom price of INR 8.93 lakhs, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz just about makes the cut becoming the only non-compact sedan on this list. The Ciaz is Maruti‘s best effort at the slightly premium end of the market, a segment where they haven’t had much success. The Ciaz is radically different from the SX4, the car which it replaces. Unlike its predecessor, the Ciaz is built as a sedan from the ground up, featuring a more premium design inside out along with a very good list of features. It looks good from most angles, the dash is classy and well laid out, the interiors are spacious and the ride is decent as well. All that coupled with Maruti’s rock solid reliability and after sales support has made the Ciaz one of the best cars available in the country right now. The autobox, a 4-speed unit borrowed from the Swift Dzire, is only available with the petrol motor and does a satisfactory job of tackling the city conditions. The Ciaz is a hard car to fault and if we were to point one thing out in particular it would be the slightly conservative styling which isn’t as exciting as the competition and the small engines which seem slightly underpowered for a car its size.
- Price: Rs. 8.93-9.64 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
- Engine: 1.4 litre petrol (91bhp & 130Nm)
- Transmission: 4-speed automatic
- Trims Available: VXi, ZXi
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz featured in the best cars in India below 10 lakhs
Which of these automatic sedan cars in India below 9 lakhs would be your pick of the lot? Let us know in the comments section below.