Best Cars In India Under 5 Lakhs


If you’re in the market right now looking to buy a car for INR 5 lakhs or less then you would have around a dozen vehicles to choose from. Naturally, this makes the decision-making process really hard while proving, yet again, that too much choice is not always a good thing. Sure you could just blindly put your money down on a Maruti Suzuki citing a good ownership experience or good mileage as reasons. Or you could actually carry out some real research and see what else is out there, and there are some pretty decent cars out there; mostly small hatchbacks and even one MPV. We know that sounds very tedious, which is exactly why we have compiled this list of best cars in India under 5 lakhs rupees in order to make the decision-making process easier.

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Best Cars in India Under 5 Lakhs Rupees 2016

Renault Kwid

Renault‘s Alto challenger has taken the India car market by storm, as evident from the 1 lac+ bookings it has already garnered. The Kwid‘s crossover-like appearance, spacious and feature-rich interior and a starting price of just INR 2.62 lacs have caught the customers’ attention. Powering the Kwid is a 796cc petrol engine that puts out 54 PS of peak power and 72 Nm of peak torque mated to a 5-speed manual. This setup, Renault claims, returns a class-leading 25.17 kpl overall. The top-spec trims come loaded with features like airbags, touchscreen AVN and a whole lot more making the Renault Kwid very good value for money. Renault recently showcased new variants of the Kwid equipped with a 1.0 L motor and an AMT, which will be launched sometime this year.

Price INR 2.62-3.67 lacs
Engine 799 cc with 5-speed MT
Power 54 PS
Torque 72 Nm
Mileage 25.17 kpl

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Also SeeRenault Kwid Review

Datsun redi-GO

Datsun launched the redi-GO entry-level hatchback in June 2016 at a starting price that managed to raise quite a few eyebrows and get everyone’s attention. The Redi-Go is related to the Kwid. Both the cars share the same platform, engine and are even manufactured at the same facility near Chennai. Prices start at just INR 2.39 lacs, which is lower than the Kwid and Alto 800. It comes with a 54 PS 799 cc petrol engine mated to a 5-speed transmission that does pretty well in the city. Features list is obviously not extensive, but you do get the essentials like air conditioning, audio system, power steering, etc.

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Price INR 2.39-3.34 lacs
Engine 799 cc with 5-speed MT
Power 54 PS
Torque 72 Nm
Mileage 25.17 kpl

Also SeeDatsun redi-GO launch Details

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

The Wagon R is one of the oldest cars in Maruti Suzuki’s line-up currently and is still pulling in very good numbers each month. Kudos to Maruti as well for constantly updating the car to keep things fresh. Although the name is a bit bonkers (the R in Wagon R stands for recreation), the car is definitely not. It’s practical with its tall design ensuring spaciousness and ample headroom at the back. The black and beige interiors are a nice place to be in and come decently equipped with an integrated audio system, steering mounted controls and more.

Price INR 4.05-5.10 lacs
Engine 1.0 litre Petrol with 5-speed MT/5-speed AMT
Power 67 bhp
Torque 90 Nm
Mileage 20.5 kpl

The looks might divide opinion, but we think its a decent looking car. The Wagon R returns a very healthy mileage of 20.51 kmpl and there is also a CNG equipped version with cheaper running costs. Maruti has also launched an automatic variant equipped with a 5-speed AMT.

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Datsun Go+

Datsun‘s Indian innings haven’t got off to a great start. The GO hasn’t been performing well. Their image further took a dent from the appalling Global NCAP crash test results. Datsun is looking to set things right with the GO+. Although it is an MPV on paper with 7 seats and all it is still less than 4 meters in length qualifying it as a small car according to the regulations of the Indian Government. The GO+ looks almost the same as Go. Basically, it is a slightly extended version of the Go.

Price INR 3.79-4.79 lacs
Engine 1.2 litre petrol with 5-speed MT
Power 67 bhp
Torque 104 Nm
Mileage 20.62 kpl

The interiors too have been lifted straight from the GO. The light colour scheme adds a touch of premium-ness to the cabin which, otherwise, scores low on features. The last row is good only for kids or luggage. As an MPV, it does not make much sense, but if you look at it as a large hatchback with extra luggage space then it does make a lot of sense.

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Also Read: Datsun Go+ MPV Review

Hyundai Eon

The Hyundai Eon was pitted directly against the Maruti Alto when launched in 2011. Although it could not topple the highest selling car in India, it turned out to be a good performer for Hyundai, constantly featuring in the top 10 in terms of monthly sales. The most striking aspect of the  car is its styling. Based on Hyundai’s fluidic design language the Eon is one of the better-looking hatchbacks out there. We honestly feel the car is overstyled. However, most people disagree with us and the Indian public likes the way it looks.

Price INR 3.21-4.34 lacs
Engine 814 cc/1.0 litre petrol with 5-speed MT
Power 55 bhp/68 bhp
Torque 75 Nm/94 Nm
Mileage 21.1 kpl/20.3 kpl

The interiors are as striking as the exteriors and feel like they belong to a class above. It might not be very spacious, but interior space is decent for a car its price. Apart from the tiny 814cc motor Hyundai also offers 1-litre, 3 cylinder engine and a factory fitted LPG kit as an option.

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Also Read: Hyundai Eon Review

Maruti Suzuki Celerio

Easily among the best cars in India under 5 lakhs rupees of selling price is the Celerio. The Celerio is also one the most revolutionary car to come out of Maruti Suzuki‘s factory in recent times. The Celerio replaced the struggling A-Star and Zen Estilo. However, it also introduced us to the AMT which made automatics more accessible to the buyer. At just INR 40,000 over the standard manual, the automatic Celerio offers stellar value for money.

Price INR 4.00-5.19 lacs
Engine 1.0-litre petrol with 5-speed MT or AMT
Power 67 bhp
Torque 90 Nm
Mileage 23.1 kpl

It might not look as striking as the Chevrolet Beat, but it is still a decent looking car. The black and beige combination interiors feel premium enough and the cabin offers ample space. A tallish stance means headroom is decent as well. Powering the Celerio is a peppy 1.0 litre K-Series engine. This car can also be bought with a CNG kit.

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Hyundai i10

Another strong contender in our list of the best cars in India under 5 lakhs is the last generation i10. The Hyundai i10 has been replaced internationally by the Grand i10. However, in India, it still makes a compelling case for itself amongst cars below INR 5 lakhs. The updated styling is in line with Hyundai’s fluidic design language and looks fresh. The interiors are pleasant as well with the black and beige combo and silver accents.

Price INR 4.30-5.11 lacs
Engine 1.1 litre petrol with 5-speed MT
Power 68 bhp
Torque 99 Nm
Mileage 19.81 kpl

It boasts of features such as a 2-DIN integrated audio system, steering mounted control, AUX and USB support, etc. Headroom and knee room are decent and overall the cabin is comfortable. Hyundai is offering the 1.1 litre motor with two fuel option; petrol and LPG. The only trouble with the car is that it is a bit old now and the looks still divide opinion.

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So, what do you think about our list of best cars in India under 5 lakhs ?

best cars in india under 5 lakhs

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  1. Dear sir,
    It seems among all above Hyundai i10 is best in its appearance and performance aspect. I am interested to have it. But only point which need to be clarified is whether the car would sustain for next 5 or 8 years.

    If it doesn’t, then how about its service during that time and availability of its spares. Can the grand i10 spares can be used for i10 also?

    Also please differentiate the existing 1.1 liter engine of i10 with 1.2litre engine of Kappa.
    Which has an better performance? (Life and mileage)

  2. Between celerio and wagon r, celerio is quite best car in performance side, celerio is 25 kgs lighter than wagon r which gives better mileage than wagon r, celerio is wider than wagon r and has good boot space too, coming to comfort point getting in and out of wagon r is quite easy and also cushioning of seats in wagon r is good and also has good view of road from front mirror as seats are height, celerio seating is like sedan model cars which is also very comfortable in sitting espicieally front seats with good resting position and good road view and also raer seats for sitting are not great but good and decent enough for long rides. Coming to pricing of varients in celerio and wagon r, wagon r offers best facilities for low cost than celerio like audio system, back seat light and many more. Celerio is one car which passed the crash test, so it is also accident proof to some extent with out airbags.

  3. Tata tiago is the best car under 5 lakh in India today.
    It has best milage, price lower than i10, and everything best.

  4. Yes….. Mohit said absolutly true. Tata Tiago is the best car in this segment in present time. Its price, mileage, performance and looks are best in this class. Hyundai I-10 are not reached in any manner.