The sub-20 lakh segment is considered the stepping stone to the luxury segment in India. This list would have been very different some 5 years back. Back then, 20 lakhs would have easily fetched you a Superb or a Fortuner. But car prices have gone up since then and the same money would now fetch you cars belonging to a segment lower. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as you can get a fully-loaded, feature-laden top level trims of these cars. The question, though, remains the same. What are the best cars in India below 20 lakhs? We have compiled for you a list of the five best cars in India below 20 lakhs. Read on to find out more…
List of Best Cars in India below 20 Lakhs
|Top 5 Best Cars in India Under 20 lakhs|
|Hyundai Elantra||Rs. 12.99 – 19.10 lakhs|
|Skoda Octavia||Rs. 16.58 – 22.41 lakhs|
|Mahindra XUV500||Rs. 12.09 – 18.03 lakhs|
|Toyota Corolla Altis||Rs. 13.79 – 18.67 lakhs|
|Toyota Innova Crysta||Rs. 13.73 – 20.93 lakhs|
Hyundai recently brought the sixth gen Elantra to India to replace the older model that had a fairly successful run. Armed with stunning looks, thanks to Hyundai’s fluidic design language, a powerful petrol engine, frugal diesel engine, feature-rich cabin and great pricing, the Elantra is a very competent package overall. The refinement and interior space is also top notch making it evident that the Korean car maker has worked hard to iron out the previous car’s flaws.
- Price: Rs. 12.99-19.10 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
- Engine: 2.0 litre petrol (147 bhp & 196 Nm), 1.6 litre diesel (126 bhp & 265 Nm)
- Transmission: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Also See – Hyundai Elantra Review
The Octavia brand name helped Skoda establish itself in India and is responsible for the positives buyers attach with the brand. After a very successful run, the Octavia name was replaced with the Laura, which was essentially a rebadged next-gen Octavia. However, almost a year back the company decided to resurrect the brand name with the launch of the latest generation Octavia in India. What you get now is a car that is the best in almost every aspect. The new design language gives it a very distinct appeal, space is class leading and so is the comfort level. Also, it gets a long list of features and the most powerful engines in its segment. The interiors are exceptionally well made and ooze class and quality.
Powerful engines mean the Octavia is fun to drive, but since the petrol version gets a different and better suspension setup compared to the diesel, it rides even better and is more comfortable. The new Octavia possesses all the good qualities of the older car which ensured its success and, since it does all of that better than before, the new Skoda Octavia is one of the best cars in India below 20 lakhs.
- Price: Rs. 16.58 – 22.41 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
- Engine: 1.4 litre petrol (138 bhp & 250 Nm), 1.8 litre petrol (177 bhp & 250 Nm), 2.0 litre diesel (141 bhp & 320 Nm)
- Transmission: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
The XUV500 was a game changer for Mahindra in India. It helped them shed the utilitarian brand image. It ditched the conventional ladder frame chassis for a more dynamically accomplished monocoque frame combining the traits of an SUV with a modern day hatchback/sedan. The result was a SUV that had the dynamics of a crossover/hatchback. The XUV500 has its own distinct styling that has been well received by the public. Mahindra has packed the car to its gills with features, some of which can put more expensive cars to shame.
There are still a few issues with the XUV though such as the ride, which isn’t the most comfortable. And even though Mahindra has tried hard some quality issues still remain. The fit and finish of certain bits inside are disappointing. The recent facelift addressed some of these issues and also added the convenience of an automatic transmission. The recent Delhi diesel ban led Mahindra to downsize the 2.2 L engine to 1.9 L but that hasn’t had any effect on the power and torque outputs.
- Price: Rs 12.09-18.03 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
- Engine: 2.2 litre diesel (140 bhp & 330 Nm)
- Transmission: 6-speed manual/6-speed Automatic
Also See – Mahindra XUV500 Automatic
The new Innova from Toyota has taken the market by storm, especially for car that costs at least around 15 lakhs on road. It is a great alternative to the conventional D-Segment sedans and SUVs. The 2016 Toyota Innova Crysta gets a spacious and premium interior, long list of features and comfortable seating for seven. Also, the new Innova come with really powerful petrol and diesel engine options along with a choice of automatic and manual transmissions. Top-end variants do seem overprices, but that hasn’t kept buyers away.
- Price: Rs. 13.73 – 20.93 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
- Engine: 2.7 litre petrol (164 bhp & 245 Nm), 2.4 litre diesel (148 bhp & 343 Nm), 2.8 litre Diesel ( 172 bhp & 360 Nm)
- Transmission: 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
The Corolla has always sold in decent numbers in the Indian market. Most of this is thanks to its solid built, comfortable ride and good value for money. Earlier generation was never a looker. But Toyota addressed this issue with the latest Corolla Altis. The new Altis looks fantastic and retains the positives of the previous generation. The car is longer and wider, which means it improves on its existing qualities of good interior space. The interiors have been improved as well and are now more modern and comfortable. They also come loaded with more features.
The only real problem with the Corolla is the Diesel motor which just doesn’t seem right in a car costing around 20 lakhs. At just 87bhp, it is less powerful than cars from a segment below, which is hard to digest. But the car is aimed at buyers who would mostly hand it over to their chauffeurs, in which case the lack of power isn’t a major issue. At the end of the day, it is still the same sensible, practical Corolla we are used to.
- Price: Rs. 13.79 – 18.67 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
- Engine: 1.8 litre petrol (138 bhp & 173 Nm), 1.4 litre diesel (87 bhp & 205 Nm)
- Transmission: 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic (CVT)
Some might find the inclusion of the Skoda Yeti a bit surprising, but in most cases that judgement would be a bit naive. Sure, it might not have the big imposing characteristics of a typical SUV or the ability to seat seven people but that was never its intention. It is intended to be a proper urban SUV, easy to handle in the city, all the while providing its passengers the essential features and carrying them around in great comfort. The 4×4 system gives it enough off-road cred to qualify for the SUV tag. The Yeti is brilliant fun to drive and has a great engine, coupled with a solid build and a premium feel that makes it one of the best urban runabouts in the market.
The major issue with the car is the lack of the hardcore SUV appeal, which in turn, makes the asking price look very steep, but then again, looking like a typical SUV was never its aim.
- Price: Rs 21.31-23.10 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
- Engine: 2.0 litre diesel (108 bhp/138 bhp & 250 Nm/320 Nm)
- Transmission: 6-speed manual
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