Car Buying Guide: Best Cars In India Below 10 Lakhs


If you’re in the market to buy a new car and you have approximately Rs. 10 lakhs to spend, give or take a few lakhs, then you might find yourself spoilt for choice. It’s obviously not a bad thing, but making a decision will be tough, especially if you’re not certain which segment suits your needs the best. There’s so much to choose from. You’ve got hot hatches, sedans, MPVs, small SUVs and even a pick-up truck if you fancy one. After much brainstorming, we have managed to put together a list of vehicles which we feel are the best cars in India below 10 lakhs out there right now. Check it out and do let us know what you feel about our list of best cars in India below 10 lakhs of asking price.

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Our favourite among the best cars in India below 10 lakhs is the Ciaz. Maruti has done a stellar job with its mid-size sedan. A replacement for the SX4, the Ciaz is everything its predecessor wasn’t and more. It looks like a proper sedan since it hasn’t been derived from a hatchback, it’s packed with features, its got classy interiors and the company claims that the diesel version, with the mild hybrid tech, is the most efficient of its kind in India delivering a claimed mileage of 28.09 kmpl!

Best Cars in India Below 10 Lakhs - Car Buying Guide - Maruti Ciaz

Spec for spec the Ciaz is cheaper than the City and came out on top in our comparison between the two. The engines might seem a bit underpowered but thanks to clever gearing and intelligent torque distribution, the lack of power is barely noticeable. This is Maruti’s first truly successful product towards the premium end of the market and also the best car to buy under 10 lakhs in India right now.

  Petrol Diesel SHVS
Engine 1.4 L (91 bhp-130 Nm) 1.3 L DDiS200 (89 bhp-200 Nm)
Transmission 5-speed MT/4-speed AT 5-speed MT
Mileage 20.73 kmpl/19/12 kmpl 28.09 kmpl
Price (ex-showroom Delhi) Rs. 7.73 – 10.52 lakh Rs. 7.89 – 9.57 lakh


Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., following years of development, launched the Vitara Brezza compact SUV in 2016 and it became an instant hit. It has managed to find its way into our list of the best cars in India below 10 lakhs. It gets a smart exterior complete with SUV-like design highlights such as the body cladding, flat bonnet, squared off wheel arches, etc. The interiors come finished in all black and the list of features is also very impressive. But the biggest selling point of the Vitara Brezza is its price. At a starting price of just over 7 lakhs, it undercuts its chief rival, the Ford EcoSport, by a good margin. The SUV comes with only a 1.3 L diesel unit, which puts out 89 bhp and 200 Nm with a claimed fuel mileage of 24.3 kpl.

Best Cars in India Below 10 Lakhs - Car Buying Guide - Maruti Vitara Brezza

Engine 1.3 L (89 bhp & 200 Nm)
Transmission 5-speed MT
Mileage 24.3 kmpl
Price (ex-showroom Delhi) Rs. 7.26-9.70 lakh


Ford’s compact SUV took India by storm with customers flocking to dealerships to get their hands on one. Such was its popularity that Ford had to cease booking for a period because the rate of production couldn’t keep pace with the demand. Even today the EcoSport is doing really well. It has got the looks, it’s packed with features, being a Ford it’s good to drive and its got very good engines. The SUV-like exterior with a rear mounted spare wheel and high ground clearance has been a hit with Indian customers and also helps in tackling our roads.

Best Cars in India Below 10 Lakhs - Car Buying Guide - Ford EcoSport

Inside there’s as much space a big hatchback and the feature list is also quite strong. Combine that with great engines and great driving dynamics what you get is a vehicle that is hard to fault. If there is one fault with the EcoSport its that it is small by SUV standards and at the end of the day it is basically a hatchback on steroids. The only problem with the car is that Ford doesn’t offer the automatic transmission with any other engine except the 1.5 litre petrol. Overall, the compact SUV from Ford is easily one of the best cars in India below 10 lakhs right now.

  Petrol Diesel
Engine 1.5 L Ti-VCT/1.0 L EcoBoost

(110 bhp-140 Nm/124 bhp-170 Nm)

1.5 L TDCi (99 bhp-205 Nm)
Transmission 5-speed MT or 6-speed DCT/5-speed MT 5-speed MT
Mileage 15.8 kmpl/18.9 kmpl 22.7 kmpl
Price (ex-showroom Delhi) Rs. 7.18-10.46 lakh Rs. 7.83-10.76 lakh


We feel the Hyundai Elite i20 is still the best hatchback in its segment and that’s why it finds a place in our list of the best cars in India below 10 lakhs. It’s smart looks, healthy list of features and a strong diesel engine make it one of the most complete hatchbacks on sale in India. Top of the line variants of the i20 can be had for around Rs. 10 lakh (on-road). Hyundai now offers the i20 in dual tone paint schemes as well.

best cars in india under 10 lakhs Hyundai Elite i20

  Petrol Diesel
Engine 1.2 L/1.4 L

(82 bhp-115 Nm/99 bhp-132 Nm)

1.4 L TDCi (89 bhp-220 Nm)
Transmission 5-speed MT/4-speed AT 6-speed MT
Mileage 18.6 kmpl/-NA- 22.54 kmpl
Price (ex-showroom Delhi) Rs. 5.35-7.81 lakh/Rs. 9.07 lakh Rs. 6.65-9.06 lakh


Some might find the inclusion of the Polo GT TSI in our list of the best cars in India below 10 lakhs surprising. However, for buyers looking for a fun to drive small car within a budget of 10 lakhs, there is nothing else on offer. One of the hottest hatchbacks on sale in India currently, the Polo GT TSI combines the standard car’s practicality with performance. It is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged TSI motor producing 103 bhp and 175 Nm of torque. That engine has been mated to VW‘s 7 speed DSG dual clutch ‘box and what you get is car that is an absolute hoot to drive.

Best Cars in India Below 10 Lakhs - Car Buying Guide - Volkswagen Polo GT

The last facelift also made the cabin a better place to be in. Build quality is top notch and the car rides well too hitting speeds of 150 km/h with ease. On the outside, there’s not much to differentiate the GT from the standard car except for a badge on the grille and a sticker on the C-pillar. The Polo GT TSI is a bit expensive and hence, doesn’t appeal to the masses.

Engine 1.2 L Turbocharged (103 bhp-175 Nm)
Transmission 7-speed DSG
Mileage 16.47 kmpl
Price (ex-showroom Delhi) Rs. 9.11 lakh

Best Cars in India Below 10 Lakhs – Car Buying Guide

Model Name Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Rs. 7.73-10.52 lakh
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Rs. 7.26-9.70 lakh
Ford EcoSport Rs. 7.18-10.76 lakh
Hyundai Elite i20 Rs. 5.35-9.07 lakh
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI Rs. 9.11 lakh

So which one of the cars from our list of Best Cars in India below 10 lakhs interests you? Think we’ve missed out on a car which you think is better suited to the list of best cars in India under 10 lakhs? Then do let us know in the comments section below. Also, stay tuned for more posts like the Best Cars in India below 10 lakhs feature we have here.

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  1. The article is good but we feel the list could have been extended upto 10 cars. The list misses out Hundai i-20, Renault Duster and Hundai Verna to name a few.

  2. Overall best hatchback car in India is POLO GT TSI.and battle with sedan and suv also.they have only space,and little bit opinion is POLO is the BEST in 10lacks in india.

  3. No not at all I thik that best car in India is maruti Suzuki swift.through better millage,space,interior decoration,looks,comfort and is
    A best thing is service,low maintaince cost,
    all over India best car below 10lakh is this.

  4. what about toyota etios vxd 3 yrs 100000 km warranty extendable even uptil 7 yrs ,nobody in india offers that kind of warranty ,on top of that very comfortable rear seating ,ample leg space,vfm and very pleasurable to be chauffer driven ,and no obsession with the so called sub 4 metre,the honda city diesel is far too expensive with a noisy engine ,i serious doubt the reliablity and maintainence over 5 yrs ,the toyota may rust but can be fixed easy,the new sandalwood color is gorgeous and treat to see even when parked,kindest regards ,prof dr panicker

  5. Hyundai Elite i20 is best ….look is good nd space also big comfortable to drive good average most thing is high pickup…i suggest it good by my opinion.


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