From Tata Nano to Volkswagen Polo GT, a lot of automatic transmission cars are on offer these days.
While the cities get more and more crowded, the concept of compact living arises. As the parking lots shrink, the roads experience more traffic and the traffic jams get longer during peak hours, the demand for automatic transmission cars is increasing in cities. The technology on offer on these automatic cars varies from Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) to Continous Variable Transmission (CVT) to Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) each offering its fair set of advantages and features to lure in customers. Let us start with explaining as to how each of these transmission works and what is their unique qualities. Following that will be our list of top AT under INR 10 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – AMT Transmission
AMT stands for Automated Manual Transmission. AMT transmissions were initially developed for commercial vehicles as they are comparatively easy to manufacture and replace the manual transmissions. In case of passenger vehicles, the advantages of AMT gearbox include lower manufacturing and maintenance costs, lower weight compared to Dual-Clutch Transmissions. The disadvantages of AMT gearbox include lethargic shifts and missing the X-factor. The AMT transmission works by shifting gears for you wherein the clutch is engaged and disengaged by a computer.
Cars offering AMT – Tata Nano, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Renault Kwid etc.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – CVT Transmission
The CVT transmission technically has infinite gear ratios. This transmission features a belt type mechanism that runs between two clutches and as the car moves, the clutches increase or decrease in diameter changing the gear ratio. The CVT gearbox was once introduced in F1 as well back in 1990 which allowed the car to be in the best power band all the time. Sighting the overpowered nature of F1 cars with CVT, the gearbox was sadly banned in F1 after one season itself in 1991. The advantages of CVT include lower weight, lower maintenance cost and additional reliability. The downside to CVT transmissions includes laggy shifts and the belt losing traction which starts slipping if your drive the vehicle enthusiastically meaning the aforementioned gearbox is usually not meant for sporty driving.
Cars offering CVT – Nissan Micra, Sunny, Honda Brio, Amaze etc.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – DSG or DCT Transmission
Considered the sportiest of the lot, the dual-clutch transmission offers two clutches, one for even gears and one for odd. Since the two set of gears cater to an individual clutch, the shifts are brisk and sporty. When normal cruising, the gear shifts are seamless and you won’t even feel when a shift takes place. The clear advantage this transmission offers is sporty and seamless shifts. The disadvantages include high initial price, higher maintenance cost and parts failure leading to unprecedented service costs that never costs under a lakh. Manufacturers like Ford have invested in their independent R&D into DCT and offer the lowest maintenance of any dual-clutch transmission in the world. Their gearbox features dry clutch and the gearbox itself is sealed for life not even requiring an oil change. The finesse of DSG offered by Volkswagen is lacking in Ford’s unit though.
Cars offering DSG/DCT – Volkswagen Polo GT, Ameo AT, Ford Figo, Ecosport etc.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Tata Nano
The Tata Nano AT is the most pocket-friendly car you can buy with an automatic gearbox. Powered by a 624 cc engine that is good for 38 bhp and 51 Nm, the engine comes mated to an AMT gearbox. The automatic transmission is offered on two variants i.e. XMA and the XTA. The XMA variant costs about INR 3 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Renault Kwid
The Renault Kwid is the latest entry in the automatic brigade. The Kwid is powered by a 1.0-litre engine that churns out 67 bhp and 91 Nm. The top of line RxT(O) variant gets an AMT option and retails for INR 4.32 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
The most affordable Maruti Suzuki to feature an automatic transmission is the Alto K10. Powered by the 1.0-lite K-series engine which produces 67 bhp and 90 Nm. The two top variants of the Alto K10 i.e. the Vxi and Vxi(O) get the AMT transmission with prices starting from INR 4.07 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Maruti Suzuki Wagon R
The most practical car in its segment, the Wagon R too gets an AMT option. Power comes from 1.0-lite K-series engine that produces 67 bhp and 90 Nm. The AMT is offered only on top Vxi variant with prices starting from INR 4.85 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Maruti Suzuki Celerio
The Celerio was the first car by Maruti Suzuki to be offered with AMT transmission. Christened AGS(Auto Gear Shift) by Maruti, the Celerio derives its power from the same 1.0-liter K-series engine. The AMT is offered on the top variants with prices starting from INR 4.52 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Maruti Suzuki Ignis
The car of the millennials, Ignis was recently launched by the automaker. The Ignis offers AMT on both petrol as well as diesel avatars. The Ignis gets the AMT option on top variants i.e. Delta and Zeta with the prices for petrol and diesel starting from INR 5.74 lakh and INR 6.94 lakh respectively. Powering the Ignis is the 1.2-liter petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel units from the Swift.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Maruti Suzuki’s premium hatchback, the Baleno offers a CVT unit mated to its 1.2-litre petrol unit that produces 83 bhp and 115 Nm of torque. The CVT is offered on the top end trims i.e. Delta and Zeta with prices starting from INR 7.05 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Maruti Suzuki Dzire
The latest generation of Maruti Suzuki Dzire was launched last year in India. Exactly like the previous generation Dzire, the new one carries forward the AMT transmission which is offered on both petrol as well as diesel engines. Powering the new Dzire is the 1.2-litre VVT petrol engine good for 82 bhp and 113 Nm. The diesel engine is a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre turbocharged engine which produces 74 bhp and 190 Nm torque. The automatic transmission is offered on both petrol as well as diesel variants. The petrol powered Ertiga gets the automatic gearbox on the mid-level Vxi variant while the diesel gets it on the top-line Zdi variant. The range of the petrol and diesel AT starts around INR 6.87 lakhs and INR 8.58 lakhs respectively.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
Slated for a facelift to be launched this year, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is the first MPV in our list to feature an automatic gearbox. The 1.4-litre petrol engine produces 94 bhp and 130 Nm of torque comes mated to an old-school 4-speed torque converter unit. Prices for the automatic variant of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga start around INR 8.59 lakhs.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
Tired of reading about the automatic variants of Maruti Suzuki vehicles? There’s one more! The Ciaz features an automatic gearbox on the petrol variant that is powered by a 1.4-litre engine which is mated to an Ertiga like 4-speed torque converter unit. The AT is offered on three variants namely Delta, Zeta and Alpha with the prices starting from INR 9.25 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Tata Zest
Tata’s first compact sedan, the Zest offers its customers one of the most well-packaged cars in the market right now. Being the first car in the segment to feature an automatic gearbox on a diesel, the Zest definitely won the race but failed to amount the same in sales. The 1.3-litre diesel engine comes mated to an AMT gearbox and is offered on two trims i.e. the XMA and XTA. Prices for the same start around INR 7.81 lakhs.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Hyundai Grand i10 and Xcent
Both the Hyundai Grand i10 and the Xcent share most underpinnings hence the collaborated section. Both the vehicles are powers by a 1.2-lite Kappa engine that is good for 81 bhp and 114 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 4-speed torque converter with the Grand i10 AT range starting around INR 5.99 lakhs and the Xcent featuring the AT on the S variant fetching a price of INR 6.89 lakhs.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Hyundai Verna
The Hyundai Verna offers automatic gearbox on both petrol as well as diesel variants. However, it’s only the petrol variant that costs under INR 10 lakh. The petrol Verna is powered by a 1.6-litre engine which is good for 121 bhp of power and 155 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The diesel too features the same gearbox. The petrol Verna AT range starts around INR 9.95 lakhs.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Nissan Micra
The Nissan Micra is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that is good for 76 bhp and 104 Nm. The hatchback is expected to be replaced by a new version soon. Currently, the engine comes mated to a CVT with the Micra AT range starting around INR 6.86 lakhs.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Honda Brio and Amaze
The Honda siblings share the same underpinnings hence the collaboration. The Honda Brio and Amaze both share the same 1.2-liter petrol engine that is good for 87 bhp and 109 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a CVT gearbox in the Amaze and a 5-speed torque converter in the Brio. The Brio AT range starts from INR 6.82 lakhs while the new Amaze is supposed to be launched in the forthcoming months. The outgoing Amaze AT range started around INR 7.43 lakhs.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Honda Jazz
The Honda Jazz is one of the best-looking hatchbacks in the nation with added practicality and the efficiency of the diesel unit. The Jazz features a CVT transmission only on the 1.2-litre petrol engine good for 87 bhp and 109 Nm. The Honda Jazz features the CVT gearbox on two variants i.e. the S and the V with the range starting from INR 7.62 lakhs.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Ford Figo and Aspire
The Ford twins share the same drivetrain. Powering the siblings is a 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 110 bhp of power and 136 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a DCT gearbox which was developed in-house by Ford and is the cheapest to maintain in the market right now. The Figo AT range starts at INR 7.44 lakhs and the Aspire AT range starts at INR 8.29 lakhs.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Ford Ecosport
Exactly like its other siblings, the Ecosport gets the same 1.5-litre petrol engine paired with DCT transmission. The petrol engine offers 110 bhp of power and 136 Nm of torque. The Ecosport AT is available to order only on the Titanium variant with the range starting from INR 9.80 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Mahindra TUV 300 and Nuvosport
The sort of SUV from Mahindra feature a 15-litre petrol engine that produces 100 bhp and 245 Nm in the Nuvosport and 81 bhp and 230 Nm in the TUV 300. Both share the same automatic transmission and the TUV 300 AT range starts around INR 9.11 lakh while the Nuvosport AT range starts around INR 9.32 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – VW Polo GT Tsi
The VW Polo GT TSi is powered by the 1.2-litre Tsi petrol engine which comes mated to a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox. This premium hatchback offers the sportiest gearbox of them all with the range starting around INR 9.04 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – VW Ameo TDi
The Volkswagen Ameo was built specifically for developing markets like India, Brazil etc. The Ameo TDi is powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine that comes mated to the 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox. The engine in the Ameo produces 109 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque. Amongst the list, the Ameo is the only compact sedan to feature the sportiest dual-clutch transmission that too on the diesel variant. The Ameo TDi AT range starts around INR 9.46 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Mahindra
Yes its electric and lacks a clutch, hence making it to the list. The Mahindra E2O Plus offers 4 doors and seating space for 5 passengers. On a single charge, the electric car can take you up to 140 km. The E2O Plus range starts around INR 5.46 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Mahindra e-Verito
Similar to the E20 Plus, the Mahindra e-Verito is another eclectic offering that lacks a clutch. Packing a range of around 100 km on a single charge, the top variant even features fast charging taking 2 hours to charge to run for 80 km. Thee-Verito range starts around INR 9.50 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift
The recently launched 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift features AMT transmission on both petrol as well as diesel variants. The engines have been carried over from the previous generation. The petrol unit is a 1.2-litre engine that makes 82 bhp and 113 Nm. The diesel is a 1.3-litre unit that churns out 74 bhp and 190 Nm. The Swift petrol AT range starts at INR 6.34 lakh while the Diesel AT range starts at INR 7.34 lakh.
AT under INR 10 Lakh – Upcoming 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 AT
The new Hyundai Elite i20 facelift was launched last month at the 2018 Auto Expo. Right now, the car comes with only manual transmissions across its range but reports on the web suggest that a CVT transmission will be introduced in May 2018. Surprisingly, the less powerful variant of the Elite i20, the 1.2-litre petrol engine will get the CVT while the 1.4-liter petrol unit will be offered with manual only. The 1.2-liter engine on the new i20 produces 82 bhp and 115 Nm. Expect the upcoming Elite i20 AT to be priced around INR 7.00 lakh.
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