‘Which is the most feature-rich affordable car?’ is the question we are most often asked here at OnCars India. In response, we try to guide the readers and help them narrow down their choices but picking ‘the one’ is a pretty daunting task, more so now that we have a wider variety of cars than ever before. The list of features offered in affordable cars of today is enough to make the mind spin; which is why many new car buyers are often intimidated by the choices on offer despite having a general idea of what they want in terms of features.
So to address the question ‘Which is the most feature-rich affordable car?’, the answer varies from segment to segment and the price point at which the car is placed in the market. Here we listed top five feature rich cars available in the Indian car market.
Hyundai Verna S AT Petrol
The 'fluidic Sculpture' design philosophy has worked wonders for Hyundai in the Indian car market. Along with exciting and sporty looks, the vehicle gets lot of gizmos and fancy stuff to attract more buyers. This mid-sized sedan is equipped with all the regular features like Bluetooth enabled music system, iPod compatibility, multi-functional steering wheel, automatic climate control, etc. The automatic climate control also gets an 'ionizer' that constantly cleans the cabin air. It also comes equipped with rear view camera for which the electro chromic rear view mirror serve as display. There’s a good load on the safety tech too. All four discs brakes with anti-lock system and electronic brake-force distribution (ABS with EBD); seatbelt pre-tensioners; and speed & impact-sensing door locks.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz ZDi SHVS-
Priced at INR 9.50 lakh, the Ciaz ZDi SHVS is the top-end diesel variant in its lineup. It is the longest and the most spacious car in its league. The sedan is also the first one to feature the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle from Suzuki) technology, which works in tandem with the oil burner and improves the fuel efficiency. Talking about features, this variant gets automatic climate control, leather seats, multi-functional steering wheel, an integrated audio system with a touchscreen display, reverse camera, electrically adjustable and retractable OVMS. For passenger safety and security, the sedan has dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution), etc.
Maruti Baleno Alpha 1.3
Positioned above the Swift, the Baleno is the Maruti Suzuki's answer to Hyundai Elite i20 and the Honda Jazz. The design inspiration for the premium hatchback comes from Suzuki's new liquid design philosophy. The Alpha 1.3 diesel is the top-end variant in its lineup, which is priced at INR 8.33 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It gets several high end features like SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Voice recognition, rear parking camera and sensors, climate control, engine start-stop system, etc. Dual front airbags and ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution) as standard safety feature.
Hyundai Elite i20 Asta 1.4 CRDI (O)
Priced at INR 8.83 lakh, the Asta 1.4 CRDi (O) is the top-of-the-line variant in the Hyundai lineup for Indian market. It is based on the evolved Hyundai Fluidic Design philosophy. Since its launch in 2014, the vehicle has received an excellent response and the company has managed to sell around 10,000 units each month. This variant is equipped with an integrated audio and bluetooth controls, height adjustable driver's seat, 2-DIN audio system with 1 GB internal memory, climate control system, reverse parking assist, gear shift indicator, steering adaptive parking assist, lane change indicator, etc.
Ford Figo Titanium Plus 1.5 TDCi
Priced at INR 7.61 lakh, the Figo is the most affordable yet feature loaded car in its league. This top-end variant is powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine that is good for 99bhp of power along with 215Nm of torque, making it the most powerful in its league. The top-end model is equipped with all the features that are offered in its immediate competition. This variant features six airbags, ABS and EBD as safety features. Other features include automatic climate control, multi-functional steering wheel, integrated audio system with Bluetooth and USB, etc. Adding to it, the vehicle's cabin has 20 small and big chubby holes to keep your belongings including mobiles, wallets, water bottle, etc.