Best cars to buy under 6 lakhs in 2023

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Since BS 6 phase 2 in effect from April 2023, cars have become dearer due to high R&D and parts cost. However, a common middle class still needs a family car for commuting and that should be within the budget and should be low on pocket in terms of maintenance, Insurance and running cost. The budget within which one can get a decent car is under 6 lakhs. Most of the people who have bigger cars also consider these options as their secondary vehicle for their family as they are reliable as well as easy to maintain.

Here are few cars which are available in less than 6 lakhs of ex-showroom price in India in 2023-

1. Maruti Suzuki Ignis – Sigma (Base Variant 5.84 Lakhs) (ex-showroom)

Ignis is an urban hatchback with good ground clearance which gives it a SUVish stance and maruti suzuki calls it a tough urbane SUV which is capable of cruising on rough roads and city potholes.

Why should you consider this?

  • Compact yet Spacious – With 3700 in Length and 2435 mm of wheelbase it is quite spacious, easy to drive in traffic and also easy to park. Over the above it has a turning radius of mere 4.7 metres making it easy to slide even on small U turns
  • Most refined Engine in segment – This is probably the most lucrative reason to bet on this car above all other options within the budget. It has 1.2 Litre VVT engine which is the peppiest petrol engine in the country. Silent to drive, instant torque and rev happy are its major characteristics. It produces the power of 81.80 bhp at 6000 rpm whereas maximum torque output is 113 nm at 4200 rpm. (Must take a test drive to get the idea of what we are suggesting). Performance in the city is going to amaze you and with that it offers decent highway drive as well. It has mileage of 20.89/Litre (ARAI claimed)
  • Good Ground Clearance – It gives it an edge over its competitors. Despite being a hatchback with 180 mm of ground clearance, it is capable of handling bad roads well and gives you assurance in patchy, rough and casual off-road conditions.
  • 15 Inches Wheels – Most of the competition offers 14 inches wheels at this price point. The 15 inches wheels with tyre size of 175/65 R 15 gives it better road grip and style over other cars in the segment.
  • Decent Feature list – From the base variant Ignis gives you Body coloured door handles and ORVMs, adjustable headrests, Hill assist, front power windows, Manual AC, ABS, Child safety locks, 2 front airbags, EBD, Crash sensors, ISOFIX Child seat mounts, Adjustable steering, Rear parking sensors and much more making it practical and value for money.

Just install a decent music system with 4 speakers as accessories if you want and your basic feature list is complete.

2.Tata Tiago – XE (5.60 Lakhs) or XT Option (Recommended) (5.99 Lakhs) (all prices ex-showroom)

  • Tata Tiago is the most affordable offering from Tata in the Indian market and is the best built car in the price range and having base 2 variants starts below 6 Lakhs.

    Why should you consider this?
  • Safety- This is the only car in the segment with 4 star safety rating in global NCAP, making it a strong option to consider if you are driving mostly on highways or high speeds and safety becomes your primary requirement. Even the safety features list includes 2 front airbags, ABS, EBD, Corner stability control, Crash sensor etc from the base variant along with its solid build makes it even more lucrative package.
  • Power and Performance – Post BS6 phase 2 refined engine doing the duty now, the engine has become much silent compared to before. It has 1.2 L Revotron Engine which produces 84.82 bhp of power at 6000 rpm and maximum torque output of 113 Nm at 3300 rpm. Though Engine will not feel as agile as in the Ignis but Tiago will make you feel planted at high speeds.
  • Drive Comfort – Balanced suspensions offer comfortable drive on Highways and bad roads. The car has some good weight which makes you feel safe on highway speeds.

Spaces to Store more – It has a bigger glove box with separate tablet storage, Bottle holder in all 4 doors, Cup holders & other space for phone, wallet etc along with 242 Litres of boot space makes it a practical family car.

3. Hyundai Grand i10 NiOS – Era (Base Variant 5.84 Lakhs) (ex-showroom)

Nios is the good all around offering from Hyundai in the budget hatchback category which feels bigger and upmarket from inside. The hatchback is packed with some goodies. Let’s find out:

Why should you consider this?

  • Bigger Dimensions – NiOS is biggest in terms of Length (3815 mm) and Wheelbase (2450 mm), and Marginally (10 mm) lesser than Ignis in terms of Width (1680 mm) which gives it a roomier feel from inside and beige and black interior gives it further sense of space. Its boot space is identical to Ignis at 260 Litres which gives enough space for a weekend trip.
  • Engine Refinement – Under the hood, Hyundai has put 1.2 Litre Kappa petrol engine which is doing duty in many cars since long. It is one of the most refined engine produces 81.80 bhp of power at 6000 rpm and 113.8 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm. The engine is reliable and also very quick in response.
  • 6 Airbags as standard – It is the first car in the category which offers 6 airbags and that too from the base model definitely enhancing its safety.
  • Quality Interiors – Hyundai is known for its quality use of material in the interiors. NiOS is no less in this department and will make you feel a segment above car in the price segment.
  • Fresh Design and looks – Looks are mostly subjective but NiOS offers a futuristic design which definitely turns heads on road. 

There are few cars from the lower segment that start even less than 5 lakhs of ex-showroom price but with this article we aim at suggesting some of the finest cars of the segment above entry level and good for families who are looking to spend 6 Lakhs. Must take test drive of all the above 3 cars to find your perfect fit. Happy Driving!

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