While the SUV bug has been biting a good chunk of the car buying population, there are still those who are immune to it for the time being. For such people, only a there is no replacement for a traditional three-box car. So , if you are hunting for a good sedan, here are the best options.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
The third generation of Maruti’s popular compact sedan is looks a lot more better than it has ever been. It is wider, much more spacious and the new interiors are better built too. The new DZire is also a fuel economy champion in its diesel avatar. Both the petrol and diesel versions can be had with an AMT automatic gearbox. However, the top-end ‘Z’ trims are priced on the higher side.
Price Range: Rs. 5.42 - 9.39 Lakh
Engine: 1197cc, in-line 4-cylinder petrol; 1248cc, in-line 4-cylinder turbo diesel
Transmission: 5-speed manual; 5-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
Spacious, practical and conservatively styled, Maruti Suzuki has hit the sweet spot with he Ciaz. Priced lower than its arch rival - the Honda City, the Ciaz is a very good value for money offering too. The sales of the Ciaz sedan has been shifted to Maruti’s premium NEXA showrooms beginning May 2017. The petrol engine is also available with an automatic, but performance is nothing to write home about.
Price Range: Rs. 7.72 - 10.51 Lakh
Engine: 1373cc, in-line 4-cylinder petrol; 1248cc, in-line 4-cylinder turbo diesel
Transmission: 5-speed manual; 4-speed Torque Convertor Automatic
The word Honda City has been synonym to mid-sized sedans for a quite a while now, and not without a reason. The City is a well equipped, great performing car, which also drives well and boasts decent build quality. A CVT option is available with the petrol engine. The diesel model with Mild Hybrid technology is very fuel efficient. However, it is priced on the expensive side.
Price Range: Rs. 8.52 - 13.50 Lakh
Engine: 1497cc, in-line 4-cylinder petrol; 1498cc, in-line 4-cylinder turbo diesel
Transmission: 5-speed manual (petrol); Continuously Variable Transmission (petrol); 6-speed manual (diesel)
Toyota Corolla Altis
The Toyota Corolla Altis is a safe and predictable choice for those wanting a D-segment sedan. Its well equipped, is very reliable and has low depreciation values. However, do not expect any driving thrills from this Toyota. The engine of your choice should be the 1.8-litre petrol - as the 1.4-litre diesel is feels like it belongs on a smaller car.
Price Range: Rs. 14.88 - 18.66 Lakh
Engine: 1798cc, in-line 4-cylinder petrol; 1364cc, in-line 4-cylinder turbo diesel
Transmission: 6-speed manual; Continuously Variable Transmission (petrol)
The Hyundai Xcent has been recently given a major mid-life refresh, giving it a more upmarket look. It also gets a new 1.2-litre diesel engine, which outclasses the earlier 1.1-litre engine it replaces in almost every aspect. It also features premium build quality for a compact sedan. However, it’s nowhere as frugal as the DZire.
Price Range: Rs. 5.33 - 8.36 Lakh
Engine: 1197cc, in-line 4-cylinder petrol; 1120cc, 3-cylinder turbo diesel
Transmission: 5-speed manual; 4-speed Torque Converter Automatic (petrol)