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Best Petrol Cars in India – Rs 5 lakh – Rs 10 lakh

Best Petrol Cars 5-10 lakhs

The Indian car market is one of the most exciting places to be for a car maker. Every day there is a new entrant and while some excel, others fail to impress. In this growing market, petrol cars have played a dominant role since the very beginning and now with newer technologies, these petrol cars are seeing an improvement as well. Amidst all this growing competition, we bring for you some of the best petrol cars in India that fall under the Rs. 5 lakh – Rs. 10 lakh bracket.

1. Maruti Suzuki Swift

Maruti Suzuki Swift is one of those exceptional cars that has been seeing an increase in sales even after a decade of its launch. In order to further improve sales, Maruti Suzuki has introduced the all-new Swift hatchback in the country. Gasoline version of the Swift is powered by an 1197cc K Series VVT engine that is capable of delivering a power output of 83bhp at 6,000rpm and a peak torque of 115Nm at 4,000rpm. Swift petrol is quite zippy and can reach from 0 -100kmph in less than 12 seconds before hitting a top speed of about 150kmph.

The petrol mill of the Swift is quite refined, though it is not as peppy as the diesel engine but you’ll enjoy the ride. Maruti’s after sales service is an added benefit that makes the car even more appealing. Swift features a manual transmission only as of now. In terms of mileage, the vehicle has a claimed efficiency of 22kmpl which makes it a value for the money. The major shortcoming in the car is its severely restricted boot space. Apart from this, you’ll mostly be satisfied with the Swift thereby one can say that it is one of the very strong competitor among the best petrol cars in India between Rs. 5 lakhs to Rs. 10 lakhs.

In terms of features, the new Swift gets LED headlamps, ORVMs with turn indicators, new fog lamps and LED tail-lights. Inside the cabin, the hatchback gets SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system with connected car applications, multi-functional steering wheel, etc.

Petrol VariantsLXi,  Zxi+
Price Rs. 4.99 lakhs – Rs. 7.29 lakhs
Engine 1.2litres
Power83bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque115Nm @ 4000rpm
Transmission Manual

*ex-showroom New Delhi

2. Maruti Suzuki Baleno

2015 Maruti Baleno Front-Side view

Starting at a price of Rs. 5.47 lakhs, Maruti Baleno petrol goes all the way up to Rs. 8.56 lakhs. Baleno is a well-priced smart hatchback that comes with a lot of space and an accommodating boot while offering a comfortable ride quality and fuss free ownership experience that together make it a contender among best petrol cars in India between Rs. 5 lakhs to Rs. 10 lakhs. The 1.2-litres VVT engine is quite peppy and offers reduced engine friction which in turn leads to better combustion and lower emissions. The engine is mated with a 5 speed manual transmission as well as a CVT gearbox that can deliver a best-in-class fuel efficiency of 21.4kmpl.

The features of Baleno include a UV cut glass that helps preventing harmful UV rays from entering the cabin, projector headlamps, reverse camera along with a smart Apple CarPlay, navigation system etc. Dual airbags and ABS with EBD are a standard across variants.The interiors however are rather simple but the space is enough to seat 5 adults comfortably which is a unique characteristic for a hatchback.

Petrol VariantsSigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha, Delta Automatic, Zeta Automatic
Price Rs. 5.47 lakhs – Rs. 8.56 lakhs
Engine 1.2litres
Power83.14bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque115Nm @ 4000rpm
Transmission Manual/CVT

*ex-showroom New Delhi

3. Hyundai Elite i20

Hyundai Elite i20 is a complete package with a sharp design, refined engine and an outstanding quality. The feature list on this particular hatchback is unending and starts from standard dual airbags followed by ABS, reverse parking sensors, front fog lamps, rear view camera display, alloy wheels, leather wrapped steering wheel, advanced supervision display, height adjustable driver seat, touchscreen audio video navigation system, rear AC vents and battery saver etc.

The engine powering Hyundai Elite i20 petrol is a 1.2-litre Kappa dual VTVT that is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission producing 81.8bhp of power at 6000rpm while the torque produced is around 114.7Nm at 4000 revolutions per minute. Besides manual, the company has also introduced the CVT automatic version of the hatchback. The petrol engine of the Hyundai Elite i20 isn’t as impressive as the diesel engine but the fuss free ownership, mature suspension, refinement and performance are major pluses for the Hyundai Elite i20. With this, the vehicle is an obvious choice to compete in the list of best petrol cars in India between Rs. 5 lakhs to Rs. 10 lakhs.

Petrol VariantsEra 1.2, Asta CVT
Price Rs. 5.35 lakhs – Rs. 8.16 lakhs
Engine 1.2litres
Power81.8bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque114.7Nm @ 4000rpm
Transmission Manual

*ex-showroom New Delhi

4. Ford Figo

New Ford Figo 2015 front

The new Ford Figo has played a major role in establishing what Ford is really capable of achieving. Ford India has been bringing in good and capable cars but with the new Ford Figo, the company has started on the path of bringing in some ‘great’ cars. The diesel engine of the Figo is definitely noteworthy but at the same time, Ti-VCT engine is also quite an efficient mill that puts the Figo on the list of best petrol cars in India between Rs. 5 lakhs and Rs. 10 lakhs.

New Ford Figo offers a compliant drive and a great value for money. The air-conditioner is one of the best in the segment and features like traction control and hill start assist together give it an edge. There is enough space inside the cabin and the legroom is pretty good too. Figo uses independent McPherson strut with coil spring as the front suspension and the rear suspension is the semi-independent twist beam with twin gas and oil filled shock absorbers which offers a very comfortable ride. The hatchback is equipped with a 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine, but the upcoming facelift will share the engine with the Freestyle. This 1.2-litre 3-cylinder Dragon unit is one of the most powerful in its category.

Petrol VariantsBase MT, Ambiente MT, Trend MT, Trend+ MT, Titanium MT, Titanium+ MT, Titanium AT
Price Rs. 5.51 lakhs – Rs. 8.51 lakhs
Engine 1.2litres/ 1.5litres (for Automatic variant only)
Power86.7bhp @ 6300rpm/ 110.4bhp @ 6300rpm (for Automatic variant only)
Torque112Nm @ 4000rpm/ 136Nm @ 4250rpm (for Automatic variant only)
Transmission Manual/Automatic
Mileage18.16kmpl/ 17kmpl (for Automatic variant only)

*ex-showroom New Delhi

5. Ford Freestyle

American automaker, Ford finally entered into the growing cross-hatchback segment with Freestyle. The Ford Freestyle is essentially the crossover version of the Figo hatchback, which is currently on sale in India. It gets new exterior and interior styling and an all-new dragon series petrol engine.

Positioned below the EcoSport, the Freestyle petrol prices start from Rs 5.09 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs 6.94 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is powered by an all-new 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder all-aluminium petrol engine, which delivers the best-in-class 94bhp power and 120Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. This is undoubtedly the best 1.2-litre petrol engine currently available in Indian market.

This cross-hatch also comes equipped with segment-leading safety features like six airbags, ESP, Hill launch assist, traction control, front and rear foglamps, reverse parking sensors, ABS with EBD, etc. The crossover comes with a ground clearance of 190mm, which is more compatible for rough Indian terrains.

Petrol VariantsAmbiente, Trend, Titanium, Titanium+
Price Rs. 5.09 lakhs – Rs. 6.94 lakhs
Engine 1.2litres
Transmission5-speed manual

*ex-showroom New Delhi

6. Honda City

Honda City has always been a loved car and it was a pioneer in bringing in affordable automatic sedans to the Indian market. For this sheer fact, the sedan deserves to be among the top petrol cars in India between Rs. 5 lakhs – Rs. 10 lakhs. The powerful and well balanced iVTEC engine, a good feature list and comfortable cabin further offers the necessary reassurance.

With the 1.5-litres iVTEC engine, Honda City petrol offers a power output of 117.3bhp at 6600rpm and peak torque of 145Nm at 4600rpm. The new CVT is quite responsive and fuel efficient as well. The car drives conveniently in the city and responds decently even at higher speeds. It is quite tamed and priced competitively with the base model starting at Rs. 8.91 lakhs. The higher end petrol Honda City is priced at Rs. 13.97 lakhs.

It features premium headlamps, rear air-con vent, cruise control, advanced multi-information combination meter with blue and white illumination, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear windshield defogger etc. Honda is a brand name that is known for their technology and powerful petrol engines that offer an excellent performance as well as efficiency; and Honda City is a fine example of the same.

Petrol VariantsS MT, SV MT, V MT, VX MT, V CVT, VX CVT, ZX CVT, ZX CVT Anniversary
Price Rs. 8.91 lakhs – Rs. 13.07 lakhs
Engine 1.5litres
Power117.3bhp @ 6600rpm
Torque145Nm @ 4600rpm
Transmission Manual/ CVT
Mileage17.8kmpl (Manual)/ 18kmpl (CVT)

*ex-showroom New Delhi

7. Honda Amaze

The next model in our list of best petrol cars in India between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh is the new-generation Honda Amaze. This new compact sedan is based on an all-new platform, which is lighter and stronger. The new Amaze is bigger, spacious, feature loaded and more fuel efficient than the previous model. It directly rival the likes of Hyundai Xcent, Maruti Dzire and Ford Aspire. The new Honda Amaze petrol trims have been priced between Rs 5.59 lakh and Rs 7.99 lakh.

The new Amaze petrol is powered by the same tried & tested 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine that produces 89bhp of power and 110Nm of torque. For transmission duties, the sedan gets a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic unit with paddle shifters. The new Amaze is one of the most spacious car in its league, offering segment-leading legroom space for rear occupants. Besides, it is equipped with several high-end features like touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity features, automatic climate control, etc.

Petrol VariantsE, S, S CVT, V, V CVT, VX
Price Rs. 5.59 lakh – Rs 7.57 lakh
Engine 1.2-litres
Transmission Manual/ CVT
Mileage19.5kmpl (Manual) & 19kmpl (CVT)

*ex-showroom New Delhi

8. Maruti Dzire

Maruti Suzuki’s one of the best-selling model Dzire is also one good choice for those looking to buy a petrol car. It shares the engine with the new Swift, which is a 1.2-litre K-Series unit. This engine produces 83bhp and 115Nm of torque. Similar to hatchback sibling, the Dzire is available in both manual and AMT option.

The new Dzire is based on Suzuki’s new generation HEARTECT platform that also underpins the Swift, Baleno and Ignis. The new model is wider and taller than the previous model, while the wheelbase has been raised to create extra space inside the cabin.

Petrol VariantsLXi, VXi, VXi AGS, ZXi, ZXi AGS, ZXi+, ZXi+ AGS
Price Rs 5.56 lakh – Rs 8.43 lakh
Engine 1.2-litres
Transmission Manual/AGS

*ex-showroom New Delhi

9. Honda WRV

Japanese automaker, Honda had launched the WRV crossover based on the Jazz hatchback in India in late 2017. The vehicle received an excellent response from car buyers, managing around 5,000 average sales monthly. The crossover is powered by the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that also powers the Jazz and Amaze. This engine produces 89bhp of power and 110Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. This model is the most spacious car in its league, offering excellent legroom and headroom space for both front and rear occupants. Adding to it, the WRV is the most affordable car that offers sunroof option in India. The petrol range starts at Rs 7.91 lakh and goes up to Rs 9.14 lakh (ex-showroom).

Petrol VariantsS MT, Edge, VX MT
Price Rs 7.91 lakh – Rs 9.14 lakh
Engine 1.2 litres
Transmission Manual

*ex-showroom New Delhi

10. Ford EcoSport

This is one of the most feature laden cars in this segment. Even its base variant comes with features like power steering, remote locking, USB and Aux-In ports etc. which gives you a very good value for your money. The petrol EcoSport is a good city car with light clutch, easy gear shifts and a balanced ride etc. It is neat when you step inside the cabin and is very well equipped for the price at which it is offered.

Other features of the car includes ABS with EBD, airbags, rear parking sensors, adjustable tilt and telescopic steering wheel and alloy wheels etc. The highlight of the petrol EcoSport is definitely the EcoBoost engine which is an award winning powertrain that was developed by Ford. It offers excellent fuel efficiency and lesser emissions. It is an engine that can fit on an A4 size sheet of paper and offers reduced noise as well. The capable engines along with the long list of features that it offers make EcoSport an efficient contender amongst the best petrol cars in India between Rs. 5 lakhs to Rs. 10 lakhs.

Petrol VariantsAmbiente, Trend, Titanium, Trend+ AT, Signature Edition, Titanium+ AT, S Petrol
Price Rs 7.82 lakh – Rs 11.37 lakh
Engine 1.5litres/ 1.0litres
Power121bhp/ 123.2bhp @ 6000rpm (1.0litres)
Torque150Nm(1.5litres)/ 170Nm @ 1400 – 4500rpm (1.0litres)
Transmission Manual/ Automatic
Mileage17kmpl (1.5litres)/ 18.1kmpl (1.0litres)

*ex-showroom New Delhi

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