Indian automotive industry has evolved into a huge space with many new models entering the country every year. With the rise of new segments, the competition has only got intense. While some of the products reap benefits for their manufacturer, others fail to gain traction despite getting most of the right boxes ticked. Here is a collation of most underrated cars in India across segments, have a look.
1. Honda Brio
Japanese automaker had launched its smallest hatchback – Honda Brio – in India in the second half of 2011. Slotted below Jazz, this model has been specifically developed for growing markets including India and Thailand. Despite being one of the best cars in its league, it failed to generate volumes for the automaker. Fitted with a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, the Brio has been one of the best fun-to-drive cars in India.
2. Tata Zest
Launched with high hopes to carve a niche spot in the subcompact sedan segment, Zest continues to grapple with sluggish demand. It was indeed the first product built under Tata’s ‘DesigNext, DriveNext and ConnectNext’ philosophy. Currently it is offered with 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre oil burner. While this model is failed to generate volumes in terms of passenger car owners, it fair reasonably well among fleet owners. The sedan is among the toughest in its league, featuring strong structure and decent safety and security features.
3. Ford Figo
First launched in 2010, Figo was the break through model for Ford in the Indian market. The hatchback propelled into the new generation in 2015 to combat declining demand, however it seems the vehicle isn’t garnering enough sales that one could expect from a hatchback with great potential. With all new contemporary looks and frugal choice of petrol and diesel engines, Figo is available with manual and automatic transmissions.