Here is the list of top 10 low maintenance cars available in India.
A majority of the car buying audience of India always keep the aspect of the economy on top while buying a new car. And when it comes to compact mass-market cars, this aspect is kept in consideration even more seriously.
Apart from the fuel efficiency, this aspect of economy also includes the factor of low maintenance. A car’s economical nature is determined by how smaller the hole it digs in your pocket in long run with its maintenance costs.
Following is a list of the top 10 low maintenance cars in India right now:
Maruti Suzuki Alto
The country’s favourite and highest sold car till date, the Maruti Suzuki Alto has been a historic product for the renowned car maker. The most affordable car from Maruti Suzuki also happens to be the car with the least maintenance costs, thanks to affordable spare parts and the immense network of touchpoints of Maruti Suzuki.
Powering the Maruti Suzuki Alto is a tried and tested 0.8-liter three-cylinder petrol engine, which makes 48 PS of maximum power and 69 Nm of maximum torque. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard.
Renault’s answer to Maruti Suzuki Alto’s hegemony in the entry-level car space came in the form of Kwid. While the Renault Kwid couldn’t snatch the numero uno position of Alto, it managed to find a number of homes, thanks to its butch styling, spacious cabin and affordable maintenance costs.
The Renault Kwid comes with a 0.8-liter three-cylinder petrol engine (54 PS/72 Nm) as standard, while there is also a bigger 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine (68 PS/91 Nm) on offer as well. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard to both the engines, while a 5-speed AMT is also offered on the 1.0-liter engine option.
The new generation Hyundai Santro might not have replicated the humongous success of the bygone Santro Xing. However, it comes across as a supremely practical car, with its tall-boy design making it a spacious and easy to drive vehicle.
The Hyundai Santro is being offered only with one engine option – a 1.1-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, which makes 69 PS of maximum power and 99 Nm of peak torque. Both 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT transmission options are available in the Hyundai Santro.
With the Aura, Hyundai has opened up all-new chapters of affordability and economy. While its diesel engine makes it the most fuel-efficient diesel car in India, the petrol variants of it are also quite affordable when it comes to after-sales maintenance.
The mainstays of Hyundai Aura happen to be a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (83 PS/113 Nm) and a 1.2-litre three-cylinder diesel engine (75 PS/190 Nm), both of which can be had with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. There is also a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol (100 PS/172 Nm) which is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard.
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Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
Along with the Hyundai Aura, its hatchback counterpart, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, also is almost similar to it when it comes to maintenance costs post purchase. The new bread and butter hatchback from Hyundai came in to fill the shoes of the highly successful Grand i10.
The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios shares all of its powertrain options with the Aura, which are a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (83 PS/113 Nm, offered with both 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT), a 1.2-litre three-cylinder diesel engine (75 PS/190 Nm, offered with both 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT) and a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol (100 PS/172 Nm, offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard).
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
What came in as a replacement to the highly lovable Alto K10, the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso draws in much polarized opinions with its quirky styling. However, it follows the company’s tradition of being an economic car, both in terms of fuel efficiency as well as maintenance.
The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso retains the 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine from the Alto K10, although with a slight retune job. As a result, the engine now makes 68 PS of power and 90 Nm of torque. The S-Presso is available with both 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT transmission options.
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Maruti Suzuki WagonR
The original tallboy hatchback from Maruti Suzuki, the Wagon R, is currently in its third generation avatar. The hatchback now wears a much contemporary design, although in the same boxy looking avatar, and manages to be one of the most economic cars when it comes to maintenance.
This time around, the Maruti Suzuki WagonR is being offered with two engine options – 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol (68 PS/90 Nm) and 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol (82 PS/113 Nm), both of which can be had with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT.
The Tata Tiago managed to turn the tables in favour of Tata Motors, by changing the image of Tata with its refreshing and youthful styling, spacious cabin and sturdy build quality. There is another area where the Tiago manages to shine bright, and that is low maintenance costs.
The current iteration of Tata Tiago is now available with only a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. Available with both 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT, this engine makes 86 PS of power and 113 Nm of torque.
The Honda Amaze, till date, is the most Indian-ised car Honda has ever come with. Made specifically for the Indian audience, the Honda Amaze impresses with its sharp design, a well put together cabin and Honda’s trademark Japanese reliability, while being economic as well with its low maintenance costs.
The Honda Amaze is sold with a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (90 PS/110 Nm) and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine (100 PS/200 Nm). Both the fuel-driven variants of the Honda Amaze can be had with a 5-speed manual or a CVT (the diesel engine with CVT makes 80 PS of power and 160 Nm of torque).
With the current iteration of the Figo, Ford managed to bring down the maintenance costs of the hatchback quite substantially compared to the erstwhile versions. The smallest Ford on sale, the Ford Figo, is quite a performer, but its slightly dated design and lack of features are the factors that are pulling it away from the consumers.
There are two engine options available in the Ford Figo – a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine (96 PS/119 Nm) and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine (100 PS/215 Nm). A 5-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission option as of now for the Ford Figo.
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