Top 10 Best Small Cars in India 2019 with Price Range of 3 to 5 Lakh

Small cars or what we call them as hatchback are really popular in India. They offer maximum utility and at the same time, they are easy to park. This is something really important in India because of the fact that the parking space is scarce. In addition to this, they are cheaper than sedans and they mostly offer better mileage.

Apart from all his, the small cars are also easy to maintain and you can navigate them easily in traffic. If you are planning to buy a hatchback then you must check out this list of top 10 small cars of India in 2019.

Top Small Cars in India 2019

These are the top 10 small cars in India

#1 Hyundai i20

Presently, Hyundai is giving stiff competition to Maruti Suzuki in terms of pricing and in terms of the service network. With all this, Hyundai is able to increase its market penetration. One such amazing car from Hyundai which is loved by al is Hyundai i20. Here, we are going to talk about Elite i20 and you can get many other variants in this car.


There had been some changes to the cabin since the last variant and the new cabin is much more refined. The central console offers more features. Hyundai has really upped the game by adding features to this car.


The car offers a mileage of 18.6 Kmpl with manual transmission and petrol engine. The mileage with automatic transmission is 17.4 Kmpl. The diesel engine gives a mileage of 22.5 Kmpl.


The base model of Elite i20 which is Elite i20 Era comes with petrol engine and it starts at a price of Rs 5.5 Lakhs whereas the top petrol model starts at a price of Rs 9.11 lakh which comes with an automatic transmission. The base variant for Diesel engine starts at Rs 6.88 Lakhs and the top variant is priced at Rs 9.31 Lakh.

Pros: Modern Looking Style. Loaded with Features, Comfortable Ride Quality, Good Handling

Cons: No Automatic Transmission with Diesel Engine

#2 Tata Tiago

After acquiring JLR, there had been a drastic improvement in the design of the cars manufactured by Tata. The cars have not only become very stylish but Tata is also manufacturing some of the safest cars in the world. Tata Tiago is another such product from Tata which has gained popularity in recent times.


The cabin of the Tata Tiago is very well designed and you will get a very upmarket feel in the cabin. The car features updated Apple Car Play and it also comes with Harman audio system with 8 speakers. Overall, the interiors do not fail to impress.


The mileage of the petrol engine is 23.8 Kmpl whereas the diesel engine is capable of offering 27.3 Kmpl


The price of the petrol variant is between Rs 4.28 lakh to Rs 5.85 Lakh. There are 12 variants being offered with a petrol engine. The variants with diesel engine are priced from Rs 5.09 lakhs and they go all the way up to Rs 6.57 lakh

Pros: Affordable hatchback, amazing design, posh interiors, spacious and good handling

Cons: Automatic transmission missing in diesel engine, further refinement needed

#3 Maruti IGNIS

Maruti Suzuki created a separate segment by the launch of Nexa. Some of the premium cars from Maruti are branded under Nexa and this includes cars like Baleno, Ciaz and Ignis. Ignis has been recently updated with the 2019 model and here are more details.


The interiors of the Ignis are very well designed. There is no issue in regards to the quality of the interiors. The systems are very well placed and the overall design is quite unique. The offset floating infotainment system is also upgraded with the new model.


Ignis is only available in petrol variant. Both automatic and manual transmission offers a mileage of 20.9 Kmpl.


The base variant of Ignis is priced at Rs 4.87 Lakhs and the top variant of the car is priced at Rs 7.23 Lakhs

Pros: Unique Design, Amazing Safety Features, Spacious Car, Responsive Petrol Engine

Cons: No Diesel Variant Available, Priced at a Higher Range

#4 Renault Kwid

Kwid is another popular budget car on our list which is manufactured by Renault. The car looks spacious and it is also available in automatic transmission with a dial shift. The car is also very easy to maintain and Renault offers this car at an affordable price.


The interiors of Kwid are spacious but do not expect much in terms of functionality in the base model. However, the car comes with a touchscreen infotainment system and a reverse camera. You also get an option for navigation in this car along with digital speedometer.


You can choose the engine option with Kwid so the 800 cc engine offers a mileage of 25.2 Kmpl with manual transmission and 1-litre engine offers a mileage of 21.7 Kmpl with manual transmission. With the automatic transmission, 1-litre engine gives a mileage of 22.5 Kmpl


The base model of the car is priced at Rs 2.84 Lakhs and the top variant of the car is priced at Rs 4.73 Lakhs

Pros: Spacious Interiors, Good Ride Quality, Comfortable Seats, Different Design

Cons: No Diesel Option, AMT needs refinement, Engine feels underpowered

#5 Maruti Suzuki Alto K10

Maruti Suzuki Alto is one of the most preferred cars in this segment and the credit goes to the low maintenance cost along with an amazing service network. The car has been updated many times since the launch of the first K10.


This is one of the cheapest car available from Maruti Suzuki and hence do not expect much in terms of interiors. You get a basic media player along with manual AC and some other basic features


The car offers a mileage of 24.1 Kmpl with a petrol engine but if you opt for CNG variant then you can get a mileage of 32.3 Kmpl/


The manual variant of Alto K10 has priced between Rs 3.58 lakh to Rs 4.05 Lakh. The CNG variant and the Petrol Automatic Variant has priced at Rs 4.37 lakh.

Pros: Responsive Engine, Comes in Automatic, CNG Variant Available

Cons: Not very spacious, lack of safety features

#7 Maruti Suzuki Zen

Next on our list is Maruti Suzuki Zen. The original Zen was discontinued in 2006 and it was replaced with Zen Estilo which was further discontinued in 2014. Today, the car has a great value in the used car market and it is one of the hot-selling guys.


The car had spacious interiors with good headroom. There were basic features offered by the car which were added after the car was replaced with the older version of the Zen.


The mileage offered by Maruti Suzuki Zen is 14 Kmpl to 26 Kmpl which is basically dependent on your engine variant.


The car was priced between Rs 3.19 lakh to Rs 4.25 Lakh.

Pros: Available in Petrol, Diesel and CNG, Good Space, Reliable Car

Cons: Available in Manual, Discontinued by Manufacturer

#7 Hyundai Eon

Hyundai launched Eon to compete with cars like Alto and other such products in the same segment. This was a design refresher for most of the people and that is the reason why Hyundai Eon managed to gain a lot of popularity in the Indian market speciall in the texi segment. The car has been discontinued since 1 April 2019.


Hyundai Eon came with interiors which had all the basic features. As mentioned earlier, this was a design refresh for the car but it could accommodate only 4 people comfortably.


The car offered mileage of 22 Kmpl to 20 Kmpl and it came in options with Petrol as well as LPG.


Hyundai Eon has priced between Rs 3.33 Lakhs to Rs 4.67 Lakhs. It was available in 16 different variants.

Pros: Many Options available, good fuel economy, affordable price

Cons: Discontinued by Manufacturer, not very spacious

#8 Datsun RediGo

Datsun entered Indian markets a few years ago and it because of the aggressive pricing strategy. Datsun has limited models available and RediGo is among the small cars offered by Datsun.


This is a very basic model which comes with basic features. Do not expect much in terms of interiors but the interiors are quite spacious. On the downside, there is the use of cheap plastic in the interior which might not sound appealing to many people.


RediGo offers a fuel economy of 22.7 Kmpl for the basic engine category. If you would like to opt for 1-litre engine or an automatic transmission then you will get a mileage of 22.5 Kmpl.


The price of RediGo starts at Rs 2.79 lakh and it goes up to Rs 4.11 Lakh for the manual transmission. For the automatic transmission, the priced is Rs 4.36 lakhs and Rs 4.46 lakhs.

Pros: Affordable, Value for Money, High Ground Clearance, Spacious Interiors

Cons: Build Quality needs improvement, Lack of Features, Extensive Use of Plastic

#9 Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

This is the younger brother of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and this car is available with 800 cc engine. We certainly do not need to tell you about the reliability and popularity of the car.


The car offers a very basic interior just like its elder brother Alto K10. The new model implements safety features like airbags, ABS and even EBD. There is a very basic music system and the car is somewhat spacious


The mileage offered by the car is 24.7 Kmpl.


The price of Alto 800 starts at Rs 3.04 Lakhs and it goes up to Rs 3.82 Lakhs.

Pros: Spacious, Affordable, Reliable and Proven Car

Cons: No Automatic Available, No CNG or Diesel Available, Lack Features

#10 Tata Nano

At one time, this was the most affordable price which came at a price of Rs 1 Lakh but owing to the increased cost of production and other factors, the manufacturer had to increase the price of the car.


The cabin of the car is spacious because of the egg shape. It can fit the family of 4 easily but there is a lack of boot space. If you buy the top variant then you get features like Bluetooth music system and even power windows.


The car offers a mileage of 23.9 Kmpl with petrol engine and it offers a mileage of 36 Kmpl with CNG variant.


The base variant of Nano is priced at Rs 2.46 lakhs and the top variants come at an ex-showroom cost of Rs 3.43 Lakhs

Pros: Small and Compact Car, Good Fuel Economy, Automatic Option Available

Cons: Underpowered Engine, Overall performance

These are the top 10 small cars in India that are available for purchase with amazing features and comfortable ride quality.

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