Suggest best car in 13 lakh budget which is powerful, stylish and gives great mileage

Defined budget 13 lakhs, so much clarity, but when it comes to the car, one evaluates car across segments i.e sedans, compact SUVs etc. Every buyer wants power and great mileage, unfortunately, both of them come a the cost of each other. A car that gives you more power may not give you good mileage and vie-a-versa. We have tried to give you best options, however, do take an informed decision.

Hi, I have been using Verna Transform 1.5 CRDi from 2011, its 7 + years old and now I am planning for a change and I am totally confused and need your help, I need a car which is within 13L (that's what I can spend max on road price), I had Renault Duster, Hyundai Verna Sx and Hyundai Creta 1.4 on my mind. I am also looking at Scross, or Nexon so too many options if you can narrow down and give me a car which suits my needs. I plan to buy a new car in the next 4 - 5 months and I plan to own it for the next 5 - 7 years, Need to be fuel economy with a bit of power and style. Please let me know if you need any more information.

Suggest best car in 13 lakh budget which is powerful, stylish and gives great mileage

Thank you for writing to us and congratulations on your decision to buy a new car. As I can see, you have been using a sedan for the last 7 years and your choices state that you are leaning towards a Compact-SUV (4 out of your 5 options) as well as the choice has to be a diesel powered car.

There are a lot of factors to be considered when buying a new car, some could be personal, others more logical. Since you have had a Verna for the past 7 years, and please correct me if I am wrong here, a big part of it has to be attributed to the build quality as well as excellent after sales support that Hyundai is known for. If that is something you don’t want to compromise, I think sticking to the Hyundai stable makes sense.

Judging from the requirements you have set forth, fuel economy as the prime driver, with power and styling (opinions could vary) chipping in as well, I believe you have a fairly high mileage that you are driving daily. What would help here is the conditions that you driving in, city or highway and the daily kms your are crunching. And while we are at it, you should also test drive each one of those and judge the comfort levels from your perspective as well as other occupants, that will regularly use the car. Driving fatigue is inevitable with the long hours we put in behind the wheels, but little things to make the ride comfortable(automatic gearbox, handrest, excellent driving position that suits you, adjustable steering wheel, plush ride quality, etc.) do compound and give you a better experience overall.

Considering the power and fuel economy factors, Verna looks good on paper and is also recently facelifted. If you are leaning towards Creta, you are getting a slightly underpowered variant (1.4 diesel) in your budget with a few bells and whistles missing compared to other options. If you are daily mileage is high and are interested in an automatic, you can look at Verna (EX AT) or the Nexon (XZA). The Verna would obviously be more fun to drive with a higher power to weight ratio, but would miss out on a lot of essentials as well as bells & whistles that you will find in the top-end automatic variant of Nexon.

I feel the S-Cross to be grossly underpowered (post facelift and omission of 1.6 diesel) and Renault Duster to be very outdated (interiors as well as mechanical) for todays day and age. Also the build quality for Maruti as well as Renault service experience have always been sub-standard.

What I would also suggest is looking next door in the Honda stable, both WR-V and Honda City will have multiple models in your budget, offer excellent drive, are frugal and have a lot of bells and whistles to keep users happy, within your budget. They also offer excellent build quality as well as at-par service, if not better than the competition.

Keeping all the factors in mind, I think your starting point should be-

1. Deciding the type of car - sedan or a Compact-SUV. Also, in case your daily running is low, you can also consider petrol variants of these cars and others which would buy you a much higher model in the same price range.

2. Manual or Automatic

3. Also a list of things that are must have in the car to tick the right boxes. Some examples could be - Sunroof, Music system quality, ride comfort, ease of ingress/egress if there are elderly members of the family, etc. This list can be as exhaustive as you want it to be.

Good luck making the selection and feel free to get back to us if you have any more questions.