Compact cars have the largest market share in India, and that segment took some serious momentum with the launch of compact sedan cars! And when you think of the best small compact sedan cars in India, the first name that comes to the mind will be the Maruti Dzire!
With monthly sales figures of over 20,000 every month, the Maruti Dzire is the envy of all manufacturers who wish they could emulate the same success with their models. And now with the advent of AMTs, the compact sedans are trudging into the small automatic car segments as well, leading to even more sales!
The Maruti Dzire is now into its third generation and has matured in to an almost complete package. (Read our complete road test review here) You get a good pair of engines, decent space despite being a small compact sedan and now the practicality of an AMT, helping it join the small automatic car bandwagon as well.
But, yes there is a but, is the car really a looker? Some angles of the car don’t look good at all, especially from the rear. It looks as if I have designed it, and that’s no compliment as I have been knows to mess up even a simple stick figure drawing! So why do people still go for the Maruti Dzire when there are other small compact sedan options available, with many offering better looks and engine options as well?
We might stretch our neck out and say, the Tata Tigor is the best looking small compact sedan car in India! With its fastback styling and the nice colour options available, the Tigor is a beautiful little car. And its not just beauty that has going for it, there is practicality as well, with an automatic option available with the petrol engines.
The petrol option is a 1.2-litre Revotron motor that produces 84 bhp & 140 Nm of torque. Diesel engine might seem a bit lacking and rough with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo unit outputting 69 bhp & 140 Nm of torque. Prices start at Rs 4.82 lakhs going all the way to Rs 7.13 lakhs ex-showroom.
Honda literally took the brief ‘small compact sedan car’ to heart and have shrunk a City to make it the new Amaze! Showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, the new Honda Amaze is an all-new car, especially when looking at the exteriors. The new car has a more bolder design, that should go well with potential owners as well as its chief competition, the Maruti Dzire.
The Amaze is yet to be launched in India, but we shouldn’t wait long for it. Engines are a carry forward from the previous with the refined 1.2 petrol and the powerful yet fuel efficient 1.5 diesel. Interiors are also a premium affair with a new 7-inch touch screen smartens up stuff. All of this makes the new Amaze one of the best small compact sedan cars you can buy in 2018!
Hyundai had given a comprehensive face-lift for the Xcent in 2017, updating it with the must-have items that small compact sedan cars of the segments have, like the touchscreen infotainment unit that controls many functions of the car. Top-end variants also get rear AC vents as well.
The rear of the Hyundai Xcent has received comprehensive changes making the car more dominant with the new brake light design, and the front now sports DRLs. Engine options are also pretty strong with the 1.2 petrol and diesel engines, providing refined power and drive-ability. There is also a 4-speed automatic option as well with the petrol engine.
Ford Figo Aspire
If you want a to fun to drive small compact sedan, go for the Ford Figo Aspire. If you want to take it a notch higher, there is a Sports Edition available on the petrol and diesel sedans as well, with slightly tweaked suspension and some exterior tweaks.
Coming to the engine options, the 1.5 litre diesel looks to be the best option offering power and fuel efficiency (99 [email protected] rpm, 215 [email protected] rpm). You have twin choices when it comes to petrol options, with a 1.2 litre (87 [email protected] rpm, 112 [email protected] rpm) and a more powerful 1.5 litre engine (110 [email protected] rpm 136 [email protected] rpm) but only available as an automatic.
The more expensive small compact sedan car in the segment, Volkswagen have also joined this segment by sticking a boot to the Polo. You get a DSG automatic option with the car (only with the diesel though), which shifts gears smoothly while offering great fuel efficiency, more than the manual! This makes it one of the best small automatic cars in the segment. But DSGs are terribly fussy and if any issues occur after warranty, the bills will hit the wallets hard.
Power comes from a petrol and diesel engine. The petrol option might seem a bit lacking, especially on paper with the 1.2 litre unit outputting 74 bhp and 110 Nm of torque. Diesel engine looks promising, with figures of 109 bhp and 250 Nm from the 1.5 TDi unit, though VW is going through a rocky patch with the whole diesel-gate thing. But VW badge is still worth something in India, and you can have a compact sedan now.
You must be wondering what the Toyota Etios is doing in the list of the best compact small sedan cars in India. Well its over 8 years old, but Toyota gave it a face-lift which has refreshed the car well, giving the front end a sporty and more purposeful look. Rear also gets the same treatment lending a premium touch to the car all around. Dashboard layout remains the same with the center mounted layout, but the tachometer is digital now.
Dual front airbags and ABS are available as standard across all ranges. You get to choose between a petrol (1.5-litre engine outputs 88 bhp power and 132 Nm) and diesel engine (1.4-litre unit with figures of 67 bhp and 170 Nm). You get Toyota’s legendary reliability and a compact sedan that’s larger than the other smaller under four-metre sedans cars in this list!
Fiat Linea Classic
We have a soft spot for the Fiat Linea, especially the T-jet model! Ya its been around for a long while now, but the design is so elegant and quintessentially Italian. Fiat have spoiled the design with the refreshed Linea, adding unnecessary chrome baubels, but the Classic retains the old styling. You can get the old car for a great deal making it great value for money, as you get a full size sedan for the price of a small compact sedan in India!
Fiat Linea T-Jet Sedan
The Linea offers great ride comfort, handling and driving dynamics as well, flattering those behind the wheel. But Fiat haven’t cracked the ergonomics department and the car has an awkward driving position. Service is also a bit patchy with reliability a known issue with Fiats, but the Linea has been around for a while, so all niggles and surprises should be well known by now. Also there is the tried and tested 1.3 MultiJet for those wanting a diesel option.
Check out all these models before choosing your final car as one size might not fit all when it comes to cars and going with the herd mentality might not work out in thend. Do an extensive road test before coming to a decision, and wish you lots of worry free motoring!
Too lazy to type anything, so re quoting from the best F1 driver in the world:
“On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, 'Okay, this is the limit'. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”
― Ayrton Senna