MARUTI SUZUKI ALTO (2008 – 2011)
The Alto has been a very successful product from Maruti Suzuki. This has been one of the best selling and most popular small entry level hatchback in India. Also the car is the direct successor of the Maruti 800, which has ruled the Indian roads for nearly three decades. And it was the predecessor of the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800.
Interestingly, the second hand Maruti Suzuki Alto comes at a very affordable pricing which ranges between Rs. 65,000 to Rs. 95,000. In the Indian used car market the first generation Maruti Suzuki Alto has a pretty good demand. The reason behind this is the tried and tested easy handling capability, nominal maintenance cost, good fuel economy, easily available spare parts etc.
The car gets power from a 796 cc F8D I3 petrol engine, which churns out 47 PS of peak power and 62 Nm of peak torque. The 5 speed manual gearbox works pretty swiftly and efficiently. This has been the first car of India to achieve the 2 lakh unit sales mark in just one fiscal year. Also the Maruti Suzuki Alto recorded 1 lakh units of sale in just 5 months. So far, this can be your choice if you are looking for an used Maruti car at an affordable pricing.
Pricing: Rs. 65,000 – Rs. 95,000.
FORD IKON PETROL (2005 – 2009)
Ford Ikon was one of the first cars from the American automaker in the company, which became pretty popular. The car was stylish and given the customers a taste of upmarket sedan at an affordable pricing. Although the car has been discontinued in India quite long ago, but the sedan still have some takers. You can get yourself an used Ford Ikon at a pricing between Rs. 50,000 – Rs. 70,000.
The Ford Ikon is powered by the 1.3 litre petrol engine with electronic fuel injection. This engine generated 70 PS of peak power. Also there was a larger 1.6 litre petrol engine available as well. This car’s popularity was increased not only due to the comfort on offer, but also the features like power steering, electric windows, air conditioning, central lock, tachometer enhanced the appeal.
The cars are still seen as a luxury product in our country rather than an essential mobility medium. In that scenario, the Ford Ikon became vehemently popular in last decade in the country. The appeal of the car is still seen among those, who seek an used car at an affordable price with some bare minimum upmarket features.
Pricing: Rs. 50,000 – Rs. 70,000.
MARUTI SUZUKI WAGON R (2006 – 2009)
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is a very popular hatchback all around the world. Indian market is also not very different from that scenario. Indian market first experienced the Wagon R in December, 1999. After that the car has gone through three different upgrades, one in 2003, one in 2006 and one in 2010. While many people still prefer to buy the car at a pristine new condition, direct from showrooms, many opt to afford an used one.
Here our choice is the second facelifted model which has been in the market between 2006 to 2009. The car sports a tallboy design, which offers ample space inside the cabin for the occupants. The car is a perfect drive for daily city roads, and even on highways as well. The easy handling, low maintenance cost, good fuel economy – all these would play a crucial role if you opt to buy this one as an used car.
The car gets power from a 1.1 litre F10D petrol engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. The engine kicks out 64 PS of peak power at 6,200 rpm and 84 Nm of peak torque 3,500 rpm. The Indo Japanese automaker also offered an LPG kit for the car, which made it capable to run either on petrol or on LPG.
Pricing: Rs. 75,000 – Rs. 1,00,000
HYUNDAI SANTRO (2005 – 2010)
Hyundai Santro was a very popular product from the South Korean automaker. The car was the first product the auto manufacturer offered in India. The Santro started selling in India in 1997 and competing against the Maruti Suzuki Zen this car gained immense popularity in very short time. Also The Santro proved to be one of the best selling model in the used car segment.
The Santro has been one of the very stylish model in Indian market. The car featured a sporty and stylish design in its compact shell. Enhancing the appeal of the car was the great fuel economy, new multi point fuel injection technologies it brought in India for the first time. You can still afford a Hyundai Santro at a price of Rs. 70,000 to Rs. 95,000.
The car was badged as the Atos in overseas markets, while in India it donned the Santro badge. Later after few updates the Hyundai started selling the upgraded models as the Santro Xing. Generating power for the car is a 1.0 litre Epsilon I4 petrol engine, and later a 1.1 litre Epsilon I4 engine was introduced. This car was peppy to drive with a 5 speed manual gearbox and a 4 speed automatic gearbox at later stage.
Pricing: Rs. 70,000 – Rs. 95,000
TATA NANO (2010 – 2013)
Tata Nano is one of the revolutionary car in the history of world automotive market. Tata Motors showed one can afford a car at the minimum pricing of Rs. 1 lakh. In fact the USP of the Tata Nano was the car with Rs. 1 lakh price tag. Although the car couldn’t be successful to achieve the desired success, the company expected, but Tata Motors didn’t give up on the Nano.
Nano is claimed to be the smallest car. You can buy an used unit of the smallest hatchback at only Rs. 35,000, and the price could go up to Rs. 65,000. Introduced in 2008 the first generation Tata Nano gets power from a 624 cc all aluminium twin cylinder SOHC petrol engine, mated to a 4 speed synchromesh manual transmission. The engine is well capable to churn out 38 PS of peak power at 5,500 rpm and 51 Nm of peak torque at 3,000 rpm.
So far the power output is enough to propel the car through the dense city traffic. The compact design, only 3,099 mm of length and 1,495 mm of width is sufficient to enable to car to tackle the dense traffic in city and parking space problem.
Pricing: Rs. 35,000 – Rs. 65,000
CHEVROLET SPARK (2008 – 2011)
Known as the Chevrolet Spark in several overseas markets, the sporty small hatchback is known as Chevrolet Beat in India. The car is certainly among the very popular hatchbacks in the country. The compact design, sporty interior, unusual styling, peppy sporty performance, perfect urban appearance make the car your perfect choice when you opt for an used car.
An used Chevrolet Spark manufactured between 2008 to 2011 would cost you between Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 85,000. Based on General Motors’ Global Small Vehicles platform, the power source for the car is a 1.2 litre S-TEC II I4 petrol engine. A 5 speed manual gearbox does the transmission duty. There is a three cylinder 936 cc diesel engine as well. It delivers around 22 kmpl of fuel economy.
Dimensionally the car measures 3,640 mm in length, 1,597 mm in width, 1,551 in height. The wheelbase stands at 2,375 mm. So far, the hatchback is known for its sporty performance. The Spark aka Beat has been in Indian market for quite long time. And the popularity of this car proves and indicates, that you can rely on it, even if buying an used one. The interior boasts a sporty instrument cluster, sufficient space.
Pricing: Rs. 55,000 – Rs. 85,000
MARUTI SUZUKI BALENO (2002 – 2006)
Maruti Suzuki Baleno has been a well known car in India alongside the overseas markets. Although the name signifies the premium hatchback the Indo Japanese company sells now, but India first came to know the Baleno as a sedan. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno sedan was available in India between 2000 to 2008. It is a very well known fact that we Indians look for maximum at minimum cost. Considering that, the Baleno sedan can be a wise choice as an used car.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno was also known as the Esteem. The car was powered by 16 valve SOHC petrol engine mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The engine was built to churn out 95 PS of peak power at 5,500 rpm and 130 Nm of peak torque at 3,000 rpm. The engines linear power delivery was one of the reason behind the popularity of the car. It also delivered 18 kmpl of fuel economy on highways and 13 kmpl in the city. Top speed for the car is 175 kmph.
Compare to present generation car’s interior the cabin of the old Maruti Suzuki Baleno looks Spartan, but very much practical also. The instrument cluster consists of only analog dials, the centre console sports only a stereo console. Surely the car brings back gone era charm.
Pricing: Rs. 65,000 – Rs. 90,000