Top 5 Cars In Rs 15 – 20 Lakh Price Segment In 2020 – Creta To Harrier

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The said space has become crowded with products now, with a range of new cars now offered in this price bracket ranging from mid-size SUVs to D-segment sedans

While the Rs 15 to Rs 20 lakh space in the Indian automobile industry was previously largely dominated by sedans, a range of SUVs have been launched in the country in the past couple of years or so, and they have gone on to create their own niche.

Today, a host of SUVs and sedans are available in this price bracket, and we have put together the top 5 cars that fall in between the Rs 15 lakh and Rs 20 lakh space –

1. Kia Seltos – Rs 9.89 – 17.34 lakh (ex-showroom)

Kia Motors entered the Indian market last year with a bang, thanks to its first offering in the country – the Seltos. Even while it was launched in late August, the car still managed to become the fourth highest-selling SUV in India in FY20, with 81,984 units sold.

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The Seltos is managing to rake in high numbers month in, month out, thanks to its extensive feature-list and drivetrain options. Some noteworthy features include a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an 8-inch heads-up display, an electric sunroof, ventilated front seats, a smart air purifier system, automatic climate control, a 360-degree camera and blind-view monitor that transmits to the 7-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster.

The powertrain options on offer are – a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor (115 PS/144 Nm); a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel unit (115 PS/250 Nm); and a 1.4-litre T-GDi turbocharged petrol engine that makes 140 PS of max power, along with 242 Nm of peak torque. Transmission options include a 6-speed MT, an IVT automatic (1.5-litre petrol), a torque converter automatic (1.5-litre diesel), and a 7-speed DSG (1.4-litre turbo-petrol).

2. Hyundai Creta – Rs 9.99 – 17.20 lakh (ex-showroom)

The Kia Seltos’ launch and the success that ensued, jeopardised the mid-size SUV segment leader Hyundai Creta’s sales. However, since Kia and Hyundai are sister brands, the latter was able to borrow Seltos’ platform to introduce the all-new second generation version of the Creta.

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Launched in March this year, the Creta uses the same drivetrains as the Seltos, and is largely similar in terms of size. However, the Hyundai SUV features a very different design, both inside and outside. In terms of features, the Creta gets a panoramic sunroof, paddle shifters, an electronic parking brake over its cousin.

3. Tata Harrier – Rs 13.69 – 20.25 lakh (ex-showroom)

The Harrier is currently Tata Motors’ flagship offering in the Indian market, and the carmaker seems to rely on it a lot. While it was only launched back in January 2019, Tata introduced an updated version of the SUV at the 2020 Auto Expo in February this year.

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The Harrier now gets a panoramic sunroof, 17-inch dual-tone alloys, a 9-speaker premium sound system from JBL, an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, three terrain-response modes, 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat and more. It is offered with a 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel motor that belts out 170 PS power and 350 Nm torque, with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed AMT as the transmission options available.

4. MG Hector – Rs 12.73 – 17.72 lakh (ex-showroom)

MG Motor took everyone by storm when it launched its first product in the country, the Hector SUV, which went on to become India’s first internet-connected car. It still is one of the most well-equipped car in the Rs 15 – 20 lakh price segment, since it comes with features like a 10.4-inch vertically stacked infotainment system embedded with an Airtel eSim, a 360-degree camera, a large panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, heated ORVMs etc.

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Powertrain options include a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine that makes 143 PS/250 Nm; the same engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system; and a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre oil burner that puts out 170 PS and 350 Nm.

5. Honda Civic – Rs 17.93 – 21.24 lakh (ex-showroom)

The Honda Civic is the only sedan to be included in this list, since it gets both petrol and diesel powertrains, and also gets tons of equipment like a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, lane-watch cameras, cruise control, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat, electric sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control and smart key engine on and off.

2019 honda civic first drive review india gaadiwaadi-1-4The Honda Civic comes with a 1.8-litre petrol engine that pumps out 139 PS power and 174 Nm of torque; along with a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that produces 118 PS and 300 Nm of power and torque respectively. The petrol engine is only offered with a CVT automatic gearbox, while the oil burner makes do with a 6-speed manual transmission.