Hyundai Eon (0.8 petrol)
We like: Exterior and interior styling, good-quality materials used in the cabin, lots of cubbyholes for storage and the car is well-equipped too.
We don’t: Mediocre engine, not very exciting to drive, doesn’t like bad roads and lacks outright punch. Boot is a bit cramped.
Opinion: Very stylish, the Eon actually feels a class higher. It is a value-for-money proposition, now also comes in LPG fuel option.
Maruti Suzuki Celerio (1.0 petrol)
We like: K10 petrol engine punchy and very fuel-efficient, comes with an automatic gearbox that is very easy to drive. Spacious cabin.
We don’t: Cabin looks fresh, but exterior design is still not attractive enough, rear section looks like the class-lower Alto 800.
Opinion: A probable winner for Maruti, has the space of the Zen Estilo and the driveability of the A-Star (the model it replaces).
Maruti Suzuki Alto (0.8 petrol, 1.0 petrol)
We like: Low price, good mileage, easy to maintain, seats four comfortably, offers basic features like AC and power steering. Top trim gets airbag.
We don’t: Design is a bit dated and boot cramped. Power (800 cc) is on the lower side. Not too many safety features in entry-level models.
Opinion: First launched in 2000, it is the top-selling car brand for around a decade. The K10 engine is a better choice over the 0.8 petrol engine.
HYUNDAI i10 (1.1 petrol)
We like: Responsive engine, easy to drive in city, has a lot of equipment and there is good space in the cabin. The boot, too, is spacious.
We don’t: Mediocre drive, especially on the highway. Doesn’t have very good high-speed manners. Has started to show its age.
Opinion: A very competent small car, it is priced well, but, of late, competition has taken to its heels. Needs to reinvent itself.
MARUTI suzuki WagonR (1.0 petrol)
We like: Clever interior packaging means lots of space and innovative storage spaces. Has a sporty version, ‘Stingray’, with sharper exterior design and projector lamps.
We don’t: Boxy looks, no automatic transmission option. Needs better build quality, one can find gaps between sheet metal body parts.
Opinion: Among the five top-selling cars for many years and a very popular model back home