While shifting gears manually maybe fun on a bright winter morning joy ride, it can be a hassle while driving in city traffic. Although the Indian car market was a little slow to adopt the automatic gearbox, but today there are many vehicles available in our market from hatchbacks to SUVs with automatic transmission. However, not all can afford automatic cars with heavy price tags. Car manufacturers have now also started offering automatic options in their entry level cars that are affordable. Hence, we have compiled a list of the cheapest automatic cars in India that also offer good fuel efficiency.
Tata Nano is the cheapest automatic cars in the country that is priced between Rs 2.25 lakh and Rs 3.22 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The Nano is powered by a 624 cc, two-cylinder, petrol engine that produces 36 hp of power at 5,500 rpm and 51 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 4-speed manual and a 5-speed Easy Shift (Automated Manual Transmission) with Sports mode and Creep. The engine with AMT gearbox delivers a fuel economy of 21.9 kmpl.
The Renault Kwid takes the second place in our cheapest automatic cars in India with prices starting from Rs 3.84 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The Renault Kwid with AMT gearbox is powered by a 1.0 litre SCe (Smart Control Efficiency) engine that develops 66 hp of power and 91 Nm of peak torque. The engine offers an ARAI rated fuel efficiency of 24.04 kmpl.
Powering the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 is a 998 cc petrol motor that generates 66 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 90 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual as well as an Auto Gear Shift transmission. The Auto Gear Shift unit is based on an electronic control unit that drives the hydraulic actuator, controls the clutch engagement and the gear shifts. Only one variant of the Alto K10 is available with Auto gear Shift and is priced at Rs 4.16 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
The Maruti Suzuki Celerio is one of the best-selling automatic hatchbacks in the country. The Celerio get a K-series 998 cc petrol unit that generates 67 hp at 6,000 rpm and churns out a peak torque of 90 Nm at 3,500 rpm. The K10B engine is paired to an AMT gearbox. The engine offers an ARAI rated fuel economy of 23.1 kmpl. The Maruti Suzuki Celerio also offers 235 litre of boot space and has a fuel tank capacity of 35 litres.
The Maruti Suzuki WagonR is one of the preferred choices when it comes to a cheap and automatic hatchback in India. Besides this, the WagonR also offers good cabin space as it has a tall boy stance. The WagonR is offered with K10 B 998 cc petrol engine, which delivers 67 hp of power and 90 Nm of torque. The WagonR too is available with an AGS transmission that also does duty on the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10. The Maruti Suzuki WagonR with AMT starts at Rs 4.88 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
The Tiago is the latest offering from Tata Motors in the hatchback segment in India. Initially, the company launched the Tiago with 5-speed manual variants and later added an AMT version, the Tata Tiago XZA. The Tiago XZA is powered by the same engine that also powers the manual trims, the 1199 cc Revotron petrol engine that produces 83 hp of power and 114 Nm of torque. The Tata Tiago XZA is also equipped with features like dual front airbags, rear defogger, follow me headlamps and much more. The Tiago XZA retails at Rs 5.39 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Honda Brio with automatic transmission is available only in one version, VX and is priced at Rs 5.95 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The Brio is an entry-level hatchback in the company's portfolio and is powered by a 1198 cc SOHC petrol unit. The engine generates maximum power of 86 hp and churns out a peak torque of 109 Nm. The automatic variant of the Brio claims a fuel efficiency of 16.5 kmpl, while the manual versions deliver an ARAI rated fuel economy of 18.5 kmpl.