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Guide To Buying Your First Car

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Buying a car is always special and something even more special is buying your first car. There are various factors to consider, but one of the most important factors is the price, followed by the value the car will offer. We have made a list of cars that we think will make for excellent first cars, with all of them being priced at less than Rs. 10 lakh.

◼ Maruti Suzuki Alto – Rs. 3.25 lakh onwards (ex-showroom)

 

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Let’s start with the most economical purchase you can make. The Alto is the cheapest car here, and being a Maruti Suzuki product it is cheap to maintain as well. Powering it is a small 800cc four-cylinder, petrol engine that produces a meagre 47hp and 69Nm of torque. But, having a small engine means it is very frugal and is inexpensive to run as well, a boon given the rise in fuel prices recently.

◼ Tata Tiago – Rs. 5.37 lakh onwards (ex-showroom)

 

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Tata’s smallest car is also one of the safer options that you should consider. If your budget allows for one, it should be a no-brainer given its 4-star GNCAP safety rating. Under the hood, it gets a 1.2-litre three-cylinder, petrol engine capable of 85hp and 113Nm of torque.

◼ Mahindra XUV300 – Rs. 8.41 lakh onwards (ex-showroom)

 

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The only car here with a 5-star GNCAP safety rating, the Mahindra XUV300 may be an unconventional choice for some. But with its safety rating and Mahindra reliability, it makes for an excellent choice for beginners. Albeit jerky, the AMT gearbox in the XUV300 makes for an excellent automatic gearbox choice for people buying their first car. The XUV 300 is powered by either a 1.2-litre three-cylinder, petrol engine or a 1.5-litre four-cylinder, turbo diesel engine.

◼ Maruti Suzuki Dzire – Rs. 6.23 lakh onwards (ex-showroom)

 

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The most popular compact sedan in India, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire makes for an exceptional choice as a first car. Just like the Alto, the Dzire is an easy to maintain car with cheap spare parts and good fuel efficiency. Under the hood is Maruti Suzuki’s tried and tested 1.2-litre four-cylinder, petrol engine producing 89hp and 113Nm of torque.

◼ Honda Amaze – Rs. 6.46 lakh onwards (ex-showroom)

 

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The only Honda product here is the Amaze. Surprisingly, it is also one of the few compact sedans in the market to get a diesel engine option. The Honda Amaze gets a 1.2-litre four-cylinder, petrol engine or a 1.5-litre four-cylinder, turbo diesel engine. It is also one of the very few cars in the market to get a CVT gearbox.

 

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