Budget-friendly Cars - Top 16 Cars to Buy Under Rs.10 Lakhs in 2021

The best cars under Rs. 10 Lakhs segment is seeing increased competition with car manufacturers vying for a piece of market share. With a host of new car launches and a few old revisions, choosing the right car has its share of challenges. We list some of the best cars under Rs. 10 Lakhs that are also best sellers in their segment. These range from entry level hatchbacks and the top SUV under Rs. 10 Lakhs, currently available for purchase. Read on for our list of top 15 cars under Rs. 10 lakhs.

1. Maruti Suzuki Swift

Maruti Suzuki has launched the updated version of its best-selling hatchback the Swift. The hatchback gets a new K12 series DualJet VVT engine along with a few cosmetic changes on the exterior, and an updated features list. As before, three of the seven variants get an AMT automatic gearbox. Priced Rs 50,000 higher than their manual counterparts, the Swift AMTs are worth the premium for the convenience they add in the city.

Car Name

Maruti Suzuki Swift

One Road Price

Rs. 6.47 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

23.2 Kmpl

Engine

1197cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (AMT)

Fuel Type

Petrol

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

6

2. Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Maruti launched the facelifted Dzire in March 2020. The facelift featured Maruti’s BS6-compliant 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine along with some cosmetic upgrades, while the diesel engine was discontinued. The all-New Maruti DZire is more fuel efficient than the preceding model due to the use of 'HEARTEC' platform as it makes the sedan lighter by 70-80 kgs than before. The petrol motor delivers a mileage of 22kmpl with both manual and AMT variants.

Car Name

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

One Road Price

Rs. 6.60 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

23.2 Kmpl

Engine

1197cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (AMT)

Fuel Type

Petrol

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

6

3. Maruti Suzuki Alto

The evergreen Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 received a major update with perhaps the biggest upgrade involving the dropping of the ‘800’ tag from its name. In addition to the exterior and interior revisions, the refreshed Maruti Alto is now compliant with India’s latest safety standards. Its 796cc engine has also been made BS-VI emission norms-ready, ensuring the Alto will remain on sale for a good few more years to come. The diminutive Alto is available in petrol and CNG versions but there's no automatic gearbox option. The car is among the most affordable passenger automobiles on sale in India. Along with great value for money, buyers get Maruti’s peace-of-mind ownership experience for years to come.

Car Name

Maruti Suzuki Alto

One Road Price

Rs. 3.32 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

22.05 Kmpl

Engine

796 cc

Transmission

Manual

Fuel Type

Petrol and CNG

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

8

4. Maruti Suzuki Brezza

Since its launch in 2016, the Brezza has taken the compact SUV market by storm. The car has been a hit from day one. 2020's facelift brings in mildly refreshed styling but marks a major change under the bonnet. The Brezza's 1.3-litre diesel engine has made way for a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre petrol unit. Now a petrol-only model, the Vitara Brezza is available with 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter auto transmission options. A note of praise for the Indian manufacturer as the car was rated 4 stars by Global NCAP on adult occupant protection.

Car Name

Maruti Suzuki Brezza

One Road Price

Rs. 8.31 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

17.03 Kmpl

Engine

1462 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (Torque Converter)

Fuel Type

Petrol

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

8

5. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

The Wagon R is a surprisingly spacious hatchback. The car can easily fit a family of 5 including boot space that will pack ample luggage for a week long holiday. The biggest eye-catching feature of the car is the “tall boy” looks which is dictated by practicality more than anything else. The high roof means ingress-egress is very convenient and there’s loads of room in the cabin too. The new Wagon-R gets two petrol engines to choose from: a 1 litre 68hp motor and a 1.2 litre 83hp motor. The can also gets both manual and automatic variants.

Car Name

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

One Road Price

Rs. 5.10 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

20.52 -32.52 Kmpl

Engine

998 - 1197 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (AMT)

Fuel Type

Petrol and CNG

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

12

6. Maruti Suzuki Baleno

The Baleno is a premium hatchback that retails exclusively from Maruti’s Nexa outlet. The car is available with a choice of petrol and mild-hybrid petrol engines. Mated to the engine is a petrol-CVT automatic gearbox option for the top end model. The car got a major update in 2019 which saw major exterior and interior upgrades. This includes the latest BS6 engine specification and an all new dual tone interior.

Car Name

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

One Road Price

Rs. 6.48 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

19.58 Kmpl

Engine

1197 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (CVT)

Fuel Type

Petrol

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

6

7. Tata Altroz

The Altroz is Tata Motors’ premium hatchback and the first model to be built on the carmaker’s ALFA platform. The car has been developed with ‘electrification’ in mind. On offer are BS6-compliant 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines, both available with manual transmissions. Tata has announced a dual-clutch auto-equipped Altroz petrol that is all set to be launched by the end of 2021; while a more powerful 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine is also in the works. Like most Tata models, the Tata Altroz has been awarded a 5 star adult occupant protection rating by Global NCAP.

Car Name

Tata Altroz

One Road Price

Rs. 6.28 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

19.05 - 25.11 Kmpl

Engine

1199 - 1497 cc

Transmission

Manual

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

14

8. Tata Tiago

The Tiago is Tata Motors’ smart and uber cool city hatchback. The best part about the car is the competitive pricing and the value it brings to buyers. The car got a recent 2020 upgrade with interior and exterior changes along with a BS6 compliant engine that delivers an impressive 85hp. The new engine is available in both a manual transmission and an AMT gearbox. Like most Tata models, the Tata Altroz has been awarded a 5 star adult occupant protection rating by Global NCAP.

Car Name

Tata Tiago

One Road Price

Rs. 5.38 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

19.08 Kmpl

Engine

1199 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (AMT)

Fuel Type

Petrol

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

6

9. Ford Figo

The Figo is a mid-sized hatchback from the American auto manufacturer Ford. The Figo has been a popular hatch over the last decade and still manages to do so in its new avatar. The car received a comprehensive update in 2019 which saw significant changes to the exterior styling, along with a modern enhanced cabin and some key mechanical upgrades. The car can be had in both diesel and petrol variants that are significantly powerful and refined. The diesel engine, in particular, is a reliable motor that has been used subsequently on numerous Ford models abroad.

Car Name

Ford Figo

One Road Price

Rs. 6.27 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

18.05 - 24.4 Kmpl

Engine

1194 - 1499 cc

Transmission

Manual

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

3

10. Tata Nexon

The Nexon is Tata’s best selling hatchback and perhaps the most versatile. The car offers so much in addition to its swanky good looks. The car presents a wide price range of engine and gearbox options. You can choose a car in the following configuration: petrol-manual, petrol-AMT auto, diesel-manual and diesel-AMT auto versions. The car holds the distinction of being the first Indian car to be rated 5 stars for safety by Global NCAP. The year 2020 brought with it key updates like all new BS6-spec engines and an electric EV option.

Car Name

Tata Nexon

One Road Price

Rs. 7.99 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

16.05 - 22.4 Kmpl

Engine

1199 - 1497 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (AMT)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

3 (within Rs. 10 Lakhs)

11. Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS

The Grand i10 NIOS is a hatchback from the korean manufacturer Hyundai. The car like its predecessor combines great value and stylistic function with ease. The Grand i10 can be had in petrol, diesel and CNG options. If you are primarily looking to drive in the city, the petrol variant is the one to go with. Although, the car is comfortable on long-road trips and manages to ease through the kilometers in silence.

Car Name

Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS

One Road Price

Rs. 5.79 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

18.09 - 25.4 Kmpl

Engine

998 - 1197 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (AMT)

Fuel Type

Petrol, Diesel and CNG

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

12

12. Hyundai Santro

The new Santro might share the name with the earlier model, but that is all that it has in common. The new car features all new internal and external design aesthetics along with a more conventional silhouette. Hyundai has successfully managed to make the cabin feel upmarket with plenty of room in the back. Rear passengers will also be delighted by the large rear windows, which make the car feel bigger. The car is available in both manual and automatic transmission setups.

Car Name

Hyundai Santro

One Road Price

Rs. 5.24 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

20 - 30 Kmpl

Engine

1186 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (AMT)

Fuel Type

Petrol and CNG

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

8

13. Hyundai Venue

The Venue is Hyundai’s foray into the compact SUV market. The Venue was first launched in 2019 and by the looks of sales figures is still going strong giving rivals like Ford and Maruti a strong challenge. The car gets three engine options, two petrol and one diesel. The petrol engines are 1.2L petrol engine outputting 82bhp power and 115Nm torque and a 1.0L turbo petrol engine with 118bhp power and 172Nm torque. The diesel engine is a 1.5L delivering 98bhp and 240Nm torque.

Car Name

Hyundai Venue

One Road Price

Rs. 7.80 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

17.52 - 23.4 Kmpl

Engine

998 -1493 cc

Transmission

Manual (Clutch-less) and Auto (Dual-Clutch)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

12

14. Ford EcoSport

The EcoSport is Ford’s most successful sub-for-metre compact SUV. The car has been a big hit since its launch in 2012, with revisions in 2017 that include a major facelift, revised interiors, and an all new petrol engine. The car gets a 123hp, 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that is refined and peppy. Driving through busy city roads will feel like a breeze thanks to the short shifter gearbox and surprisingly smooth handling.

Car Name

Ford EcoSport

One Road Price

Rs. 8.19 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

4.7 - 21.7 Kmpl

Engine

1496 cc - 1498 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (AMT)

Fuel Type

Petrol

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

8

15. Hyundai i20

Hyundai seems to constantly raise the bar when it comes to premium hatchbacks. The i20 is no different. It brings in a whole host of class-leading features you'd otherwise only find a segment above. The car is available with a choice of three engines - a 1.2 petrol, 1.0 turbo-petrol and 1.5 diesel - and a wide array of gearbox options too. Like previous generation i20s, the new i20 offers high end features like driver assist, 5 airbags, a 9” infotainment system, and a few luxury addons to the interior that make it a top contender in this budget.

Car Name

Hyundai i20

One Road Price

Rs. 7.72 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

19.65 - 25.2 Kmpl

Engine

998 - 1493 cc

Transmission

Manual (Clutch-less) and Auto (Dual-Clutch)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

4 (within 10 Lakhs)

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FAQs on Cars Under 10 Lakhs

  • ✔️What is the best car to buy under 10 lakhs?

    The best-selling car under Rs. 10 Lakhs is the Maruti Suzuki Swift. The base-model Lxi comes at an on road price of Rs. 6.47 Lakhs and is loaded with modern features and equipment.

  • ✔️Should I consider an AMT in my choice of the best car under 10 lakhs?

    Choosing an AMT really depends on where you predominantly plan to drive. If you drive majorly on city roads, which require you to constantly change gears, then an AMT makes complete sense.

  • ✔️What fuel type should I consider for cars below 10 lakhs?

    There are primarily three types of fuel types available in the best cars below 10 lakhs. Petrol, diesel, and CNG. Diesel variants of the same car are more expensive Rs. 75,000 - Rs. 1.2 Lakhs. If you primarily drive within city limits, the petrol variants make sense. If your city is well connected with CNG pumps, the CNG variants of the best cars under 10 Lakhs will be a cost effective option.

  • ✔️What is the lowest price car under 10 lakhs?

    The Maruti Suzuki Alto is the lowest priced car in our list of best cars to buy under 10 lakhs. The Lxi is available at an on road price of Rs. 3.32 Lakhs.

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