Best Cars Under 15 Lakhs

Our list of best cars under 15 lakhs, offers the best balance between value for money and high-end specifications that you’d expect in the more premium cars. In a bid to remain competitive, manufacturers looking to remain competitive with cars under 15 lakhs are constantly pushing the limits of affordability and high-end luxury features. We've compiled an extensively detailed list for all the best 15 lakh cars from which you can choose from.

1. Kia Seltos

The Seltos is Kia’s first model in India commissioned with the uphill task of establishing the Korean auto giant in the Indian market. It unsurprisingly did not disappoint. The car had all the right ingredients for the job. Attractively designed, keenly priced and available with a wide range of engine and gearbox options. You can opt for the 1.5-litre petrol, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. The individual engines are available with manual and automatic gearbox options. All versions of the Seltos are BS6 compliant with the manufacturer keeping a check on the latest norms.

Car Name

Kia Seltos

One Road Price

Rs. 11.07 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

16.1 to 21 Kmpl

Engine

1353 to 1497 cc

Transmission

Manual (Dual Clutch) and Auto (CVT)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

5 (Under 15 Lakhs)

2. Mahindra Thar

The Mahindra Thar is the true off-roader. The all-terrain monster can negotiate the beaten track like no other. The car is surprisingly capable as an everyday vehicle with creature comforts like AC, climate control, and telescopic steering. The all new Thar is an embodiment of the original Jeep with its boxy looks and well shaped front and rear bumpers. The Thar is available with diesel and petrol engine options and there are three roof options as well.

Car Name

Mahindra Thar

One Road Price

Rs. 11.99 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

14.3 – 19.8 Kmpl

Engine

1997 - 2184 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (Torque Converter)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

4 (Under 15 Lakhs)

3. MG Hector

The Hector is Chinese-owned British carmaker Morris Garages’ initiation to the Indian market. At first glance, it sure has some interesting ingredients to offer. An eye catching design, massive proportions and new-age tech make it a well-rounded package that should definitely be on the radar of prospective mid-size SUV owners. The car’s engine choices include a petrol-manual, a petrol-automatic and a diesel-manual. There is also the option of mild-hybrid technology on the petrol-manual powertrain. A major talking point is the industry first 5 year/unlimited km warranty that the car offers.

Car Name

MG Hector

One Road Price

Rs. 14.95 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

13.96 to 17.41Kmpl

Engine

1451 to 1956 cc

Transmission

Manual and Automatic (Dual Clutch) and (CVT)

Fuel Type

Petrol

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

2 (Below 15 Lakhs)

4. Hyundai Creta

The Hyundai Creta has been without doubt one of the most successful vehicles that has come from the Hyundai stables. The car got an all new 2020 facelift with a host of cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. One of the prominent features of the new Creta is a bold front grille with an updated set of tail lamps. The interior remains disguised, but it is likely to have the same layout as the current model. When it comes to the engine options, the new car gets a 115PS 1.5-litre diesel and 140PS 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine with a 6-speed manual, automatic and a 7-speed DCT gearbox options.

Car Name

Hyundai Creta

One Road Price

Rs. 11.28 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

17 - 21Kmpl

Engine

1353 to 1497 cc

Transmission

Manual (Dual Clutch) and Auto (CVT)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

3 (Under 15 Lakhs)

5. 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 to 22.4 Kmpl

Engine

1199 to 1497 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (AMT)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

12

6. Mahindra Scorpio

The Scorpio SUV is undoubtedly Mahindra’s biggest hit. Its tough build makes it well-suited to rough usage and to many, the upright shape gives it the right image too. The Mahindra Scorpio is available in 7-, 8- and 9-seat configurations and there are lots of versions to choose from. Automatic transmission isn’t on offer but you can choose from 2.5-litre and 2.2-litre diesel engines; the latter is available in two states of tune, and four-wheel drive is also an option.

Car Name

Mahindra Scorpio

One Road Price

Rs 14.48 Lakh (Delhi)

Mileage

15 Kmpl

Engine

2179 cc

Transmission

Manual

Fuel Type

Diesel

Seating Capacity

7

Available Variants

5

7. Skoda Rapid

The Rapid is a mid-sized sedan from the Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda. The car was first launched in 2011 and has since seen a number of upgrades including a 2020 facelift. For all intents and purposes, the Rapid is Skoda’s version of the Volkswagen Vento. As a result, the car has now been around for a number of years and feels dated. However, the latest 2020 BS6 Skoda Rapid gets a few key upgrades that make it an inviting prospect. One of the key changes to the Rapid is the all-new 110hp 1.0 TSI turbo petrol motor that replaces the outdated 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. The three cylinder TSI engine belongs to the EA211 engine family of the VW Group. Thanks to the small engine, the Rapid offers higher mileage and surprisingly higher performance thanks to the 110hp engine.

Car Name

Skoda Rapid

One Road Price

Rs. 8.72 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

16.24 - 18.97 Kmpl

Engine

999 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto

Fuel Type

Petrol

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

6

8. Mahindra XUV300

The XUV 300 is a sophisticated sub-four-metre compact SUV from the Indian manufacturer Mahindra. The car gets a number of class leading ‘firsts’, which makes it a pricey proposition. The car is available with petrol and diesel engine options with standard-fit 6-speed manual transmissions. The diesel engine is additionally available with the option of an AMT auto. The Mahindra XUV300 holds the distinction of being the safest car to be crash tested by Global NCAP being rated 5 stars on adult occupant protection and 4 stars on child occupant protection.

Car Name

Mahindra XUV300

One Road Price

Rs. 9.00 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

17 - 20 Kmpl

Engine

1197 - 1497 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (AMT)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

8

9. 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

16

10. Honda City

The queen of the sedans. Introduced 22 years ago, the City is still alive and kicking. The City’s India story began in 1998 and since then the car has seen four iterations since. Now in its fourth generation, the all new Honda City gets further improvements along with an introduction of a diesel engine. The new City’s frame packs in more high-tensile-strength steel and a stiffer roof section, resulting in a 20 percent increase in overall structural integrity. The City gets an all new DOHC 1.5-litre unit that’s now coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Buyers can also choose a 6 speed automatic transmission. .

Car Name

Honda City

One Road Price

Rs. 10.36 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

17.4 Kmpl

Engine

1497 cc

Transmission

Manual

Fuel Type

Petrol

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

2

11. Honda WR-V

The WR-V is an attractive compact SUV from the Honda Stable. The car was launched in the early part of 2017 and over the subsequent years has seen 3 updates. The latest WR-V offers luxury functionality, and practicality like no other; is distinctly a Honda. The new WR-V gets raised and reworked suspension and even some additional features that add to the luxury quotient. The company SUV is offered in petrol-manual and diesel-manual form but there’s no automatic.

Car Name

Honda WR-V

One Road Price

Rs. 9.67 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

16.5 - 23.7 Kmpl

Engine

1199 to 1498 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (CVT)

Fuel Type

Petrol

Seating Capacity

7

Available Variants

6

12. Toyota Yaris

The Yaris is a mid-sized sedan from the Japanese manufacturer Toyota. One look at the Yaris and you'll be forgiven if you found the underwhelming. However, upon closer inspection, the Yaris is distinctly a Toyota. For the price you get all the manufacturing quality and reliability that you generally associated with the brand. The Yaris is sold around the world. In India it’s on offer only in petrol-manual and petrol-CVT forms. The 1.5-litre petrol engine produces 107hp and is at its best at lower revs in relaxed city driving.

Car Name

Toyota Yaris

One Road Price

Rs. 10.34 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

17.18 - 18.1 Kmpl

Engine

1496 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (CVT)

Fuel Type

Petrol

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

8

13. Honda Amaze

The Amaze is a mid-range sedan from the Japanese manufacturer Handa. The car was first introduced in India in 2013 and has since been a strong contender in its segment. The all new second-generation Amaze is a significant improvement over the first model. A major appeal is the fact that the mid-range sedan is competitively priced in its segment. Car buyers will be spoilt for choice with petrol-manual, petrol-CVT auto, diesel-manual and even a unique diesel-CVT version to choose from.

Car Name

Honda Amaze

One Road Price

Rs. 7.11 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

18.3 - 24.7Kmpl

Engine

1199 – 1498 cc

Transmission

Manual and Auto (CVT)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

10

14. Kia Sonnet

After the hugely successful Kia Seltos, the Sonnet (the Seltos younger sibling) had very big shoes to fill. Making its debut in India in 2020. The car got off the starting line with a few lessons from its larger sibling the Seltos. The Sonnet, in that regard, is filled to the brim with features. The Korean manufacturer also made it a point to offer multiple engine and gearbox combinations. The car is available in a whopping 14 different variants, along with a 1.5 litre diesel powertrain that takes the cream.

Car Name

Kia Sonnet

One Road Price

Rs. 7.68 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

18.2 - 24.1 Kmpl

Engine

998 - 1493 cc

Transmission

Manual (Dual Clutch) and Auto (CVT)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

14

15. 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. 7.8 Lakhs (Delhi)

Mileage

17.52 - 23.4Kmpl

Engine

998 - 1493 cc

Transmission

Manual (Dual Clutch) and Auto (CVT)

Fuel Type

Petrol and Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

Available Variants

10

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FAQs On Cars Under 15 Lakhs

  • ✔️What is the best car to buy under 15 lakhs?

    The best-selling car under Rs. 15 Lakhs is the Hyundai Creta. The base-model E comes at an on road price of Rs. 11.28 Lakhs and is loaded with modern features and equipment.

  • ✔️Should I consider an Auto in my choice of the best car under 15 lakhs?

    Choosing an auto transmission 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 auto makes complete sense.

  • ✔️What fuel type should I consider for cars below 15 lakhs?

    There are primarily three types of fuel types available in the best cars below 15 lakhs. Petrol, diesel and CNG. If your daily drive exceeds 50 kms, it makes sense to buy a diesel variant. 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 Rs. 15 Lakhs will be a cost effective option.

  • ✔️What is the lowest price car under 15 lakhs?

    The Tata Altroz is the lowest priced car in our list of best cars to buy under 15 lakhs. The XE variant is available at an on road price of Rs. 6.28 Lakhs.

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