The Indian car market was amongst the late ones to adopt automatic cars. But the transition towards the acceptance of automatics has been quite fast. The introduction of Automated Manual Transmissions or AMT has further driven buyers to opt for them. Speaking of automatics, broadly there are 4 types of transmissions generally found.
AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) – They are manual gearboxes with sensors that automatically change gears. There is no clutch.
CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) – It is also known as a single speed transmission. CVTs have their own advantage as there is no lag generally experienced during gearshifts, hence the drive is smooth.
Automatic Transmission – The regular automatic transmission shifts gears automatically, as per the desired speed. These are more complicated systems and can bear more load than a CVT. Most automatic cars utilize this type of transmission.
Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) – This is an advanced automatic. The DCT uses two sets of automatic clutches, thus reducing the lag and providing better fuel economy. They are expensive, hence are currently not very common in affordable cars.
Let us see which are the automatic cars that cost below Rs.10 lakhs (on-road). Read on further.
1. Renault Kwid 1.0
Renault’s game changer – the Kwid also has an AMT version. This comes with the 1.0-litre engine option which has 67bhp of power. The Kwid is spacious and has a good road presence. The AMT in this car is unique as it does not have a gear lever. There is instead a gear selector knob on the dashboard. It does not have a manual mode like other AMTs.
|Renault Kwid 1.0|
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹4.24 lakhs||₹4.76 lakhs||₹5.03 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||24.04 km/l||24.04 km/l||24.04 km/l|
2. Maruti Alto K10
Maruti Alto K10 comes with an AMT. Alto has been the best seller form the Indian company and offers an affordable automatic variant. Downsides of the Alto K10 are space and it also feels very basic. Performance is quite good though. Buy it only if you cannot afford anything else.
|Maruti Alto K10|
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹4.40 lakhs||₹4.51 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||24.07 km/l||24.07 km/l|
3. Maruti Wagon R
Maruti Wagon R is quite a favourite amongst buyers. It offers a lot of flexibilty and is a great car for city use. It is very convenient car and an automatic in this only adds to its ease of use.The Wagon R comes with an AMT. It has decent performance and a similar fuel efficiency of the manual version.
|Maruti Wagon R|
|Variants||VXI||VXI (O)||VXI+ (O)|
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹5.30 lakhs||₹5.66 lakhs||₹5.82 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||20.5 km/l||20.5 km/l||20.5 km/l|
4. Tata Tiago
Tata’s current best seller, the Tiago also has an AMT variant. The 5-speed AMT is available only in the petrol version. This AMT unit is sourced from fiat owned Magneti Marelli, the same source for Maruti AMTs. The Tiago is a comfortable car and comes feature loaded too.
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹5.33 lakhs||₹5.94 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||23.84 km/l||23.84 km/l|
5. Maruti Celerio
Another Maruti with an AMT! The high point of the Celerio is its airy cabin and slightly better feel than its lower priced siblings. Being a Maruti there is always peace of mind and the Celerio is a reliable and comfortable city car.
|Variants||VXI||VXI (O)||ZXI (O)|
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹5.39 lakhs||₹5.57 lakhs||₹5.86 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||23.1 km/l||23.1 km/l||23.1 km/l|
6. Maruti Ignis
Maruti offers the Ignis with automatics in both petrol and diesel. It comes with an AMT. This makes it a good option to consider. The Ignis is a funky looking car with modern interiors. It is a good car to use in the city and has an impressive ground clearance.
|Variants||Delta (P)||Zeta (P)||Alpha (P)||Delta (D)||Zeta (D)||Alpha (D)|
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹6.22 lakhs||₹6.89 lakhs||₹7.81 lakhs||₹7.73 lakhs||₹8.26 lakhs||₹9.13 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||20.89 km/l||20.89 km/l||20.89 km/l||26.8 km/l||26.8 km/l||26.8 km/l|
7. Hyundai Grand i10
The Grand i10 from Hyundai has an automatic variant. This is not an AMT, but a 4-speed auto transmission. The Grand i10 is a high selling car and excels in providing a premium feel, alongwith decent space and features.
|Hyundai Grand i10|
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹6.54 lakhs||₹7.68 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||17.49 km/l||17.49 km/l|
|Transmission||4-Speed Auto||4-Speed Auto|
8. Tata Tigor
The Tata Tigor is the latest car to make it to the list of automatics. It offers the same 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine and AMT as the Tiago. If you want more style than the Tiago, the Tigor is a good option to consider.
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹6.30 lakhs||₹7.04 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||20.3 km/l||20.3 km/l|
9. Nissan Micra
The Nissan Micra is also a very good value package. It uses a CVT gearbox. The Micra offers excellent performance and is affordable too. You can get a good deal these days as the car is not exactly selling in high numbers. The only downside of this car is not a very efficient after sales network.
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹6.59 lakhs||₹7.81 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||19.3 km/l||19.3 km/l|
10. Honda Brio
Honda Brio is preferred by quite a few urban buyers who look for a small hatchback with good performance and driveability. The Brio has very good handling as well. It comes with a traditional 5-speed automatic transmission. The Brio is due for an update and a new version is expected in 2018.
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹7.50 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||16.5 km/l|
11. Maruti Dzire
The New Dzire has taken the market by storm. Its a brilliant all-round package and offers many options within its line-up. Another car apart from Ignis to offer automatics in both petrol and diesel. This gives the Dzire great flexibility to sell. The petrol is a 1.2-litre engine with 85bhp of power whereas the diesel is a 1.3-litre unit with 75bhp of power.
|Variants||VXI (P)||ZXI (P)||ZXI + (P)||VDI (D)||ZDI (D)||ZDI+ (D)|
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹7.50 lakhs||₹8.33 lakhs||₹9.30 lakhs||₹8.76 lakhs||₹9.60 lakhs||₹10.59 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||22.0 km/l||22.0 km/l||22.0 km/l||28.4 km/l||28.4 km/l||28.4 km/l|
12. Maruti Baleno
The Baleno has gone on to becoming the best selling premium hatchbacks in the country. It is light and quick. It is fuel efficient also. The Baleno comes with a CVT, which is quite zippy. While it is a spacious and feature loaded car, the downsides of the Baleno are a flimsy build and not-so comfortable rear seats.
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹7.82 lakhs||₹8.49 lakhs||₹9.27 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||21.4 km/l||21.4 km/l||21.4 km/l|
13. Hyundai Xcent
The Xcent uses the same engine and transmission of the Grand i10. This is a 1.2-litre Kappa unit with a 4-speed automatic unit. There is no automatic in the diesel variant. The Xcent is a good option to the Dzire if you look for better comfort and overall build quality.
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹7.97 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||16.1 km/l|
14. Honda Jazz
Honda Jazz is a good option when buying an automatic. The car drives well and has oodles of space. It offers a lot of flexibility. The Jazz comes with a CVT unit and drives very smooth. The engine is a 1.2-litre petrol unit with 89 bhp of power
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹8.46 lakhs||₹9.29 lakhs||₹9.34 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||19.0 km/l||19.0 km/l||19.0 km/l|
15. Honda Amaze
The Amaze comes with a 1.2-litre engine that is borrowed from the Jazz. It has 90bhp of power and comes with a CVT. This makes a smooth car to drive. The Amaze offers great rear legroom and is also due for an upgrade next year.
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹8.19 lakhs||₹8.32 lakhs||₹9.27 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||18.1 km/l||18.1 km/l||18.1 km/l|
16. Ford Figo
The Ford Figo is one the most value for money automatics that you can buy. This is because unlike few other brands the automatic variant offers good number of features as well. The Figo uses a 6-speed Dual Clutch mechanism, coupled to a 1.5-litre petrol engine with 115bhp of power. This is a great performer and packs in a very good ride and handling package as well.
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹8.65 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||17.0 km/l|
17. Maruti Ertiga
The only affordable MPV to offer an automatic is the Maruti Ertiga. The Ertiga comes with a 4-speed automatic gearbox mated to a 1.4-litre petrol engine that makes 94bhp of power. It is a good option for a large family for city use.
|Price (on-road, Delhi)||₹9.54 lakhs|
|Mileage (ARAI)||17.0 km/l|