The Indian market is currently witnessing an SUV boom. However, one segment that saw a major dip is reviving. We are referring to the sedans segment. Sedan sales in the recent months are a clear indication of that. Now, this success has a strong base under it. There are many benefits of a sedan over an SUV. The handling & ride quality of a sedan is better than an SUV with driving dynamics, cabin space and boot space being the major positives. These elements still matter to sedan buyers when they consider one over an SUV. However, the biggest factor that affects buying decision is the budget. So, for this article, we have set a budget of Rs 15 lakhs and have mentioned top sedans that you can consider.
Honda City has consistently been the most picked car in this segment. The Honda City has been a rockstar product in India for the Japanese brand starting from its first-generation launch in 1998. The latest iteration is the fifth-generation City. It is a feature-rich car and is available in two engine options – 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DETC diesel. A 1.5-litre petrol engine paired to a strong hybrid system is also available but that option does not fit in the set budget. You can own the V MANUAL variant of this car for under Rs 13.56 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai). The V is the base variant, however it comes loaded with almost all necessary features. The V CVT variant is also available for Rs 15.18 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai). Negotiating could bring the price down and you might get this car for under Rs 15 lakhs.
Skoda Slavia is a fairly new midsize sedan in India. It gets a sharp and sporty look in line with Skoda’s latest design language. Under Rs 15 lakhs, you can get the Ambition 1.0-litre TSI MT variant which is the second variant of this car. However, this variant gets a good amount of features like an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, six speakers system, keyless entry, rear split seat, front centre armrest and many more. Under Rs 15 lakhs, you would only get the 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine option, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. This engine makes 114bhp & 178Nm of torque. The Ambition 1.0-litre TSI MT variant costs Rs 14.91 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai).
Sedan under Rs 15 lakhs – Maruti Ciaz
The competition in the mid-size sedan market has drastically increased because of the newcomers. But Maruti still holds a separate place in the market due to specific reasons. It gets a decent list of features like a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto & the Apple CarPlay, connected car technology and quite a few others. In India, Ciaz is powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that makes 103bhp & 138Nm of torque, mated to a five-speed manual and a four-speed torque converter AT gearbox. The price of the Ciaz starts from Rs 10.39 lakhs and the top variant goes at Rs 14.03 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai). This means Ciaz can be procured in its top trim as well.
Sedan Under Rs 15 lakhs – Tata Tigor EV
The Tigor EV is an electric version of the petrol Tigor. This compact sedan has one of the safest cabins in its segment since it comes with a 4-star safety rating from Global NCAP. It gets a 55kW Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor with a 26 kWh high energy density Lithium-ion battery pack. This motor makes 74bhp & 170Nm of torque. Tata Tigor EV claims to offer a range of 306km but you can expect a real-world range of somewhere around 200km when fully charged. You will have to pay Rs 13.26 lakhs for the base variant with the top variant coming in at Rs 14.44 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai).
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