Frustration towards the traffic condition is not new to the people living in metro cities. Constant braking, continuous pressing of clutch and frequent gear shifts can be tiresome especially in long traffic jams. To make driving easier and to take off that extra load from your left foot, carmakers do offer automatic cars which are though not popular in India but can be real stress buster for a daily commuter. Here’s our list of five most affordable automatic cars available in India.
1) Tata Nano AMT (Automated Manual Transmission)
Tata Motors left no stone unturned to make Nano a hit product in the country. They have introduced new colors, power steering, openable boot and an AMT gearbox. To make things even more easier in bumper to bumper traffic conditions, the homegrown carmaker also introduced a ‘Creep’ function in their latest iteration of Nano christened as Nano GenX AMT. The Creep function allows crawling of the vehicle after releasing the brakes without even using the accelerator.
2) Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AMT
Is it even possible that India’s most selling hatchback does not offer an AMT gearbox? The Japanese carmaker launched the AMT or as the company calls it AGS (Auto Gear Shift) in its next-gen model lineup which was launched in November 2014.
3) Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT
The credit of introducing AMT in the affordable car goes to Celerio as it was the first car to be launched with the AMT gearbox. The car is powered by 1.0 liter, 3 cylinder K-Next engine, which gives a maximum power output of 67bhp with peak torque of 90Nm.
4) Maruti Suzuki Wagon R AMT
Maruti Suzuki seeing the success of AMT transmission in country also introduced the Magneti Marelli sourced gearbox in its tall-boy hatch Wagon R. The AMT gearbox in WagonR and WagonR Stingray is made available in LXI (O) and VXI variants.
5) Hyundai Grand i10 AT (Automatic Transmission)
In the affordable segment, Hyundai too offers an automatic transmission in its Grand i10 hatchback. The automatic variant is available in top of the line Asta variant which also get perks like steering mounted controls, rear A/C vents, keyless entry with engine Start/Stop button and rear parking sensors.
Before we end, here are some other honorary mentions which are offered with an automatic or AMT gearbox.
Maruti Suzuki Ritz
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire
and Ford Figo Aspire.