on 03, May 2019

List of best cars for college students, housewives and working professionals?

India has sprung up the attention of global automotive brands recently. Currently sitting at the 5th position for the largest automotive market in the world, it has encouraged the automotive manufacturers to experiment and bring new models to the country.

Nowadays almost every household in India has at least one car. Most of the people from middle-class and higher middle class may have a more than1 vehicle. With the awareness of lifestyle and social status in India along with the increment in income also lead to owning one car per member of the family.

In today’s world even though public transport is easy, having your own car is what people usually prefer. The type of car varies according to the need of a person as well as his/her personality.

There are 3 major groups in these countries where personality may matter when it comes to choosing a car. For the woman of the house, a car is the means of commute for travelling to the office or to finish everyday chores.  

In such cases, a car should have good mileage and it should be compact enough to cut through the everyday traffic. On top of that, the car should be classy and look appealing enough to the lady’s social status.

Another group that we usually see in the household are students. Students over 18 who have just received their licenses have a certain excitement when it comes to owning a car. When it comes to college students having your own car for daily commute as well as for some fun time along with friends can really make those the best days of their lives.

At that age, the car might be that person’s first ever so considering all aspects about it is somewhat expected. The enthusiasm amongst the youth of wanting to own a car at such a young age can also be used to teach responsibility as well. If living in a hostel or somewhere away for home, a car might be one of those necessities we talk about.

Now the 3rd group are the new working professionals. It is not so easy to get a job these days for newly graduated youngsters, with the market preferring the experienced people over freshers, a fresher may find himself accepting a job away from home.

Now a lot of times these new professionals may find themselves working at a rather rural area where transportation might be messy. In such cases, owning a car becomes a necessity.

Along with daily commute to the office, the car can be used for the household chores and can give access to an overall pretty relaxing experience.

At the same time, a car can be even considered as a gift to oneself after the first salary. It could be the first thing you could buy with the money you earn. In such cases, a car can be a lot more than a vehicle and may hold a special place in your life.

To fulfil the requirement of these 3 groups in a family, the choice of car can be affected by these factors:

  • Budget:

When it comes to buying a car the budget is the most important thing to be considered. Especially for students and working professionals, a budget might be the only deciding factor while choosing a car. With a budget as low as rs. 5 lakhs, one might be able to get a decent car that serves its purpose. Even for lower starting salaries, these cars can be pretty much affordable. Here are a few of the budget cars that are best for youngsters:

  1. Renault Kwid


When it comes to budget cars, Renault kwid is one that exceeds the expectations. With one of the best stylings anybody could find, Renault kwid hardly seems a budget car to others. The car by French carmaker pays attention to style and appearance as well making it one of the best cars for youngsters.

Ranging from rs. 2.84lakhs-rs. 4.73 lakhs the hatchback is available in 5 variants.  It comes with two petrol engine options, a  0.8-litre with the output of 54ps/72nm and 1.0-litre engine that churns out 68ps/91nm. The 0.8-litre engine is only available in the 5-speed manual.  

The 1.0-litre engine is available in either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed amt. The smaller 0.8-litre engine claims fuel efficiency of 22.7kmpl, while the bigger 1.0-litre motor gives a fuel efficiency of 21.7kmpl. The 1.0-litre motor with the amt has claimed to return 22.5kmpl.

Features wise the car has 7.0-inch touch screen infotainment system with apple carplay and android auto, a reverse parking camera, a digital speedometer, manual air con, power steering, a rear seat armrest, 12v charger for rear passengers, a driver airbag, abs, over speed alert system, front seat belt reminder, central locking, front seat belts with pretensioners, retractable three-point rear seat belts and child safety locks for the rear doors.

  1. Maruti Suzuki Ignis


If your budget ranges on higher side Maruti Suzuki ignis is something worth looking at. The crossover that contains traits of both SUV and hatchback, the car is designed to attract the attention of youth.

The attractive yet affordable crossover is available in four variants. It has only one engine option, a 1.2-litre petrol engine that churns out 83ps/113nm and is mated with 5-speed mt/amt. The car is available for rs. 4.86 lakhs- Rs. 7.22 lakhs.

Features wise the car comes with dual front airbags, abs with ebd, Isofix child seat anchors, led projector headlamps with daytime running lamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, 7-inch touch screen infotainment system with apple carplay, android auto and navigation and automatic climate control.

  1. Hyundai Grand i10


The all-time favourite Hyundai Grand i10 will come in a new and improved package with its new facelift being launched in June 2019. The car that is already crowd favourite and is loved by people of all ages will also have some cosmetic and feature upgrades.

The car is expected to be lighter, more flexible, wider and even safer than the previous model. The car will get an entirely new front fascia along with redesigned headlamps and tweaked grille with redesigned bumpers and new tail lamps.

The all-new grand 10 will also have the same 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine that churns 81bhp of power and 114nm of torque and comes mated with 5- speed manual and 4-speed automatic. Another is a 1.2-litre diesel three-cylinder engine that generates 74bhp of power and 190nm of torque that comes with a 5-speed manual.

The feature list includes a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with apple carplay and android auto, automatic climate control with rear ac vents, electrically foldable and adjustable orvms, push-button start, rear parking camera with sensors, and tilt and telescopic steering. The Grand i10 gets dual front airbags and abs with ebd as standard across the range.

  1. Tata Tiago


Tata brought the premium to its brand with the introduction of Tata Tiago. The first premium affordable hatchback Tiago became popular for quality as well as style making it one of the most ideal budget car for the youth. With its 1 lakh units being already sold after just a year of its launch, Tata as a brand has proven to be reliable amongst the crowd.

Tiago is the first budget 5 seater hatchback that is premium to its core. Priced at Rs. 3.45- rs.6.56 lakhs the car comes in eight variants. That is a lot of choices compared to its competition.

The entry-level hatchback is available in 2 engine options, a 1.2-litre petrol engine that churns out 83ps/114nm mated with 5-speed mt/amt. The 1.05-litre diesel engine makes 70ps/140nm and is mated with 5 speed mt.

Tata has recently announced that the diesel power variant will be discontinued by April 2020. The highlight of the car is the mileage it provides. The petrol version offers 23.84kmpl while the diesel offers 27.28kmpl making it ideal lower budget car.

Tata Tiago can be one of the strongest and even spacious cars for college students with as well as for young professionals.

Tiago comes loaded with features like dual front airbags, abs with ebd and corner stability control as standard. Depending on the variant it can include, front fog lamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, rear defogger with wiper, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with android auto, an 8-speaker sound system developed by Harman, automatic climate control, all four power windows, cooled glovebox and auto foldable and electrically adjustable outside rearview mirrors (orvms).

The Tiago automatic gets some additional features like a creep function and ‘sport’ mode.

  1. Hyundai Santro


The recently launched previously marketed ‘family car’ is again getting popular amongst the crowd once again. The new santro is how it should be, easy, affordable and family oriented. Making it one of the best options for housewives and working women. The new santro is longer, wider and includes a lot more features than its previous generations.

The compact hatchback by Hyundai, santro is priced at Rs. 3.90 lakhs- rs.5.65 lakhs. It has 5 variants and a factory fitted CNG option is also available. The 1.1-litre petrol engine produces 60ps and 99nm and comes mated with 5-speed mt/amt and has a fuel efficiency of 20.3kmpl.

The CNG kit that is available in Magna and Sportz features a 1.1-litre engine that makes 59ps/84nm. The claimed mileage for CNG is 30.48 km/kg.

The car includes features like a driver airbag and abs and EBD are standard across the range. The top-spec Asta variant gets an additional passenger airbag. It also gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with mirror link, apple carplay and android auto connectivity, rear parking camera & sensors and rear ac vents. Hyundai has announced the Asta variant to get alloy wheels from next year.

  • Style and Class:

If you like to stand out in the crowd and love the attention, this is a section for you. A kitty party, aged wine or fancy dinner is what you prefer then you definitely know the importance of class and style in life.

Whether it’s a long drive, a girl’s night out or just a boring client meeting, the car you drive may help leave a good impression on your friends and co-workers.

There is a saying that the ‘first impression is the last impression’ so driving something classy may help you in the long run, here is a list of those classy cars that are as appealing as you.

  1. Maruti Suzuki Baleno


The new and improved Baleno facelift is here and people can not stop loving it. The perfect blend of ruggedness and style combined with an awesome engine and long feature list is available in the price range of Rs. 5.54 lakhs-8.87 lakhs. The car is really popular for being lightweight and has a good fuel economy.

The car is available in 4 variants and  2 fuel options. The car gets a 1.2-litre petrol engine that churns 84pd at 115nm mated with a 5-speed manual or CVT. It is also available with a 1.2 dual jet petrol engine with hybrid as option mated with 5 speed mt.

All the petrol engines are bs 6 compatible. The 1.3-litre turbocharged engine gives out 75ps/190nm and is also mated with 5 speed mt. The diesel variants are compatible with bs 4. The petrol engine claims fuel efficiency of 21.4kmpl and 23.87kmpl for the dual-jet engine while it is 27.39kmpl for diesel.

features wise the car has car parking sensors, abs with ebd, Isofix child seat anchors and dual front airbags, a rearview camera, led projector headlamps and new alloy wheels. It also features a 7-inch touchscreen with apple carplay and android auto compatibility, auto climate control, push-button stop/start and passive keyless entry.

  1. Volkswagen Polo


Volkswagen defines class and style with its range of hatchbacks and sedans, the brand is really popular as a luxury car maker amongst the youth.

The styling of the car is popular enough that the creators did not decide to change it in the new model. But the interiors of the car is specifically been tweaked to add more jazz.

The brand always showcases comfort, style and quality with its every car along with top of the line features. And Volkswagen polo isn't an exception.

The polo is available in 4 variants and is priced between Rs. 5.70 lakhs- Rs. 9.14. The gt variant of polo costs much higher res. 9.58 lakhs for petrol and rs.9.70 lakhs for diesel.

The car is offered in 3 engine options, a 1.0 litre petrol engine(90ps), a 1.5 litre diesel engine and the gt version, 1.2 litre petrol(105ps) and 1.5 litre diesel(110ps). All the engines except the .2 litre petrol are mated with a 5-speed manual.  The .2 litre petrol engine comes mated with 7-speed dgh automatic.

Features wise the car gets dual-beam halogen headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming irvm, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with apple carplay and android auto, cruise control, automatic climate control with rear ac vents and rear parking sensors, dual front airbags and abs as standard across all its variants.

The polo gt petrol also gets electronic stability program and hill-hold control over the standard equipment. The car is also one of the few India made cars to receive a global NCAP 4 star rating.

  1. Hyundai Elite i20


Elite i20 is the combination of performance, comfort and style covered in an even better outer cover. With its overall quality and well-engineered model, the Hyundai soon captured the world market becoming the first largest car maker in South Korea.

The premium hatch that is suited for a family as well as for the bachelors, has a price range of Rs. 5.43-9.23 lakhs.

This best seller from Hyundai is available in 5 variants and 2 engine options. A 1.2-litre petrol engine (83ps/115nm) mated with 5 speed mt and CVT. Another available option is the 1.4-litre CRDi engine(90ps/220nm) and is mated with 6 speed manual.

Feature-wise, it has a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with apple carplay, android auto and mirror link compatibility, rear parking camera with sensors,  automatic climate control with rear ac vents, cooled glove box, electrically foldable and adjustable orvms with welcome function and automatic projector headlamps with led drls and positioning lamps, dual front airbags and abs as standard across the range.

The top-spec Asta(o) variant has four airbags and Isofix hold seat anchors in addition to the standard features.

  1. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza


The fifth made in India car to receive a 4star rating on the global ncap, Maruti veteran brezza is one of the safest cars out there.  The best selling compact SUV, brezza, has not skimped on style making it ideal for the younger generations. Being one of the safest cars, it can be considered a much better option than its competitors.

Ranging from rs. 7.58 lakh -rs 10.55, the car is available in four variants. The car is available in a 1.3-litre ddis200 diesel engine that produces 90ps and 200nm of peak torque. It is available 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automated manual transmission (amt). It has a claimed fuel efficiency of 24.3kmpl.

The feature list includes, smart play touchscreen infotainment unit that supports apple carplay, android auto and mirror link and a rear parking camera compatible to it, cruise control, rain-sensing auto wipers, push-button stop/start, automatic climate control are also available in the higher-spec variants.

The brezza is marketed as one of the safest cars in Indian market it includes, dual front airbags, abs with ebd, Isofix child seat anchors, rear parking sensors and front seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters as standard across the range.

  • Status:

We live in a society where status is considered important. It may define by tour lifestyle which includes owning a car that suits your social status. You are what you drive and the people around you may judge based on that. Here are a few of the options that can make you stand out.

  1. Tata Harrier


Tata brought the premium back to its brand when it took over Jaguar and land rover in 2008. Since then tata has paid attention to improving its brand with a new look, high-end interiors and contemporary features.

Which lead tata to introduce its h5x concept showcased in 2018 which changed the entire look of the harrier that was launched by tata making one of the true luxury compact SUVs for youngsters.

Harrier is available in 4 variants and only one engine option. A 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine powers the harrier producing, 140ps/350nm making the car one of the most powerful SUVs in the market.

The harrier is currently available in the 6-speed manual but a 6-speed automatic gearbox is expected by mid-2019.

Feature wise it has 8.8 touch screen infotainment, 7-inch instrument cluster, led projector headlamps, alloy wheels,  6 airbags, traction control, Isofix child seat anchors, rollover mitigation control and electronic stability control, cooled glovebox and seats.

  1. Hyundai Creta


The new and improved creta soon got accepted amongst the crowd with the few exterior changes and updated feature list. The creta is not only popular amongst the youth but also is a great choice for family and women.

Creta having a strong engine and body build, it is one of the best compact SUVs in the Indian market.

The new creta is the new sporty version and is priced between Rs. 9.7 lakhs-rs.15.7 lakhs. It is available in 6 variants with 3 engine options. It gets a 1.6 litres petrol engine (122bhp/151nm), a 1.4-litre diesel engine (89bhp/220nm) available in manual and 1.6 diesel engine (126bhp/260nm) that comes mated with 6 speed manual and automatic transmission.

Feature-wise, the new sx (0) version offers ventilated seats for the front row, an electric sunroof, lane change indicator flash adjustment, 17-inch diamond cut alloy, six-airbags,  rear-camera, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management control and hill start assist control.

  1. Honda City


A car that has been in India since 1998 and is still one of the top selling sedans in the Indian market tells you a lot about the car. Having huge cabin space, quality, strength and keeping up with the technology, the car never disappoints.

With comfort, spaciousness, ease and efficiency being the highlight of the car, the newer version retains all the positives of its predecessors making the car one of the best luxury sedans to own.

The car ranges from rs.9.7 lakhs- Rs. 14.05 lakhs and is available in 4 variants. The car has 2 engine options, 1.5-litre petrol (119ps/145nm) and comes mated with a 5-speed manual or CVT automatic and a 1.5-litre diesel (100ps/200nm) mated with a 6-speed manual.

The city claims a mileage of 17.4kmpl for petrol and 25.6kmpl for diesel while the CVT offers a better mileage of 18kmpl.

The feature list includes, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and parking camera support, electric sunroof, cruise control, automatic climate control, rear parking camera, auto dimming irvm, rain-sensing wipers, automatic led headlamps and push-button start, dual front airbags, abs with ebd, rear parking sensors and Isofix child seat anchors as standard across its range. The top-spec zx variant offers six airbags instead of two.  

  1. Maruti Suzuki S-Cross


The new refined s cross is back with more space, better ride quality, better interiors and one of the best diesel engines out there. The overall look of the car gives a vibe of class and luxury. The previously bulky s-cross now comes with a revised crossover stance and upgraded feature list.

The Maruti discontinued the old 1.6-litre diesel engine and is only offered in 1.3 diesel engine for now. The 1.3 litre 4-cylinder diesel engine that also powers the ciaz, produces 89bhp and 200nm torque mated with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Maruti has claimed that the carbon emitted by this engine has gone down to 105.5gm/km making it more eco-friendlier than before. The car has a claimed mileage of 25.1 kmpl.

The car ranges from rs. 8.9 lakhs- Rs. 11.5 lakhs. The feature list includes all-led headlamps, leather upholstery, cruise control, 60:40 split rear seats and a 7-inch infotainment system with android auto connectivity and 6 speakers, dual airbags, abs with ebd, climate control, keyless entry and go.

  1. Hyundai Verna


When it comes to appearance, Hyundai gets all the ticks. The new Verna is wider, longer and most importantly gives off a sophisticated vibe which is needed in this segment. Even on the inside, the car looks more premium than before.

Ranging from rs.8.08 lakhs - Rs. 14.03 lakhs, the new Verna is one of the most popular cars in the c-segment. the sedan comes in 5 variants and comes with 4 engine options. A 1.4 litre and 1.6-litre petrol engine that produces 100ps/132nm and 123ps/151nm respectively.  

The 1.4 litre and 1.6-litre diesel engine produce 90ps/220nm and 128ps/259nm respectively. The 1.6-litre engines are mated with 6-speed mt/amt for both fuel options while the 1.4-litre engine comes mated only with a 6-speed manual.

Features wise it gets  automatic projector headlamps with led daytime running lights (drls), electric sunroof, automatic climate control, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with apple carplay, android auto and mirror link, ventilated front seats, rear parking camera with sensors and dynamic guidelines and cruise control, dual front airbags, abs, front seatbelts with pretensioners and Isofix child seat anchors.

The top spec variants get 4 additional airbags.

Mentioned above is one of the trendiest cars in the Indian market. Deciding on a particular car is difficult when you have soo many options so it is usually better to take your time on deciding. Being a new driver can make things difficult so a car with better safety features is always recommended.

A car should be decided depending on your need, budget and the overall purpose.  An automatic option is usually liked more by women since the ease of dive. So much stuff is to be considered too while selecting a variant. If features and safety are important to you it is always recommended to get the top variant.

Tell us about your favourite car and the car you would like to buy and have special offers. Do let us know what you think about the list above in the comments section below.


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