Best Compact Cars for City Driving in India

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Driving is one of the most pleasing experiences one can have. But thanks to the constant hustle bustle our cities are now groped in, driving isn’t as fun as it used to be. With bumper-to-bumper traffic causing chaos, driving through the city has become quite a headache, especially when your vehicle is bulky and difficult to park.

But fret not, as there’s still some hope. With compact build vehicles and capable automatic transmissions, vehicle manufacturers around the globe are doing their best to enhance your city cruising experience with best in class technology, architecture, innovation and efficiency. So to help you choose the perfect city cruiser, we bring to you a list of the top 5 compact cars across segments that are truly the best for city driving.

Tata Tiago 

Launched in 2016, the Tata Tiago rose to become the top-selling Tata car in India, with over 2 lakh units sold in mere 36 months of the launch. 

Since its launch, the Tata Tiago has turned a lot of heads with its bold, compact and stylish stance. Measuring 3,765 mm in length, 1,677 mm in width and 1,535 mm in height, this sub-four metre hatchback is truly made for the city. With a boot space of 242 litres the Tata Tiago is capable enough to cater to all your family luggage needs.

Powering this compact hatchback is a 1.2-litre petrol engine with a maximum power output of 84 PS and a peak torque of 114 Nm. There are two transmission options to choose from: a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 5-speed AMT gearbox. The engine is refined and offers Eco and City modes to make city driving as convenient as possible. The engine is pocket friendly and returns an impressive mileage of 23.84 Kmpl making it a perfect fit for the city.

With a price starting from Rs 4.7 lakh going all the way up to Rs 6.7 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), the Tata Tiago is a feature-packed hatchback with plenty to offer. A used Tata Tiago offers even more bang for your buck, starting from Rs. 3.5 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs. In terms of the overall impressions, the Tata Tiago impresses with its compact design, durability, safety features and an overall package that this seems to be tailored for a pleasurable city drive.

Used Tata Tiago Price on Spinny

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BANGALORE

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₹3.70 LAKHS

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₹4.80 LAKHS

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₹4.70 LAKHS

Honda Amaze

Sedans have been a car that many aspire to own for the enhanced comfort, convenience and functionality. When it comes to driving in the city, sedans can be unwieldy to drive due to their size. So if you’re looking for a companion for your city driving pleasures, a compact sedan could be the perfect pick. One of the most appealing compact sedans for the city is the Honda Amaze.

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In terms of exteriors, the Honda Amaze comes as a compact sedan with sub-four metre dimensions having 3,995 mm of length, 1,695 mm of width and 1,501 mm of height, making it compact enough to easily manoeuvre through the city. The boot on offer is a decent 420 litres, enough for 2 big luggage bags and a few small ones too.

Powering Honda’s beloved Amaze is a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. Depending upon the variant, Honda’s petrol engine delivers maximum power and torque of 90 PS and 110 Nm respectively, while the diesel variant has an output of 100 PS of maximum power and 200 Nm of maximum torque. Both the engine options are powered by either a 5-speed manual or CVT transmission for smoother city cruising. The Amaze’s ride quality is extremely comfortable with a smooth transmission and high speed stability.

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With a mileage of up to 24.7 kmpl on the diesel manual and 21.0 kmpl on the diesel auto, the Honda Amaze is a city friendly cruiser that offers the best of everything from Honda. With prices ranging from Rs 6.09 lakh to Rs 9.95 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), the Honda Amaze is great value for a premium compact sedan. A used Honda Amaze can also be purchased from the pre-owned market with prices ranging from Rs. 4 to 6 Lakhs depending upon the variant you pick.

Tata Nexon

Launched in 2017, the Tata Nexon was part of the Tata revolution that took the automobile industry by storm. With Impact Design’s impeccable looks and Tata’s futuristic line of diesel units, the Tata Nexon is a worthy choice to make if you are looking for an SUV for your city driving needs.

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Designed to look like a crossover, the Tata Nexon is a sub-four metre compact SUV that is packaged practically. With a length of 3993 mm, breadth of 1811 mm and height of 1606, the Tata Nexon is an SUV made for the city. What’s more, the 350-litre boot space is spacious enough even for a family of 6. In terms of ride and handling, driving the Tata Nexon is quite convenient thanks to top notch safety, compact built and a stable chassis. The Nexon also gets driving modes which can truly be a boon when it comes to driving in the city.

Performance is where the Tata Nexon shines as a capable compact SUV. The 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine and the 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine have just the right mix of power and efficiency for the city. The petrol engine is capable of delivering a maximum power of 110 PS and a peak torque of 170 Nm, while the diesel motor can give you a maximum power of 110 PS and a peak torque of 260 Nm. The mileage up on offer is up to 23.97 kmpl for the Diesel variants while the 6 Speed AMTs can also deliver up-to 21.5 and 17 kmpl for both diesel and petrol respectively. The engines are paired to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed AMT automatic transmission.

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With a compact package and impressive 6-speed automatic options, the Tata Nexon is a perfect compact SUV for city cruising. With prices ranging from Rs 6.99 lakh going all the way up to Rs 12.7 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), there is plenty to like about the Tata Nexon. This SUV is also a highly popular vehicle in the pre-owned market where a used Tata Nexon can be easily grabbed within a budget of ₹6.5 to ₹8 lakhs.

Used Tata Nexon Price on Spinny

DELHI-NCR

BANGALORE

PUNE

Prices Starting from

₹6.15 LAKHS

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₹7.30 LAKHS

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₹7.00 LAKHS

Maruti Suzuki Swift

As Maruti’s hot-selling hatchback since 2005, the Maruti Suzuki Swift has wooed over 25 lakh customers throughout India. With efficient AMT capabilities, the overall package of the Maruti Swift becomes even more thrilling for city drivers.

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The Maruti Suzuki Swift brought excitement to the hatchback segment when it was launched. With 3850 mm of length, 1695 mm of width and 1530 mm of height, the Maruti Suzuki Swift can take on narrow lanes and congested markets like a boss. And with a boot of 268 litres, carrying luggage won’t be much of a problem either.

The Maruti Swift comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 83PS of maximum power and 113Nm of peak torque. Mated to a 5 speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox, the Maruti Suzuki Swift is a fun to drive vehicle that performs exceptionally well in the city. Talking about the mileage the AMT powered swift can offer up to 28.4 kmpl depending upon the fuel choice. If you’re looking for a diesel Maruti Suzuki Swift, you will have to look at BS4 models, which retain the same transmission options. Being one of the very few vehicles to offer AMT diesel, the Maruti Suzuki Swift could be the perfect pre-owned AMT vehicle that can take on the city with charm.

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Massively popular amongst all generations, used Maruti Suzuki Swift cars have a wide presence in the pre-owned market where it can be purchased for a price ranging from ₹5 to ₹6.5 lakhs. If you’re buying new, the Maruti Suzuki Swift starts from ₹5.19 lakhs. The Maruti Suzuki Swift is a perfect AMT as well as manual all-rounder for those looking to buy a compact yet efficient vehicle to take on the city.

Used Maruti Suzuki Swift Price on Spinny

DELHI-NCR

BANGALORE

PUNE

Prices Starting from

₹3.70 LAKHS

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₹4.20 LAKHS

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₹4.10 LAKHS

Hyundai Xcent

The Hyundai Xcent needs little introduction. Launched in 2014, the Hyundai Xcent is the company’s aggressively priced compact sedan that offers Hyundai’s trusted engine capabilities along with some extra features and inclusions.

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With dimensions of 3,995 mm long, 1,660 mm wide and 1,520 mm tall, the Hyundai Xcent has garnered massive popularity in all its avatars. With a boot of 407 litres, the Xcent is big on space despite being compact. The ride and handling of the Xcent is strong enough to make it the first choice of several fleet operators and family car buyers.

The Hyundai is powered by both a petrol and diesel engine. The 1.2-litre diesel engine produces 75 PS of max power and 190 Nm of peak torque paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.2-litre petrol engine churns out 83 PS of max power and 114 Nm of peak torque. The petrol variants get the option of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. In terms of mileage the manual petrol variant returned 20.14 kmpl, while the automatic variant provides 17.36 kmpl. Diesel variant on the other hand returned a mileage of 25.4 kmpl making the Hyundai Xcent an impressive choice for those looking for the best wheels for city driving.

Talking about the prices, the Hyundai Xcent was and continues to be the pre-owned market’s star sedan that can be brought home from the pre-owned market for a price of ₹3 lakhs to ₹5 lakhs for 2012-2018 models and ₹5 lakhs to ₹6.5 Lakhs for models from 2019-20.

Used Hyundai Xcent Price on Spinny

DELHI-NCR

BANGALORE

PUNE

Prices Starting from

₹3.75 LAKHS

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₹4.50 LAKHS

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₹4.60 LAKHS

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