Best New Cars from 2020 to Buy in 2021

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Despite the global pandemic causing a brief slowdown, the automotive industry has recovered with high spirits and steady growth. With several new car launches throughout the year, 2020 was the year when there was regular activity from every manufacturer. Now that we have entered 2021, it is time to look back at some of the best launches of the previous year. These cars are the ones that will feature high on every buyer’s list looking for a new car in 2021. 

Mahindra Thar 2020

More than just a vehicle, the Mahindra Thar is a legacy in itself. For all the off-road enthusiasts, the Mahindra Thar has been a perfect partner over the years. Ever since the launch of the 2020 Mahindra Thar, there has been nothing but praise for Mahindra’s veteran SUV.

Mahindra Thar Exterior

Known for its ruggedly handsome looks, the Mahindra Thar 2020 goes leaps ahead of the old Thar in terms of exterior design. The proportions are now wider while the edges have been subtly softened to keep the Thar in line with the classic look of the original. The 18-inch alloys play their part in giving the new Thar a ground clearance of 226mm. The new Thar gets a stiffer and lighter body-on-frame chassis along with wider fenders that now have integrated LED DRLs. The blackened grille, classic halogen headlamps, black claddings, LED inserts on the tail lights, all look absolutely gorgeous.

2020 Mahindra Thar Features:

  • 7-inch “Drizzle Resistant” touch infotainment system
  • IP54 dust and water resistant switchboards
  • Connected car tech and navigation support
  • Cruise control and multi-functional steering
  • Manual 4×4 system with low range gearbox
Mahindra Thar Interior

2020 Mahindra Thar Variants

2020 Mahindra Thar Variants

Variants

Fuel Type

Price (Soft Top)

Price (Hard Top)

Mahindra Thar

AX Optional

Petrol

₹11.90

-

Diesel

₹12.10

₹12.20

Mahindra Thar

LX

Petrol

-

₹12.49

Diesel

₹13.45

₹13.55

Petrol Automatic

₹12.85

₹12.95

Diesel Automatic

₹13.65

₹13.75

With over 40,000 units sold since its launch in October 2020, the Mahindra Thar can easily be crowned as the best off-roader of 2020. There’s very little competition for the Mahindra Thar when you are looking for a 4×4 SUV under ₹15 lakhs that is both modern and capable.

Hyundai i20

2020 was a good year for Hyundai, with two new cars from the Korean manufacturer. While the Hyundai Aura generated some interest, it was overshadowed later in the year by the new Hyundai i20 premium hatchback.

2020 Hyundai i20

Incorporating a completely new design language, the Hyundai i20 launched in November 2020 and brought in a completely redesigned exterior that features several modern design cues such as LED projector headlamps, jewel pattern grille, bold character lines, diamond cut alloys and vibrant, premium color options. The overall stance of the Hyundai i20 is much like all its predecessors as a true head turner.

2020 Hyundai i20 Features:

  • Digital instrument cluster with TFT MID
  • Soothing blue ambient lights
  • Eco-coating AC filter and air purifier
  • Cooled glove box
  • Fully automatic temperature control
  • Wireless Charger with Cooling Pad
  • 10-inch touch infotainment with Hyundai Blue Link 
  • Bose 7 speaker premium sound setup
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Hyundai i20 Interior

2020 Hyundai i20 Variants

2020 Hyundai i20 Variants

Variants

Fuel Type

Price (ex-showroom)

Magna

Petrol

₹7.71 lakhs

Diesel

₹8.19 lakhs

Sportz

Petrol

₹7.59-9.99 lakhs

Petrol Automatic

₹9.70-9.87 lakhs

Diesel

₹8.99 lakhs

Asta

Petrol

₹9.81-11.58 lakhs

Petrol Automatic

₹10.92-12.45 lakhs

Asta (O)

Petrol

₹10.36-10.53 lakhs

Petrol Automatic

₹12.86-13.03 lakhs

Diesel

₹12.57 lakhs

And a lot more, the new Hyundai i20 is a class apart when it comes to premium features and modern day styling. Perhaps this is the reason why the Elite i20 crossed over 20,000 bookings in just 20 days of the launch. With the Tata Altroz being the only new competitor in the premium hatchback space, the new Hyundai i20 is sure to carve out a niche for itself.

Nissan Magnite

The compact SUV space is one of the hottest selling segments in the Indian Market and every manufacturer wants a piece of the pie. In December 2020, Nissan launched its newest entrant in India, the Nissan Magnite. Loaded with style, comfort, features and a power packed engine the Nissan Magnite is a promising sub 4 meter SUV that has surely become quite popular among the masses.

Nissan Magnite

Upfront the Magnite carries a refreshing take that is dominated by the large grille and slender headlights. The 205mm of ground clearance gives it a proper SUV look. The headlamp cluster is a bi-LED projector setup, along with an L-shaped DRL and LED fog lamps. What’s more are the 16 inch alloys, split signature tail lamps, and two-tone cladding at the rear, all contributing in making the Magnite feel like one of the most refreshing compact SUVs to launch in 2020.

2020 Nissan Magnite Features:

  • 7-inch TFT Drive Assist MID
  • 360-degree camera
  • 8-inch touch infotainment system with wireless connectivity
  • Steering Mounted Controls
  • Connected car features with Nissan Connect
  • JBL-tuned sound system
  • Wireless charger and air purifier
  • Puddle lamp and ambient lighting
Nissan Magnite interior

Nissan Magnite Variants

Nissan Magnite Variants

Variants

Engine Type

Price (ex-showroom)

Nissan Magnite XE

Petrol

₹5.49 lakhs

Nissan Magnite XL

Petrol

₹6.51 lakhs

Turbo Petrol

₹7.79 lakhs

Petrol Automatic

₹8.79 lakhs

Nissan Magnite XV

Petrol

₹7.45-8.57 lakhs

Turbo Petrol

₹8.56-9.67 lakhs

Petrol Automatic

₹9.55-10.67 lakhs

The Nissan Magnite is a value for money SUV that provides a lot more than just good looks. Crossing over 32,000 bookings by January 2021, the Nissan Magnite has managed to woo the consumers quite quickly. The compact SUV space is set to get very hot in 2021 and Nissan is well-positioned to take advantage.

Kia Carnival

After the massive success of the Kia Seltos, Kia Motors managed to make a place for itself in India. For their second act, they took aim at the MUV segment to offer the uber-luxurious Kia Carnival in February 2020. With the Carnival, Kia has introduced a whole new segment above the Toyota Innova Crysta, offering a different and a more premium experience altogether.

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Kia Carnival

With an elegant and stylish design beautifully complimented with LED headlamps and fog lamps. The Carnival also comes with Kia’s signature tiger nose grille and carved bonnet lines giving the vehicle a young and premium look. Overall, the well-proportionate front fascia and the intelligently integrated chrome garnish, makes the Carnival an impressive vehicle to own.

Kia Carnival Features:

  • Electronic sliding door system
  • Availability of 7, 8 and 9 seater variants 
  • Dual-panel electronic sunroof
  • VIP seats with rear seat entertainment system
  • Tri-zone temperature control system
  • Connected car technology with UVO
  • 8-inch touch infotainment system
  • A massive boot space of 2,759 litres without rear seats
  • Bose 7-speaker premium sound system
Kia Carnival Interior

Kia Carnival Variants

Kia Carnival Variants

Variants

Seating Capacity

Price (ex-showroom)

Kia Carnival Premium

7 Seater

₹24.95 lakhs

8 Seater

₹25.15 lakhs

Kia Carnival Prestige

7 Seater

₹28.95 lakhs

9 Seater

₹29.95 lakhs

Kia Carnival Limousine

7 Seater

₹33.95 lakhs

The Kia Carnival has three feature-packed variants with the capability to carry 9 people comfortably being the definite highlight for this luxury MUV. With no direct competition, the Kia Carnival has managed to sell 10,000 cars till date.

2020 Hyundai Creta

If there is one car that is capable of generating hype in India, it is the Hyundai Creta. Launched in 2015, Hyundai completely redesigned the Hyundai Creta in March 2020. As Hyundai’s most popular SUV, teh Creta is set to continue to dominate the hotly contested mid-size SUV segment.

Hyundai Creta Front

In terms of design, the Hyundai SUV is characterized by a three-dimensional cascading grille with muscle like vertical and horizontal patterns. The next-gen Hyundai Creta supports the all-new tri-beam LED headlamps with crescent glow DRLs shaped as an inverted C. Moreover, the newly designed alloy wheels, twin-tip exhaust, revised LED tail lights, and integrated roof rails give it a modern look.

2020 Hyundai Creta Features

  • 10-inch infotainment system
  • 7-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Blue ambient lighting
  • Front Row Ventilated Seats
  • Leather wrapped steering with electronic controls
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Cooled glove box
  • Wireless charger
Hyundai Creta Interior

2020 Hyundai Creta Variants

Variants

Fuel Type

Price (ex-showroom)

Hyundai Creta E

Petrol

₹9.99 lakhs

Diesel

₹10.31 lakhs

Hyundai Creta EX

Petrol

₹10.82 lakhs

Diesel

₹11.77 lakhs

Hyundai Creta S

Petrol

₹12.05 lakhs

Diesel

₹13.05 lakhs

Hyundai Creta SX

Petrol

₹13.79-16.49 lakhs

Petrol Automatic

₹15.27 lakhs

Diesel

₹14.79 lakhs

Diesel Automatic

₹16.27 lakhs

Hyundai Creta SX (O)

Petrol

₹17.53 lakhs

Petrol Automatic

₹16.48 lakhs

Diesel

₹16.07 lakhs

Diesel Automatic

₹17.48 lakhs

The 2020 Hyundai Creta has managed to keep the buzz going, which is evident from the 50,000+ units sold in less than 9 months. Much like its predecessor, the new Hyundai Creta looks set to dominate the Indian market.

Kia Sonet

For Kia’s third act in India, the Korean manufacturer launched the Kia Sonet compact SUV in September 2020. The newest offering from the South Korean Manufacturer clocked over 6500 bookings in a single day, beating every other competitor in the market. As a modern and stylish compact SUV, the Kia Sonet locks horns with rivals such as the Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.

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Kia Sonet Exterior

The Kia Sonet features several stylish cues such as LED headlamps, crystal cut alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, and an all-electric sunroof. Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, silver skid plates, sharp and aggressive creases and an overall muscular stance are also present. With a perfect blend of modern yet aggressive exteriors, the Kia Sonet is an instant head turner.

Kia Sonet Features

  • Connected car technology with UVO
  • 10.25 inch touch infotainment system and a 4.2 inch digital MID
  • Front Ventilated Seats
  • Smart Air Purifier with Virus Shield
  • Multi Drive and Traction Mode
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Bose 7 speaker Premium Sound System
Kia Sonet interior

Kia Sonet Variants

Kia Sonet Variants

Variants

Fuel Type

Price (ex-showroom)

Kia Sonet HTE

Petrol

₹6.79 lakhs

Diesel

₹8.25 lakhs

Kia Sonet HTK

Petrol

₹7.69-9.49 lakhs

Petrol Automatic

₹10.49 lakhs

Diesel

₹9.19-9.69 lakhs

Diesel Automatic

₹10.59 lakhs

Kia Sonet HTX

Petrol

₹9.99-11.75 lakhs

Diesel

₹10.19-11.95 lakhs

Kia Sonet GTX

Petrol

₹11.99-12.09 lakhs

Petrol Automatic

₹12.89-12.99 lakhs

Diesel

₹12.19-12.29 lakhs

Diesel Automatic

₹13.09-13.19 lakhs

The Kia Sonet has disrupted competitors owing to its class leading features and has sold over 40,000 units in less than 6 months! With the competition increasing in the compact SUV segment, The Kia Sonet has enough to remain successful in India.

2020 Honda City

If there is one sedan that has managed to carve a legacy for itself, it’s undoubtedly the Honda City. In July 2020, Honda introduced a whole new avatar with the 5th Generation Honda City that is bolder, stylish and more feature packed than ever before.

2020 Honda City

The 2020 Honda City carries on the tradition of being a sharp and dashing sedan. The more angular front profile sports a full LED headlamp cluster with integrated LED DRLs. Even the rear of the car features an all-new Z-shaped LED tail lamps with LED edge-lights.

2020 Honda City Features

  • Electric sunroof
  • 8-inch touch infotainment system
  • Three-spoke steering wheel with angular mounted controls
  • Lane watch camera
  • 510 L of boot space
  • Cruise Control 
  • 8-speaker Bose sound system
Honda City interior

2020 Honda City Variants

2020 Honda City Variants

Variants

Fuel Type

Price (ex-showroom)

Honda City V

Petrol

₹10.99 lakhs

Petrol Automatic

₹12.29 lakhs

Diesel

₹12.49 lakhs

Honda City VX

Petrol

₹12.35 lakhs

Petrol Automatic

₹13.65 lakhs

Diesel

₹13.85 lakhs

Honda City ZX

Petrol

₹13.34 lakhs

Petrol Automatic

₹14.64 lakhs

Diesel

₹14.84 lakhs

The new Honda City continues the tradition of offering capable engines in a premium package. This has proved to be popular with Indian customers, who have so far bought 55,000 cars since launch.

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