Hatchbacks are best known for their convenience, easy drivability and low maintenance costs. The compact design of the car makes it easy to drive and maintain. However, after years of owning a hatchback, you may be looking to upgrade to a larger car. While SUVs are the current trend, sedans still offer an attractive upgrade path. Now could be the time to sell your hatchback and upgrade to a sedan.
Sedans, in general, are larger and more spacious than hatchbacks. Sedans offer much better legroom and dedicated boot space. Sedans also offer better performance with more powerful engines. While upgrading to the a sedan, you can choose from compact sedans such as the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze and Ford Aspire or full-size sedans include the Skoda Rapid, Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna to name a few.
Compact sedans offer the compact dimensions of hatchbacks while combining essential features of a sedan such as more legroom and dedicated boot space. These sedans are ideal for people looking for a compact daily driver that is suited for regular city driving.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
The Maruti Suzuki Dzire is one of the most popular compact sedans in India, the Dzire is based on the popular Maruti Suzuki Swift but offers much better boot space of around 378 litres, compared to the Swift’s 268 litres of boot space. While it offers more boot space, the underlying dynamics of the Dzire is very similar to the Swift and offers similar levels of comfort and features for the passengers. The claimed mileage for the Maruti Dzire is around 22 kmpl and for the diesel is around 28 kmpl.
The Maruti Suzuki Dzire is a popular model in cities like Bangalore, Delhi-NCR, and Hyderabad. The pre-owned Maruti Suzuki Dzire models in the used car market can be found at prices starting from ₹2 lakhs in Delhi-NCR, from ₹4 lakhs in Bangalore, and from ₹4 lakhs in Hyderabad.
The Honda Amaze combines the compactness of the Honda Brio and the stylish design of the Honda City to set itself apart from the crowded compact segment. The Honda Amaze offers a lot of space on the inside and is very comfortable to drive. With Honda’s reliable i-VTEC and i-DTEC engines providing the power, the Amaze is one of the few compact sedans that brings the performance of its bigger sedan sibling in a more compact package. The claimed mileage of the Honda Amaze is around 19 kmpl for the petrol variants and 27.4 kmpl for the diesel variants.
The stylish and modern Honda Amaze is fairly popular in the modern cities of Delhi-NCR and Bangalore. Second hand Honda Amaze cars can be found at prices starting from ₹3 lakhs in Delhi-NCR and ₹4 lakhs in Bangalore.
The Ford Aspire comes in with added practicality with its compact dimensions without compromise on the drivability of the car. The Aspire has been rated as one of the best-looking compact sedans along with a good balance of sporty feel and elegance. The Aspire builds on the Ford Figo it is based on and delivers more in a compact body. The claimed mileage of the Ford Aspire diesel variant is around 24 kmpl, and 17 kmpl for the petrol variant.
Full Size Sedans
For those looking for a proper upgrade in size and performance, choosing a full-size sedan is the way to go. These sedans aren’t restricted by smaller hatchback designs and thus offer much better floor space and premium features suitable for executives.
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The Honda City has been a segment mainstay for years by offering reliable performance and a premium driving experience. Honda’s famed i-VTEC petrol engines provide ample power and fuel efficiency, while the recently introduced i-DTEC diesel engines brought the same reliability and performance in a diesel engine. Inside, the availability of enhanced safety features, leather seats, sunroof, and automatic transmission ensure that the driving experience in the City is nothing short of premium and comfortable. The claimed mileage for the Honda City petrol variant is 16 kmpl while it is 23 kmpl for the diesel variant.
The Skoda Rapid is one of the best-selling products from the Czech brand in India. The premium design borrows heavily from Skoda’s more premium cars while the availability of DSG automatic transmission make the car ideal for smooth city driving. While the Rapid is based on the Volkswagen Vento, the association with a more premium brand makes it an attractive choice for many. The diesel variant of the Skoda Rapid has a mileage of 21 kmpl. The Skoda Rapid petrol variant has a mileage of 15 kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz succeeded the popular SX4 sedan in India and is the only full-size sedan sold by Maruti Suzuki. The major plus of this vehicle is that it is a mild hybrid car with the availability of the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology. The hybrid system provides much better power delivery while also providing much better fuel efficiency. The Ciaz also brings a more modern exterior and more premium interior to provide a complete driving experience to its owners. The claimed mileage of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz petrol variant is 20 kmpl while the diesel variant provides 28 kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has proven to be a popular choice for executives looking for a reliable mid-size sedan in India. Second hand Maruti Suzuki Ciaz cars are available for prices starting from ₹5 lakhs in Delhi-NCR, ₹6 lakhs in Bangalore, and ₹6 lakhs in Hyderabad.
The Hyundai Verna brings Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic’ design philosophy to the full-size sedan space. The more youthful design provides a worthy alternative for those looking to upgrade to a more modern sedan in India. The combination of sophisticated design and full-featured interiors made the Hyundai Verna the Indian Car of The Year of 2018. The Hyundai Verna also has the advantage of a low maintenance cost and reliable performance of the Hyundai brand going for it as well. The claimed mileage of the Hyundai Verna is around 17 kmpl for the petrol variant and 23 kmpl for the diesel variant.
Hyundai Verna has been a great alternative to the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz in terms of offering similar reliability. Used Hyundai Verna cars are available for prices starting from ₹4 lakhs in Bangalore, ₹5 lakhs in Hyderabad, and ₹6 lakhs in Delhi-NCR.
Upgrading to a sedan brings a host of premium features along with it. While compact sedans offer similar performance and features as hatchbacks, full-size sedans offer features like standard airbags, tuned handling, premium interiors and better performing engines. This premium quality and performance is accompanied by a higher price tag.
Brand new compact sedans start from 5 lakhs and go up to 10 lakhs. Starting from 10 lakhs, you will find brand new full-size sedans. These cars do command a significant premium. However, you don’t always have to bear the full cost of upgrading to a new sedan. By opting to sell your current hatchback car, you can expect to reduce the price of the new sedan by 2-6 lakhs. You could also opt to buy a pre-owned sedan car in India, further reducing your upgrade costs.