Automatic transmissions in cars have for long been seen as luxury features and beyond the reach of the average consumer. Recently though, every leading car manufacturer from the best selling Maruti Suzuki to the refined Hyundai have been introducing automatic variants in their products. This influx of automatics has brought a boom in the demand for automatics in the otherwise manual dominated automobile market in India.
One reason automatics have become increasingly popular is the decreased costs of an automatic transmission system and the greater level of efficiency these systems are now providing. With the cost of automatic now at par with manual cars, consumers are now able to take advantage of the convenience these systems offer, becoming the go to choice for novice drivers who aren’t comfortable with operating the clutch and gears. For drivers who regularly commute via traffic choked routes are also looking to reduce their stress with a move to automatics.
Affordable Automatic Hatchbacks
When it comes to buying automatic cars under 7 lakhs, hatchbacks are the go to segment. The prices start as low as 2.8 lakhs, so there is plenty of choice to find one that fits your needs and budget.
Tata Nano XMA
This new Tata Nano Gen X is easy to drive, more practical and of great value, starting at a base price of 2.8 lakhs. This is by far the cheapest automatic car currently available in India. The Nano comes with a 624cc engine and provides you 38 bhp power and 51 Nm torque.
Maruti Alto K10 VXI AGS
For those looking for more power than the Nano and still retain affordability, the Alto K10, priced at 4 lakh (ex-showroom), is the car to consider. With a powerful engine of 998cc displacement, 68 bhp power and 90 Nm torque, the car can help you attain an acceleration of 0-60 kmph in only 5.3 seconds and notch a top speed of around 135-145 kmph. The Alto can easily accommodate 5 passengers and is the perfect choice as he first family car.
Maruti Celerio LXI AT
Going up a little higher on the price slab, the Maruti Celerio offers more features than its more budget targeted sibling. A compact hatchback at a base price of 4.7 lakh comes with a sporty look and sharp exterior features. There’s also dual-toned interiors on offer along with Maruti’s stellar reliability.
Hyundai Grand i10 Asta AT
With the Hyundai Grand i10, you get a premium hatchback with the added luxury of the automatic transmission. The car is available for 6.41 lakhs and comes with 1.2 litre engine that produces 79 bhp and 112 Nm of torque. Hyundai has style the Grand i10 with subtle lines and curves that give it a very understated look.
Honda Brio AT
The Honda Brio reaches around the 6.4 lakh figure but surely is the best in this range. Powered with a 1198cc engine, it is the second vehicle to feature four cylinders giving you the best of the list with 88 bhp power and 109 Nm torque. The car’s exterior and interior offer a classy and vibrant style that stands out from the crowd.
What About Bigger Automatic Cars?
Automatics were initially associated with larger and more luxurious cars. So, if it is an automatic sedan or SUV you are looking for, then the used car market offers the best options.
Honda City AT
When Honda refreshed their successful City in 2008, they introduced the CVT automatic system from the Civic in the refreshed City. This meant that the paddle shifters from the Civic was brought to the City, giving the driver a racing-like experience when they wanted to shift manually while still retaining all the features of the automatic. Starting as low as 4 lakhs, considering a used Honda City AT is a decision that will be in the affirmative.
Honda Civic AT
The Civic’s entire focus was to offer drivers a luxurious, but sporty experience. Honda delivered on both by providing leather interiors, ample space, digital speedometer, and racing-inspired paddle shifters. The Civic’s 1.8 litre engine was powerful as well, producing 130 bhp, further strengthening the car’s performance credentials. Pre-owned Honda Civics can be found at great prices, starting as low as 3.25 lakhs and averaging out near the 7 lakh mark.
Skoda Laura 2.0 TDI AT
For true luxurious opulence, the Skoda Laura is the right car for those who want refined luxury at a very budget price. Skoda knows how to do luxury, and the Laura is proof of that. There are splashes of wood panelling around the cabin while leather is standard in the car. The addition of the Automatic transmission lets you enjoy the luxury without breaking a sweat. The prices for a used Skoda Laura are right at our budget cut-off, starting from 6.10 lakhs