As soon as the lockdown restrictions began easing in May, it seemed that every car manufacturer in India had a car to launch. The list of new launches and entrants is set to increase in the coming months as carmakers are really keen to make up for the lost time.
Before the lockdown descended, many people would have welcomed the new releases and booked their cars. However, after the lockdown, people are slightly more cautious about how they spend their money. With the state of uncertainty we are living in, it becomes natural to consider used car alternatives to the new car launches. These pre-owned car alternatives have a lower price tag but offer almost all of the features of the new launch.
If you were in the market for these July car releases, then you might want to consider the pre-owned car alternatives we feel will serve you well.
2020 Honda City
With a legacy of over 20 years, Honda City has been the perfect blend of class and comfort. Starting from the exteriors, the next-generation Honda City is all set to bring in aesthetical changes. This will bring it more in line with Honda’s global range of cars while still retaining the unique City look. Coming to the interiors, expect the same high-quality refinement to continue with many segment first features to improve comfort and safety.
This new Honda City will be positioned below the very premium Honda Civic, while still bringing many of the features from the more premium sedan. The full LED headlamps with LED DRLs appear to be derived from the Civic.
The dashboard is also getting a digital makeover with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 7.0-inch colour multi-information display. Apart from these, Honda has carried over many of the outgoing Honda City’s equipment list to the new City.
Alternatives to the 2020 Honda City
2016-2019 Honda City
While the Honda City is an attractive entry to the City legacy, it’s the price that may put many off. Starting at Rs. 10.89 lakhs ex-showroom, the price of a new Honda City appears to be on the high end for sedans. If the price of the fifth-generation Honda City is too much of a sedan, a pre-owned 2016-2019 Honda City could just be the alternative car you are looking for.
Starting at a low price of Rs. 6 Lakhs and going up to Rs.10 Lakhs, a pre-owned Honda City offers similar durable build quality and reliable engine performance. Along with this, the new 5th generation Honda City has very similar exteriors, safety equipment, comfort as the 4th generation Honda City. The top variant of the fourth-gen City catches up to the new model in a lot of aspects.
2016-2019 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
A pre-owned 2016-2019 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz could also serve as an apt alternative to the 5th generation Honda City. Starting at a low price of Rs 5.2 lakhs, the pre-owned Maruti Suzuki Ciaz offers similar safety features, cabin space, ground clearance and comfort like its Honda counterpart. Maruti Ciaz has ABS and EBD similar to the fifth generation Honda City. All of this makes Ciaz a budget-friendly sedan in comparison to the new Honda City.
2020 Honda WR-V
Honda Cars India has launched the revamped WR-V at a starting price of Rs 8.50 lakh. The facelifted WR-V features BS6 engine upgrades and cosmetic updates. Most noteworthy highlights include new LED headlamps, a revised grille, LED tail lamps and new alloy wheels. The Honda WR-V is a big cross hatchback that can easily compete against sub-4 metre SUVs in India.
The Honda WR-V’s design refresh appears to have been derived from the larger CR-V SUV. The large front-grille complemented by the wide, aggressive stance certainly gives it an SUV-like aesthetic. You can expect the premium interiors of Honda cars to make an appearance here as well along with the standard safety features such as ABS, EBD, and dual airbags.
Alternatives to the 2020 Honda WR-V
If you are on the lookout for an SUV that functions more like an SUV, then a pre-owned Renault Duster could just be the car complementing your requirements and budget. The rugged and simple Renault Duster comes with an AWD variant that makes it particularly suited to light off-roading. Meanwhile, the non-AWD Renault Duster still matches the Honda WR-V in terms of performance. A new Honda WR-V has a starting price of Rs. 8.94 Lakhs while a used Duster with similar features has a starting price of Rs. 4.5 Lakhs.
A similar alternative to Honda WR-V can be a used Ford Ecosport. A pre-owned Ford Ecosport offers the same compact-SUV dimensions as the Honda WR-V but at a lower price. The Ford EcoSport has the same features and performance of the Honda WR-V while also differentiating itself with Ford’s famed handling. While a Honda WR-V has a starting price of Rs. 8.49 lakhs, a used Ford EcoSport has a starting price of Rs. 4.5 Lakhs.
2020 Hyundai Verna
Hyundai Verna 2020 has been officially launched in India at a starting price of ₹9.30 lakh. The facelifted sedan with upgraded BS 6 engine comes in five variants and also gets a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine as an option. Additionally, there are four gearbox options as well. The new Hyundai now gets a dark chrome radiator grille at the front along with redesigned LED headlights while the turbo variant is uniquely characterised by the twin-tip muffler, glossy black grille and all-black interiors.
The new 2020 Hyundai Verna is just as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. The new Verna features a redesigned interior that brings more sophistication for the passengers. There is the inclusion of an 8-inch touchscreen along with a 4.2-inch MID to bring the Verna up-to-date with other sedans in the segment. Features such as the standard Arkamys sound system further bring refinement to the sedan.
Alternatives to the 2020 Hyundai Verna
2016-2019 Hyundai Verna
If the price of the new Hyundai Verna is too much of a premium, a pre-owned 2016-2019 Hyundai Verna could just be the car you’re looking for. Starting at prices as low as ₹4.21 lakhs only, the pre-owned Hyundai Verna car offers similar performance and reliability with similar car dimensions.
Each and every dimension of the new Hyundai Verna has been kept exactly similar to the old Verna. The previous-gen Verna sets a benchmark when it comes to equipment, with several segment-first features like ventilated front seats and wireless charger making it a value for money car.
2016-2019 Skoda Rapid
Another alternative to the new Hyundai Verna would be 2016-19 Skoda Rapid. Starting as low as Rs. 6.2 Lakhs, the pre-owned Skoda Rapid car offers better ground clearance, driveability and fuel-efficiency. The Rapid’s petrol and diesel engines are also more powerful and thus, provide better driveability compared to the Verna. The Skoda Rapid also brings with it the allure of a bigger brand as well as sharing a striking resemblance with the bigger Skoda Octavia.
These new launches in July are exciting cars to consider for a number of reasons. However, you may think twice about spending a lot more than is needed on these new cars.
This is even more true when you consider the fact that many of the used car alternatives provide almost all of the features of the new cars at a fraction of the cost. During these uncertain times, it may be more prudent to save money on the purchase and cost of ownership and choose a used car over a new car.