Not long ago, Maruti 800 was the only entry level car on the Indian roads. Now you have quite a handful of cars competing in this price conscious category of cars. Tata Nano - the World's cheapest car leads this segment. The small car segment attracts less duty, is far more frugal when it comes to maintenance and fuel economy and can be the ideal city car - managing to negotiate the narrow lanes of Indian cities. The entry level Car in Maruti stable is the Alto. With Tata Tiago and Renault Kwid offering a lot more features at less than Rs.450,000 or around that, the entry level cars have reached a stage where consumers can expect a lot more features, more value for money and better design than they have been used to till now. Tata Tiago offers features - ABS,EBD, airbags, Engine immobilizer, Engine Eco/City mode selection and Harman Infotainment for a little over Rs.500,000/.
Tata offers new cars with solid build construction and great ergonomics at competitive prices than its competitors. Tiago - Tata's new small car comes with 9th generation Bosch Safety features - ABS,EBD and CSC. The Corner Stability Control (CSC) provides additional stability in curves by reducing pressure at the required inner wheel. This helps to reduce the probability of vehicle oversteer during cornering. It was formerly called as Zica and the name is a Portmanteau word derived from the words 'Zippy' and 'Car'. After the notoriety associated with the word 'Zica' with a virus, Tata changed the name to Tiago. Tata's earlier and probably one of its highest selling cars car - Indica whose name is also a portmanteau word derived from the words 'India' and 'Car'.
Entry Level Cars
We constantly update our India cars database and you have more cars entering in this entry level. It appears that more car manufacturers are waking up to the fact that many Indians are cost conscious and even for the affluent - a second smaller car is always useful as a city run-about. Tata Motors, always known for their 'Value for Money' approach, have brought in Tata Zest and Tata Bolt with features hard to beat. They bring cars with advanced safety features once found only in German cars.
We have compiled this list in a basic way - we took only the cars selling for less than Rs.5 lakhs (or for our international visitors Rs.500,000/-). If you have other factors in mind, we suggest that you use the select boxes on the top to wind up a new list. After all, we present in these pages - a complete collection of all cars on the Indian Roads.