Technology is the all-pervasive medium that has egged evolution on since time immemorial. The automobile sector is no different, and cars have been steadily evolving of late to include more amount of technology and connectivity. While some focus on utility, others offer added benefits like hybrid drivetrains, extra connectivity sources for added entertainment, and more. In recent times, more cars in the affordable segments have been incorporating premium infotainment units into their systems. While some companies go for their own systems, many others opt for the likes of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Here's looking at cars priced under Rs. 10 lac in India that include the most amount of technology to please the discerning Indian youth.
Mahindra Scorpio Intelli-Hybrid S4
Rs. 9,66,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The tried-and-tested family SUV of India received a taste of Mahindra's ongoing clean energy efforts by introducing a mild hybrid system. The first mild hybrid SUV in India, Mahindra Scorpio Intelli-Hybrid is possibly the most unique proposition on this list, and uses regenerative braking to make the SUV less polluting and more efficient. The SUV also gets standard Bluetooth connectivity to ensure that you enjoy wireless music on the go!
Rs. 9,50,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The second Mahindra in this list, Mahindra's e-Verito is an all-electric sedan that quotes peak power of 41 brake horsepower and can travel up to 110 kilometres in one full charge. A completely electric car, the Mahindra e-Verito may not be the perfect companion for long travels, but is certainly the sedan of choice for those concerned with rising pollution levels.
Honda WR-V i-DTEC VX
Rs. 9,99,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
Honda's new crossover is the Winsome Runabout Vehicle, or the WR-V. Placed somewhere between the Jazz premium hatch and the BR-V compact SUV, the Honda WR-V crossover looks young and enthusiastic. Alongside, it employs Honda's new infotainment system, the DigiPad. The new console is custom-build by Honda on Android, and presents every feature you can ask for including photo/video viewer, an Internet browser, an app suite, support for third party smartphone apps and multiple means of connectivity. In what is a near-exclusive feature, the Honda WR-V also includes a sunroof.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS
Rs. 8,23,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The Maruti Ciaz has proven to be a good mid-segment sedan, providing good ride quality and ample rear bench space. Alongside, the prime element that has promoted the Ciaz is its mild hybrid mechanism, SHVS. This ensures increased mileage, and the Ciaz also includes Apple CarPlay in its infotainment system alongside, completing a considerable array of technology to please the discerning young carbuyer.
Volkswagen Ameo Highline
Rs. 9,88,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The Volkswagen Ameo is a neat compact sedan with Polo-like looks and good handling. Adding to that is the infotainment system, that includes wireless phone connectivity, infotainment services, and differentiating elements like a rear parking camera with guide rails and a blue monochrome MID with gear shift assist and more. These additions make the VW Ameo a reasonably complete car to buy.
Mahindra e2o Plus
Rs. 7,76,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The Mahindra e2o Plus has evolved from the barebone Reva to now include more refinement. It can now seat four inside with considerable more comfort, although range remains more or less similar at 110 kilometres to a full charge. It looks more contemporary, and although loose ends still remain, it is one of the very few options if you are looking for an electric vehicle on a budget.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis
Rs. 7,80,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The new Maruti Ignis has had polarising views in terms of its looks. However, it has certainly raised eyebrows and interest levels with its quirky demeanour. An appealing front face has helped its sales figures too, and what has upped the game is the new infotainment setup inside the car. With a floating display that adds to aesthetics and steering-mounted controls for music, navigation and Apple CarPlay usage, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis is a popular choice right now for hatchback buyers.
Hyundai Grand i10 Asta (2017)
Rs. 7,33,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The new Hyundai Grand i10 is a significantly upgraded offering that has reworked the suspension and steering wheel to offer better feedback and ride quality. But, what makes it a more enthusiastic offering is the technology inside - with Hyundai's custom UI running underneath support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also get a six-speaker audio setup and LED DRLs on the exterior, along with auto-folding mirrors to make it quite a feature-packed offering from Hyundai.
Tata Tigor Revotorq (O)
Rs. 7,09,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The new Tata Tigor puts more emphasis on design, while keeping the in-cabin experience similar to that of the Tata Tiago. Still, it gets a multi-colour infotainment setup with support for Tata's ConnectNext app suite that provides music hotspot capability, navigation and more. It also gets a rear parking camera with sensors, along with LED DRLs to make it a youth-oriented offering. You also get voice command support and steering mounted controls to top it all.
Tata Tiago Revotorq XZ
Rs. 5,78,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The Tata Tiago has been hailed for the amount of features that are provided. You get a neat infotainment cluster that, despite being monochrome, still manages to provide graphic navigation and music information on the small display. This ensures that all essential features are covered thoroughly, and the presence of steering-mounted controls as standard equipment along with remote boot and fuel cap opening makes the Tiago an alluring package for its highly competitive price.
Honda City i-DTEC ZX
Rs. 13.56.000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
While the new Honda City is indeed an appealing package, it is a tad bit too expensive. If you can stretch your budget, then you get the latest variant of one of India's most-sold sedans. It is quite a complete tech package, with plenty of LED lighting inside and outside, a new DigiPad infotainment console, start/stop button and a sunroof to make it a more premium offering than strictly value for money.
Skoda Rapid MPI Style
Rs. 10,35,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The mid-range variant of the Skoda Rapid is quite the tech package too, priced just above Rs. 10 lac. It includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen interface that provides wireless phone and audio operations. Alongside, you also get cruise control, ambient lighting in footwell, an eight-speaker audio configuration and rain-sensing wipers. The Rapid is the most well-equipped in terms of quality and services for its price, and with the latest facelift, it even looks better than before.
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