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At a budget of 1 Cr, what would be your car of choice?


Car under 1 Cr

Audi S5 Sport-back


The 2021 S5 Sportback performs well in the world of luxury- sport sedans. The S5 Sportback is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 349 horsepower and sends it to all four wheels through Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system.





The S5 Sportback, on the other hand, is more practical than other sport sedans thanks to its skillfully integrated hatchback, which opens to show a huge cargo compartment, making it a more practical option.


The turbo V-6, with a displacement of 3.0 litres, is more powerful and torquey than the supercharged engine seen in the previous-generation S5. It accelerates quickly from a stop and makes passing other motorists on the highway a breeze. Nonetheless, it remains one of the most distinctive V6 engines available. This Audi V6 is fantastic, cheerfully rushing towards the 6500rpm redline every time, shrieking between shifts and offering a big surge of torque lowdown.


The S5 doesn't have launch control, but you can get a gut- wrenching take off by brake boosting it off the line. If you get that right, you'll be able to shoot aggressively off the line. The eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission from ZF is as silky smooth as ever. In fact, the upshifts are so fluid, even at full speed, that it's a little too smooth at times.


The inside of the S5 Sportback is made of high-quality materials, has excellent fit-and-finish, and is designed to be ergonomically friendly. Despite its low roofline, the Sportback is a roomy vehicle. The cabin of the S5 is mostly conservative, as is typical of Audi. The overall style and layout predates the contemporary A6 and A8, which with their dual-screen display for the infotainment system and climate control look more futuristic.



The S5 isn't bad in terms of space for a sporty four-door. In truth, there is plenty of room up front, and the low window line and thin A-pillars provide an excellent view out. Legroom is considerable in the back. The rear seat is fairly comfortable, however headroom is limited due to the S5's slanting roofline. Finally, because the S5 is a notchback, it can function as an extremely practical sedan if you need to move things around. So if you have a budget of 1Cr and want a fast and sporty sedan, the Audi S5 Sportback is the way to go.


Cars under 50 lakhs

Mini John Cooper Works


50 lakhs may buy you a lot but nothing as exciting as the Mini John Cooper Works. The thrill of driving is absolutely unmatched, and if you love track days; this is the car for you. Unique aesthetics, quick-witted handling, a zippy engine, and a well-equipped cabin give the John Cooper Works (JCW) a lot of personality. It also has a long history: JCW is a descendant of the Cooper Vehicle Company, a race car manufacturer that hot- rodded and raced the original Mini in the 1960s.


The JCWs have a few key modifications over the ordinary model, such as a more powerful engine and sportier suspension. If you're looking for a track-ready Mini, this is the car to get. Despite the fact that it only has a 2 litre petrol engine, this is a little car, and that engine produces enough power to turn this vehicle into a rocket.


A turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four produces 228 horsepower and 320Nm of peak torque in the Mini Cooper JCW. Mini claims a 0-100kmph time of just over 6 seconds when paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Driving modes, paddle shifters, and run-flat tyres are also available on the JCW.



More muscular front and rear bumpers, JCW badging all over, all LED head and tail lamps, new alloy wheels, and 4-piston callipers in a brilliant red tint are among the other improvements. Parking sensors and a reverse camera are also included. There are also airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control.


Sporty seats, a head-up display, and a touchscreen multimedia system with Bluetooth and all available music input possibilities have been added to the infotainment system. Height-adjustable seats and steering reach and rake adjustments, as well as climate control and extensive driver information, are all included in the car.



The Cooper JCW's cabin is made of high-quality materials, and the design components are quirky and one-of-a-kind. The circular frame that holds the touchscreen for the infotainment system has a cheery tone to it. In comparison to other subcompacts, the Mini Cooper JCW isn't particularly practical. If you're willing to make compromises, the Mini JCW is the car for you if you have a budget of 50 lakhs.


Cars under 40 lakhs

Mahindra Alturas G4


The Alturas G4 is essentially a rebadged Ssangyong Rexton G4 that targets one of the most tough segments of the Indian SUV market. The huge size may overwhelm everything in its path, but the feature-rich cabin and capable character of this Mahindra 4x4 amaze us.



The Alturas' front grille has a lot of chrome, which is the only notable difference between it and its Korean counterpart. The curved bonnet, squared-off haunches over the wheel wells, and the sharp crease that runs below the window line nicely offset this. The LED projector lamps are similarly understatedly designed; the slim LED foglamps, together with the mesh surrounding it, give it a pleasing appearance. The headlamps themselves are efficient and effectively illuminate the road ahead.


The Alturas G4 measures 4,850 mm in length, 1,960 mm in width, and 1,845 mm in height. We know the Alturas G4 isn't a small suv because it's nearly 5 metres long. A 2,157 cc four- cylinder turbocharged diesel engine produces 181 PS at 4000 rpm and 420 Nm between 1,600 and 2,600 rpm, powers this SUV. The engine is refined, and only a slight clatter penetrates the cabin at idling. The car pulls neatly between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm, although power delivery is hesitant at first.



The Mercedes-Benz seven-speed automatic transmission isn't the fastest, but it does a good job of keeping the engine in its power-band. At city speeds, the gears are well spaced. The Alturas G4 also comes with a low-range four-wheel drive system. To switch between these and the normal 2WD mode on the fly, a rotary dial has been provided.


The first two rows of the Alturas have plenty of legroom. The second has enough room for three medium-sized adults to sit comfortably, and legroom is not an issue. The third row should be reserved for children. It's tough to get into; the centre row must be folded in two steps, and the high floor makes for unpleasant seating. When it comes to safety, the Mahindra leaves little to be desired. There are nine airbags in total, including front, side, and curtain. At this price point, you can expect to find every conceivable safety aid. Hill start aid and hill descent control are included, as well as ESP, traction control, a rollover mitigation function, an emergency brake signal, and a rollover mitigation function.




The eight-inch display controls the six-speaker audio system, which is compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The Alturas gets a segment-first 360-degree camera, with a high- quality feed. The cabin has a high-end feel to it. The top of the dash is made of grey soft-touch plastic, and the dark imitation wood, as well as the tan leather quilting that complements the seats, feels good. With their alternating metallic or piano black finishes, the buttons are also pleasant to use.


Cars under 30 lakhs

Kia Carnival


Just a smidge over 30 lakhs the carnival might exceed the budget by a little but Kia usually offers great discounts and bonuses that will get the price right down to under 30. The car is spacious, humungous and comfortable, something that can’t be said for many other cars under 30 lakhs. The car also comes with all the features you might need and when compared to the Innova feels like a far more value-for-money deal.



Aside from the novelty, the Carnival makes a great first impression. It's a massive automobile, with a length of nearly 5m, but it hides its size brilliantly, and even manages to appear brutally slick in the process! That's quite a feat, with a length of 5,111mm, a height of 1,755mm, and a 3,060mm long wheelbase.


The cabin is quite large, as one would expect given its generous size. Despite the low ride height, getting into the driver's seat is a bit of a stretch, and a large central console runs between you and your co-driver. Between the traditional dials is a modest digital information display, and the recessed 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment isn't very eye-catching, but it gets the job done.


The captain seats in the second row are quite exceptional, with plush cushioning that allows you to sink into the Carnival. Adults may not want to be stranded in the third row for a long travel, even though it is still useable. Comfort is unmatched in the Kia Carnival and when being driven around it absorbs the undulations of the road pretty well.


The 2.2-litre diesel engine may not sound like much compared to the bigger engine the Crysta already had, but it delivers 200PS and 440Nm of torque to the front wheels via a superb 8- speed automatic transmission. The engine seems energetic and never feels like you've caught it asleep, despite the gearbox's laid-back reflexes. The 2.2-tonne Carnival responds to a gentle nudge of the throttle like a smaller SUV, and it's fairly speedy along the road.


While it's at it, the motor also sounds quite refined. This isn't a squeaky old diesel. The Carnival is very calm, ticking over at just under 2,000rpm at a steady highway cruising speed of 120kmph. Another area where the Carnival impresses is when it comes to brakes, with its low stopping distances. It'll be a terrific tool for a smooth journey as a chauffeur-driven automobile, with predictable reflexes and outstanding modulation.


Cars under 20 lakhs

Isuzu D-Max V Cross


A loud pickup truck may not be to everyone's taste, but the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is more than a vehicle; it's a way of life. The competent 4x4 with a go-anywhere attitude could be the ideal vehicle for family outings and even solo travel. With its dependability, a breakdown seems unlikely, and you can rely on this car to get you almost everywhere. After the BS6 price bump, you may purchase the lower-end variants of the range for a budget of 20 lakhs.


The D-Max is unlike anything else on the market. It's also not as if the D-max doesn't have anything fresh to offer. For starters, there are now more varieties to select from, including a bare-bones entry-level Hi-Lander, an automated 4x2 version, and a new top-of-the-line Z Prestige 4X4 AT model. The 1.9-litre diesel engine provides more power than before, with 161bhp and 360Nm on tap.


The plastic quality and fit-and-finish are excellent on the inside, but the cabin appears to be outdated. The 7.0-inch touchscreen is outdated and lacks Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, and the seats are cloth and not electrically adjustable — the top-end Z Prestige model, however, comes with a dual-tone leather inside and an electric driver's seat.



On the other hand, the D-Max has its advantages. The D-Max, especially the 4x4 variant, feels tough as nails thanks to its primitive underpinnings. Last but not least, its control is outstanding. When compared to other possibilities, the car is well worth the money, and if you can overlook the rudimentary interiors, it is a considerably more capable and useable off- roader than the Mahindra Thar.


Cars under 10 lakhs

Tata Tigor


The Tigor is based on Tata's current small sedan, the Tiago. So, basically, Tata Motors has gone back to the drawing board with the Tiago, stretching out the boot and increasing the wheelbase by 50 millimetres, and that's only half of the tale. The Tigor stands out since it isn't just another hatchback-based vehicle. Instead, Tata Motors' design team worked hard to produce a notchback shape that is very remarkable. At under 10 lakhs the Tigor is an extremely value-for-money option and you won’t regret this purchase.



Once you pass the B-pillar in side-profile, things take a dramatic turn. As previously said, the Tigor is a notchback, which means it has a longer boot that blends in nicely with what was once a hatchback. The back window is brand new and has a little quarter glass. The petrol-powered Tigor comes with sporty 15-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels. The 14-inchers on the Diesel model are a little less appealing.


The petrol form of the Tigor is powered by a 1.2-litre three- cylinder naturally aspirated engine that produces 85 PS at 6,000 RPM and 114 Nm at 3,500 RPM. A 1047cc three-cylinder turbocharged Diesel engine produces 70 PS at 4,000 RPM and 140 Nm between 1,800 and 3,000 RPM in the Diesel variant. A 5-speed manual transmission is mated with the engines.



The Tigor's dashboard is similar to the Tiago's, but it includes additional technologies like a Harman touchscreen infotainment system, a rear parking camera, and automated climate control. Other amenities include audio controls positioned on the steering wheel, MID, and City and Eco settings.


Cars under 5 lakhs

Datsun Redi-GO


The Datsun Redi-GO is an underrated small car offering by Datsun that proves to be a pretty good-looking tiny hatchback. It has two petrol engines: a 0.8-litre that produces 54PS/72Nm an