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From 5 lakhs to 1 crore, here’s the best car at every budget.


Cars under 1 Crore Volvo S90


In a field of German rivals, the Volvo S90 stands out as an exquisite, distinctively Scandinavian luxury sedan. Due to its plush interior and smooth ride, it trades on luxury and tranquilly rather than sporty handling and excessive power.


The S90's primary selling points are its smooth driving and, as is frequently the case with Volvo, the extensive quantity of safety equipment on board. It also receives a respectable

amount of standard equipment, making the large exec one of the better-equipped alternatives in a market segment where lengthy option lists are customary.


The 1,996cc in-line four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that powers the Volvo S90 is mated to an eight-speed automated transmission. For improved fuel economy and acceleration, this engine is coupled with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The S90 offers respectable performance both on and off the highway with 250 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque.


The trade-off for the surefooted handling is a ride that hardly resembles fuzzy cloth. Compared to more gently sprung competitors, rough sections of road cause the cabin to vibrate more. Although the steering feels substantial, it isn't as straight or accurate as it should be, which lessens the S90's appearance of agility.


The S90 does have a wireless charging pad, a 19-speaker from a 1,400 watt Bowers and Wilkins surround sound system, a 12-inch digital driver display, adaptive cruise control, pilot assist, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, 360-degree cameras, rear collision warning, lane-keeping and oncoming lane mitigation, post-impact braking, and four-zone

climate control. So this car definitely offers tons for of kit for its price.


The cabin of the S90 is by far its most remarkable component. Open-pore wood, authentic leather, brushed metal, and finely grained plastics combine to create a unified and unmistakably contemporary space. All body types should be able to fit comfortably into the electrically adjustable front chairs throughout the day. This is probably the most value for money sedan under 1 Cr on sale in India currently.


Cars under 50 lakhs Audi Q2


The newest and smallest member of the brand's Q line of SUVs and crossovers in India is the Audi Q2. With its upscale SUVs, Audi has had great success in India. The Q2 makes use of the

Audi brand and delivers a lot, even though its pricing, which ranges from 37 to 48 lakhs ex-showroom, don't exactly represent good value. Nevertheless, this is undoubtedly a

pleasant car to own.


With sharp edges and squared-off components consistent with the brand's SUVs we've seen over the years, the styling is definitely Audi. Up front, there is a sizable grille that is bordered by angular LED headlights with DRLs. Along with broad C pillars and a characteristic carved bodywork along the doors, the roofline almost slants down like an SUV coupe. With stylish LED tail lamps, the rear looks more like a jacked-up hatchback than a crossover.


The Q2's dashboard is significantly more straightforward in look than the cutting edge dual-screen, button-free dashboards we've seen in previous Audis. With its circular air vents, the

design provides a sporty, Audi TT-like appearance. The infotainment unit's display does not accept touch inputs; instead, it can only be controlled using the rotary dial hidden below the gear selector.




Large, comfy seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and in this top-tier grade, Audi's all-digital virtual cockpit, certainly one of the best digital systems we've seen, are all provided for the

driver. Audi chose to go all-black, and the materials they used and overall fit and finish quality are extremely impressive. For an average-sized adult, there is just about enough headroom

and knee room in the back seats, but larger people won't be too happy with the arrangement. The boot's 355 litre capacity is also not particularly large.


A 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine with 320Nm of maximum torque and 190bhp of maximum power propels the Q2. The Q2's compact size, all-wheel drive, and 1.5-tonne kerb

weight make this familiar unit—which also serves on the VW Tiguan AllSpace and the Skoda Superb—appear much more exciting on paper.


It accelerates quickly, reaching 100 kph in 6.5 seconds, and it performs admirably in winding sections as well. In all honesty, the Audi Q2 almost has the same driving experience as a hot

hatch. When we put it that way, the Q2 does look like a bargain. It's a pleasant car to drive with respectable dynamics and space that can also handle a bumpy road or some light slush.


Cars under 40 Lakhs Jeep Meridian


The announcement that Jeep is joining the incredibly popular family SUV segment and that the three-row Compass would be sold only in India has been making the news. However, the

Meridian’s (it is known as the Commander in markets outside of India) size and heft truly strike you when you are standing next to it.


The Meridian is made from the same genetic material as all Jeeps, but it is specifically designed to convey the large joint family of India. Compared to the Compass, the overall length is over a foot longer, and the wheelbase is almost a foot longer as well. Comparing the Meridian to the Compass, both its height and width have grown by a few inches. You can therefore infer that the interior will undoubtedly be more spacious.


It is not just a Compass that has been stretched with that little bit of extra room slapped on to the rear; quite a few body panels in the Meridian have had to be modified. The third row of twin seats in the cabin draws our attention as further evidence of the lengthening. The Meridian's cabin has undergone the most significant changes as a result of it.



The Meridian's third row is a little dismal. The floor is extremely high, making entry and exit a little difficult. Even in the second-row, however, has seats that are big enough for three adults to fit comfortably, a roomy sensation from the large windows. The Meridian gets all the features of the Jeep Compass and basically the same interior.


There is only one engine available for the Jeep Meridian, and it is a diesel. The Meridian's size and weight make the diesel's torque delivery at lower rpm levels and better usability at slower speeds the ideal choice, even if competing 3-row SUVs in smaller and more affordable price ranges use petrol engines. This diesel engine is believed to improve the car's handling and

comfort when driving off-road as well.



The same 2-liter multijet II turbocharged diesel engine from the Compass, in the same state of tune, is provided for the new 3-row Jeep. The engine produces the same 350Nm of maximum

torque and 170hp of maximum power. The top-tier Meridian Limited 4X4 (four-wheel drive) model may be ordered with only the automatic transmission, whereas the 6-speed manual

or the 9-speed automatic transmissions are available for the 4X2 version.


Cars under 30 Lakhs Honda City eHEV


The City e:HEV, a capable hybrid sedan that has been popular outside of India, is now available there. Since 1998, five generations of the best-selling and most well-liked Honda City have seen over 850,000 units sold in India. It continues to be the industry standard for compact sedans. And that standard is expected to rise.


A first for the compact sedan market, the e:HEV model also features Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technology, which is Honda's ADAS. From a distance, this vehicle seems to be a conventional Honda City and hides in plain sight. The Honda emblem does have a slight blue visual effect that distinguishes it from the versions powered by fuel.



The cabin is fully loaded because it is based on the most expensive ZX version of the City. The e:HEV version does, however, have a few minor variations. The chairs still have their well-bolstered, comfortable feeling, and the dual-tone vory and black pattern is fresh. The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system has been updated and is now Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, although graphics and interface continue to be a weakness for Japanese automakers. A 360-degree camera image is also displayed on the screen, although the output's jagged, low resolution output is disappointing.



Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, wireless charging, and ventilated seats are not available on the Honda City e:HEV. The Honda City is still a really well-rounded product even after that. The car's interior is roomy, with room for a family, and the seats are incredibly comfortable and supportive. The features are ideal for the business class, and even with the battery pack installed beneath the back seat, you still have the same amount of rear seat space, albeit with a slight reduction in trunk storage space.


You can choose from a wide variety of drive modes, all of which are designed specifically for hybrid vehicles. Therefore, you cannot actively switch between these modes; the vehicle does

so on its own. Therefore, the vehicle can start and go off in pure EV mode. When you start moving a little quicker, the vehicle enters hybrid mode, which means the 1.5-liter engine also

starts running. Instead of powering the wheels, the engine actually starts up to recharge the battery.



The automobile may enter engine mode at higher speeds, which means that its entire source of power and propulsion is its gasoline engine. The vehicle has unquestionably more power

than the standard 1.5 City i-VTEC. While that vehicle has about 119 horsepower, the hybrid has a respectable 124 horsepower. You get 108 horsepower from the electric side and 98 horsepower from the engine. Therefore, the maximum output is 124 horsepower, and the maximum torque is a reliable 253 Nm.


Cars under 20 lakhs Volkswagen Virtus


The Skoda Slavia's more stylish cousin is the Volkswagen Virtus. It is a replacement for the ten-year-old Vento and is similar in many aspects while still being very different. It is bigger on the interior as well as outside, and it has greater horsepower and performance. This might be the most complete sedan under 20 lakhs.



The Virtus looks slick and sophisticated, with a Jetta-like front end and also an Audi A4-like rear. Not just Volkswagen enthusiasts but everyone will appreciate the subtle and refined

appearance. The Virtus is the longest and widest car in its class in terms of dimensions. In its segment, it also boasts the longest wheelbase.


When you enter and close the door, you hear the recognisable door "thunk," which adds a lot of feel-good element. The dash of the Virtus is fitted and finished to a higher standard, and

what's even more impressive is that practically everything you touch is made of premium materials. In the cabin, there are plenty of storage areas. The largest boot in its class and a well-sized vented glovebox are included as starters.



The Virtus appears to have all the essential attributes that buyers these days are searching for in a modern vehicle. It boasts a sunroof, an 8" virtual cockpit MID, and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Additionally, it has ambient lighting, ventilated seats, connected car technology, wireless phone charging, rear air conditioning vents, and two USB-C charging ports.


The Virtus drives fairly well-manneredly. At speeds between 100 and 120 km/h, the car feels exceptionally solid and has excellent straight-line stability. In this sedan, long drives should be fairly comfortable. The Virtus won't let you down even when you find some winding roads. Cornering is simple thanks to the front end's lightness. Even when pushing the car hard, there is some body roll, but it is well-controlled and doesn't feel excessive.



Both 1.0-liter and 1.5-liter petrol engines are available for the Volkswagen Virtus. The former is paired with a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission and produces 114 horsepower and 178 Nm of torque. With 148 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque, the 1.5-litre petrol engine is a more powerful option. Only a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is used

with the 1.5 motor.


Cars under 10 Lakhs Maruti Suzuki Brezza


Since it was introduced around four years ago, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has dominated the sub-compact SUV market. Due to the amount of space and functionality it provides, the car is in high demand and is thought to be very value for money. Prices start from 7.5 lakhs and go all the way to 11.4 lakhs ex-showroom.



The Brezza's front end is given a touch of premium flavour by the chrome grille and headlamp cluster. Most luxury automobiles have LED DRLs, which look amazing and also function as turn indicators. The redesigned bumper also does a decent job of giving the SUV-like front a more robust appearance. The new 16-inch alloy wheels are striking in their design when viewed from the side.


The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza's interior features a leather-wrapped steering wheel but no leather-upholstered seats. With compatibility for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Smartplay infotainment system is responsive and simple to operate. Additionally, you may use your smartphone to remotely access vehicle statistics like fuel efficiency and operate the device as a remote control. Convenience and safety are increased with the automated headlights and wipers.