The Indian car market has witnessed a radical shift over the last few years, thanks to the evolving buyer sentiments and innovative technologies. With a myriad of car purchase options, and an increase in disposable income, more and more buyers are leaning towards premium cars with advanced features.
Another trend in the Indian automotive market is the rising popularity of automatic cars. The worsening traffic congestion in metro cities has led to an increase in demand for automatic cars.
With the increased demand for automatic cars, all car manufacturers are retailing vehicles with automatic transmissions. Even the well-priced entry-level models come with automatic gearboxes. If you are planning to buy an automatic car, there are plenty of options, which in turn may also leave you confused. To make your life easier, we have shortlisted some of the best automatic cars you can buy for under Rs 10 lakhs in India.
Price: Rs. 5.55 Lakhs - Rs. 5.92 Lakhs
Maruti Suzuki revolutionised India's entry-level automatic car segment by introducing the AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) for the masses. Powering the Maruti Celerio is a 1-litre petrol engine mated to an AMT gearbox. It is one of the best entry-level automatic hatchbacks, and Maruti Suzuki’s reliable and widespread service network makes it a good choice for first-time car buyers.
Price: Rs. 5.63 Lakhs - Rs. 6.33 Lakhs
The Maruti Wagon R is a spacious hatchback in the entry-level segment. The car comes with two engine options: 1.2-litre and 1-litre petrol engines. Both the engines are mated to an AMT gearbox. Wagon R AMT is an easy-to-drive car, and the powerful 1.2-litre engine delivers a peppy driving experience. With impressive fuel efficiency, the Wagon R AMT makes for an excellent automatic hatchback.
Price: Rs. 5.69 Lakhs - Rs. 6.41 Lakhs
Santro is one of the most popular entry-level hatchbacks in the Indian market. Hyundai Santro is available with an AMT gearbox. The engine on offer is the reliable 1.1-litre petrol unit. The Santro offers cabin space, advanced features, and engine refinement at this price point. The overall build quality of the hatchback is good for the price and delivers an enjoyable driving experience.
Price: Rs. 6.15 Lakhs - Rs. 6.96 Lakhs
Tata Tiago is a compact hatchback known for its excellent build quality. The Tiago draws power from a 1.2-litre petrol engine mated to a 5-speed AMT gearbox. The hatchback comes with all the essential safety and creature comfort features. Despite being a compact car, the overall design of the Tiago is sporty and elegant. If you are looking for an automatic hatchback with a budget of around Rs. 7 lakhs, Tiago AMT fits the bill.
Price: Rs. 6.62 Lakhs - Rs. 8.31 Lakhs
The Grand i10 Nios is the latest offering from Hyundai in the compact hatchback segment. It is available with 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engine. Both the engines are mated to an AMT gearbox. The Grand i10 Nios is a well-rounded package, and the AMT gearbox makes it even better. However, the petrol-AMT is offered on the top-spec trim, and the diesel-AMT is not available with the top-spec trim.
Price: Rs. 6.86 Lakhs - Rs. 8.27 Lakhs
Maruti Swift is a household name in India. Such is the popularity of the compact hatchback. With the introduction of the AMT gearbox, the Swift has become an even better package. Powering the Swift is the reliable 1.2-litre petrol engine. The AMT gearbox does not offer a sporty performance, but it is a fun-to-drive car. The Swift AMT is priced in the higher spectrum as far as the compact hatchback segment is concerned. But with a reliable engine and unmatched service network, Maruti Swift is one of the best hatchbacks in India.
Price: Rs. 6.72 Lakhs - Rs. 7.74 Lakhs
Tata Tigor is a compact sedan, and it is based on the Tiago hatchback. Like its hatchback sibling, the Tigor is available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine paired with a 5-speed AMT unit. The prominent highlights of the Tigor are the build quality and safety features. Apart from that, the compact sedan is equipped with all the necessary gadgetry for a comfortable drive. Overall, the Tigor is an ideal choice if you are looking for an entry-level automatic sedan.
Price: Rs. 7.23 Lakhs - Rs. 9.31 Lakhs
Hyundai’s offering in the compact sedan segment—the Aura—is based on the Grand i10 Nios hatchback. The Aura is offered with 1.2-litre petrol or a 1.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine. Both the engines are paired with a 5-speed AMT gearbox. The Hyundai Aura is also one of the fuel-efficient diesel cars on sale in India. However, you may miss out on some features as the Aura AMT is unavailable in the top-spec trims.
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Price: Rs. 7.54 Lakhs - Rs. 9.02 Lakhs
The updated avatar of the Maruti Dzire gets a powerful 1.2-litre petrol engine. The new engine makes the Dzire one of the most fuel-efficient petrol cars in India. It comes mated to a 5-speed AMT gearbox. The Dzire carries a slightly higher price tag in its segment, but it comes with a spacious interior and a host of features. On top of that, Maruti Suzuki’s affordable after-sales service and a vast network of service centres make the Dzire an ideal automatic compact sedan for the Indian roads.
Price: Rs. 7.90 Lakhs - Rs. 9.99 Lakhs
Unlike the other offerings in the compact sedan segment, the Honda Amaze comes with a CVT automatic gearbox. The engine options on the Amaze include 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. Both the engines are mated to a 7-step CVT gearbox. The automatic sedan also gets paddle shifters, and that should keep the keen drivers entertained. The Amaze is not an affordable compact sedan but offers a lot for the price it demands.
Price: Rs. 8.54 Lakhs - Rs. 9.30 Lakhs
Maruti Baleno is one of the best-selling premium hatchbacks in the country. The automatic variant of the Baleno is available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine mated to a CVT gearbox. However, you can have the AMT gearbox only on the top-spec trims. But on the flip side, the top-end variants are loaded to the gill when it comes to safety and creature comfort features. Overall, for the price it demands, the Baleno offers a commendable value for money.
Price: Rs. 8.64 Lakhs - Rs. 9.79 Lakhs
The Jazz is the premium hatchback offering from Honda. The prominent highlight of the Jazz is its sporty and quirky exterior design. The hatchback is available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine mated to a 7-speed CVT automatic gearbox. The hatchback comes loaded with features such as an electric sunroof, LED headlights, automatic climate control and much more. The Honda Jazz comes with a premium price tag, but the overall build quality and feature list justify the price it demands.
Price: Rs. 8.69 Lakhs - Rs.11.34 Lakhs
The all-new Hyundai i20 sports a new design language and also features a rejigged engine and gearbox combination. Only petrol variants of the hatchback are available with the option of an automatic gearbox. The petrol-automatic variants of the new i20 come with two engine options: 1.2-litre petrol and 1-litre turbo-petrol engine. The 1.2-litre engine is mated to an IVT gearbox, and the 1-litre unit is paired with a DCT automatic gearbox. The premium hatchback offers a superior driving experience and comes with all the bells and whistles.
Price: Rs. 8.76 Lakhs - Rs. 12.96 Lakhs
Tata Nexon is a compact SUV, and it is the only SUV in its segment to get an AMT gearbox option on both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variant of the SUV draws power from a 1.2-litre turbocharged engine, and powering the diesel model is a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. Both the engines are paired with a 6-speed AMT gearbox.
The Nexon is a safe and rugged SUV. The vehicle has scored an impressive 5-star safety rating in the Global NCAP crash tests. If you are looking for an affordable compact SUV with excellent build quality, you can consider the Nexon.
Price: Rs. 9.76 Lakhs - Rs. 10.59 Lakhs
Maruti Ertiga is the best choice if you are looking for an automatic MPV. It’s priced just under Rs. 10 lakhs and comes with a spacious interior. The Ertiga automatic gets the same hybrid powertrain as the Ciaz sedan. Powering the Ertiga is a 1.5-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox. The automatic variant misses out on some features, but it’s still a value for money MPV.
Price: Rs. 9.87 Lakhs - Rs. 11.25 Lakhs
The Maruti Vitara Brezza is a value for money compact SUV. But the Brezza is no longer available with a diesel-AMT combo. Since the BS6 update, the Brezza is offered only with a 1.5-litre petrol engine paired with a 4-speed automatic gearbox. However, the Brezza misses out on some of the features offered by other SUVs in the same segment. But it’s a no-frills SUV with Maruti Suzuki’s efficient after-sales service.
*Note: All prices are ex-showroom (Delhi)
Here are some of the most common questions and their answers about automatic cars in India.
The answer to this question depends on the type of automatic transmission. A conventional automatic car may consume 10% more fuel than its manual counterpart. But an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) car can be as fuel-efficient as a manual transmission car.Are automatic cars reliable?
Yes, automatic cars are as reliable as their manual counterparts. An automatic car’s clutch may last longer than a manual transmission clutch. In a manual car, the life of the gearbox and clutch depends on the driving style. But in the case of an automatic car, it's not the case.Can I shift gears manually in an automatic car?
Not all automatic cars allow manual gear shifts. For instance, an AMT gearbox will enable you to override the automated system and switch to manual mode. Similarly, some dual-clutch automatic transmissions (DCT) also allow shifting gears manually via paddle shifters. It also differs from one manufacturer to another.Which automatic car is better, AMT or DCT?
AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) is an affordable alternative to the conventional automatic gearbox. AMT gearboxes are equipped in entry and mid-segment cars. AMT does not offer sporty performance.
DCT (Dual-clutch transmission) is an alternative to conventional automatic transmission systems such as CVT. DCT offers better acceleration and seamless power transmission. You can find DCT in mid and high-end cars. In terms of performance, the DCT gearbox is better than AMT.
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