The unprecedented growth and opportunities in the Indian automobile market is what is attracting manufacturers from all around the world. Indian automobile market is one amongst the biggest in the world which offers wide scope for competition in practically every segment available. However, the plethora of options can certainly cause confusion amongst the buyers.
Following is the list of Top 10 Sedans in India
1. Honda City
The 4th generation Honda City was launched in the year 2014, and it’s the first ever generation of the Honda City to get diesel power. The 4th generation Honda City easily blew past the 2.5 lac unit sales milestone with the current model on the verge of being the top-selling Honda City ever as the last generation did 2,50,274 units in its lifetime. Diesel model contributes around 39% of the total sales of the car model in India. With over 2.5 Lac sales, India contributes about 25% of the global sales of the Honda City, which is sold in 60 countries. Honda launched the 2017 City facelift in March 2017. The updated City gets LED head and tail lamps, daytime running LED’s, 16-inch alloy wheels, an updated infotainment system with MirrorLink connectivity and, a total of 6 airbags. Mechanically, the City remains unaltered and carries forward the same set of powertrains – 1.5 Litre petrol engine (119ps/145nm), mated to a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox and a 1.5 Litre diesel engine (100ps/200nm) mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Honda City is priced between Rs.8.49 Lac and 13.56 Lac.
2. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
Ciaz stands as one of the most selling sedans in India. Maruti Suzuki moved the Ciaz to its Nexa line of premium dealerships from April 1, 2017. Before this Ciaz was being sold through regular Maruti dealerships. As the Ciaz will now be sold through Nexa, the variants have been renamed to Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha. Maruti has now added Android Auto to the SmartPlay infotainment system in the Ciaz. Presently, the Ciaz is powered by a 1.4 Litre petrol (five-speed manual, four-speed automatic) and a 1.3 Litre diesel (five-speed manual) with the latter featuring a mild-hybrid tech. Maruti Suzuki is priced between Rs.7.72 Lac and 9.56 Lac.
3. Hyundai Verna
Hyundai is all set to launch it’s Next-Gen 2017 Verna. The official pre-bookings for the fifth-generation sedan have already begun for Rs.25000 and will be open till 21st August 2017 with an assurance of early delivery. Based on an all-new platform, the 2017 Verna carries forward the 1.6 Litre petrol and diesel engines from the previous model, while it no longer offers the 1.4 Litre ones. Both the engines are offered in the same state of tune: 1.6 Litre Dual VTVT petrol (123ps/155nm) and 1.6 Litre U2 CRDi VGT diesel (128ps/260nm). The previous model’s ancient 4-speed AT has been replaced by a 6-speed automatic. The Verna still carries forward most of the features from the previous model such as leather upholstery, climate control, projector headlamps (now available with DRL’s) among others. It locks horns primarily with the Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz along with others and is expected to be priced in the range of Rs.7.50 Lac to 12.50 Lac.
4. Volkswagen Vento
In April 2017, Volkswagen introduced a new range-topping variant in the Vento’s line-up, the Highline plus. It was initially showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. The 2017 Vento Highline Plus has features such as full-LED headlamps along with daytime running LED lamps also offering a reverse parking camera over the existing Highline trim. In India, the Vento is available with three-engine options – the 1.2 TSI (7-speed TSG) and a 1.6 Litre MPI (5-speed manual) petrol along with the 1.5 Litre TDI diesel (5-speed MT, 7-speed DSG). The 1.5 Litre diesel is now shared with the Ameonad while it still makes 250nm of torque, power output is up from 105ps to 110 ps. The Vento delivers a claimed average of 18.19 kmpl (1.2 TSI), 16.09kmpl (1.6 MPI), 22.27kmpl (1.5 TDI MT) and 22.15kmpl (1.5 TDI DSG). Volkswagen Vento is priced between 9.52 Lac to 12.75 Lac.
5. Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
The all-new Dzire has crossed bookings of 44,ooo units within days of its launch. In terms of dimensions, the Dzire is still a sub-4 meter, four-door sedan. When compared to its predecessor, the length of the new model is the same. Like before, the LXi/LDi and VXi/VDi trims get 14-inch steel rims but the ZXi/ZDi and ZXi+/ZDi+ variants get 15-inch alloy wheels. However, the new-gen Maruti Suzuki Dzire is 40mm wider, 40mm shorter in height and gets a 20mm longer wheelbase. The boot space has increased to 378 litres, which is 62 litres more than before. The ground clearance on the new model has gone down by 7mm and now stands at 163mm. It will also have a roomier cabin than before, with an improvement of 20mm in the front shoulder room and 30mm in the rear.The Swift Dzire 2017 comes loaded with features. The list includes LED projector headlamps, DRLs, reverse parking sensors, reverse parking camera, SmartPlay infotainment system with built-in navigation support and voice command (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay enabled), push button start/stop with smart key, automatic climate control, auto headlamps, rear AC vents and electronically adjustable/foldable ORVMs. As far as safety is concerned, all variants are offered with dual airbags, ABS, EBD with BA, ISOFIX anchorages and, pretensioners and force limiters in the front seat belts as part of their standard kit. The new Swift dzire is priced between Rs.6.44 Lac to 8.92 Lac.
6. Honda Amaze
Honda has launched a limited-run variant of the Amaze called the Privilege Edition. It is based on the manual S(O) trim of the compact sedan and comes with additional features at a premium of Rs 10,000 over the regular trim. The highlight is the addition of Honda's latest 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which made its debut with the 2017 City.Honda is expected to launch the next generation of the Amaze sedan by mid-2018. The India bound version will have reworked interiors, exteriors and upgraded safety equipment. The Amaze facelift was introduced last year. The car has a new front/rear bumper, reworked radiator grille and new taillights on outside and a new dual-theme dashboard with an automatic climate control system inside. Engine wise, it retains the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engines. The Amaze facelift also gets a new CVT transmission option and dual front airbags as a standard feature. It has a claimed fuel efficiency of 25.8kmpl for the diesel version and 17.8kmpl for the petrol version and competes with the Maruti Dzire, Ford Aspire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Tiago and the Volkswagen Ameo. Honda Amaze is priced between 6.65 Lac to 8.03 Lac.
7. Hyundai Xcent
Hyundai launched the Xcent facelift in April this year. It has similar updates as the Grand i10, which was launched in February this year. The 2017 Xcent gets redesigned front and rear profiles along with additional features and 1.2 Litre diesel engine from 2017 Grand i10. The Xcent facelift gets the 7.0-inch infotainment system with support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with Mirror Link connectivity. As for safety, dual-front airbags are now standard. The 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder diesel engine makes 75PS of maximum power and 190Nm of peak torque. It is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The Xcent continues to get the 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 83PS of maximum power and 114Nm of peak torque. It comes with an option of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The petrol automatic option is only available with the S variant. While the manual petrol variant has a claimed fuel efficiency of 20.14 kmpl, the automatic variant returns 17.36 kmpl. On the other hand, the diesel engine returns a mileage of 25.4 kmpl. The price of Xcent ranges between 6.24 Lac to 8.36 Lac.
8. Tata Tigor
On March 29, 2017, Tata Motors launched the Tigor compact sedan, which is easily the most affordable sedan in the country. In terms of features, the Tigor boasts smoked projector lamps, a 5.0-inch Harman-engineered touchscreen infotainment tech which is paired with an eight-speaker (4 speakers + 4 tweeters) sound system, rear parking camera, automatic climate control and more. The infotainment display acts as the monitor for the reverse camera, supports video playback, has voice command recognition, GPS navigation via NaviMaps App and SMS readout functionality. While the top-spec petrol-powered variant gets 15-inch alloy wheels, its diesel counterpart makes do with the same 14-inch ones as on the Tiago.Powering the Tigor are the same 3-cylinder petrol and diesel motors as the ones found under the hood of the Tiago. While the 1.2-litre petrol engine generates 85PS/114Nm, the diesel engine puts out 70PS/140Nm. Both the engines come paired to a five-speed manual transmission. Tata Motors claims that while the petrol motor returns a mileage of 20.3kmpl, the diesel is good for 24.7kmpl. The Tigor competes with other compact sedans such as Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze, Volkswagen Ameo, Ford Figo Aspire and Tata's other sub-4-metre sedan, the Zest. Tiago is priced between 4.59 Lac to 6.87 Lac.
9. Nissan Sunny
The Nissan Sunny received a price cut of up to ₹ 1.9 lakh, making it the most affordable car among its peers. Earlier this year, Nissan also introduced the 2017 model of the sedan with an updated cabin and feature list. The 2017 Sunny is offered with option of an all-black interior with premium black fabric seats, new black interior panels and receives equipment such as intelligent key, automatic air conditioning, rear parking sensor and camera, and push button start. For safety, in addition to driver side airbags and ABS with EBD, the Nissan Sunny also gets brake assist as standard across the entire range. The Sunny is offered with the 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre k9k dci diesel engine options. Nissan Sunny would cost one between 6.99 Lac to 8.99 Lac.
10. Ford Aspire
On April 17, 2017, Ford launched the Aspire Sports Edition in India. The Sports Edition Aspire comes with a retuned suspension setup for better handling and stability. Engine-transmission options remain same, and the Aspire Sports Edition comes with the 1.2-litre, 88PS petrol engine and the 1.5-litre, 100PS diesel. Both the engines are paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The Aspire Sports Edition gets cosmetic updates which include all-black interiors, smoked headlamps, black painted grille bars, side and rear decals and leather-wrapped steering wheel with grey stitching. The Aspire Sports Edition is based on the Titanium variant of the regular Aspire. While the petrol version is priced at Rs. 6.5 lakh, the diesel is priced at Rs 7.6 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Figo Aspire is Ford's first offering in the packed subcompact sedan segment which has models such as the Maruti Swift DZire, Honda Amaze and Tata Zest among others.