May 062015

Affordable Automatic Cars

India is slowly but steadily warming up to the concept of clutchless driving owing to two prime reasons. Firstly, the advent AMT technology struck a fine balance between cost and convenience and secondly, the urban jungle is getting denser by the day, making manual cars a real cumbersome to use. Are you planning to shift to an automatic car anytime soon? We compile a list of top 5 most affordable automatic cars in India for your reference.

1. Tata GenX Nano Easy Shift

As the name suggests, the GenX Nano shifts by itself easily and is a breeze to drive in a jam packed city environment. The country’s most affordable automatic car uses a new 5-speed AMT sourced from Mageti Marelli and it has both manual and Sport modes. The 624 cc twin-cylinder petrol engine produces 38.19 PS and 51 Nm of torque. The AMT variant has an ARAI mileage of 21.9 kmpl. Price should be less than INR 3 lakhs (ex-showroom) but we will know for sure on May 19.

2. Maruti Alto K10 AGS

The Alto K10 AGS (Auto Gear Shift) is no more the country’s most affordable automatic car but at INR 3.99 lakh (ex-showroom), the AMT equipped small car doesn’t drill a gaping hole in your bank balance or on your wallet as it delivers an ARAI certified mileage of 24.07 kmpl which is same as that of the manual variants. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol motor puts out an adequate 68 PS and 90 Nm of torque.

3. Maruti Celerio AGS

The third most affordable automatic car in the country is also an AMT equipped one. The Celerio AGS enjoys the credit as a car that started the revolution in the nation’s passenger car segment. The 1.0-liter K-series petrol motor and the 5-speed Magneti Marelli AMT are shared with the Alto K10. The AMT variants of the Celerio are priced between INR 4.44-4.7 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).

4. Maruti Ritz AT

The Ritz AT is the most affordable car in the country with a conventional automatic transmission. The 1.2-litre K-Series petrol motor which produces 87 PS and 114 Nm of torque is mated to a 4-speed AT. It may have one ratio less and a higher price tag compared to its more affordable rivals but a conventional AT offers a jerk free operation unlike typical AMTs. The retails at INR 6.02 lakhs.

5. Hyundai Grand i10 AT

Rounding off the list is the Hyundai Grand i10 AT which also uses a conventional 4-speed unit. The 1.2-litre Kappa petrol motor is good for 83 PS and 114 Nm of torque is mated to a 4-speed AT. The South Korean hatchback is priced at INR 6.3 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).

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