As everyone knows these days, compact cars have become a big deal in India. These cars, which are no longer than 4 metres in length, enjoy a lower excise duty and therefore, are not as expensive to buy and run as their full length counterparts. There are already a number of them in the market and this year will see even more being released. We take a look at a few –
Volkswagen Vento CS
Undoubtedly, one of the most popular cars from German automotive giant Volkswagen is the Vento sedan. Until now, it did not fall into the ‘compact’ category but that might soon be about to change. What this means is that the Vento will become more value than before and since it has more space than the Polo hatch we think this would easily be the best selling VW in India. However it remains to be seen how this car will look as making it look good will prove difficult and its more than a case of chopping the tail of the Vento.
Ford Figo CS
We saw this car at the Indian Auto Expo 2014 earlier this year at New Delhi and it garnered heaps of brownie points for its snazzy looks, efficient engines and features. The diesel engine could very well be the familiar 1.5 litre diesel engine but the kicker will definitely be the award winning 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine that we have seen in the Ford EcoSport. This engine is powerful yet frugal and with this car, Ford looks poised to write a best-selling story in India!
Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire face-lift
Right now, the Swift Dzire is sitting pretty at the top of the hill, but the challengers to its throne are on the rise and becoming ever stronger. To defend its position, Maruti Suzuki is reported to be equipping the Swift Dzire with better features like keyless entry, cruise control, a push button engine ignition and even the automated manual transmission made famous by the Maruti Suzuki Celerio. The company will also give the car minor cosmetic alterations.
So far, the only car from Tata Motors that compact sedan customers could opt for was the Indigo CS and that clearly wasn’t the most desirable car around. With the new Tata Zest, the company aims for a better performance. The Zest will be powered either by the 1.2 litre, turbocharged petrol engine from the Tata Bolt or the 1.3 litre, 89 bhp diesel engine derived from the Tata Manza. The cherry on top, of course, is the option of the diesel variant being equipped with an automated manual transmission.