Road trips are essentially a fun part of our lives given that allow us to live every moment heartily. When involved with friends and family, road trips turn out to be memorable chapters in our lives. And a road trip experience is enhanced when appropriate things are put into place systematically. One of those crucial parts of road trips is choosing a good car that fulfils our needs and requirements effectively and that makes our journey smoothly going. There are many great places in India that are specifically suited for road trips. And it is imperative to consider a car that suits the Indian standard of living while simultaneously being efficient on long journeys.
Here are 5 affordable cars that can be useful on long road trips:
1. Honda Jazz
Among all the available cars in India, Honda jazz boasts of a stylish body and equivalently spacious interiors that can be handy on road trips. It comes in two variants of engines – I-DTEC Diesel engine and I-VTEC Petrol engine.
It boasts a mileage of 27.3 kmpl and is moderately priced starting at 5.89 lakhs. It also has a good number of safety features like dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, impact mititgating headrest and immobiliser anti-theft system that add value to this exciting car.
This car is available in all Honda car dealers in India and is one of the cars that have been in top demand in the past few years owing to its top class looks and performance.
2. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is a popular Multi Utility Vehicle (MUV) first released in 2012. As of May 2017 it was priced at Rs.6.75 lakhs. The car is very much suitable in accommodating more numbers of persons and hence is an ideal car for road trips.
It is available with two engine options – Diesel DDIS and Petrol VVT engine. It boasts of Multi Point Fuel Injection (MPFI) for a great engine performance as well as perfect combustion of fuel. It is specifically designed taking into consideration the Indian Consumers as well as the Indian roads.
3. Ford Ecosport
Ford Ecosport is a subcompact crossover SUV that was originally released in Brazil in 2003. The second generation of the car was released in 2012 in India and assembly was then carried out in Indian factories as well.
The car boasts of a rugged built that is easily able to tackle with rough roads, potholes etc. making it a perfect choice for road trips. It also has an Embedded Satellite Navigation system that comes in handy on trips where knowing directions is a necessity. Also it has a great fuel economy that is a must in Indian standards. The car is priced starting at Rs. 7.18 lakhs with the platinum edition priced at a maximum of Rs. 10.69 lakh for the diesel variant and Rs. 10.39 lakhs for the petrol variant.
4. Mahindra Scorpio
Mahindra Scorpio is a household name in Indian roads. Released back in June 2002 to the automobile dealers in India as an SUV, Scorpio has 3 variants today – 2.1L Petrol I4 116 hp, 2.6L Turbodiesel I4 115 hp, 2.2L M-Hawk Turbodiesel I4 120 hp.
Scorpio is a beast known for its tough design and high capability of accommodating passengers with ease making it a perfect option for road trips in India. The price of Mahindra Scorpio starts at 8.40 lakhs approximately.
5. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is a compact sedan that was released to dealers in India in 2014. It has a front engine and front-wheel drive system that is very effective on tough Indian roads and terrains. It has 3 variants of engines – 1.6L I4 G-INNOTEC (Petrol), 1.4L I4 K-Series (Petrol) and 1.3L Fiat I4 (Diesel).
It boasts of a wide array of features like push button stop-start system, automatic climate control, rear parking camera etc. that make this vehicle power packed to be ideal for long road trips. As of May 2017, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has a starting price of Rs. 7.73 lakhs.
Thus, the above mentioned cars are the most ideal choices of buying cars in India as far as road trips are concerned.