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Top 7 Smallest Cars to Tackle Traffic in India

India is slowly transitioning from a hatchback-driven country to one that loves SUVs. This goes in stark contrast to the infrastructure we have in our cities. The narrow streets and the crowded roads need a car to find its way through small spaces. If you are also looking for a car to deal with your city's driving needs, read ahead and find the smallest cars to beat urban traffic in India. The list goes from the biggest to the smallest cars:

Tata Tiago 

The Tata Tiago is Tata's entry-level model. Its confident design inspires confidence among users. It is one of the most powerful cars of this list and also the safest with a 4 star NCAP rating. The engine on offer is a capable 1.2-litre Petrol that produces 85 hp and 113 Nm of torque. The hatchback starts at 5.64 Lakh and goes up to 7.29 Lakh (ex-showroom).

Maruti Suzuki Ignis

The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is a car that doesn't get enough limelight in the Indian market. The Ignis has a unique design that sets it apart from the general hatchback look. It is one of the most unmissable cars on the road. Along with that, you get the reliability of Maruti Suzuki. It is powered by a 1.2L VVT Petrol engine that produces 82 hp and 113 Nm of torque. Its prices start at Rs 5.84 Lakh and go up to 8.11 Lakh (ex-showroom).

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

From an underrated model, we now move to one found deep in the heart of the Indian buyer. The Wagon R is a hatchback that you are sure to find in the top three most-selling cars in India. This spot is well deserved as the tall boy hatchback brings the most balanced features at a very reasonable price. It offers two engine options. First is the 1.0L K-series VVT Engine that churns out 56 bhp and 82 Nm of torque. The second engine is the 1.2L K-series Dual jet VVT Engine that produces 89 hp and 113 Nm torque. Its prices start at 5.54 Lakh, and the tio model costs 7.37 Lakh (Ex-showroom)

Renault Kwid 

The Renault Kwid is Renault's entry-level and most popular offering in India. It is one of the best-designed cars on the list. It was the first car to give hatchbacks an SUV-like look. It comes with a digital instrument panel and an infotainment display, making it an interesting buy. Under the hood is a 1.0L engine that produces 67 hp and 91 Nm torque. Its cost starts at 4.69 Lakh and goes up to 6.44 Lakhs (ex-showroom). 

 Maruti Suzuki S-presso

The Maruti Suzuki S-presso is a compact hatchback that Maruti Suzuki likes to call a micro-SUV. It is a tall, standing car that tries its best to look like an SUV. This helps it gain a good ground clearance of 180 mm. It is a good option if you commute to the city alone with a very fuel-efficient engine. Speaking of it, the engine on offer is the 1.0L K10 engine that produces 66 hp along with 89 Nm torque. You can buy the S-presso at a starting price of 4.26 lakh, with its top trim priced at 6.11 Lakh (ex-showroom).

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10

The Alto name is a moniker known to Indian buyers for almost 24 years. The Alto K10 still takes forward this legacy into the modern age. The Alto K10 is the smaller car from Maruti Suzuki. It offers all the essential features for your city drive while giving you fantastic mileage. The engine powering this car is the same as that found in the S-presso, and it has the same power and torque. You can buy the Alto K10 at a starting price of 3.99 Lakh up to 5.96 Lakh (ex-showroom). 

MG Comet

The smallest car in the list is also the only EV included. It is the MG Comet that has caught the attention of a lot of buyers recently. This little EV is one of the best packages if you drive in the city most of the time. It has a high-quality interior that feels a class above, along with reasonably comfortable driving dynamics. The features of the Comet also set it apart from the competition; these include a 10.25-inch infotainment panel and connected car tech. The electric motor in the Comet can produce 42 hp and 110 Nm of torque. It derives its power from a 17.3 kWh battery. MG claims that it will last you 230 Km before needing a recharge. The time to recharge from 0-100% with a 3.3kW charger is 7 hours. The Comet EV will cost you Rs 6.99 Lakh for the base variant and Rs 9.24 Lakh for the top model (ex-showroom). 

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TopGear Magazine June 2024