With cars in India evolving in performance, mileage, pricing and features, increasing number of college students prefer four-wheelers compared to two-wheelers. The list here does not have any sequence; however, it does take into account the style statement, ease of riding, pricing, mileage and cars which help in travelling long and short distances.
Here are the some of the best four-wheelers for college students in India:
The current hot-seller in the Indian car market, the Renault Kwid has captured the imagination of both young and old. The Kwid has the characteristics of an SUV with an imposing stance and the exterior styling of an SUV.
Inside the Kwid is superior to its competitors with the likes of a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation. Also, the Renault Kwid boasts of the best mileage in its segment with 25.17km/l and has a good ground clearance of 180mm to drive the car in some of the hardest Indian roads.
Renault has powered the Kwid in two formats: 799cc and the 1.0-litre engine, while the 799cc is featured with the 5-speed manual gearbox, the 1.0-litre has the option of the AMT gearbox for ease of travelling.
Price: Rs 2.65 lakh to Rs 3.96 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
Maruti Suzuki Swift
Still considered the best hatchback in the country, Maruti Suzuki Swift is among the top 3 selling cars in India. The Maruti Swift is stylish and has the modern design cues and it does not seize to impress in its performance.
The Swift boasts of some of the best features including the audio system with Bluetooth, automatic air conditioning, and most of all good safety aspect of dual airbags and ABS with EBD. Maruti offers the Swift in petrol and diesel models returning an economical mileage of 20.4km/l for the petrol and 25.2km/l for the diesel unit.
While the petrol unit is a 1.2-litre K-series engine producing 83bhp and 115Nm of torque, the diesel unit is a 1.3-litre DDiS engine which develops 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. Gearbox duty is done by the 5-speed manual transmission.
Price: Rs 4.76 lakh to Rs 7.44 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
The Chevrolet Beat brings out the theme of the Transformer movie and the small car is peppy looking and has a frugal engine from GM. The Beat is stylish, modern in its approach and comes with good features.
Some of the features on the Chevy Beat includes dual airbags, ABS, remote keyless entry among others. The Beat returns a mileage of 17.8km/l for the petrol and 25.44km/l for the diesel engine. Chevrolet has powered the Beat with 1.2-litre petrol which produces 77bhp and 106.5Nm of torque, while the diesel unit is 1.0-litre engine which develops 56bhp and 142.5Nm of torque.
Price: Rs 3.95 lakh to Rs 6.35 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
Maruti Suzuki Celerio
Maruti was the first to bring the most affordable Automatic Manual Transmission (AMT) model with the Celerio in the country. It has many takers for its ease of commuting in the congested urban roads.
The Maruti Celerio boasts of the one of the best cabin space and its mainstay is the AMT gearbox. Apart from that, the Celerio comes with smart utility spaces like the charging port and integrated audio system with Bluetooth connectivity. Mileage of both the petrol and diesel is 23.1km/l.
Maruti offers the Celerio in both petrol and diesel engine choices, the petrol unit is a 1.0-litre K10 engine producing 67bhp and 90Nm of peak torque. The diesel unit is a 793cc DDiS engine which develops 47bhp and 125Nm of torque.
Price: Rs 4.03 lakh to Rs Rs 5.90 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
The Datsun redi-GO is the cheapest car in this list and comes in vibrant and cool colours. The redi-GO is a crossover vehicle with high ground clearance with best mileage. Datsun redi-GO boasts of features such as convenient charging ports, shift-up indicator, among others. The car is small and is easy to drive in the urban city roads.
As for the power, Datsun is using the same engine as the Renault Kwid 800cc engine which produces 53bhp and 72Nm of torque which is mated with the 5-speed manual gearbox.
Price: Rs 2.39 lakh to Rs 3.55 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
The VW Polo is a performance based car with pricing on the higher point. The premium hatchback is powerful and has an elegant design to its credit.
Volkswagen Polo boasts of premium features such as dual-beam headlamps, electrically foldable side mirrors, heat insulated glass for side and rear windows, cruise control, auto rain sensing wipers and standard fitment of dual airbags, and ABS as optional.
Volkswagen Polo is powered by 1.2-litre MPI petrol engine and 1.5-litre TDI diesel unit. While the petrol unit kicks out 74bhp and 110Nm of torque, the diesel unit develops 86bhp and a massive 230Nm of torque. Both the models features the 5-speed manual gearbox.
Price: Rs 5.46 lakh to Rs 8.79 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Maruti's current flavour in the country is the premium hatchback Baleno, the car has impressed the Indian buyers with its features and pricing. The Baleno is not the sharp looking car, but it has the bulky and strong dimensions to make it look commanding.
Maruti has equipped the Baleno with some of the best features like the standard fitment of dual airbags, ABS with EBD, touch screen infotainment system with navigation and much more.
As for the power of the Maruti Baleno, the petrol unit is a 1.2-litre VVT engine which produces 83bhp and 115Nm of torque. The diesel unit is a 1.3-litre DDiS engine developing 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. As for the gearbox, the petrol engine has the option of 5-speed manual or the CVT automatic gearbox, while the diesel unit is offered only with the 5-speed manual gearbox.
Price: Rs 5.25 lakh to Rs 8.36 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
Ford introduced India's first sub-compact SUV with the EcoSport. The EcoSport boasts of ride and handling like a sedan, yet it has some of the SUV characteristics like the ground clearance and dimensions to take you places. Also, boasts of Hill Launch Assist, Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, and Traction Control System.
The EcoSport features automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, Ford SYNC where you can sync your smartphone which is voice activated system. Also, the smallest SUV from Ford boasts of the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine for performance and mileage.
Ford EcoSport is powered by the 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines, the while diesel gets the 1.5-litre mill. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine produces 123.3bhp and 170Nm of torque, 1.5-litre petrol engine produces 110bhp and 140Nm of peak torque and the 1.5-litre diesel unit develops 99bhp and 205Nm of torque.
Price: Starts from Rs 6.93 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
While the list includes a mix of both performance and affordability, safety is the key to driving one of these cars to college. India has many options when to comes to cars for college students based on pricing and affordability.