The Indian market has grown in leaps and bounds with booming IT industry and other verticals in the commerce area. Along with it grew the executives who are responsible for planning and converting it into actions.
The auto industry grew along with it and has a range of executive sedans to make your statement wherever you go. Here are top 10 executive sedans in India which are premium, luxurious, powerful and performance oriented cars and of course they make a statement wherever they go.
1. Skoda Superb
The Skoda Superb has the presence and the new generation model epitomises it. The previous generation was more of a limousine-like dimension, it is still a large car but adds a whole lot of character.
From the famed Skoda front grille to the angular headlamps, the Skoda Superb has an aggressive posture. The shoulder lines to the neatly cut tail lamps, the Superb is deeper and stylish in its theme.
Inside the cabin, the Skoda Superb is designed for executives with the best of space, storage, and entertainment. Skoda has powered the Superb with the either the 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit or the 1.8-litre TSI petrol mill.
While the diesel unit is mated to the 7-speed DSG dual clutch automatic gearbox, the petrol unit is tied to either the 7-speed DSG dual clutch automatic or the 6-speed manual gearbox. The diesel unit can churn out 175bhp and 350Nm of torque.
- 2.0-litre TDI - 175bhp and 350Nm Torque (AT)
- 1.8-litre TSI - 178bhp and 320Nm (MT) & 250Nm (AT)
Price: Rs 23.96 Lakh To Rs 31.03 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
2. Skoda Octavia
One among the first break into the executive segment was the Skoda Octavia. Many still yearn to own the Octavia with its strong presence on road. The new Skoda Octavia with its butterfly grille, chiselled headlamps, and the square jaw makes for a solid and makes a statement wherever you go.
Inside the Skoda Octavia, with its plush seats high-quality chrome inserts, piano black surfaces, faux-wood on door pads, and soft-touch materials reveals a well-done cabin. The new Octavia boasts of features such as a massive sunroof, powered driver's seat with memory, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, remote locking and a full-size touchscreen infotainment system.
Skoda has powered the Octavia with the petrol in 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre engines, while the diesel unit is available as a 2.0-litre engine.
- 1.4-litre TSI - 148bhp & 250Nm of Torque
- 1.8-litre TSI - 178bhp & 250Nm of Torque
- 2.0-litre TDI - 141bhp & 320Nm of Torque (MT & AT)
Price: Rs 16.58 Lakh - Rs 22.41 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
3. Volkswagen Jetta
The Volkswagen Jetta has a clean and premium design which uses the same MQB platform as the Skoda Octavia. The Jetta is a sleek and sharp executive car, the Jetta might not have the strong and aggressive stance; however, it has got the presence of a premium looking car.
The interiors of the Volkswagen Jetta feels luxurious with piano black finished centre console and the white and black instrument display. The seats are large and well-cushioned, and enough space for five passengers.
Volkswagen has powered the Jetta with the choice of either the 2.0-litre diesel unit and 1.4-litre petrol mill.
- 1.4-litre TSI - 120bhp & 200Nm of Torque (MT)
- 2.0-litre TDI - 138bhp & 320Nm of Torque (MT & AT)
Price - Rs 14.77 Lakh - Rs 20.89 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
4. Toyota Corolla Altis
Toyota's penchant quality shows off in the Corolla Altis, the sedan looks premium and luxurious yet has the aggressive stance. This aggressive stance is credited to the squinted headlamps which are connected with the chrome grille. The well-chiselled air dam if wide mocking a wide chested sedan.
On the inside, the new Corolla Altis is spacious, features a digitally controlled interface through the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The luxurious upholstery adds to the premium features in the Toyota Corolla Altis.
Toyota has powered the Corolla Altis with a powerful 1.8-litre GD petrol unit and 1.4-litre D-4D diesel unit.
- 1.8-litre GD - 138bhp/ 173Nm (MT & CVT)
- 1.4-litre D-4D - 87bhp/ 205Nm (MT)
Price: Rs 13.79 Lakh - Rs 17.58 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
5. Chevrolet Cruze
If you are looking for a muscular, big and solid presence, the Chevrolet Cruze is one of them. With its chunky and beefy looks, the Cruze is a big and large sedan for an executive sedan. The Cruze with its muscular wheel arches and bold and thick lines running across the sedan is a statement itself.
Even the cabin is big and luxurious in space, and the new Cruze has a 7-inch touchscreen MyLink infotainment system which houses Stitcher SmartRadio, Siri compatibility with an iPhone/ iPad, voice recognition controls and the air conditioning controls, among others.
The Chevrolet Cruze is equipped only with the diesel 2.0-litre unit and comes in manual and automatic variants.
- 2.0-litre VCDi - 164bhp/ 360Nm of Torque
Price: Rs 13.95 Lakh to Rs 17.46 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
6. Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai has launched in the new Elantra and the design language is not the Fluidic sculpture that the South Korean company follows. The new Elantra is sharp and aggressive looking sedan yet has the premium look and presence.
Inside the Elantra, the car exudes modern and a premium sedan, the cabin is spacious for four passengers and the fifth might have to adjust a bit, yet best in class. Features include standard dual airbags, projector headlamps with DRLs, leather touches, powered driver seats, auto AC, 8-inch touchscreen navigation infotainment system, among others.
Hyundai has powered the new Elantra with the 1.6-litre diesel unit and 2.0-litre petrol mill. Both the engines have the option of an automatic and manual gearbox.
- 2.0-litre MPi - 150bhp/ 192Nm of Torque (MT & AT)
- 1.6-litre CRDi - 126bhp/ 260Nm of Torque (MT & AT)
Price: Rs 12.99 Lakh to Rs 19.19 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
7. Skoda Rapid
Skoda has taken the curtain of the facelifted Rapid and by the looks of it, the Rapid is the best-looking sedan in the segment. The butterfly front grille to the angular headlamps screams aggressiveness. The cues and creases reveal a muscular looking sedan and it has indeed arrived.
On the features, the new Rapid is equipped with the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which can be connected via Bluetooth, Aux-in and USB. The new Rapid also features cooled glove box and good storage facilities.
On the power front, the Skoda Rapid 1.6-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel unit, while the petrol unit is mated to either the 5-speed manual or 6-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox, the diesel unit comes paired either with the 5-speed manual or 7-speed DSG dual clutch auto box.
- 1.6-litre Petrol - 103bhp/ 153Nm of Torque (MT & AT)
- 1.5-litre Diesel - 108bhp/ 250Nm of Torque (MT & AT)
Price: Rs 8.28 Lakh to Rs 12.67 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
8. Honda City
Honda City does not require any introduction, Honda came to India back in 1995 and launched the City in 1998. The Honda City introduced to the premium sedan segment and from then on there have been many to rival the City.
The new Honda City has the best quality in production, smooth to drive and has the aura of a premium sedan. Inside the cabin, the dual tone interior feels premium and the features including touch screen for control to the sunroof, the City commands attention. Features includes auto AC, infotainment system, and lots more.
Honda offers the City in the 1.5-litre diesel and petrol units, while the petrol has the option of both CVT and manual gearbox, the diesel unit is tied to the 5-speed manual gearbox.
- 1.5-litre iVTEC - 119bhp/ 145Nm of Torque (MT & AT)
- 1.5-litre iDTEC - 99bh/ 200Nm of Torque (MT)
Price: Rs 8.22 Lakh to Rs 12.55 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
9. Hyundai Verna
Hyundai took one notch higher with the Verna sedan, many who had the option of either the Honda City or the Skoda Rapid were treated to the featured loaded Verna. The Verna did not disappoint with its bold yet sleek looking front profile. The fluidic design captivates the side profile and the rear profile as well.
Interiors of the Hyundai Verna is featured with the dual tone upholstery and a dashboard theme. With leather inserts on the door pads and trims, the premium looking Verna, emphasis on affordable luxury. Apart from it, the Hyundai Verna features simple touch screen audio system with a host of connectivity. Hyundai will have to bring a facelift to the Verna to compete with the current rivals.
Hyundai has powered the Verna with 1.6- and 1.4-litre petrol and diesel units. The 1.6-litre units have the option of manual and automatic gearbox.
- 1.4-litre MPi - 106bhp/ 135Nm (MT & AT)
- 1.6-litre MPi - 121bhp/ 155Nm (MT & AT)
- 1.4-litre CRDi - 89bhp/ 220Nm (MT & AT)
- 1.6-litre CRDi - 126bhp/ 260Nm (MT & AT)
Price: Rs 7.88 Lakh to Rs 13.10 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
10. Volkswagen Vento
The Volkswagen is a toned version of the Jetta except for the features, the Vento is a classy sedan with its straight and clean lines in its exterior design. The Vento and the Skoda Rapid share the same platform; however, on the design front both are poles apart.
When you enter the Vento, the interior is plush with its dual tone upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, illuminated trunk and chrome trim. Vento features auto AC, rear AC vents, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink, standard dual airbags and ABS and host of features.
Volkswagen has powered the Vento with 1.6-litre and 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel unit. Both the units comes with the choice of either the manual or the automatic gearbox.
- 1.2-litre TSI - 104bhp/ 175Nm (7-speed Automatic)
- 1.6-litre MPi - 104bhp/ 153Nm (6-speed Manual)
- 1.5-litre TDI - 109bhp/ 250Nm (MT & AT)
Price: Rs 8.16 Lakh to Rs 12.58 Lakh ex-showroom (Delhi)
The executive sedan exuberate the need for premium yet powerful, the above line-up is a mix of both affordability, feature loaded and comfort. Car manufacturers will continue to upgrade the segment with new technology and features, this will only get better for the buyers.