The Hyundai Verna carries the Korean brand’s Fluidic design language and is the winner of the prestigious Indian Car Of The Year (ICOTY) 2018 award. The latest Verna is arguably the best-looking sedan in the segment with its aerodynamic design and sharp lines. The Hyundai Verna is available in both 1.6-litre diesel and 1.6-litre petrol engine formats. The engines come mated to a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission.
The Volkswagen Vento is one of the first sedans sold in India by the German brand. Based on the Polo hatchback, the Vento features upmarket interiors and boasts of class-leading German engineering. The car has gone through minor makeovers over the years and still remains an ideal choice for the upper middle class. The 1.6-litre MPi petrol unit on the Vento offers decent performance and comes mated only to a 6-speed manual.
The Skoda Rapid is essentially a Volkswagen Vento with a few design changes. The latest Rapid looks sportier than the rather elegant Vento and features blacked-out elements such as the headlights, grille and alloy wheels. The interiors pretty much look and feature the same as in the Volkswagen Vento. The Skoda Rapid is available with the same 1.6-litre MPi petrol engine as on the Vento and comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Hyundai Creta is one of the most-popular five-seater SUVs sold in India. The latest version of the Creta offers a lot of improvements over the previous model and comes with many premium features. The Creta is a good-looking product from the Korean brand and has got enough safety aids too. The Hyundai Creta is available in 1.6-litre diesel and 1.6-litre petrol variants; both available mated to a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Both engines, especially the 1.6-litre diesel, showcase good overall performance.
The Hyundai Elantra is the most-premium sedan offering from the Korean brand. The sedan showcases an evolved form of the brand’s Fluidic design philosophy. It is arguably one of the best-looking products from Hyundai too. Available in a 1.6-litre diesel format, the Hyundai Elantra can opted with a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission.
The Ford EcoSport is a great value for money vehicle in the 1600cc segment since Ford offers a 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine in addition to the 1.0-litre Ecoboost motor. The EcoSport is a great choice since it offers hatchback dimensions with a SUV stance.
The Mini Cooper is a premium car, for those looking for a style statement that carries a lot of heritage. The Cooper is offered with 1.5-litre diesel engine, and for those looking for a bigger displacement, Mini offers a 2.0-litre petrol variant.
The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is a great alternative, but may not appeal to many. The S-Cross has a bold stance, and the crossover is offered with a choice of either a 1.3-litre or a 1.6-litre diesel engine, mated to a manual gearbox only.
The Honda Amaze is a good choice in the 1600cc category, since the diesel engine on the Amaze was built specifically for India. The 1.5-litre diesel engine powers other Honda diesel models as well, and the Amaze is offered with a manual gearbox only with the diesel engine.