Indian automotive industry has evolved into a huge space with many new models entering the country every year. With the rise of new segments, the competition has only got intense. While some of the products reap benefits for their manufacturer, others fail to gain traction despite getting most of the right boxes ticked.
Here is a collation of most underrated cars in India across segments, have a look.
- Ford Figo
First launched in 2010, Figo was the break through model for Ford in the Indian market. The hatchback propelled into the new generation in 2015 to combat declining demand, however it seems the vehicle isn’t garnering enough sales that one could expect from a hatchback with great potential. With all new contemporary looks and frugal choice of petrol and diesel engines, Figo is available with manual and automatic transmissions.
2. Chevrolet Cruze
Revered for its performance, Cruze once ruled the executive sedan segment that has starting to revive after a long lull. While Cruze is still a great performer, the old models with new livery and better equipment are surely gaining more attention. The Cruze carline currently comes only with meaty 2.0-litre oil burner with manual and automatic transmission.
3.Maruti Suzuki S-Cross 1.6
Aimed at the compact segment ruled by Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster, Maruti Suzuki’s S-Cross 1.6-litre version failed miserably to deflect attention from rival models. The high-capacity engine is currently offered only with the range-topping Alpha trim, while the Delta and Zeta variants are available with the 1.3-litre unit.
4. Tata Zest
Launched with high hopes to carve a niche spot in the subcompact sedan segment, Zest continues to grapple with sluggish demand. It was indeed the first product built under Tata’s ‘DesigNext, DriveNext and ConnectNext’ philosophy. Currently it is offered with 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre oil burner.
5. Volkaswagen Ameo
Meant exclusively for the Indian market, this subcompact sedan from the German conglomerate is based on its ace hatchback Polo. The fierce competition in the subcompact sedan segment is probably making it difficult for Ameo to keep rivals at bay. Akin to Polo, it comes with 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre TDI oil burner.
6. Renault Lodgy
Renault’s MPV showed great potential at the time of launch. Pitted squarely against Toyota Innova Crysta, it offers great space even on the third row and a raft of features. With the new Innova Crysta getting comprehensive changes, the gap between both the models has widened further. The Lodgy carline comes in diesel variants offering power in two states of tune-84bhp and 108bhp.
7. Nissan Terrano
Going against credible rivals, Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Honda BR-V, the compact SUV from Nissan recently received superficial cosmetic upgrades on the outside and new kit inside the cabin. Visually, Terrano has an assertive look with sharp elements bolstering the bold appearance. Launched between Rs 9.99 lakh to Rs 14.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Terrano is available with single petrol variant on the base trim and four diesel variants powered by the 1.5-litre diesel unit sourced from its French cousin Duster.
8. Force Gurkha
This off-roader hasn’t been able to lure customers to showrooms even after several efforts. In the latest attempt, Force has given new styling changes for a rugged flair. Besides, it gets the BSIV compliant 84bhp, 2.6-litre engine which was missing previously. This has however bumped the pricing quite a bit to Rs 8.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
9. Fiat Linea T-Jet
Despite copious efforts from Fiat the vehicle hasn’t been able to take off in terms of sales. Even the recent price cut in the beginning of 2017 did no good to Linea. Available with a powerful set of engines including the 1.3-litre oil burner and 1.4-litre petrol unit, the carline offers power-packed performance and decent fuel economy.
Taking on the terrific trio, Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna in the mid-size sedan segment, Rapid has it all that makes it a desirable option in its space. Skoda gave it comprehensive aesthetic and mechanical upgrades in November last year which seems to do nothing good to its monthly sales. Priced quite high from rivals, Skoda Rapid carline uses tweaked 1.5-litre TDi unit tuned to produce 108bhp of power. Petrol variants in the range derive power from the 1.6-litre powertrain with 103bhp of top power.