Have you shortlisted your car to buy! Or you having difficulties deciding about which car to buy. There are plenty of models, brands and variants available in the Indian market and spending your hard earned money on the perfect cars is very tough decision to make. Even though after deciding the car model, brand and segment, there still remains a lingering question that, which car variant to go for.

Which car variant to go for
New Mahindra Thar modified

In India many manufacturers offer their vehicles in more than 1 variant, even last year’s launch new generation Hyundai I20 has as many as 20 plus variants to choose from. While the salesperson always suggests you to buy the Top-end variant. But is it really worth spending a lot of money, when there are options for lower price variants as well? To ease your stress, we have prepared some guidance points for you: –

Are you more concern for safety?

If yes then you don’t have to worry about spending more money on Top-end variants as manufacturers are offering plenty of safety features in their low variants as well. In 2019, Nexon created a record of the first Indian production car to get rewarded with a 5-star safety rating at Global NCAP and since then a new trend has emerged for a safer car in the Indian market in comparison to before. People are more looking for safer cars, and it can be seen in the monthly sales chart of Mahindra and Tata.

Which variant to go for

So, even the lower variants cars offer a better safety feature. So, here you have to decide what sort of safety features you want in your car: –

  • Dual-front airbags
  • Seat belt reminder
  • Speed alert
  • ABS with EBD
  • ISOFIX child mounting
  • Electronic stability control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Front disc brakes

Out of these some features are made mandatory by the Indian government, to plying with Indian road and safety norms. Cars right from the base variant should have these features like Dual-frontal airbags, rear parking sensors, speed alert front seat belt reminder. Some cars from the homegrown manufacturer Mahindra and tata offer more than the required minimum of these features in their base variant as well. However, some carmakers don’t offer such features in their car’s base variant, for example, Hyundai Creta just offers dual-frontal airbags in base trim and 6-airbags in Top-end trim.

Are you a looking for higher performance?

Next up in deciding the car in terms of powertrain which vary according to different variants, but that’s not the case with the sole engine offering cars like Alto, Wagon R, Safari, Harrier and so on. Are you looking for a turbo petrol engine? Or will you settle for more litres with the naturally aspirated engine? Or will you go for a Diesel engine? After this complicated questionnaire then comes the transmission offering. In the base variant, you will get a smaller engine and a manual transmission gearbox system with every car, while for the upper variants you will get multiple options as well. As seen in Hyundai Venue, Creta, Nissan Magnite and so on. New generation Hyundai i20 offers more than 3 transmission gearbox option.

Which car variant to go for
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Do you need more advanced up to date features?

Well talking about digitalisation who doesn’t want a fancy advanced featured-packed car. There are many new advanced features that are being offered by the manufacturer but for that, you will have to significantly increase your budget and go for the higher variants. Although, in the mid-range variants you can also possess plenty of these features as well. This part is totally up to you as not many manufacturers even offered an infotainment touchscreen in their base variants.   

Mahindra Thar safety measures
Interior features

Final Part is budget friendly car;

Everyone has a prescribed budget in their minds about the car they are thinking of buying. Due to this global pandemic, everyone’s budget is kinda haywire. So, if all the things set up in your budget then you should go for it, if it sets on Top end variant or for the Base variant doesn’t matter because everyone has a pre-set budget in their minds.

Tata safari vs Hyundai Alcazar
Safari cabin

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