Especially in the Indian market, the customers desire a fancy-looking car loaded with new technology, safety features, and advance cabin interiors, and not only that but also want all of this at a reasonably cheaper price. Carmakers often tend to offer their vehicles in many trims and variants, which are loaded with different powertrains and different safety features. However, people usually get confused between if to go for the base variant or go for the Top-End Specification variant, this is the hardest choice the buyers had to make while buying a car because if you go for entry-level trim then you miss out on a lot of features and equipment’s, and which features does the Top-end spec is offering? So, here we have put together the Top 5 car base variant you can go for which comes with a decent features list and equipment’s: –
- Homegrown Manufacturer – Tata Nexon
Tata Nexon is India’s first car to achieve the 5-star adult occupant safety rating at the Global NCAP. It is the first car to come on the list because of its safety features list available in its base XE variant. The Nexon XE trim comes loaded with safety features like hydraulic brake assist, ISOFIX child mounting, Hill-Hold control, ABS with EBD, Dual frontal airbags, ESC, roll-over mitigation, rear parking sensors, and disc brakes at front.
As for the exterior and interior features it comprises of Projector headlamp with Tri-arrow DRLs, Flat bottom steering, fully digital instrument cluster, front power windows and so on. All these equipment and features come with a price tag of Rs 7.20 lakh ex-showroom, New Delhi. As for performance, it is paired with a Revotron Turbocharged petrol motor which belts out 120 PS of power and 170 Nm of torque and is mated with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox system. Although, an infotainment system is not offered.
- Homegrown Manufacturer – Tata Tiago
Another car from the Homegrown car maker Tata Tiago, and yet again it is on the list because of its safety features. This particular hatchback is the value for money car in the segment and offers a befitting base XE variant compared to other manufacturer hatches. Tata Tiago was rewarded with 4-star in adult occupant at Global NCAP and currently the safest car in the segment.
However, the features list comprises of – Dual-frontal Airbags, ABS with EBD, Corner stability control, Overspeed alert, rear parking sensors, immobiliser and so on. Although, infotainment is also missing in the base variant. Tata Tiago base variant XE is priced at Rs 5.49 lakh, which is around Rs 30000 less compared with segment King Maruti Suzuki Swift base trim. Tiago comes powered by a 1.2 Litre Revotron petrol motor which develops 86 HP of power and 113 Nm of torque. The powertrain comes coupled with a 5-speed Manual transmission gearbox system.
- India Automaker – Mahindra XUV300
Mahindra XUV300 is awarded a 4-star safety rating for Child-occupant and currently is the safest Compact SUV on sale in the Indian market. The base variant W4 comprises of Dual-frontal airbags, ABS with EBD, CSC, ISOFIX child mounting, impact sensing door unlock, panic braking signal, high mounted stop lamp, and immobiliser. Tata Mahindra XUV300 W4 comes powered via a 1.2 Litre turbo petrol engine, which belts out 110 PS of power and 200 Nm of torque.
As for the exterior and interior features, it gets a Monochrome infotainment system, electrically adjustable ORVMs, tyre position display, front and rear power windows, central locking, rear parking sensors, and smart steering system. The base variant W4 costs Rs 7.96 lakh ex-showroom, New Delhi.
- Japanese manufacturer – Honda City
Honda last year upgraded its best-selling model City in the Indian market. Although, the new 5th generation model currently on sale with its predecessor 4th generation model. Here, we talk about the 4th generation base variant SV, which comes loaded with safety features like ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child mounting, rear windshield defogger, dual horn, rear parking sensors, Dual frontal airbags and impact sensing door locks.
As for the interior and exterior, it features with 8.9-inch infotainment system enabled with Bluetooth connectivity, LED DRLs, power windows on the front, LED taillights and so on. Honda City SV comes powered by a 1.5 Litre I-VTEC petrol engine, which belts out 119 PS of power and 145 Nm of peak torque. Honda City SV base variant costs Rs 9.29 lakh ex-showroom.
- Japanese manufacturer – Nissan Kicks
Nissan Kicks base variant XL comes with safety features like ABS with EBD, brake assist, emergency stop signal, Dual frontal airbags, impact sensing door locks, rear parking sensors, immobilizer, and rear defogger. Nissan Kicks base variant costs Rs 9.50 lakh ex-showroom, New Delhi. As for its performance, it comes equipped with a 1.5 Litre turbo Charged petrol engine, which belts out 106 PS and 142 Nm, when mated with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox system. And because of that Nissan Kicks finishes up in the Top 5 car base variant for to go.
Nissan Kicks XL trim comprises of 2-din audio system, electrically adjustable ORVMs, rear AC vents, all power windows, cooled glovebox, adjustable headrest, infotainment system, IntelliJ-sense suspension system, and much more on offer.