Automatic transmission, earlier seen only in luxury vehicles, has now made inroads into hatchback and compact sedan segment as well. Automatic cars are desired for the convenience which they offer especially on Indian roads where traffic congestion is the order of the day. There is no dearth of options when it comes to choosing an automatic car that is easy on the pocket.
Here is a list of top 10 automatic cars in India that one can buy under Rs 8 lakh:
1. Maruti Alto K10 Automatic (VXI AGS)
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After Celerio, Alto K10 is one of the most pocket-friendly Auto gear cars in India. Those looking for an automatic car more powerful than Nano but still affordably priced can choose Alto K10. The car is powered by a 998 cc, K Series, three cylinder K10 engine that emits 67 bhp of power and 90 Nm of torque. It offers an impressive mileage of 24.07 kmpl. This simple yet elegant hatchback can get you to a top speed of 135-145 kmph and accelerates from 0-100 kmph mark in just 5.3 seconds. The price of Alto K10 automatic is Rs. 4.1 lakh.
2. Nissan Micra XShift
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The mid level trim of Nissan Micra gets CVT automatic gearbox. A recent slash in price of Nissan Micra Automatic has made it the most affordable CVT premium hatchback in the country. Its price starts at Rs. 5.99 lakh for the XL trim and Rs. 7.04 lakh for the XV trim. The CVT gearbox is available on petrol variants that are powered by 1.2-litre engine churning out 75 bhp of power enabling the car to have a top speed of 161 kmph and accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 14.5 seconds. The fuel economy stands at a decent 19.34 kmpl.
3. Tata Nano GenX
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The Automatic Manual transmission on Tata Nano is termed as “Easy Shift” by the company. It goes without saying that Tata Nano automatic is the most affordable automatic car not only in India but also in the world. The car gets going with the help of a 2 cylinder, 624 cc petrol engine that produces 38 bhp of power along with 51 Nm of torque mated with a 5-speed automatic gearbox. It returns a mileage of 21.9 kmpl and the top speed is 105 kmph. Despite the limited top speed, the car accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in just 12.6 seconds. Two automatic variants of Nano are available in the Indian market namely – Nano XMA priced at Rs. 2.87 lakh and Nano XTA priced at Rs. 3.07 lakh.
4. Maruti Suzuki Celerio
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Celerio is another affordable offering from Maruti Suzuki that flaunts an automatic transmission. Celerio AMT contributes to up to 60% of the total sales of this hatchback and the company is offering automatic gearbox on as many as six of its trims. Sporty exteriors, dual tone comfortable cabin and modest pricing is what sets Celerio automatic apart from its lower priced sibling, Alto K10. Equipped with a 1000 cc, 3 cylinder engine that put forward 67 bhp of power and 90 Nm of torque, the automatic trims of Celerio offer a breezy performance reaching 0-100 kmph mark in 15 seconds and offering a top speed of 135 kmph. You can choose one in the price range of Rs. 4.5 lakh to Rs. 5.2 lakh.
5. Honda Jazz
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A total of 40% of initial bookings for Honda Jazz were for petrol automatic. This explains the growing love for automatic cars in India. Honda Jazz S AT, priced at Rs. 7.34 lakh, is definitely one of the most stylish Auto gear cars in India that fall under Rs 8 lakh. The engine on duty is 1.2-litre iVTEC, 87 bhp petrol unit mated with CVT transmission. It offers a fuel economy of 19 kmpl which is higher than manual versions 18.7 kmpl. It boasts of a good top speed of 180 kmph and reaches 100 kmph from zero in just 10.6 seconds. The transmission’s lighter weight, high range of ratios and significant benefit of mileage makes Jazz automatic a wise choice for style conscious buyers.
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6. Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
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One of the highest selling compact sedan in India, Swift Dzire from Maruti Suzuki, offers automatic transmission on both its petrol and diesel powered trims. While the diesel automatic goes upwards of Rs. 8 lakh, the petrol powered VXI AT trim is priced modestly at Rs. 6.87 lakh. The 4-speed automatic gearbox works in tandem with 1197 cc petrol engine to offer 83 bhp of power and 115 Nm of torque. The ARAI rated mileage of the trim is 18.5 kmpl. The 0-100 kmph sprint is done in 15 seconds and the top speed is rated at 155 kmph.
7. Hyundai Grand i10
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In March 2015, Hyundai Motors launched two new automatic variants of its best selling hatch, Grand i10, named – Magna AT and Asta (O) AT priced at Rs. 5.96 lakh and Rs. 6.83 lakh respectively. The latter trim is being offered as a replacement to the old Asta AT. A conventional 4-speed automatic gearbox has been mated with the 1.2-litre Kappa VTVT petrol engine that develops 82 bhp of power and 114 Nm of torque. The certified mileage offered by automatic trims is 16.7 kmpl and the top speed stands at 163 kmph.
8. Honda Brio
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Blessed with a classy exterior and Honda reliability, Brio Automatic is a must-consider option for people looking for automatic cars under 8 lakh. Brio was one of the first cars to get an automatic version in India but it could not become so popular. The car is fun to drive thanks to its 5-speed torque converter unit that has been combined with the highly efficient 1.2-litre iVTEC petrol mill. The engine supplies 87 bhp of power and 109 Nm of torque. The car registers a decent top speed of 185 kmph and completes 0-100 kmph in just 12.5 seconds. The car is offered in two automatic variants – VX AT and VX(O) AT available at a price of Rs. 6.5 lakh and Rs. 7.0 lakh respectively.
9. Tata Zest
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The AMT equipped Zest offers a breezy driving experience on Highways as well as inside the city. It is only on the diesel trims that an automatic gearbox is offered on Zest. What’s more is that Zest Diesel automatic is the cheapest Automatic diesel sedan in India. The XMA and XTA trims of the car, that carry 5-speed automatic transmission, are priced at Rs. 7.70 lakh and Rs. 8.54 lakh respectively. The diesel engine in question is a 1248cc, 89 bhp mill that returns a handsome 21.58 kmpl of mileage. The maximum speed of Zest automatic is 158 kmph and 0-100 kmph mark is reached comfortably in 15 seconds.
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10. Maruti Baleno
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Another Maruti beauty that qualifies as one of the best automatic cars in India under Rs. 8 lakh is Baleno. Available with only petrol engine, Baleno automatic offers two choices – Delta AT, priced at Rs. 6.87 lakh and Zeta AT that sells at Rs. 7.47 lakh. The 1197 cc petrol engine producing 83 bhp of power works together with 5-speed automatic transmission to offer 21.4 kmpl of fuel economy and offer a hassle free driving experience. This is the same combination that is sported by Maruti Suzuki Swift as well. In a matter of 13 seconds, Baleno can touch 100 kmph of speed from standstill and supports a maximum speed of 150 kmph.
Maruti Suzuki boasts of the largest share in the automatic cars segment due to its Magneti Marelli-sourced AMT unit that the carmaker develops in-house with its partner. No wonder, this list of automatic cars in India under 8 lakh is dominated by this largest carmaker in India.