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We’re guessing your hunt for the perfect new ride came to a halt due to COVID-19. But if you’re looking for mid-range options post the lockdown that wouldn’t hurt the pocket so much, here’s a quick list of the best cars under 25 lakhs to consider.

The auto industry took a big hit due to COVID-19 fever, but it’s also done a lot to help us fight it. While the economic crisis in the industry is grave, there is an off-chance that car prices might dip too. Keeping that in mind, we’ve created a list of some of the best cars under 25 lakhs, especially in the SUV and sedan section.  

Kia Seltos

Kia Seltos

As the first car KIA brought to India, the Seltos is currently their flagship SUV under luxury accents and sheer power for Indian streets. The SUV comes in 16 stunning variants in terms of performance, interior specs, and design that ranges from between Rs 9.5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. Top-of-the-line Seltos models come equipped with a massive 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The Seltos variants vary in horsepower too as it’s built for city commute and utility. It starts at 115 and peaks at 140 between its petrol and diesel variants.

Price: Rs 9 lakh onwards

MG Hector

The MG Hector came with one motive: To bring the luxury treatments of high-end SUVs down to a lower price-point, and the Hector is a golden roar of MG’s vision. ‘Brain meets Brawn’ is the brand expression with Hector, and it’s super-customisable, intelligent, and boasts a dominant on-road presence. Under its hood, you’ll see a 1.5-litre turbo petrol guzzler that spits out 143-hp and 350-Nm of torque. Opt for the diesel and get the power of 35 more horses. The MG Hector is currently the best in its class. For its price, you’ll be receiving deluxe SUV treatments and multi-functionality.

Price: Rs 14 lakh onwards

Hyundai Kona Electric

Sustainability is an important aspect to consider and electric mobility helps to that effect. As the first all-electric SUV in India, it’s a perfect combo of price, stylish futurism, and driving romance. When topped up, you can cruise up to 452 km. It may have a slightly slower pickup than usual as it takes nearly 10 seconds to reach 100-kmph with its 136-hp EV engine. The car also takes care of safety and boasts six airbags — front, side and rear. Moreover, EVs are overly silent. It comes with sensor triggers, a distinct engine noise to alert pedestrians. Before falling in love with this EV beaut, you might want to consider having an appropriate charging infrastructure.

Price: Rs 23 lakh onwards

Skoda Superb

If you’re looking for an executive ride on a budget, the Skoda Superb is the apex option to consider. Its range makes our budget cut on this list, but it’s still one of the best cars under Rs 25 lakhs. On the outside, you see the brand’s new and sharp design language, and inside, a pure luxury cabin experience. Perfect for both businessmen and families, thanks to its wide range of accessories such as smart tablet holder, coat hangers, coffee machines, and much more. Yes, portable coffee machines. The car comes in a diesel and petrol variant.

Price: Rs 24 lakh onwards.

Volkswagen T-Roc

If you read this mini-SUV’s brochure, there’s one quote that’s repetitive — ‘Compliment your confidence’, and we can see why. As VW’s frontline sport utility vehicle, the T-Roc takes pride in tons of micro features like the diamond-cut alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, the Vienna leather of its cabin, and more. It’s a simple, no fuss, stylish car that comes with the right accessories a modern mind needs. In terms of power and safety, it runs a 7-speed gearbox that clutches the 150-hp it delivers and boasts six airbags.

Price: Rs 19 lakh onwards

Tata Harrier

There’s something that distinguishes the Harrier from other SUVs on this list — its ‘Omegarc’ architectural design. It’s built not only for the street but also for the terrain, and it isn’t shy of its off-road DNA. For a brand like TATA that aims for utility in mobility, this is a stylish leap. To help suit your alter-ego best, the Harrier also comes in multiple forms. Some sporty, some stylish, and some aim for more comfort. Take your pick. Furthermore, it has enough space for nine speakers.

Price: Rs 13 lakhs onwards

Honda Civic

2019 Honda Civic Coupe Sport

The Civic has been around for a while, and it’s been a beacon of style for the mid-range auto category. It’s super spacious, expertly designed, and jacked-up with top-notch tech. In terms of power, there’s an i-VTEC Petrol Engine, perfect for Indian streets in terms of power and efficiency. In terms of safety, the Civic gets a five-star rating from ASEAN. Pair that with its design and you have not only the best model in its class but also one of the best cars under 25 lakh.

Price: Rs 18 lakh onwards

All prices are approximate and may vary depending on city or state.

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.