If you are buying a new car in 2016 for family commuting, the first range you would probably be looking into is 1500 CC engine range. The 1500CC is the sweet spot between performance and cost. In many states, 1500CC vehicles fall under a reasonable tax category. Also, the fuel efficiency in 1500CC vehicles are much better than the higher CC vehicles of same category. It is easy to drive one with AC fully turned on and not have an engine stutter, because 1500CC is bigger enough to overcome all such obstacles.
The Indian market is model rich in terms of 1500 CC car availability. There are both locally assembled and overseas import models, depending on the requirements a buyer may choose either of these options. However, for the best after-sales service we would recommend the locally assembled ones.
10. Volkswagen Vento
The Volkswagen Vento is available in both petrol and diesel variants in India, and there’s even an AT version with the diesel engine. The 1.5 TDi Comfort line AT vehicle comes with a 1498cc diesel engine that pulls off 103.5bhp maximum power and 250Nm maximum torque. The AT gearbox has 7 different speeds and a reverse. Fuel tank capacity is 55 liters, and the mileage figures re 17.25 kmpl in city and 21.5 kmpl in highway. Price: Rs. 11.7 lacs.
9. Renault Duster
Renault Duster is a decently powerful SUV in the reasonable price range. There are different variants run by petrol and diesel. RxL variant is powered by a 1461cc engine with 6-speed automatic transmission installed. This variant is FWD instead of 4WD or RWD. Maximum power and maximum torque figures are 108.45bhp and 245 Nm respectively. It takes 12.5 seconds to reach 0-100 kmph, not very fast in that regard but the torque helps off-road drive. The rated mileage is 16.1 kmpl city and 19.6kmpl highway. Price: Rs. 11.7 lacs.
8. Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta is a compact sedan car with seating capacity for 5 person, including the driver. Petrol variant of this vehicle is equipped with a 1498 cc diesel engine, and the transmission on this is 5 speed manual (TDCiAmbiante). Maximum power this vehicle can pull off is 89.75bhp and the torque figure is 204Nm. Combined mileage on this vehicle is 23.5 kmpl. Price: Rs. 9 lacs.
7. Renault Lodgy
Renault LodgyStepway Edition comes with seating capability for 8 persons. The engine is dCI, a 1.5L diesel engine with displacement of 1461cc. Maximum power this engine can offer is 108.5bhp, and the maximum torque is 245Nm. This vehicle has a 6-speed manual transmission system. Rated mileage is 17 kmpl. Price: Rs. 12.4 lacs.
6. Honda BR-V
Honda is quite popular for making these SUVs – HR-V, CR-V, BR-V. There’s quite a few variants for the Honda BR-V, and the i-VTEC VCVT variant is powered by a 1497cc petrol engine with 6-speed automatic transmission, and FWD drive train. Maximum power output on this vehicle is 117.3bhp, and maximum torque is 145Nm. Rated mileage for the BR-V is 12kmpl city, 16kmpl highway. Price: Rs. 12.1 lacs.
5. Hyundai Creta
The Hyundai Creta 1.6 VTVT AT SX Plus comes with a 1591cc VTVT petrol engine and the maximum power output on this engine is 121.3 bhp. The mileage for city driving is 10 kmpl, and highway driving is 13 kmpl as rated by the company. Transmission on the Creta is 6 speed automatic on this variant. Price: Rs. 12.9 lacs.
4. Renault Fluence
E2D and E4D, these are the two variants the Renault Fluence is available in. The E4D variant has a dCi diesel engine with 1461cc displacement and maximum power output of 108.45 bhp and maximum torque of 240 Nm. This vehicle has a manual transmission box with 6 different speeds, the drive train is FWD. Rated mileage 18 kmpl. Price: Rs. 16.8 lacs.
3. Mini Cooper D
If you did not know, Mini is actually a subsidiary of BMW. However, the Mini Cooper S is a widely popular model over the globe. The Mini Cooper D has a 1496cc engine 6-speed automatic transmission. It offers maximum 116bhp power and 270Nm maximum torque. Rated mileage is 19 kmpl. Price: Rs. 28.5 lacs.
2. Volvo V40 Cross Country
There’s only one variant of the Volvo V40 in India, the T4 petro engine variant with 1596cc turbo petrol engine with maximum 180bhp power output. The engine has a 6-speed automatic gearbox, the mileage is 16 kmpl. Price: Rs. 27.3 lacs.
1. Mercedes Benz A Class
If you love German vehicles, then the Mercedes Benz A Class may be your perfect pick. The A180 Sports Edition model comes with 1595cc petrol engine, with 122bhp maximum power and 200Nm maximum torque output. It has 7-speed automatic transmission with FWD drive train, and the mileage is 15 kmpl. Price: Rs. 26 lacs.
The 1500 CC vehicle market in India is quite enriched. If you need a new vehicle, this list would probably be able to help you out.