2016 was quite interesting for the Indian automobile market as a variety of cars were introduced. Several automakers reached new sales milestones in spite of hurdles like the Delhi diesel ban and demonization. More people bought new cars and we made sure you chose the best ones to suit your needs. To give you an overview of what customers are interested in, here’s a list of the 10 most searched cars on CarDekho in 2016.
10) Ford Ecosport
21.5 lakh views on CarDekho
Introduced in 2013, the Ford Ecosport is quite popular in the sub-4 metre SUV segment. It is offered with three engine options – 1.0-litre petrol EcoBoost, 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. The 1.0-litre petrol EcoBoost engine is known for its power and fuel efficiency. Loaded with a lot of features, it is a practical yet fun-to-drive SUV. Moreover, Ford will introduce the Ecosport facelift in 2017 and it would be the first India-made car to be exported to the US.
9) Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
23.6 lakh views on CarDekho
The Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is the most selling sedan in the country. Based on the Swift, the Dzire has been able to gain the trust of customers as an economical, reliable and practical sedan. In India, a Maruti badge is synonymous with hassle-free after-sales service and good fuel economy. The Dzire is available with petrol and diesel engine options and offers an optional automatic transmission as well.
8) Hyundai i20
24.3 lakh views on CarDekho
Hyundai's premium hatchback, the i20 was first introduced in 2008 in the Indian market and has come a long way since then. The car introduced a lot of premium features into B-segment hatchbacks and was the highest selling premium hatchback in India until Maruti introduced the Baleno. Under the bonnet, it has a 90PS, 1.4-litre U2 CRDi DOHC diesel engine and an 83PS, 1.2-litre Kappa dual VVT diesel engine. It offers features like rear AC vents, projector headlamps, cornering lights, LED DRLs and a touchscreen infotainment system.
7) Datsun redi-GO
25.3 lakh views on CarDekho
Introduced in June this year, the redi-GO is based on the same platform as the Renault Kwid. With an impressive 185mm of ground clearance, it features a compact, boxy and tall design. Due to its light steering and clutch, it is ideal for city traffic. The prices start from Rs 2.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and it is one of the most affordable cars introduced in 2016. It is powered by an 800cc engine that develops 54PS of power and 72Nm of torque, with a claimed fuel efficiency of 25.17kmpl.
6) Tata Tiago
32.6 lakh views on CarDekho
The Tiago turned out to be a game changer for Tata Motors. It was introduced in April this year and generated a lot of interest thanks to being a value-for-money proposition. It features two entirely new engines developed specifically for the hatch. The ‘Revotorq’ is a 1.05-litre three-cylinder diesel engine that churns out 70PS of power and 140Nm of torque, while the ‘Revotron’ is a petrol motor that produces 85PS and 115Nm. The top-end Tiago has features like eight-speaker Harman sound system, 14'' alloy wheels, fog lamps, rear wiper and demister as well.
5) Maruti Swift
36.5 lakh views on CarDekho
Maruti Suzuki is one of the most popular automakers in India, while the Swift is one of the highest selling hatchbacks in India. There’s a good chance that you will find a Swift on every street in any city. The widest sales service network and the reliability of Maruti cars make the carmaker’s cars a better option than cars by other companies. Available in both petrol and diesel, the Swift offers everything you would want from a hatch. It is visually appealing, offers good space, is loaded with features, and gives a good fuel economy. Suzuki recently showcased the 2017 Swift and it is likely to be introduced in the country by the end of 2017.
4) Maruti Baleno
55.6 lakh views on CarDekho
Maruti's premium hatchback, the Baleno has been generating a lot of interest since its introduction in 2015. With standard dual front airbags and ABS with EBD, the Baleno is one of the safest cars in its segment. Suzuki is exporting the Baleno to more than 100 countries from India. It is available in two engine options – 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel – and is loaded with a bunch of features like, start/stop button, automatic AC and touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and navigation.
3) Mahindra KUV 100
58.8 lakh views on CarDekho
The Mahindra KUV 100 was introduced in January this year and is the most affordable Mahindra car in the country. It looks like a micro SUV and offers a spacious cabin. It also has a third seat in the middle of the first row, making it a six-seater. It is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 85PS of power and 114 Nm of torque, and a 1.2-litre turbo diesel engine that pushes 78PS and 190Nm. Recently, a CNG variant of the KUV 100 was spotted testing and is expected to be launched by mid-2017. Until now, it doesn't have a direct competitor in the Indian market. However, things are set to change with the entry of the Maruti Ignis very soon.
2) Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
59.2 lakh views on CarDekho
The popularity of SUVs has grown rapidly over the past few years and several automakers have introduced their new products into the segment. Maruti Suzuki entered the sub-4 metre SUV segment in March 2016 with the introduction of the Vitara Brezza. With over 2 lakh initial bookings and a six-month–long waiting period, the Brezza turned out to be a blockbuster and one of the highest selling SUVs in the country. It is a funky looking compact car loaded with features. Currently only available with the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel engine, a petrol engine might be introduced in 2017.
1) Renault Kwid
81.8 lakh views on CarDekho
The title of the most-searched car on CarDekho goes to the Renault Kwid. This is not too surprising since the Kwid gained a lot of attention in 2016 due to the introduction of its 1.0-litre and AMT variants. With its SUV-inspired looks, big boot space, first-in-segment features and an affordable price tag, the Kwid rose to popularity very soon. Launched in September 2015, the car has already crossed the one lakh sales milestone. It is currently available with two engine options – 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre petrol.