Best small cars you can drive around Kathmandu.

It’s no accident some of the best-selling cars in this country are small cars. Buyers love the manoeuvrability and reduced fuel economy that go hand-in-hand with compact dimensions, and the best small cars these days also provide enough practicality to satisfy a small family. The thing with small cars, though, is that they come in a range of different forms – be it hatchbackSUV or anything else – and suit a wide range of different budgets. Here, we pick out the best ones in a variety of areas. They are…

1. Maruti Suzuki Swift

Featuring a refreshing exterior design, all-new interior and a bunch of new and improved features the new Swift is truly a value-for-money car. While the engine options remain unchanged and it continues to get the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine, Maruti has worked on the fuel efficiency of the car, so you now get a mileage of 22 kmpl in the petrol model and 28.4 kmpl in the diesel.The new-gen Maruti Swift went on sale in Nepal only in February this year and as of June 2018, the carmaker had already sold over 1 lakh units of the car around the global.

2. Hyundai Grand i10 Facelift:

The perfect rival to the Ignis, the Hyundai Grand i10 facelift was launched recently and gets a few revisions along with some cosmetic updates as well. The Grand i10 was always well-appointed when it came to features considering that the top trims got you a reverse parking camera, 1GB storage for music and so on. The facelift model does even better and offers you a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, LED DRLs and a new 1.2-litre diesel engine which is slightly more powerful than the 1.1-litre unit that the old model had. The Grand i10 has a spacious cabin and is super practical for daily driving. It has a claimed efficiency of 19.77 kmpl and 24.95 kmpl for the petrol and diesel models respectively. 

3. Hyundai i20 FaceliftTata

The popular Hyundai i20 received a facelift this year and in addition to the carmaker's latest design language and styling updates, the car also came with a bunch of updated features. The i20 facelift gets the new black cascading grille, revised headlamps with new LED daytime running lamps, and a new bumper housing the new arrowhead foglamps, and an integrated spoiler. All these changes give it the new family look.Under the hood, the Hyundai i20 facelift gets more refined engines but with the same output. It gets the 82 bhp churning 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual unit, and an 89 bhp 1.4-litre U2 CRDI diesel engine paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

4. Ford Freestyle

The newest member of Ford Nepal's line-up, the all-new Freestyle is the first crossover car from the company and is based on the Figo hatchback. The car also has good road presence and is equipped with smart features like a dash-top touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the company's SYNC3 connectivity system on offer. The car also gets reverse parking system, dual airbags and ABS as standard. The car also comes with an all-new 1.2-litre petrol engine and the tried and tested 1.5-litre diesel motor mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

5. Honda Amaze

The Honda Amaze also received a generation upgrade this year, and it's wouldn't be an overstatement to call it an all-new car. The car is based on a new-generation platform and comes with all-new design and styling in line with Honda's latest design language.While the car does miss out on the likes of LED headlamps or even projector headlamps, which are pretty common even in entry-level cars, but the Amaze does come with a nice road presence and CVT automatic option for both petrol and diesel variants. The engines, however, remain unchanged as the car gets the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel and the fuel efficiency rating for the former is 19.5 kmpl (MT) and 19 kmpl (CVT), while the diesel version offers 27.4 kmpl (MT) and 23.8 kmpl (CVT).

6. Volkswagen Ameo

Like all other manufacturers, Volkswagen too couldn't resist the lure of manufacturing a sub 4-metre compact sedan. The Ameo is to the Polo what the Tigor is to Tiago, the Aspire is to the Figo, and the Xcent is to the Grand i10 and so on. While the overall design might not be as pleasing as some of the others in this list, VW has done well to load the Ameo with a whole lot of features such as rain-sensing wipers, cornering lights, rear-view camera, touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink, climate control and even a cruise control. All variants of the Ameo get ABS and dual airbags as standard. The Polo drew a lot of flak for not getting enough features but with the Ameo, VW has rectified the same. The Ameo gets a 1.2-litre petrol engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 1.5-litre diesel engine which can be specified with either a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG automatic unit. The Ameo is one of the more expensive cars on our list but it is a practical subcompact sedan loaded with features and a solid engine as well. 

7. Kia Picanto – the long-warranty one

There are many reasons to like Kias – not least their style, solidity and affordability – but the warranty package you get is certainly one of the more compelling ones. The standard seven-year/100,000-mile agreement not only gives you peace-of-mind for a very lengthy period, it also helps reduce depreciation on your car (any motorist’s single biggest running cost) because the warranty is fully transferrable to the new owner. The Picanto is also a cracking car in a number of other areas, being enjoyable and settled to drive, and surprisingly spacious.


8.  Dacia Sandero – the cheap one


The Dacia Sandero isn’t the smallest car on our list, but it is the cheapest. It’s actually the cheapest new car on sale in the India but not in Nepal. In truth, you probably want to steer clear of the very cheapest one – known as Access – because it’ll be a little bit too basic for many tastes; you don’t get electric windows, remote locking or air-conditioning. The second-rung Ambiance trim provides most of the really important stuff, though, and doesn’t cost a great deal more. As well as affordability, the Sandero also gives you decent practicality, with lots of interior space.


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