Here are five cars that we love but have been under appreciated by the car buying audiences in Nepal. From entry level hatchbacks to family sedans and entry level luxury SUVs, this list has it all.
Another all-time favorite of the automotive journalists and the
automotive enthusiasts alike, the Fiat Punto was originally and is today the
best looking Hatchback you can buy in Nepal today. In fact, the beautiful
exterior combined with the equally beautiful interior makes it a rather
tempting package. And it handles really well too. So why does it not sell as much as it should?
Well, mainly because of the fact that both the petrol and diesel engine are a
little lethargic and of course, the biggest problem - the Fiat badge.
In fact, even though Fiat's history in Nepal has been chequered with some of the best products Nepal has seen, issues like sales and service are the main reason why people do not prefer considering them when in the market for a new car. That said, with the new Fiat Punto T-Jet around the corner, the enthusiast might soon flock back towards this historic Italian brand with some renewed interest.
The Ford Fiesta has always been a personal favorite with the nepalautotrader's team. In fact, in every single long term test report, we kept harping
on how the Fiesta is one of the most under rated cars in Nepal and deserves
much more praise and of course sales than it gets today. With handling that is
second to none and a well designed exterior and interior, the Fiesta ticks all
the right boxes.
Strangely though, although cars like the EcoSport do really well for Ford, the Fiesta has always struggled to sell. The Fiesta also has one of the best audio systems for any sub 30-lakh car and of course, one of the best set of seats we have ever placed our butts in.
We recently drove the new facelifted Hyundai Elantra and came out quite impressed with how balanced it felt. But sadly, sales of the Elantra have always been negligible even though cars like the Verna and the i20 sell well. This is mainly due to the fact that Nepalese audiences still find it difficult to pay over 25 lakh for a budget brand like Hyundai, especially when they have more premium brand like Volkswagen and Skoda.
That said, with both a diesel and petrol engine available and with both a manual and automatic gearbox, the Elantra is a very genuine contender for the best car in its class. And of course, it gets a cooled seats – a feature for which alone we would consider buying the car.
The Skoda Yeti is the type of car you need to live with to fall in love with. Most auto journalists would tell you how they would have a Skoda Yeti in an instance if they had the chance (or the money) to buy one. Powered by both a petrol and diesel engine and a choice of gearboxes mated to a well made interior and a very classy exterior, the Yeti is a car for all occasions and all circumstances indeed. With its SUVesque profile combined Sedan levels of comfort and no real competition, the Yeti has always struggled to sell in Nepal due to Skoda's reputation for bad after sales service.
The Tata Nano attracted more global press, both negative and positive to it than any other car in the history of Nepal. Though most of us automotive journalists love this basic go-anywhere-do-anything automobile and although the Nano saw ridiculous sales figures in the early days of its existence, the ‘twenty lakh car’ or ‘cheap car’ tag soon started to hurt it as much as it had promoted it pre launch. With a rear engine and spacious cabin combined with easy driving and good overall interior design, the Nano, now it is second avatar has never really attracted the audiences that it deserves making it one of the most under rated cars in Nepal. Hopefully, now with a new look and an opening tailgate, the new Nano will do better.