1: Suzuki Mehran
Originally introduced in 1989 with the name tag of Suzuki Alto, Mehran has been a constant ever since in the Pakistani automotive market. Regardless of its old design, the used car market for Suzuki Mehran is on all times high. No matter what model you buy, Suzuki Mehran guarantees you the security of quick selling (if needed to) and dirt cheap maintenance. Many of you might recall that our dear Mehran a.k.a Mehru, had received a facelift in 2012, so finding an EFi model in 5 lac is difficult. However, you can easily a find carb Mehran in this price range.
2: Suzuki Alto
Pak-Suzuki introduced Suzuki Alto in 2000, with its 970cc (Known as 1000cc) 3-cylinder (carburetor) engine, this car was one of the first nascent attempts to introduce a hatchback in Pakistani market. This car was retired in 2012, as the company decided to introduce a new car -WagonR- in its place. Sadly, the car never received any upgrade in terms of engine, so finding a good Suzuki Alto in this budget is not a big deal.
3: Suzuki Cultus
Introduced in 2000, this car is a re-morphed form of Suzuki Margalla. Built on the same assembly unit with minor cosmetic changes, lack of rear-wing, a 1000cc engine attached to the front and voila, Suzuki Cultus was born. It has been approximately 16.5 years since this car has been in the production phase. Although the car received an engine upgrade in 2012, so you won’t be able to find a good (post) 2012 model of this car in 5 lac. However, the carburetor engine (Pre 2012) models is a fair game. And you can easily find a Suzuki Cultus in 5 Lac budget.
4: Suzuki Margalla
Recognized as one of the first locally built sedans, Suzuki Margalla was one of the obvious choices to buy for any consumer because of its localization. Originally offered in 1990 as an imported sedan, the local production began in 1992 and was later ceased in 1998. You can still find a good nick in this price range.
5: Suzuki Baleno
Known as Cultus Esteem, globally, Suzuki Baleno was launched in Pakistan in 1998 as a replacement for Suzuki Margalla. In many ways this car provided an increased number of features over its predecessor. Power steering, wider tyres, tachometer and an EFi engine was offered as standard in this new car. There were four models of this car GL, GXi, Gli and GliP (also known as Gli Plus). Additionally, the car also received a minor cosmetic face-lift in 2002 featuring crystal headlamps and revised grille. The car was later replace with Suzuki Liana in 2007. It is possible to find a well-maintained Suzuki Baleno in this price range.
6: Suzuki Liana
At the time of its launch in Pakistan (back in 2007), this car was pulled out from every other market. Hence, once again Pakistan remained the only country to produce this car after 2007. Suzuki Liana was reported to have technical issues, which at that were difficult to resolve. However, later it was found out that these issue were occurring due to wrong calibration of engine ECU. Further evidence in this case is present in the case of Suzuki Swift, both Liana and Swift have more or less the same engine and no such case has been reported for Swift. It is possible to find a well-maintained Suzuki Liana in this price range.
7: Suzuki Khyber
Originally introduced in 1989 with the name tag of Suzuki Swift, the car was later locally manufactured by Pak Suzuki and was renamed as Khyber. It was a family hatchback which gained popularity in the country. The production of Suzuki Khyber came to a halt in the year 2000, after which, Pak Suzuki introduced Suzuki Alto. There are lots of restorations and well taken care-off Khybers available in the market, which can be bought under PKR 5 Lac easily.
8: Datihatsu Cuore
This car was introduced in Pakistan, as a result of a joint venture between IMC and Daihatsu Motor Corp. Recognized as the Daihastsu Mira L501, globally this car was sold under the ‘Cuore’ badge in Pakistan. Interestingly, Cuore was the first (under 800cc) to be offered between a manual or automatic transmission. The car gained popularity in the 2004-05, when bank financing was at its peak. It is possible to find a well-maintained Daihatsu Cuore in this price range.
9: Honda City
Honda City made its entry in Pakistan with a bang. Its launch campaign had everything, from glamour to showing off. Honda City was among the first fully powered (locally manufactured) cars in Pakistan. Even to this day, it has a huge fan-following in Pakistan. The car due to its immense popularity is one of the best entry-level sedans in Pakistan. Sadly, however in this price range, finding a 2001-02 model will be a good deal. All the later models are likely to cost higher.
10: Honda Civic
Honda Civic was notorious for its selective consumers, which was later changed by 2007. Nonetheless, in this budget it is possible to buy to a well-maintained fifth generation of this car.
11: Hyundai Santro
In 2000, Hyundai Santro was introduced by Deewan Farooque Motors to enter in the Pakistani market. It was an appealing package and was probably the first car with the tall-boy design to be introduced in Pakistan. It is possible to find a well-maintained Hyundai Santro in this price range.
12: Pajero Mini
Commonly known as ‘Pakistan’s first Kei Car’, Pajero Mini is an imported CBU. It had an option of a 660cc naturally aspirated or a turbo-charged engine. Small, compact and efficient, these were some of the key words which were associated with it. A well-maintained Pajero Mini can be easily bought at this price range.
13: Kia Spectra
Advertised and sold by Deewan Farooque Motors, Kia Spectra was Deewan Group’s attempt to enter into Pakistani sedan market. The customer base numbered in few and response from public was deteriorated further by company’s late deliveries of these cars. It is possible to find a well-maintained Kia Spectra in this price range.
14: Chevorlet Joy
Known as M100, Chevorlet Joy’s reign in Pakistan was very short lived. However, the car was fully loaded and provided an excellent value for money. Chevrolet Joy failed to perform in Pakistan’s resale-value-oriented market. A well-maintained Chevorlet Joy can be easily found below the price tag of PKR 5 Lac.