If you are a student in University or you have just landed yourself the very first job of your young career, and you’re looking to buy a vehicle that can be used for daily commute. At the same time, you don’t have a huge budget as well. Well to aid your decision we’ve compiled together a list of vehicles that you can purchase between 3-7 lac.
The 1st generation Daewoo Racer was launched all the way back in 1993, the Racer is a front engine front wheel drive that’s also known as the Daewoo LeMans or the Daewoo Cielo in other regions of the world. But don’t let the name fool you because the Daewoo Racer isn’t exactly what you would call sporty as it features a 1.5-liter OHC Inline-4 that produces a modest 75bhp. The interior of the Daewoo Racer isn’t all the spacious either considering the external dimensions of the car, but it does feature a decently comfortable ride. One major problem with the Daewoo Racer is that spare parts are pretty rare and expensive. You can find a Daewoo Racer driven around 100,000km for around 2.5lakh, while one with lower mileage will run you closer to 3 lakh.
The Hyundai Santro was launched in the year 2000 by the Dewan Farooq Group in Pakistan. The Santro is a front engine front wheel drive hatchback. Santro’ production lasted quite a while and ended quite abruptly in 2014. Santro was available in a number of different variants that include the Exec, Prime, Club, Club GV, Prime GV and Exec GV. It features a fairly high roof line which allows the interior of the vehicle to offer an ample amount of headroom and the overall interior space of the Santro isn’t too bad either. Under the hood, you get a 1.0 liter SOHC 12 valve Inline-4 that produces around 61bhp. You can find a Hyundai Santro with around 80,000km for around 5-5.5 lac.
The Daihatsu Cuore was introduced into Pakistan around the early 2000s. The Cuore is a front engine front wheel drive hatchback that was available for purchase till 2012 in 2 variants namely the CL and CX. The exterior dimensions of the Daihatsu Cuore are relatively small making it an ideal car for cramped city driving where you need to maneuver between small congested roads and alleyways, though a downside of the small exterior size is a slightly cramped interior. Powering the Cuore is a 0.8-liter OHC 6 valve Inline-3 that only produces 40bhp. An early 2003-2004 variant of the Cuore with over 100,000km will cost you around 4 lac, while a much more recent example with lower millage will cost around 6.5-7.5 lac.
The Suzuki Margalla was introduced in 1992, the Margalla is a front engine, front wheel drive sub compact sedan. The Margalla was essentially introduced as a sedan version of the Suzuki Cultus. Under the bonnet, it houses a 1300cc Inline-4 engine that produces a maximum of 60bhp mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The Margalla features a fairly spacious interior for its size and is a good fit for cheap-family-sedan label. A Suzuki Margalla driven around 60000km can be bought for around 4.3 lakh, while a variant driven over 100,000km goes for around 3.8 lac rupees.
The Suzuki Khyber was introduced all the way back in 1990 making the car nearly 30 years old at this point in time.The Khyber is a front engine front wheel drive hatchback. The Suzuki Khyber was available to purchase till 1999 and was available in 2 variants the GA and Plus. Despite its age the Khyber does still come with some slightly modern features such as front disk brakes. Equipped under the bonnet of the Khyber is a 1.0 liter 4-Stroke cycle water cooled SOHC 12 Valve Inline-3 that produces a fairly healthy 100bhp making for some decent acceleration and performance. You can find a Khyber from the year 1997-1998 with around 60,000-80,000km for around 4 lakhs, a much higher mileage and older example can cost as less as 3 lac.
The 1st Generation Suzuki Alto was introduced in the early 2000s by Pak Suzuki Motor Company in Pakistan. The Alto is a front engine front wheel drive hatchback. Throughout its production cycle which ended in 2013 the Alto received 2 minor facelifts that entailed some cosmetic changes. However, the overall shape of this vehicle remained the same. It was available in 2 variants, including VX and VXR. With the higher end VXR variant, you received features such as air conditioning as standard. An early Suzuki Alto with around 80,000-90,000km can be picked up for 4-5 lakhs while a more recent example will lower mileage will set you back closer to 6-7 lac.
The 1st Generation Suzuki Cultus was introduced in the early 2000s. Cultus is a front engine front wheel drive hatchback. Throughout its production cycle, the Cultus received one facelift that showcased some minor cosmetic tweaks and a new more eco-friendly engine, though that variant is generally priced beyond this price group. The 1st generation Suzuki Cultus was available in 3 variants those being the VX, VXR, and the VXL. With the VXR variant customers received air conditioning and with the highest end, VXL power steering and central locking were added on to the Suzuki Cultus. A 2006-2007 Suzuki Cultus with under 100,000km can be had for around 5.5-7 lac.
The Suzuki Mehran was introduced by Pak Suzuki Motors all the back in the start of the early nineties. Mehran is still in production today having received only 1 minor facelift during its decades in production where again we only received some very minor cosmetic tweaks and a new engine. It is available in 2 variants including, VX and the VXR. The higher end VXR variant gets you body color coordinated bumpers and wheel covers. You can buy a brand new VX variant of the Suzuki Mehran for around 679,000 while the higher end VXR variant will run you 732,000. If you plan to buy used then you can find example’s as low as 2 lakh on sale or the much newer variants going for closer to 6-6.5 lac.
The Suzuki Baleno was introduced in 1998 as one of the first mainstream sedans from Suzuki in the Pakistani market. The Baleno is a front engine front wheel drive sedan that houses a 1300cc Inline-4 engine in the base configuration. Offered with a 5-speed manual transmission. It features a restrained design language and is a good choice for anyone looking to buy a mid size family sedan. The exterior dimensions of the Baleno are quite reasonable and it also features decent interior head and leg room all around. A 1300cc Suzuki Baleno with around 125,000km can be bought in between 5.6 to 6.5 lac rupees in Pakistan.