As a learner-driver, you want a reliable and easy-to-drive car that is not too expensive to maintain. Rs. 2-3 lakh is a good budget to begin with–keep the car for one-two years and sell it off–and you will even recover a decent chunk of your money.
Our top picks for this month in Delhi NCR:
We also had the option of Datsun Go but we ignored it as it has been discontinued.
Why are these great deals for you?
As a learner driver in the bustling city of Delhi, there are some key attributes you would want your car to have:
- Should be compact and easy to maneuver, because you would be facing tight traffic situations.
- Should be easy on your pocket, both in terms of purchase price and maintenance costs.
Which is why a pre-owned car is a perfect buy if you are just starting out. You can buy the car cheap, keep it for 1-2 years and fine-tune your driving skills, and then move on to a new or bigger, better car.
Most crucial filters for you
We chose the budget range as Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh for you.
Two more useful filters for you would be:
- Age: Up to 5 years
- Mileage: Up to 50,000 km
Why? We are assuming that this is an interim buy—you will perfect your driving skills and then move on. So you don’t need to splurge on a new or like-new car. A less than 5-year-old car with less than 50,000 km on odometer, and if in good condition, has a lot of life left.
You might need to put it through one thorough service in an authorized service center but after that it should run absolutely fine for at least 2-3 years.
Deal #1: Renault Kwid (2019) variant
Renault Kwid (2019): Good choice for a beginner due to its compact size, manual transmission, and a not too high mileage of 33,000 kms. The manual transmission will be a valuable learning tool for a new driver. It is in good working condition with no issues reported and seems to have been well-maintained.
Deal #2: Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 (2019) variant
It is an excellent choice for novice drivers because it is small and therefore, easy to handle. It is equipped with features like adjustable steering, ABS, and airbags that make it safer for a beginner. Furthermore, its comprehensive insurance, new battery, and tyre condition ensure fewer maintenance worries in the short term. Besides, it comes with a Maruti Suzuki’s reliability. It is only slightly more expensive at Rs. 295l and has clocked 36,000 km—not much for a Maruti.
Deal #3: Renault Kwid (2020) variant
Priced the same as Alto, the owner claims that the car is in mint condition, has more advanced features like an automatic climate control air conditioning and a rear parking camera that can assist a new driver. It also has a larger engine capacity, which could be beneficial in terms of power and performance.
Best among the best
- Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 (2019)
- Renault Kwid (2019)
- Renault Kwid (2020)
The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 (2019) takes the top spot because it combines safety features (like ABS and airbags), ease of handling, and new condition of key components (like battery and tyres), making it the best choice for a learner driver.
The Renault Kwid (2019) comes second due to its overall good condition, manual transmission, and compact design. However, it lacks certain safety features present in the Alto, hence the second position.
The Renault Kwid (2020) is a great choice as well, but it is placed third because the higher engine displacement might not be the best choice for a beginner and the registration in UP may require some additional paperwork for a Delhi resident.
Remember, as a learner driver, your focus should be on understanding the mechanics of driving and building confidence on the road. The cars listed above are ideal for this purpose. As always, we recommend that you get the car inspected by an expert you trust before you buy a used car.
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