Rs 18 lakh: Best automatic car for my daily home-office commute

At present, we have a 2020 Endeavour 3.2 and a Maruti Celerio at home.

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Hi Team-BHP members,

This is my first post on the forum and it would help to get your advice on a crucial car purchase decision.

I will be moving back to my hometown (New Delhi) in a month's time and need a vehicle to do my daily commute from home to my office in Cyber Hub in Gurgaon. We are four people in the family and the two cars that we have currently are being used by my parents and my sister, respectively.

Monday to Friday the vehicle will be used in bumper-to-bumper traffic for around 25 km one way. Hence, an automatic is a must.

I have been driving for the past 10 years and I am well versed in hatchbacks, sedans and SUVs. So, I am not fixated on the car type. However, only looking at 1st hand cars and not pre-worshipped.

At present, we have a 2020 Endeavour 3.2 and a Maruti Celerio at home. This new car is unlikely to see a lot of outstation family trips due to the presence of the Endeavour.

I have planned for a budget of around Rs 15-18 lakh (on-road price)

Please do let me know if there are some good discounts/offers that I can look at.

Here's what GTO had to say on the matter:

Your use case is just PERFECT for a Nexon EV. Great styling, zero emissions, awesome refinement & wicked acceleration. I think the regular Nexon EV will be ideal for you, although the newer Max variant is available if you want more range. Plug it into a regular 15A socket every 2 - 3 days and you're all set. Go on, do your bit to lower Delhi's pollution levels. And while at it, you will have fun. Take a test drive, you'll be a convert.

Among the conventional choices, it's either the Honda City CVT or any of the new-age crossovers.

Here's what BHPian GForceEnjoyer had to say on the matter:

The Honda City ZX CVT will have you completely covered and so will the Ciaz automatic. However, if you desire a few other bells and whistles, the Hyundai Verna 1.5 CVT is also worth a look. A standout feature would be the ventilated seats which are a massive plus in Delhi's sweltering summers. It's not as comfortable as the City though. Test driving all three should help.

I'd not recommend the Slavia-Virtus twins since the DSG in the 1.5 TSI will take a serious beating in Delhi traffic and even the 1.0 TSI (with the Torque Converter) is by no means a slow sipper. Good luck with the decision.

Here's what BHPian neeraj0272 had to say on the matter:

Honda City ZX CVT or City hybrid keeping in mind the long commute.


  1. Quick delivery
  2. Comfort
  3. Chiller AC
  4. Good sound system
  5. Rather cheaper than other hyped compact SUVs
  6. Very good mileage if driven above 40km/hr which you will be doing on the Delhi-Gurgaon commute
  7. I feel in the long run Turbo engine cars will be rather expensive to maintain compared to NA engines.

Here's what BHPian GreasyCarb55 had to say on the matter:

Honda City ZX CVT Petrol (17.5 Lakh, on-road Delhi) tops this list in terms of petrol-powered cars in this segment, I speak from personal experience as my father's daily driver is a 2017 Honda City ZX CVT, the Hybrid is too expensive IMO as that sits at 22 Lakh on-road Delhi.

I'd avoid the Hyundai Verna DCT and Virtus/Slavia as those cars have DCT which aren't really known to be reliable in Indian conditions, especially with the cheaper cars.

You can also look into getting a hatchback or C-SUV like the Tata Punch or Tata Altroz i-Turbo.

If it's gonna be a pure city vehicle you could eliminate petrol altogether and go for an EV, a Nexon EV or Tigor EV would fit perfectly into your budget.

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