Best Used Cars to Buy in 3 lakhs

Best Used Cars to Buy in Rs.3.0 Lakhs Budget

With limited options in new cars under Rs.3 lakhs budget, used cars become the buyer’s choice. The choice available in used cars is multi-fold. Here are the Top Selling Hatchbacks & Sedans in the India used car market that are up for grabs.

Top Hatchbacks under 3.0 lakhs

Maruti Suzuki Swift Petrol (2005 – 2010):

Used-Maruti-Suzuki-swiftUsed Maruti Suzuki Swift tops the charts amongst the hot sellers in the used cars. If you are looking for a sporty premium hatch, Used Swift (2005-2010) model is the best. Powered by a 1.3 Liter MPFI petrol engine 4 Cylinder-Inline, 4 Valves per cylinder, generating power output of 87 Ps. Swift is a superb potion of looks, design, styling, comfort, ride, handling and excellent resale value. You can find these cars in the price range of Rs.1.5 to 3.0 Lakh budget.

Hyundai i20 Petrol (2008-2010):

Hyundai_i20Used Hyundai i20 is another good choice for a sporty premium hatchback. The car is powered by 1.2 liter petrol engine generating 80 Ps of power. Superior styling, spacious interiors and loaded with features, i20 (2008-2010) year model is a comprehensive package and a great buy under 3.0 lacs budget.

Volkswagen Polo Petrol (2010-2011): 

VW_PoloUsed Volkswagen Polo Petrol 2010 & 2011 year models are available under 3.0 lakh budget. Powered by 2 versions of petrol engines 1.2 & 1.6 liter. 1.6 liter is the most powerful car in this segment generating over 100 Ps of power, and 1.2 liter delivers 75 Ps and more economical. Compared to Swift & i20, Polo has lesser resale value.

Hyundai i10 Petrol (2007 – 2010): 

Used HyundaiHYUNDAIi10-2008-1 i10 is another hot seller available in the price band of Rs.1.75 to 3.0 Lakhs. At the lower end of the price band you can get the Era & Magna variants, and at the higher end you can get the Sportz & Asta versions. i10 is powered by 1.1 & 1.2 liter petrol engines. The 1.2 engine with a power output of 80 Ps selling more. The car has excellent resale value competing neck-to-neck with Maruti’s war horse Wagon R.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R (2000 – 2012): 

Used Maruti Suzuki Wagon R (2006-2010) PicUsed Maruti Wagon R has been on the Indian roads for over 15 years now and is available over wide age spectrum. The Wagon R (2000 to 2005) has aged over 10 years and few less driven well maintained cars are there for taking. Wagon R (2006-2010) powered by 1.1 liter 16×4 hypertech engine with power output of 68 Ps is available in the price band of 1.5 to 2.25 lakhs. The Wagon R 1.0 (2010-2012) with K10 998 CC engine is available in the price band of 2.25 t0 3.0 lakhs. Wagon R 1.0 is relatively higher in demand with improved styling and safety. The car is available in Petrol, LPG and CNG fuel options.

Maruti Suzuki Alto (2000 to 2015):

Used Maruti Suzuki Alto Profile PicUsed Maruti Suzuki Alto is the best low budget car in sub 3.0 lakh range. All the 3 model versions the Old Alto, Alto 800 and Alto K10 are available within this budget. The Old Alto finds more buyers sub 2.0 lakh price, where are the latest models of Alto 800 and Alto K10 are available in the price band of 1.75 to 2.5 lakhs.


Maruti Suzuki Ritz Petrol (2009 – 2011): 

used-maruti-suzuki-ritzUsed Maruti Suzuki Ritz, a more practical sibling of the Swift has decent demand in the used car market.  Ritz is the first car from Maruti Suzuki stable to get the new 1197 cc liter K12 engine. New K-Series powerhorse. 1197 cc, four cylinder-inline, 4 valves per cylinder, variable valve technology (VVT) engine, generating 85 Ps with significantly improved fuel economy. Due to lack of styling, appeal the car bows down to the Swift & Wagon R from Maruti Stable on the resale front. However, for buyers looking for a practical car Ritz is any day a good buy.


Ford Figo (2009 – 2012): 

Ford_FigoUsed Ford Figo is available in 1.2 liter petrol & 1.4 liter diesel. Figo has decent resale demand, with both petrol & diesel variants attracting adequate number of buyers. The 1.2 L petrol version with a power output of 71 Ps is available from the price point of 2.0 lakh onwards and the diesel starting from 2.25 lakhs.

Chevrolet Beat (2009-2012):

Chevrolet_BeatWith less number of takers for this Chevrolet product the resale has taken a hit. You can buy both the petrol & diesel variants of the car in 3.0 lacs budget. The petrol version is powered by 1.2 liter, 4-Cylinder 80 Ps engine with decent fuel economy. While the diesel is more fuel efficient with 1.0 liter, 3-Cylinder, 60 Ps engine. For discerning buyers, used Chevrolet Beat is a well packaged small car, and a very good buy at this price point.

You can also consider Hyundai Santro, Maruti Suzuki A Star, Maruti Suzuki Estilo, Fiat Punto, Chevrolet Spark,etc.

Top Sedans under 3.0 lakhs

Honda City (2005 – 2008): 

Honda_City_ZXHonda City  has been the most successful sedans on the Indian roads with its design, ride, handling and decent fuel economy. City is an aspiration for many car buyers in India where new or used. The City ZX (2005 – 2008) model still is a hot favorite up for grabs in the budget of 1.5 to 3 lacs range. The 1.5 liter (i-DSI) petrol engine generating about 80 Ps is a smooth power horse and the V-Tech with 100 Ps is a powerful operator on the roads.

Maruti Suzuki Sx4 (2007-2010):

Maruti_Suzuki_SX4In the new car race, the SX4 briefly competed  but eventually surrendered to the Honda City. However, with highly reliable build quality, performance and space, and relatively lesser resale value, SX4 is one of the favorite cars in the used car segment. Power by 1.6 liter gasoline engine generating a power output of over 100 Ps, the car delivers good performance. For buyers looking to for a sedan below 3.0 lakhs Sx4  is a good buy.

Hyundai Accent Petrol (2005-2012):

Hyundai_AccentA bit dated but a reliable car, the Used Hyundai Accent is still among favorite cars of a used car buyer. The younger car buyer prefer an accent for its performance (1.5 liter gasoline engine @ 95 Ps of power), reliable build quality and attractive price  point. Even after a bit of ageing, the body line of the car stays in top shape with little or no rattle.


Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Aveo, Fiat Linea, Optra, Civic, Accord, etc are also available in this price band but available in lesser volumes.