With the advancement in technology and improved automatic transmission in new cars, several car buyers are inclined towards clutch free vehicles. Not only do they offer ease of driving in city traffic but also give higher or as much fuel economy. However, when driving on highways, one needs to overtake and need manual control. That's where paddle shifters come into the picture and the Honda Amaze is one such example of providing them in a budget.
Paddle shifters are nothing but manual controls behind the steering wheel. These functions let you control the gearbox without letting go of the steering wheel.
Honda Amaze: Rs 8.37 lakh onwards
This is one of the most affordable ones from the list. The Amaze from Honda is one of the most budget-friendly cars that comes with paddle shifters. The carmaker offers a CVT unit in both petrol and diesel engines but only the petrol unit receives the paddle shifters.
The 1.2-litre unit makes out 89 bhp on tap with a peak torque of 110 Nm at 4,800 rpm. Thar ARAI certified mileage sticks to 18.3 km/l. And the prices for Honda Amaze with paddle shifter starts from Rs 8.37 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi onwards. It is the only sedan in its segment to receive this feature.
Ford Ecosport: Rs 11.43 lakh
This is the longest-running compact SUV in its segment and offers a powerful petrol engine too. The paddle shifter comes with a single top-spec trim, Titanium+ 1.5L petrol unit. It makes a whopping 121 bhp on tap. The peak torque sticks at 149 Nm at 6500 rpm and ARAI certified mileage sticks at 14.7 km/l.
One of the highlights is that it comes with Sports mode which gives helps in achieving quick acceleration. The prices of Ecosport with paddle shifters stick to Rs 11.43 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
Honda City : Rs 12.22 lakh onwards
The City is one of the more popular choices from its segment and offers a reliable 1.5-litre i-VTEC unit. This unit puts out 117 bhp at 6600 rpm with torque figures sticking at 145 Nm. The paddle shifter comes with petrol automatic unit in V, VX and ZX trims.
However, the sports mode only comes with the VX and ZX trims. The prices of automatic Honda City starts from Rs 12.22 lakh and the top model fetches till Rs 14.54 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The City competes with Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento and Toyota Yaris.
We decided to include a fourth option here for Toyota fans. The Yaris is one of the safest sedans in its segment and offers a 7-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. The sedan comes with 106 bhp on tap and generates peak torque of 140 Nm. The ARAI certified fuel efficiency sticks to 17.8 km/l.
However, do note that only the range topping VX trim offers paddle shifters and this retails at Rs 14.18 lakh. Discounts do get the price lower and we love the way the new dual tone scheme looks like. However, space and engine performance aren't the best around. Sigh!