Thanks a ton all. This is very useful. I couldn't thank each of you individually since there are lots of posts. Sorry about that.
I didn't make my requirements clear. I didn't mean to say i needed a 5 seater. I mentioned 5 since that is the lowest possible. All I need is 3 seats. So space is not a big issue. Also, i am not bothered about technologies like conventional AT,AMT,CVT,DSG etc. It should take me from point A to point B with comfort. Thanks for pointing out Ignis. I have rejected it since I dont like the exterior. (No offence to the owners). I have the following follow up questions.
1. A lot of you have recommended tiago. Thanks. I will take a look at it. Can someone tell me how reliable the modern tata cars are?. Initially i didnt consider tiago because of the perception.
2. I know that entry level hatches like alto k10 dont have ABS
. (But they do seem to have front airbags). How important is this ABS
if one is not taking it to the highways?. As i said, this will be used sparingly and within city only.
3. Is EON AT on the cards?. If yes, i will wait.
To summerize, we seem to have tons of options. But nothing is exciting or ticks most of the boxes if not all. I hope the auto makers are listening. I believe there is a huge market for this type of requirement.