Most Affordable Cars In India To Feature Ambient Lighting: Kia Seltos, Hyundai i20, Tata Altroz, Ford EcoSport And More

Ambient lighting tech has come a long way, from high end luxury cars to finally making its way to mass market cars


In the not too distant past, whenever we heard the term ambient lighting, it was immediately associated with luxury cars from brands  like Mercedes Benz, Audi or BMW. The feature itself is a subtle bit of illumination around the car’s  cabin in areas like the centre console, footwells as well as the door handles. In other words a purely cosmetic feature that added a bit of premiumness to the car. 

While initially, such a feature was limited to high end luxury cars, in recent times, ambient lighting has finally started making its way into mass market cars in India, with some pretty neat colour combinations. Here’s some of the most affordable cars in India that are equipped with ambient lighting technology:

MG Hector - Rs 16.64 lakh (Sharp)


Kicking off the list is the MG Hector SUV, the priciest amongst this list to be available with ambient lighting. The biggest reason for that is that the ambient lighting is only available in the top-spec Sharp trim. There’s also the case of the ambient lighting having upto eight colours to choose from, which might contribute to this feature only being available in the top-spec trim.  

Hyundai CretaRs 13.58 lakh (SX) 

Next up is the next-gen Hyundai Creta that was launched in India in March 2020. The ambient lighting system comes in a blue theme and is available from the SX variant, which is the variant just below the top-spec SX (O) variant in the Creta’s lineup.

Kia Seltos - 11.59 Lakh (HTK+)


Kia’s Creta-rivalling Seltos SUV gets ambient lighting at a more affordable price. The reasoning for that is ambient lighting is available from the HTK+ variant onwards, which is two steps below the top-spec HTX+ variant of the Tech Line. In the Seltos, there’s also a nifty bit called sound mood lighting where the lighting can be synced with the music system, essentially providing a disco-like effect to the cabin. 

Kia Sonet - Rs 11.65 lakh (HTX+)

Next up is the Sonet’s smaller and very recent sibling, the Sonet, that comes with the same ambient lighting. The main difference is that it is only offered in the top Tech Line HTX+ and the sole GT Line GTX+ trim. 

Ford EcoSport - Rs 11.23 lakh (S)


One of the stalwarts of the sub-4metre segment, the Ford EcoSport is offered with multi-color ambient lighting, but only in the top-spec S variant. 

Hyundai i20 - Rs 8.70 lakh (Asta)

Another recent model to join the affordable ambient lighting squad is the next-gen i20 premium hatchback. It is available from the Asta variant onwards, which is a step below the top-spec Asta (O) variant. The unit sports a similar blue theme to the Creta SUV. 

Nissan Magnite


While the Magnite is yet to launch in India, leaked pricing hints at it being one of the most affordable sub-4 metre SUVs in the country. That said, ambient lighting is only available via the optional tech pack. This pack is only offered in the XV and XV Premium variants. The XV variant is priced at Rs 6.75 lakh (1.0-litre N.A petrol), Rs 7.75 lakh (1.0-litre turbo-petrol manual) and 8.65 lakh (1.0-litre turbo-petrol CVT). The XV Premium is priced at Rs 7.65 lakh (1.0-litre N.A petrol), Rs 8.65 lakh(1.0-litre turbo-petrol manual) and Rs 9.55 lakh (1.0-litre turbo-petrol CVT). 

Tata Altroz - Rs 6.30 lakh (XM)


The big winner here is the Tata Altroz, the most affordable car in India to come with ambient lighting. The best part is that its availability is from its second variant (XM) itself, helping with the affordability factor. But ambient lighting for the XM and XM+ variants are only for the driver’s side. With the co-passenger area getting it in the XT and XZ variant. 


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