Most Popular Car Models in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan loves owning cars despite its economic crisis. This is a list of the popular cars among middle class families in the island.

The car market in Sri Lanka is growing at a rapid pace. There are many new brands entering the scene and many old ones are also coming back with refreshed models. The popular car brands in Sri Lanka include Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius and Honda Fit as well as Suzuki Wagon-R and Daihatsu Mira.


Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is the best car in Sri Lanka. It’s a well-known brand that has many models, colors, and engines. This is the most popular car in Sri Lanka as well, which sells more than 3 lakh units annually. It is a compact sedan with a four-wheel drive system and dual airbags for safety. It has a large trunk space as well as seating for seven people comfortably.


Toyota Prius

For its price, the Toyota Prius is a great value for money. It comes with a 1.8L petrol engine and a 1.5L electric motor that provide you with enough power to drive around Sri Lanka. The car can go up to 700km on a single charge, which means it will take you as far as Colombo before needing to refuel again!


The Prius has an average fuel economy of 4.3L/100km (1 litre = 0.136 gallons). This translates into $0.25 US per kilometer traveled in Sri Lanka’s capital city – not bad at all!


Honda Fit

The Honda Fit is a subcompact car that was launched in 2001. It has a 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine and has a 5-speed manual transmission.


Honda Fit is one of the most popular cars in Sri Lanka because it’s affordable, environmentally friendly and good for driving around town or on longer trips with your friends/family members!


Honda Freed

Honda Freed is a compact sedan that goes for Rs. 8.3 lakhs and can be bought in your favorite color – white, red or blue. It comes with 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 118 bhp of power and 140 Nm torque at 4000 rpm, along with 5-speed manual transmission (MT) gearbox. It has an automatic transmission option as well but it’s not available here in Sri Lanka yet so you’ll have to get used to using your hands when shifting gears yourself!


The car gets 18 kmpl fuel efficiency rating on highway driving conditions – which means you might save yourself some money if you decide against buying one instead of leasing one from Honda through their finance company!


Honda Vezel

The Honda Vezel is a compact crossover SUV that was released in 2012. It has a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and 7-speed dual clutch transmission.


It also comes with a CVT transmission which is an automatic gearbox (ABS) or continuously variable transmission (CVT).


Honda Vezel is one of the very popular cars among Sri Lankan professionals. It comes in various colors and its affordable price for most of professionals when it was introduced to Sri Lanka made the car very common in Sri Lanka.


Toyota Aqua

Toyota Aqua is a compact car manufactured by Japanese automaker in Thailand and Malaysia. It was introduced in India, Japan and Indonesia on January 1st 1998. The model has also been exported to South Africa since April 2001 as “Toyota Aqua” with an assembled engine from South Africa but without any other parts coming from Japan or Thailand.


The 1.5 liter engine produces 65 PS (51 kW; 64 hp) at 6000 rpm, with a maximum torque of 79 Nm at 3600 rpm when running on unleaded fuel only.[1] The 5 speed manual transmission provides power to all wheels via hydraulics for better handling and control over the vehicle during turns.


Suzuki Wagon-R

Suzuki Wagon-R is a popular car in Sri Lanka. It has a spacious cabin and a powerful engine. The car is available in various styles and colors, so you can choose the one that suits your needs perfectly. Due to the economic strain in the country, car price has gone up immensely. Hence, people are buying more and more Wagon-R cars which they can still afford to buy. There is a Wagon-R user Facebook page as well. You can spot many Wagon-R cars on the roads these days. Its fuel efficiency is also something that makes it a better choose for Sri Lankans.


Daihatsu Mira

Daihatsu Mira is a small car manufactured by Daihatsu. It was introduced in 1998 and has since been sold all over the world. The Mira is available in three models; sedan, hatchback and liftback. This vehicle has a 1.0L engine producing 68 BHP of power at 5200 rpm and 72 Nm torque at 3600 rpm (rpm). Its top speed is 143 KM/H while its acceleration time to 100 km/h is 8 seconds!


The safety features include 6 airbags, ABS and an electronic brake force distribution system that uses sensors to make sure that there are no sudden braking situations during accidents or sudden turns when you’re driving fast down streets without looking ahead into your mirrors too much because it could cause an accident if not careful enough about what happens next.


Maruti Alto 800

The Maruti Alto 800 is a subcompact car with a 1.0-liter petrol engine. It has a 5-speed manual transmission and a fuel tank capacity of 40 liters, which makes it one of the best sellers in Sri Lanka. The ground clearance measures 165 mm, which means that you can drive over potholes without getting stuck or damaging your car’s suspension system.


This is an Indian-made car and It was very popular among middle-class families. It has good fuel efficiency and provided everything that a Japanese car would have for the day-to-day commute of working families.



Sri Lankans use cars as a way for their daily transport requirement but also as an investment method. Unlike most other countries in the west, car prices have gone up in Sri Lanka over time. This is particularly appropriate to Japanese cars which have a good second-hand market. Sri Lankan maintains their cars in such a way that they can resell them for a good price.


Sri Lankan government has stopped all new car imports due to its dollar crisis. We hope things will become better soon and the people of Sri Lanka would again be able to buy a car for a reasonable price. We are sure then this list will need an update.


We believe this list mainly represents the choices of the middle-class families of Sri Lanka. We hope that you would also agree with the list. Please let us know by commenting below if you have different thoughts on these choices.


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