Hatchback segment in India has gradually moved away from small-sized, low priced vehicles that come bereft of comfort goodies and safety equipment. The focus now is more on looks, features and practicality. Understanding the change in preference and buying behaviour, auto makers are coming up with mainstream models that suffice the aforementioned requirements. Among the plethora of options we have picked the best hatchback cars in India, have a look.
1) Maruti Suzuki Baleno
(Maruti Suzuki Baleno)
Taking inputs from Swift, Maruti Suzuki India’s premium hatchback Baleno is among the most popular hatchbacks in India defying the reign of arch rival Hyundai Elite i20. Sporting a contemporary design, the hatchback offers a spacious cabin equipped with features such as Maruti’s SmartPlay Infotainment System, Smartphone Connect/Apple CarPlay, remote control through Smartphone App to name a few on the top end trim. Dual airbags and ABS with EBD is standard across line-up whereas reverse parking camera is offered only on the range topping trims. Powered by the 1.2 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engines, the hatchback is available with a choice of five-speed manual and a CVT.
Price-5.15 to 8.32 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
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2) Hyundai Grand i10
(Hyundai Grand i10)
Filling the void between i10 and Elite i20, Grand i10 is a preferred choice among buyers in B segment with chic exteriors and a roomy cabin that packs in a 2 DIN integrated radio with MP3 player, steering mounted controls, height adjuster for diver, rear AC vents and adjustable rear seat head rests etc. While the hatchback driver airbag as standard across range, the passenger side airbag and ABS are available only on the top-spec trims. Under the hood, Grand i10 gets a choice between a 1.2 litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol and 1.1 litre 2nd generation U2 CRDi diesel engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox along with an option of a four-speed autobox.
Price: 4.86 lakh to 7.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Also Read: Comparison: Mahindra KUV100 vs Hyundai Grand i10
3) Maruti Suzuki Swift
(Maruti Suzuki Swift)
With a product cycle spanning more than 10 years, Maruti Suzuki Swift has been performing consistently well and is still among one of the best hatchback cars in India. Upstaged by new hatchbacks, Swift will receive a comprehensive makeover next year and will soon get an AMT option in line with other vehicles in the league. With features such as rear defogger, automatic climate control, illuminated steering-wheel mounted Bluetooth and audio control, Swift is a feasible option in the B segment. Driver and co-passenger airbags are standard on top-of-the line variant and optional on rest of the trims.Power comes from 1.2 litre, K-Series VTVT petrol engine and Fiat’s renowned 1.3 litre Multijet engine paired to a five-speed manual transmission.
Price- 4.71 lakh to 7.43 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Opened to a good response, Tata’s new small car Tiago looks promising and has set new benchmarks in the segment with some of the first in class features like Juke app, multi-drive mode-ECO & CITY, among others. Built on the Indica platform, Tiago is refreshingly appealing and has a relatively premium cabin with improved plastic quality material used inside. Powered by two new units-1.2 litre Revotron petrol and 1.05 litre Revotorq diesel, the hatchback is currently offered with a five-speed manual gearbox and an AMT transmission could also be added later.
Price- 3.20 lakh to 5.54 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Also Read: Tata Tiago vs Maruti Suzuki Celerio vs Hyundai i10: Specifications Comparison
5) Ford Figo
The new generation Ford Figo is akin to its sedan version, Aspire featuring the similar radiator grille in front. Ford’s first most successful model for the Indian market, Figo won many accolades soon after it was launched, although its popularity started to fade away when newer options started eating into Figo’s sales. Realising the need to upgrade Figo, Ford launched a new version of the hatchback with copiously changed exterior, new features and three new engines. While driver airbags is standard on all trims, co-passenger side airbag is bereft on the base variant and ABS with EBD is offered only on the top end variants. Engine choices include a 1.2 litre and 1.5 litre petrol units and a 1.5 litre diesel engine. Transmission options comprise of a five-speed manual and a dual clutch automatic gearbox.
Price: 4.46 lakh to 7.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Also Read: Made in India Ford Figo Launched in Europe with Major Upgrades
6) Hyundai Elite i20
(Hyunda Elite i20)
Sitting pretty in the B+ segment, Hyundai upped the ante with new Elite i20 donning Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. Exterior styling is class leading with sleek long pulled back headlamps and hexagonal front grille among various others styling elements. Inside the cabin the hatchback scores well in terms of space and equipment too, something Hyundai doesn’t miss out on. Mechanical set up includes a 1.2 litre Kappa dual VTVT petrol and 1.4 litre U2 CRDi diesel unit, both mated to a five-speed manual and there is an option for a six-speed manual unit offered only on the diesel range.
Price: 5.55 lakh to 8.80 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs Hyundai i20: Battle of the Premium Hatchbacks
7) Honda Jazz
Hit by the double whammy of lack of diesel engine and high price, Honda Jazz’s previous generation model was withdrawn from Honda’s line-up only to return with improvements pitching it strongly against rivals. Taking inputs from City saloon, Honda has made key styling additions to the exterior that accentuate its outer appeal. Inside it remains the spacious hatchback that it was earlier with ample room for occupants. One of the major changes made to the hatchback is the addition of 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual unit. The 1.2 litre, i-VTEC petrol mill on the other hand comes with an option of a CVT missing in the diesel variants.
Price: 5.59 lakh to 8.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Also Read: Honda Jazz vs Hyundai i20
8) Volkswagen Polo
One of the first models from German auto maker for India, Volkswagen Polo has been popular among customers that long for a premium hatchback. Packed with features, Polo comes with a choice of two engines including a 1.2 litre, three cylinder MPI petrol engine and the new downsized 1.5 litre, four cylinder in-line diesel powertrain mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Price- 5.33 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)