The behavior of car buyers in this digital age is changing simultaneously with the faced paced life that the 21st century offers us. Life is moving at a faster rate as compared from before and people prefer practicality and compatibility over high end vehicles of snob appeal. The same mindset has hit the car segment as well. One Accenture survey found that from its sample of about 1000 Indian buyers about 41% drove compact cars, 24% drove mid-sized or premium hatchbacks and only 5% were SUV drivers. Although the hatchback market may not be growing that fast, it ties in pretty well with the number of hatchbacks sold.
Here is the top 10 hatchback cars in India
1.) Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Baleno stands at the top place in the list of top 10 hatchbacks in India from the Indo-Japanese car developer Maruti Suzuki. Dual air bag is being offered with ABS and EBD standard and for parking, the reverse camera is included as extended feature for the car drivers. All these top class features are mated with five-speed manual and CVT option. It comes equipped with Maruti’s smartplay infotainment system, smartphone connect/Apple Car Play. Baleno comes with 12 variants and the top model offers an 1197 cc engine producing 83.1 bhp with fuel efficiency of 21.4 kmpl.
2.) Renault Kwid
Renault entered the Indian market like a star and challenged all its rivals with the kwid model. Kwid has managed to gain the popularity in the Indian market due to several reasons like, superior performance or color option. This entry level car is a most sought out option for budget oriented customers as the car delivers superior technologies like touchscreen infotainment system, 300 liter boot space and most importantly 180mm ground clearance offering superior safety. In the terms of technical specification, the Kwid’s 799 cc three-cylinder based petrol engine can churn up 53 bhp and 72 nm of power.
3.) Maruti Suzuki Celerio
Celerio being the first affordable hatchback in India to get an automated manual transmission (AMT) set the trend and the carmakers soon followed. Celerio is being offered in 11 different variants. Its Bluetooth enabled stereo system and steering mounted audio controls ensure convenience and effortless enjoyment. The superb CICO styling invites admiration while the k-next engine gives you a peppy ride on city roads. Celerio comes with a package of superb cabin space and mileage.
4.) Hyundai Elite i20
Hyundai upped the game with the all new i20 donning Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. The exterior designing is top class with sleek long pulled back headlamps and hexagonal front grille. When it comes to the interiors the i20 scores well in terms of space and equipment like touchscreen infotainment system, multi-functional steering wheel, keyless entry with engine start/stop button that make it worthy of being listed in the best hatchback cars in India.The mechanical setup includes a 1.2 liter Kappa dual VTVT petrol and 1.4 liter U2 CRDi diesel unit, both coupled with a five-speed manual also allowing an option for a six-speed manual unit offered only on the diesel range.
5.) Hyundai Grand i10
Hyundai launched its Grand i10 to challenge the reign of Maruti Suzuki’s Swift. Grand i10 practically filled the space between i10 and i20, and has been performing very well in the Indian market for the South Korean car manufacturer. Packed with smart exterior features such as a 2 DIN integrated radio with MP3 player, steering mounted controls, height adjuster for driver, rear AC vents and adjustable rear seat head rests etc. While the driver airbag is standard across all the range, the passenger side airbag and ABS are available only on the top-spec trims. Talking about the technical specifications, Grand i10 gets a choice between a 1.2 liter Kappa dual VTVT petrol and 1.1 Liter 2nd generation U2 CRDi diesel engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox along with an option of a four-speed auto box.
6.) Maruti Suzuki Swift
One can very well say that the Swift revolutionized the hatchback segment in India when it was launched and continues to still do so. 0ne of the best products from Maruti Suzuki with its product life cycle spanning more than 10 years. Maruti Suzuki Swift has been reigning the Indian market by performing consistently well and is still considered one of the best hatchback cars in India. With the competition increasing Swift is all set to receive a comprehensive makeover and get an AMT option in line with other vehicles in the league. Combined with features such as rear defogger, automatic climate control, illuminated steering-wheel mounted Bluetooth and audio control, Swift constantly remains 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. Swift is powered by a 1.2 liter K-Series VTVT petrol engine and Fiat’s renowned 1.3 liter multijet engine paired to a five-speed manual transmission.
7.) Honda Jazz
What we see on the roads in the second generation model sold in India. The updated Jazz is a premium hatchback from Honda, and what makes this car stand out of the league is the massive storage space apart from several other features. Hit by the double whammy of lack of diesel engine and high price, Honda Jazz’s previous model was withdrawn from Honda’s line up only to return with improvements pitching it strongly against rivals. Jazz has got most of its makeover from the City saloon; Honda has made key styling additions to exteriors. One of the major additions made to the hatchback is the 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual unit. The 1.2 liter, i-VTEC petrol on the other hand comes with an option of a CVT missing in the diesel variants.
8.) Ford Figo
The new generation Ford Figo is akin to its sedan version, featuring the similar radiator grille in front. Figo being the first most successful model by Ford for the Indian market, Figo won a lot of accolades soon after it was launched, although the popularity very soon started to fade away when new models were rolled out in the segment. Ford realizing the need to upgrade Figo, launched a new version of the hatchback with copiously changed exteriors, better features and, three new engines. The driver airbag is standard on all trims, co-passenger airbag is missing on the base variant and ABS with EBD is offered only on the top end variants. Engine choices include 1.2 liter & 1.5 liter petrol units along with a 1.5 liter diesel engine.
9.) Maruti Suzuki WagonR
The Maruti Suzuki WagonR is one of the most practical hatchbacks which are highly affordable as well. After the success of the first-gem for India, Maruti didn’t waste any time and got the new generation. The new WagonR is much more powerful, stylish and, spacious as compared to the older version. The new Maruti Suzuki WagonRcomes with a new front grille, large rectangular headlamps, stylish fog lamps and blue tints on the parking lamps. The rear has crystal clear tail lamps and then the WagonR badging is embossed in the centre. The interiors of WagonR are basic and spacious. There is a lot of knee room and head room even in the second row, making the WagonR a good affordable option. The WagonR is made available with a 1.0 liter engine that comes with petrol and CNG option. The petrol one churns about
10.) Volkswagen Polo
The Volkswagen Polo brings the best German engineering at an affordable price. One of the most advanced German based car manufacturing company in India, Volkswagen has always created buzz with its hatchback models. The Polo is popular amongst Indian customer for being stylish, with vibrant color options and updated interior of the car with luxurious fits. The Indian market showcase two available variants of Polo as while buying the car one can choose amongst the 1.2 liter MPI engine with three cylinders or choose the new 1.5 liter cylinder with diesel option mated with five-speed manual transmission to let you drive on Indian roads with ease and comfort.
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