As the traffic density in most Indian cities and towns is increasing with each passing day, small hatchback cars provide a reasonable way to get through the daily traffic commute with the hair still intact to our head.
Most of us these days prefer travelling in micro cabs and even for self-driving, we opt for hatchback cars due to the host of benefits they bring with them – from easy parking to lightweight controls – and also the fact that modern hatchbacks are no longer the fringe-options of the four-wheeler spectrum. They offer plenty of premium gizmos and gadgets for the fraction of the price. Thus, we know how important it is to focus our attention on the best hatchbacks in India. So, to ease your work, we bring you our favourite picks of the best hatchback cars in India which we feel offer the most for the least amount of money. While we have focused our selection criteria majorly around the price of the car, things such as ease of maintaining and after-sales have also been kept in mind.
Hyundai Grand i10
Launched in 2017, the main highlight of the Grand i10 facelift is its bigger,1.2-litre diesel engine than earlier. The new diesel unit develops 74bhp at 4,000rpm and 194Nm of torque at 2,250rpm – an improvement of 4bhp and 21Nm over its predecessor. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. The petrol powertrain is unchanged, meaning it’s a 1.2-litre engine that produces 82bhp at 6,000rpm and 116Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It also comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox as standard, but a 4-speed automatic is optional. Hyundai also claims that the new model comes with Alternator Management System that helps improve fuel efficiency. The petrol version returns 19.77km/l (manual) and 17.49km/l (automatic) as per the company. The diesel has a claimed fuel economy of 24.95km/l.
Price Range: ₹ 4.7 - 7.43 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
Tata launched the Tiago in 2016 with an all-new set of petrol and diesel engines. The petrol unit falls under Tata’s new Revotron petrol engine family. It is a three-cylinder,1.2-litre, naturally aspirated unit developing 83bhp at 6,000rpm and 114Nm of peak torque at 3,500rpm. The diesel unit, badged as the Revotorq, is a 1.05 litre, three-cylinder oil burner developing 69bhp at 4,000rpm and 140Nm at 1,800-3,000rpm. Both engines feature dual overhead camshafts and two driving modes – Eco and City. The petrol engine gets variable camshaft timing while the diesel gets a balancer shaft to reduce vibrations. Both engines are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. In 2017, Tata launched the AMT version of the Tiago.
Price Range: ₹ 3.35 - 6 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The 2018 Honda Jazz may be nearly identical to the outgoing model visually, but it gets a significantly revised variant break-up and more equipment with each variant. As with the previous Jazz, the new model is offered with the 89bhp, 1.2-litre petrol and the 99bhp, 1.5-litre diesel engine. The former motor gets a five-speed manual as standard and a CVT automatic as an option while the latter is mated to a six-speed manual only.
Price Range: ₹ 7.35 - 9.29 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
Maruti Suzuki Swift
The third-gen Maruti Suzuki Swift is an all-new model and is based on Maruti's Heartect platform – the same one that also underpins the Baleno and the DZire. Thanks to the new chassis, Maruti Suzuki has been able to shed an impressive 85kg from its predecessor in its petrol avatar. In term of the engine, though, the Swift continues with the same 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel motor. The gasoline motor makes 82bhp and 113Nm of torque while the oil burner churns out 74bhp & 190Nm of torque. Both engines come paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox but they are also available with the option of an AMT gearbox.
Price Range: ₹ 4.99 - 8.29 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
With the Freestyle, Ford has introduced a new 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder Dragon petrol motor, which is also expected to power the Figo and Aspire in future. This engine is tuned to pump 94bhp and 120Nm of peak torque. The Freestyle diesel is powered by Ford’s familiar 1.5-litre engine, generating 98bhp and 215Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard with both engines. There is no automatic option on offer.
Price Range: ₹ 5.09 - 7.89 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
The Elite i20, launched in August 2014, features updated versions of the two engines offered on its predecessor. So, the 1.2-litre petrol engine offers 82bhp and 115Nm of torque, while the 1.4-litre U2 CRDi engine offers 89bhp and an impressive 220Nm of torque. Both engines have also been updated as far as their efficiency is concerned, so the claimed fuel efficiency is now 18.6km/l for the petrol and 22.54km/l for the diesel. An automatic variant of the Elite i20 was launched in 2016.
Price Range: ₹ 5.35 - 9.16 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi)