In the 90s everybody wanted a big car with superior presence. Sedans were the main players in the Automotive market. Cars like the Daewoo Cielo used to the dream car of ordinary people. Furthermore, if people had more money than they would go for the Hindustan Motors Ambassador. It was the proper luxury car of that period. However, in the recent years, mainly in the early 2000s, things changed entirely. With fuel prices hike and congested traffic, people shifted their demands towards the smaller cars with less fuel consumption. The hatchback form factor gained massive popularity for its great practicality and fuel efficiency. As a matter of fact, cars like the Maruti 800 became the people’s car. Today, the hatchback market is full of competitors, as Japanese, Korean, American, German manufacturers are targeting this segment. I have listed the best hatchbacks in 2017.
In the 10th spot we the Volkswagen Polo from the German automotive giant. Polo has been very popular among the customers for its robust build quality and cutting edge tech. You can choose from two engines that range from a 1.2-liter petrol and a 1.5 diesel. Furthermore, the car has a good rating in EuroNCAP safety. However, after sales service in India still falls behind some prominent manufacturers. The Volkswagen Polo starts from 5.33 lakhs.
Japanese are famous for making the best small cars in the world. As matter of fact, the Japanese are the best when it comes to downsizing something. Take the WALKMAN for instance. Presenting the Honda Jazz, a peppy little hatchback with stylish design and spacious interiors. Honda has also some key design elements from its big brother Honda City. In addition, you get two engine options to choose from, a 1.2-liter petrol and a 1.5-liter diesel. You also get both manual and automatic transmission options in the Jazz. Furthermore, the Jazz recently got a facelift with better style elements. The Honda Jazz starts from 5.59 lakhs.
Hyundai Elite i20:
In the 10th spot, we got the Elite i20. A proper hatchback from the South Korean giant. The exteriors have been redesigned and Hyundai has paid a great attention to the interior quality as well. As a result, you get proper modern equipment like touchscreen, keyless entry, digital radio etc. You get two engine options to choose from, a 1.2 Liter Kappa petrol and a 1.4 liter U2 diesel. Both of the variants only offers a manual transmission. However, the diesel variant offers a six-speed manual instead of a five speed. The Hyundai Elite i20 starts from 5.55 lakh.
Ford recently announced this car into the hatchback market. As a matter of fact, it borrows many elements from its sedan version. You can’t differentiate between the two without looking at the back. Not long ago, the Figo series has been quite successful in India. For this reason, Ford has a greater aspiration to make that legacy again. They featuring an enhanced exterior, three new engine variants. In addition to that, Ford has worked well in the safety equipment as well. You get Airbag as standard and ABS as well. You can choose engines ranging from a 1.2, 1.5-litre petrol to a 1.5-liter diesel engine. The Ford Figo starts from 4.46 lakhs.
On the sixth spot we got the Renault Kwid from the French giant. Renault has gained massive popularity in the crossover market with their Duster. And they are trying hard in the hatchback market as well. The Kwid is a stylish and well-designed hatchback with a modern equipment. You get a touchscreen entertainment system as standard, 180mm ground clearance for some off-road capability and a spacious cabin for comfort. Furthermore, Renault paid a good attention in the practicality of the car. They have managed to give you the most space out of its small dimensions. However, you only get 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine without another variant available. And the engine produces about 53 brake horsepower with 72Nm of torque. Renault has planned to launch an automatic variant though. The Renault Kwid starts from 2.62 lakhs.
Tata gained a massive share in the hatchback market by its Indica series. The Tiago is set to fulfill that legacy again. Accordingly, the car has got a great appeal with a refreshed design and comes with a spacious, premium cabin. Tata has improved the plastic quality immensely with this model. Furthermore, you get to choose from two engine choices, a 1.2-liter Petrol, and 1.5-liter diesel. However, you only a get a manual transmission, for now, an automatic transmission will be added later.
Maruti Suzuki Swift:
There’s no astonishment in the fact that Maruti Suzuki is the leading car manufacturer in India. Which gives Swift the fourth spot on our list. The Swift series has existed over 10 years, it established a new standard of hatchbacks in India. Now they are back again with the Swift’s next generation model. Maruti Suzuki has given it a massive facelift and a ton of features as well. You are now getting a rear defogger, automatic climate control for comfort, mounted Bluetooth and digital radio. In addition to that, you are also getting a driver and co-passenger airbags for safety. Presently, you can choose from a variety of engines ranging from a 1.2 liter to 1.3-liter petrol engines. Diesel engines are also available in the D trim line. You have the choice of both manual and automatic transmissions. The Maruti Suzuki Swift starts from 4.71 lakhs.
The SUV market has been bombarded by compact SUVs. Everyone wants a superior high driving position in the road. And Mahindra is a prime player in the SUV market of India. The KUV100 borrows many features and design elements from its big brothers XUV500 and TUV300. And it has a great practicality and decent ground clearance. Furthermore, 6 seater cabin configuration is the best feature of KUV100. One can say that KUV100 is a micro SUV. Mahindra has managed to provide all the modern features like a multi functional steering, digital radio etc. The engine has been tuned to provide maximum efficiency with Mahindra’s Micro Hybrid Technology. You can choose from both petrol and diesel trims, 1.2 petrol and 1.2 diesel as well. The Mahindra KUV100 starts from 4.57 lakhs.
Hyundai Grand i10:
Hyundai made a great impact in the hatchback market in the 2000s with their i10 series. They also came up with the i20 series to compete in the sub premium range. Accordingly, the Grand i10 is another attempt to give completion to the Japanese rivals like SUZUKI. You get a decent cabin space with modern features like a digital radio, steering mounted controls, rear AC vents. Furthermore, driver airbag comes standard across the range while passenger side airbag is available only in the high trims. And for the engine options, you can choose from a 1.2-liter petrol to a 1.1-liter diesel. Most of the options are available with a five-speed manual transmission. However, you can also buy automatic high-end variant. The Hyundai Grand i20 starts from 4.86 lakhs.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno:
Presenting the king of hatchbacks, the Baleno. Maruti-Suzuki is the dominant car manufacturer in India. They are competing themselves in the market. For this reason, Baleno could be the real game changer. The car features all the modern equipment that you would expect from a modern car. You are getting a touchscreen entertainment system, Android Auto, air bags as standard and ABS in the high-end variant. In addition to that, you also get reverse parking sensor for safer parking. You can choose from a 1.2-liter petrol to a 1.3-liter diesel engine. Furthermore, you can have a manual as well automatic transmission. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno starts from 5.15 lakhs.