Top 10 hatchbacks you can buy right now

first_imgHatchbacks have proved to be a major segment for the Indian car market. Right now, you can get any hatchback which is affordable, low-maintenance to stylish and feature-rich, performance machines. Providing a wide variety of choices, the hatchbacks are now looking at major consumer inclination from all sides. This means every car manufacturer is now scrambling to make more hatchbacks which offers advanced comfort, convenience, and also which are reasonably priced. Among the wide range of options, here are the top ten hatchbacks which you can buy right now.Maruti Suzuki BalenoThe Baleno proved to be a game changer for the Indo-Japanese carmaker in India. The Baleno was designed with inputs from Maruti Suzuki Swift and was designed for customers who desired for something better than the former. The second entrant to Maruti Suzuki Nexa’s lineup, the Baleno features contemporary design, new exterior characteristics and smart equipment.The hatchback also offers a spacious cabin equipped with features like Maruti’s SmartPlay Infotainment System, Smartphone Connect/Apple CarPlay, and remote control via Smartphone App to name a few.The MS Baleno gets dual airbags and ABS with EBD as standard across the entire lineup. The Baleno also gets a reverse parking camera and is offered only on the range topping variants. The Baleno is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol churning out 83bhp and 115Nm of torque. The hatchback also gets a 1.3-litre diesel which churns out 74bhp and 190Nm of torque.Prices for the Baleno petrol starts at Rs 5.3 lakh and Rs 7.14 lakh for the diesel version (ex-showroom).advertisementHyundai Grand i10The Korean carmaker launched the Grand i10 in order to challenge the dominance of the Maruti Suzuki Swift. Placed between the Hyundai i10 and the i20, the Grand i10 proved to be a success for the Korean carmaker.The Grand i10 comes with smart exterior features and a spacious cabin which sports a 2 DIN integrated radio with MP3 player, steering mounted controls, height adjustment for the driver, rear AC vents and adjustable rear seat head rests.Driver airbag is standard across all models, while the passenger side airbag and ABS are available only on the top-spec trims. Under the bonnet, customers get a choice between the 1.2 litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol churning out 81bhp and 114Nm of torque. The diesel variant gets the 1.1-litre 2nd generation U2 CRDi diesel engine which is mated to a five speed manual gearbox, along with an option of a four-speed automatic transmission.Maruti Suzuki SwiftThe Suzuki has been with us for a decade already and is still going strong with the model performing consistently well and is still one of the best hatchback cars found in India.However, because the Swift is facing tough competition due to the numerous hatchbacks being introduced to the Indian market at breakneck speed, the Swift is all set to receive a comprehensive makeover next year and will also get the AMT option in line with other vehicles in the range.The Swift gets standard features like a rear defogger, automatic climate control, illuminated steering wheel mounted bluetooth and audio control. Considering the market, the Swift is a good option in the B-segment. In terms of safety, driver and co-passenger side airbags are standard on top-of-the line variant and optional on rest of the trims.Under the bonnet, power is derived from a 1.2-litre, K-series VTVT petrol engine which churns out 83bhp and 115Nm of torque. Diesel is derived from Fiat’s 1.3-litre Multijet engine with 74bhp and 190Nm of torque.Prices for the petrol variant start at a modest Rs 4.84 lakhs and Rs 6.03 lakh for the diesel variant.Renault KwidRenault brought out this game changing entry level hatchback with the Kwid to the Indian car market. With its crossover-ish looks, the Kwid looks well designed. Among several features Kwid came equipped with touchscreen infotainment system, 300-litre boot space, 180mm of ground clearance, digital instrument cluster, all encompassed in a spacious passenger cabin.The Renault Kwid is powered by a 799cc three-cylinder petrol engine which ic capable of belting out 53bhp and 72Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed transmission as standard. Renault also offers a 1-litre petrol version which churns out 67bhp and 91Nm of peak torque.The Kwid starts at Rs 2.62 lakh ex-showroom while the litre version starts at Rs 3.53 lakh ex-showroom.Hyundai i20The Hyundai i20 is placed in the B Plus segment. With the launch, Hyundai strengthened its dominance with the new Elite i20 which captures the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy. Exterior styling looks well with its pulled back headlamps and a heaxagonal grille.advertisementThe Elite i20 scores well when it comes to space and also gets a lot of eqipment to boot like a touchscreen infotainment system, multi-functional steering wheel, and keyless entry with engine start/stop button.Under the bonnet, the i20 Elite gets the 1.2-litre Kappa dual VTVT petrol and a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel variant as well. Both the variants are mated to a five-speed manual and optional six-speed manual for the diesel variant.The Elite i20 starts at Rs 5.29 lakh for the petrol variant and Rs 6.67 lakhs for the diself variant (ex-showroom).Honda JazzHonda Jazz was taken off the market as the sales were hit by the lack of a diesel engine and high price. Honda Jazz later returned with Honda pitching it strongly against various rivals in the market.The new Jazz took inputs from the City saloon, Honda made key styling additions to exteriors. On the inside, it remains the same spacious hatchback with ample room for its occupants. One of the main additions which was made to the hatchback is the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine with a six-speed manual transmission. The petrol variant gets the 1.2-litre, i-VTEC mill with an option of CVT which is not available on the diesel variant.The Honda Jazz prices start at Rs 5.89 lakh for the petrol and Rs 7.24 lakh for the diesel variant (ex-showroonm).Tata TiagoThe Tiago was originally launched as the Tata Zica with which we had completed our road tests. The showroom version was renamed as the Tiago because of circumstantial reasons. The Tiago was Tata’s new city car which promised not to get into the Indicab lineup with some of the finest features like inbuilt Juke app, multi-drive modes (ECO and CITY), among other features.Tiago’s refreshing new looks with the pulled back headlamps, nippy form factor, hexagonal grille, and premium cabin made sure that we could not see that the Tiago was built on the Indica platform. The Tiago is powered by two new units, the 1.2-litre Revotron petrol and the 1.05-litre Revotorq diesel units, mated to a five-speed transmission.The prices for the Tiago start at Rs 3.21 lakh for the petrol and Rs 3.97 lakh for the diesel (ex-showroom).Maruti Suzuki IgnisThe Ignis’ first appearance can be marked during the Geneva Motor Show which had appeared as the Suzuki iM-4 concept and was later unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The Ignis was MS’ first foray into the hot-hatch segment and it sure was a looker.The Ignis gets loaded with top-of-the-line features like automatic climate control, a touchscreen SmartPlay Infotainment system which is equipped with USB and bluetooth connectivity and also comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Ignis also gets reverse parking sensors and a multi-function steering wheel.Safety is a standard feature across the range with dual front airbags, ABS, and EBD being offered. The Ignis gets its power from a 1.2-litre K-series petrol and a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine with a five-speed manual gearbox. Prices for the Ignis starts at Rs 4.6 lakh for the petrol and Rs 6.32 lakh for the diesel (ex-showroom).advertisementHonda BrioThe Honda Brio was launched in 2011 and was Honda’s offering of a small hatchback for the city. The model has undergone some changes on the exterior and interior department. The 2016 Brio now gets a bigger grille with a black accent and a thick chrome strip.The equipment list on the Brio is not extravagant but the Brio gets keyless entry, electrically folding mirrors with turn indicators, power windows and an engine immobilizer. The Brio also gets a new instrument cluster, bigger dials, two-DIN infotainment system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity and a premium air-con unit. The top end Brio also gets all-black interiors with silver accents.Under the bonnet, the Brio gets a 1.2-litre four-cylinder iVTEC petrol which churns out 87bhp and 109Nm of torque. Honda is yet to introduce a diesel variant of the Brio.The price for the Brio starts at Rs 4.66 lakh ex-showroom across Honda showrooms in the country.Maruti Suzuki Alto 800/K10The Alto has been that quintessential Indian family hatchback which was renowned for being hassle-free, low on maintenance, easy going looks, simple interiors, and strong durability with probably any car mechanic being able to repair it, lest it broke down.It has been a while since Maruti Suzuki made any significant changes to the high selling range of Alto vehicles. The last major update was the launch of the Alto 800 in October 2012. While the Alto 800 was all-new, the larger sibling K10 remained the same since its launch in 2010.Exterior design is slightly different in both models but overall carry the same outline. The differentiating factors for both cars is the larger chrome grille and the upside down rectangular air intake on the K10 as compared to the Alto 800 grille which is dominated by the famous Suzuki ‘S’ and a more octagonal air intake.The interiors of the 800 are basic with a 1-DIN music system with two speaker up front while the K10 gets a 2-DIN unit with support for USB and AUX. The top spec 800 gets air-con, power steering and front power windows.The Alto is a basic hatchback with no extra frills, simple looks and basic equipment to boot. The Alto 800 gets a new 796cc petrol engine which churns out 48bhp and 69Nm of torque. The K10 gets a 998cc engine which churns out 67bhp and 90Nm of torque.Prices for the 800 and the K10 starts at Rs 2.48 lakh and Rs 3.28 lakh, ex-showroom.last_img read more

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