Diwali, India’s favourite festival is about to arrive. This is a crucial time for Indian automotive industry as the sales chart is about to see a sharp spike upwards around the festive month. Hatchbacks are the most preferred body style of cars in India. The highly loaded and equally comfortable segment of hatchbacks are nothing less than other car types, successfully branded as ‘Premium Hatchback’ for the country.
Here are those 5 best options you can consider while shopping for a hatchback this Diwali. The prices mentioned below are ex-showroom, Chandigarh.
Hyundai i20 Elite
As the name explains, Hyundai i20 is truly Elite. It comes with the most influential design among others on the list. i20 Elite is available with 3 different engines (1.2 Petrol, 1.4 Petrol and 1.4 Diesel), 3 transmission choices (5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and 4-speed automatic) and total 5 trim levels.
Buyers are offered a lot of options from which selecting one would only depend on the personal choices among different features on these trims. It starts with a price tag of INR 5,61,755 while the top spec automatic i20 Elite can be bought for INR 9,05,643.
Baleno is the recent entry of Maruti Suzuki into the premium hatchback segment. It furiously changed the belief of people as Maruti car being a cost effective, least equipped option as it brought everything a person can expect from a full loaded hatchback. According to Maxabout, Baleno comes with the most number of features among other premium hatchbacks and even offer the most effective price on the same time.
It comes with two different engines (1.2 Petrol and 1.3 Diesel) and offers 5-speed manual as well as CVT gearbox option. It starts from INR 5,28,607 while goes up to INR 8,40,979 for the top trim. Baleno claims the highest mileage value of 27.39 kmpl from its diesel motor.
Polo was undoubtedly the first premium hatchback of India. It started the trend of filling hatchbacks with loads of equipment while its design and interior quality also pushed other manufacturer into this league. Polo comes in three variants namely Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The engines on offer include 1.2 Petrol and 1.5 L Diesel units.
It offers 5-speed manual as well the class leading 7-speed DSG dual clutch automatic gearbox. Volkswagen offer Polo with a starting price of INR 5,48,046 and the topmost GT TDI variant can be bought for INR 9,21,153.
If Figo has something to its name, it is the most powerful 1.5 L, 100 PS diesel engine and the rock solid safety of 6-airbags on the inside. This makes it a unique option in the hatchback segment. It comes with two other engines namely 1.2 Petrol and 1.5 Petrol with automatic gearbox.
The Figo has even being discounted in the recent times and the new prices make it even much more effective than before. It comes with a starting price of just INR 4,53,700 while the topmost, fully-loaded diesel trim comes with INR 7,17,750. The automatic variant comes at INR 7,27,100.
Honda Jazz was once discontinued due to poor sales while the introduction of diesel engine in Honda’s lineup led to the rebirth of Jazz in India. It now comes with 2 engine options (1.2 Petrol and 1.5 Diesel) and offers automatic CVT gearbox on the petrol engine.
Honda’s Jazz claims a mileage figure of 27.3 kmpl for the diesel engine, making it one of the most fuel efficient cars of its segment. It starts with a price tag of INR 5,73,070 and tops at INR 9,16,515 for the topmost diesel trim. It actually feels overpriced when compared to others in the segment.