Well, these cars have been around for a while now, especially the bestselling Maruti Suzuki Swift. But the hatchback segment is also one of the most competitive segments in the Indian automobile industry, what with the average Indian customer seeking good value for money deals from his/her car. So we decided to look at some of the popular cars in this particular segment and figure out which of them you could consider as your next big purchase.
Ford Figo: We start with this one because it’s relatively the newest car in this category. Available in both petrol and diesel variants, the Figo has done surprisingly well and helped Ford reclaim some of its brand value in India. The Ford Figo is powered by a 1.4 liter 8V Duratorq Diesel engine which has a maximum power of 68.1 bhp at 4000 rpm and peak torque of 160Nm at 2000 rpm. With a 5-speed manual gearbox, this car gives a mileage of up to 17 kmpl in the city and up to 20 kmpl on highways. Standard features in the Figo include AC and power steering, while the higher variants have features like power windows, central locking, ABS, CD player, etc.
Price range: Rs. 3.85 lakh – 6 lakh
Hyundai i20: Hyundai’s premium hatchback, the i20, has managed to win quite a few hearts here in India, its high price notwithstanding. The i20 is available in petrol and diesel variants, and is a curvy and sports an aerodynamic design. This car is fitted with a 1.2 liter 16V Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine with a maximum power of 82.9 bhp at 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 113.8Nm at 4000 rpm. The i20 has a 5-speed manual gearbox and has a fuel efficiency of 13.3 kmpl in the city and 18.5 kmpl on highways. Standard features you can find in the i20 include AC, power steering, power windows and central locking, while the higher versions also have ABS and CD players.
Price range: Rs. 4.75 lakh – 7.11 lakh
Maruti Suzuki Swift: Without a doubt, this is India’s favorite hatchback, and even after it got a facelift in 2012, it remains to be one of the most popular cars on the road. The Swift has a 1.2 liter 16V K Series petrol engine with a maximum power of 85.8 bhp at 6000 rpm and a peak torque of 114Nm at 4000 rpm. No other car manufacturer knows fuel efficiency like Maruti Suzuki, for the Swift is capable of giving a fuel efficiency of 15.2 kmpl in the city and 18.6 kmpl on highways. Standard features in the Swift include AC and power steering, but the higher variants have CD players, ABS, power windows, and central locking.
Price range: Rs. 4.47 lakh – 6.82 lakh