A middle class or small family in India has always been looking for a car that offers low maintenance, good mileage, decent interior space and a high-resale value. It is a well-known fact that hatchbacks have been the first choice for a middle class buyer in India, thanks to their affordability, compactness, high efficiency and decent performance on city roads. However, there is a shift in the mindset of buyers in India. They are now ready to spend extra to get a car that offers spacious interior, safety, decent boot space and high fuel efficiency. Here we bring you a list of 5 best hatchback cars for small Indian families –
First model in our list of best hatchback cars for small families in India is the Tata Tiago. It is one of the best-selling compact cars currently on sale. The reason behind the success is its spacious and quality interior, excellent build quality and affordability. Priced between Rs 3.26 lakh and Rs 5.85 lakh, the Tiago is currently the cheapest car in its league.
This model sits on a wheelbase of 2,400mm, which ensures spacious cabin. Despite being compact in size, this model offers a luggage carrying capacity of 240-litres. Adding to it, the hatchback offers 22 utility spaces to keep your belongings. The cabin has good quality materials and is equipped with several high-end features like Harman-sourced music system. It also has multiple segment-first features including multi-drive mode – City and Eco, Juke-Car app and Smart phone enabled Turn-By-Turn navigation app. It is available with two engine options – 84bhp, 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol and a 69bhp, 1.05-litre, 3-cylinder diesel. Transmission options include a five-speed manual and AMT unit.
Mileage ARAI certified – 23.84kmpl (Petrol) & 27.28kmpl (Diesel)
Price – 3.26 lakh and 5.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Specs – 1.2-litre petrol & 1.05-litre diesel
The Swift is currently the second best-selling & most popular hatchback in India. With new model, the brand has become more desirable. The new model is stronger, lighter and more fuel efficient than the previous model. Adding to it, Maruti has also improved the overall structural integrity and safety of this product. It is now available with dual front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard safety features.
The new generation Swift is available with the same set of engines – 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre MJD diesel engines. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT unit. The new model is broader and taller than the previous model, which ensures improved legroom and shoulder space for rear occupants. The wheelbase has also been increased, which also improves its luggage carrying capacity. It comes with a boot space of 316-litres, which is more than sufficient to accommodate 4 large suitcases.
Mileage ARAI certified – 22kmpl (Petrol) & 28.4kmpl (Diesel)
Price – Rs 4.99 lakh and 8.29 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Specs – 1.2-litre K-Series petrol & 1.3-litre MJD diesel
American automaker, Ford is carrying a negative perception of high-maintenance cost. However, the company is trying to achieve low cost of ownership. In fact, Ford has managed to achieve this by increasing the local components. Adding to it, Ford is also offering Happy Pocket Service across all its dealerships, which include a total of seven services (car wash, report card check, replacement of oil filter, usage of semi-synthetic engine oil, sump gasket, Ford genuine spare parts and labours charges) start at fixed price of Rs 2,199. Also See – New Ford Figo 10,000 KMs Service Report
In our 10,000 kms service report, we found that the regular maintenance cost of the new Figo costs about Rs 1703. This makes it slightly cheaper than the Maruti Suzuki Swift diesel. This hatchback is available with two engine options – 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel.
Mileage ARAI certified – 18.16kmpl petrol & 25.83kmpl diesel
Price – 5.47 lakh to 8.09 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Specs – 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel
In order to mark strong presence in the premium segment, Maruti Suzuki had launched the Baleno hatchback in the country. This model is sold through the company’s premium NEXA dealerships. It is based on Suzuki’s new generation platform that also underpins the Swift twins. This new model is claimed to be lighter, stiffer and stronger. Featuring new liquid flow design philosophy, the Baleno looks elegant and premium than the Swift hatchback.
The cabin of the car is premium and has good fit and finish. The all-black interior is sporty, which is complemented by solver inserts on the dashboard and door trims. There is plenty of space in the cabin for the five occupants. Adding to it, the hatchback has a large boot of 339-lires. The vehicle also has a touchscreen music system with navigation, rear parking camera and sensors. Dual front airbags and ABS with EBD comes standard across all variants. This model shares mechanics with the Swift hatchback, which means 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre MJD diesel engines. Petrol engine also gets a CVT automatic option.
Mileage ARAI certified – 21.25 petrol, 21.4kmpl petrol CVT and 27.39kmpl diesel
Price – Rs 5.46 lakh to 8.64 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Engine – 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre MJD diesel
Japanese automaker, Honda re-launched the new generation Jazz hatchback with petrol and diesel engine options in India. This model is one of the most spacious cars in its league, thanks to Honda’s excellent packaging. Adding to it, this model gets brand’s magic seats which can be folded flat to increase the luggage carrying capacity. This premium hatchback comes with a boot space of 354-litres, which can be further extended up to 881-litres by folding the rear seats. Read – Honda Jazz Review
It is available with two engine options – 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. The diesel version is one of the most powerful hatchbacks in the country.
Mileage ARAI certified – 18.7kmpl petrol, 19kmpl petrol AT and 27.3kmpl diesel
Price – 6.06 lakh to 9.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Engine – 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol & 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel