Hatchbacks are the highest selling car body style in India. From entry-level to premium ones, currently, our market has one of the world’s largest portfolio of hatchbacks on sale. For many buyers, a hatchback is appealing not only because of its affordability, but also practicality.
The demand for hatchbacks is such that even premium car manufacturers have started to launch their versions of compact hatches in India. They are coming up with cars that not only offer advanced comfort and convenience, but are also easy on the pocket.
Here’s a list of top hatchback cars in India:
1. Renault KWID
Renault challenged various entry-level hatchbacks in the segment, with the launch of India’s favourite car, the Renault KWID. With a design strategy that symbolises dynamic performance, the KWID also exudes robust strength and a taste for adventure. Its SUV-inspired stance offers a high driving position and greater visibility, which makes it ideal for both zipping around in urban traffic and roaring down the open highway.
The Renault KWID New Feature-Loaded Range comes with a first-in-class touchscreen display, which features a user-friendly MediaNAV (multimedia and navigation) system, a new first-in-class Reverse Parking Camera and a host of other first-in-class features like the Digital Instrument Cluster, Rear Armrest and a Rear 12V power socket. The Renault KWID also offers a boot space of 300 litres, which can be extended up to 1115 litres. The ultra-high ground clearance of 180 mm establishes the KWID as a big small car that is ready for anything. Adding to a long list of features, the KWID also offers a category-first warranty of 4 Years/100000 KM, low cost of maintenance and a great resale value.
With different variants like the KWID 0.8L, KWID 1.0L, KWID AMT and KWID CLIMBER that offer the best driving experience, the Renault KWID is considered one of the best hatchback cars in India.
The Renault KWID price range starts at Rs.2.66 lakh.
2. Maruti Alto K10
The Maruti Alto K10 features the brand’s peppy K-Series engine. In addition to the petrol version, the Alto K10 also has a CNG variant. The Maruti Alto K10 is available with either a 5-speed manual or an AMT. It is also one of the cheapest Maruti models currently available and is a joy to drive.
The Alto can deliver a mileage of 24.07 km per litre, has compact dimensions, unbelievably low running costs, and to top it all, a good resale value. The brand lacks in the features department and exteriors, but the positive attributes overshadow these. The low running cost, fuel-efficient engine, Maruti’s widespread sales and service network, and a high resale value easily justify the top spot for K10.
The Maruti Alto K10 price range starts at Rs.3.5 lakh
3. Tata Tiago
The Tata Tiago was launched in April, 2016 and since then, it’s been one of the best-selling hatchbacks in India. It can be considered as the return of Tata Motors. With a lot of segment-first features and a brilliant design, the hatchback has managed to keep itself on top.
Boasting adequate space for five passengers, the Tiago has standout features like an integrated, 8-speaker sound system by Harman, chilled glovebox, electric mirrors and multiple drive modes. It is one of the most affordable hatchbacks with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and high fuel efficiency (claimed mileage of 23.84 km per litre).
The Tiago is available with either a petrol or diesel engine, along with a 5-speed manual or AMT gearbox.
The Tata Tiago price range starts at Rs.3.26 lakh.
4. Maruti Suzuki Baleno
The Maruti Baleno is a premium hatchback from Maruti Suzuki. The iconic design of the Maruti Baleno and its advanced safety features are highlights of the car. With upmarket interiors and features, the Maruti Baleno is almost on par with premium hatchbacks sold in the European market.
The SmartPlay Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay Smartphone connectivity and Bluetooth connectivity are some of the innovative features of the vehicle. Other notable features include the TFT multi-information display panel and tilt and telescopic steering functionalities. The car also has an improved crash resiliency platform, Total Effective Control Technology, dual-front airbags, ABS, and anti-pinch power windows.
The Baleno comes with both petrol and diesel engine variants, along with an optional CVT. The premium Maruti hatchback also has a sporty sibling – the Baleno RS.
These are just a few examples of top hatchback cars in India. If I had to choose one, the Renault KWID would be my top pick, as it offers the most value for money. Plus, an exciting range of Renault KWID accessories helps you personalize the car the way you want, which is very necessary nowadays.