Top Hatchback Cars in India to Buy This Season

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.

Renault KWID

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.

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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).

Tata Tiago

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.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

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.

Small Cars with Good Ground Clearance

Ground clearance is the minimum distance between the lower end of a vehicle’s body and the road. It is one of the trickiest dimensions as vehicle handling is directly dependent on the ground clearance.

Most new car buyers look for small cars with good ground clearance to negotiate with bad roads and it is a pretty important factor while deciding a new vehicle. Higher ground clearance also means you can travel over higher obstacles, simply put. If you make a mistake in the parking lot where you find yourself bouncing over a curb, you’ll find that a higher ground clearance car can be more resilient to potential damage than a lower-to-the-ground vehicle, because of the fact that the body of the vehicle is farther from the ground. Indian roads are full of speed breakers and other hurdles like bricks, stones, potholes, etc. High ground clearance ensures that your car doesn’t touch the ground or get damaged, ensuring a smooth and steady ride.

And when it comes to going out for adventures, this feature is really important. Be it traversing through roads covered in deep snow, crossing fords, driving on gravel and boulders, or driving in sand, cars with higher ground clearance make it easier for you to conquer any terrain.

Here’s a list of small cars with good ground clearance that offer an effortless drive every time.

Renault KWID:

The Renault KWID is popular among young buyers for its SUV-inspired looks. The KWID offers a high ground clearance of 180 mm, which is similar to or more than many SUVs in India. High ground clearance helps avoiding the scratching of the underbelly of your vehicle. And what’s more, even though the KWID has a higher ground clearance, its handling isn’t affected. It continues to offer a great driving experience in all situations. Be it bumpy, uneven roads and speed breakers of the city or rugged, off-roading terrains, the KWID’s SUV-inspired design offering high ground clearance makes driving a breeze.

Image result for Renault kwidWhile the KWID remains a firm favourite amongst Indian buyers, a few other hatchbacks also offer a good ground clearance.

Hyundai Eon:

Eon has a ground clearance of 170 mm which is considered to be above average, as a good ground clearance for cars in this category is 164 mm. Plus, this comes with a powerful engine coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

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Datsun Redi-Go:

 In the small car category, the Redi-Go stands tall! While it may not be the best in terms of exterior aesthetics or power, it beats all other cars in this segment with a ground clearance of 185 mm.

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Toyota Etios Cross:

 Toyota has based the Etios Cross on the Etios hatchback. It has also increased the ground clearance of the model to 174 mm so that it can ride easily on rough surfaces. The extended ground clearance helps the Etios Cross negotiate tough roads easily and live up to its name.

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Maruti Ignis:

The Ignis is a premium entry-level hatchback targeted at the youth. With a high ground clearance of 180 mm, Ignis can take on bad surfaces with ease. The Kei car design of the Ignis is unique and attracts a lot of attention.

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 Maruti Suzuki Baleno:

 Taking inputs from Swift, Maruti Suzuki Baleno was launched to cater to those who wanted something more premium than the former. The hatchback offers a ground clearance of 170 mm and a spacious cabin to help you travel effortlessly.

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These are just a few examples of hatchbacks cars with good ground clearance and in the coming years most manufacturers will be looking to give you more for less.

And if we had to choose one, we would pick the Renault KWID because it comes loaded with a host of features like the new first-in-class Reverse Parking Camera, new first-in-class Rear Armrest, new Razor-edge Chrome Front Grille, first-in-class touchscreen MediaNAV and much more. These, along with high ground clearance give you the comfort and convenience you deserve. Plus there is an exciting range of Renault KWID accessories that can help you enhance your overall experience. What’s more, if you had to compare its ground clearance with other cars in the same price range, then it beats the Maruti Alto 800 (160 mm), Maruti Suzuki Wagon R (165 mm), Hyundai Eon (170 mm) and Maruti Celerio (165 mm) comfortably.

So go ahead, make your own choice when it comes to Small cars with Good Ground Clearance, but remember this, even though you are not buying an SUV you must expect more, as High Ground Clearance is not just a Good-to-have feature anymore. It is a must have!