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Top 10 Petrol Hatchback In India

Published On May 19, 2020 1:48:22 PM

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Looking for a petrol hatchback under Rs 10 lakh? Here’s a compilation of the best ones on offer right now. 

With the BS6 emission norms in effect, some models have lost out on their diesel counterparts and now are a petrol-only offering. Below is a list of the top 10 petrol hatchbacks based on their engines, convenience and features on offer. The list includes the names of some of the most popular models such as the Maruti WagonR and Swift among others.

Key Info

Claimed Mileage- 22.05kmpl (Petrol), 31.59km/kg (CNG)

Boot Space- 177 litres

One of the many Marutis on the list, the Alto 800 is the only model without an automatic option. However, it does have other positive traits in the form of a refined petrol engine, reliability and an affordable price tag. Maruti’s entry-level hatchback gets a BS6-compliant 0.8-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces 48PS of power and 69Nm of torque and is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. Another advantage of the Alto 800 is its impressive fuel efficiency of 22.05kmpl for the petrol engine and 31.59km/kg for the CNG variant.

Key Info

Claimed Mileage- 21.4kmpl (Std, LXi), 21.7kmpl (VXi, VXi+, AMT)

Boot Space- 270 litres

The Maruti S-Presso won’t wow you with its looks but its tall-boy stance and 180mm ground clearance do give it a SUV-like feel. It’s also among the most spacious entry-level hatch and the 270-litre boot space can accommodate ample luggage. Its main highlights is the tried-and-tested 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that powers the WagonR and Alto K10. In its BS6 avatar, the 1.0-litre engine is rated at 68PS and 90Nm. This engine is capable of returning a fuel efficiency of 21.7kmpl. Another benefit that the S-Presso offers its buyers is the option of an AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox that makes city traffic a breeze.

Key Info

Claimed Mileage- 21.79kmpl (1.0-litre MT/AMT), 20.52kmpl (1.2-litre AMT), 32.52km/kg (1.0-litre CNG)

Boot Space- 341 litres

Yet another model from the Maruti stable is the third-gen WagonR. Ever since its inception, the WagonR has been the go-to Maruti model for families for its practicality and value-for-money quotient. Its tallboy stance and high seating position also offers a commanding view to the driver. The spacious cabin also has plenty of room for passengers at the front and back. Under the hood, the third-gen WagonR is powered by two BS6 petrol engines: a 1.0-litre petrol and a punchier 1.2-litre petrol unit. Maruti also offers the 1.0-litre WagonR with a CNG kit in the LXi and LXi(O) variants. While both the 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre engines are offered with a 5-speed manual transmission and AMT gearbox, the CNG variants are only available with the former.

Key Info

Claimed Mileage- 23.84kmpl (MT, AMT)

Boot Space- 242 litres

The Tata Tiago facelift is now available only with a 1.2-litre BS6-compliant petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual and AMT transmission. The compact hatchback looks sharper than before and packs in plenty of features such as 15-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8-speaker sound system, auto AC, a digital instrument cluster, and rear defogger with wiper. The Tiago gets standard safety features such as dual-front airbags, rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, corner stability control, overspeed alert, and front seatbelt reminder. This standard safety package has earned the hatchback a 4-star rating in the Global NCAP crash tests.

Key Info

Claimed Mileage- 20.7kmpl (MT, AMT), 20.7kmpl (CNG)

Boot Space- 260 litres

The Grand i10 Nios has a new BS6-compliant 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine borrowed from the Hyundai Aura. This engine churns out 100PS of power and 172Nm of torque just like its sedan sibling, making it a sportier hatchback. While Hyundai offers the 1.2-litre petrol engine with both a 5-speed manual transmission and AMT, the turbo variants come with only the 5-speed manual gearbox. Like other Hyundai models, the Grand i10 Nios is loaded with features such as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, keyless entry, auto AC with rear AC vents, and push button start/stop.

Key Info

Claimed Mileage- 21.21kmpl (MT, AMT)

Boot Space- 268 litres

Though a Swift facelift is expected sometime this year, the current model still makes for a popular option. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is the same unit seen in the WagonR and Dzire which has now been upgraded to meet BS6 emission norms. The Swift feels quite enthusiastic to drive thanks to its punchy output of 83PS and 113Nm. In terms of features, the Swift is offered with LED projector headlamps with LED DRLs and LED tail lamps, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, auto AC, and push button start/stop. Standard safety features include dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors.

Key Info

Claimed Mileage- 18.5kmpl

Boot Space- 257 litres

The Figo-based cross hatch, Ford Freestyle, is 13mm longer, 33mm wider, and 45mm taller than the Figo thanks to additions like a faux skid plate, body cladding and roof rails. Both the Ford models come with the same wheelbase (2490mm). Its happy-revving BS6-compliant 1.2-litre petrol engine makes 96PS and 119Nm that offers excellent driveability while being punchy at the same time. This unit comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. Ford offers its cross-hatch offering with auto headlamps, auto-dimming IRVM (inside rearview mirror), FordPass connected car tech, and push button start/stop. By offering the right engine and a bunch of features, Ford has managed to tick all the boxes to call the Freestyle a truly ‘all-rounder’ offering.

Key Info

Claimed Mileage- 23.87kmpl (MT with mild-hybrid system), 21.01kmpl (MT), 19.56kmpl (CVT)

Boot Space- 339 litres

A rebadged Maruti Baleno, the Toyota Glanza does look and feel almost the same apart from a few changes. While Maruti offers the Baleno in four variants, the Glanza comes in just two. The G variant offers the most value for your money and comes with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine and mild-hybrid tech that Maruti offers on the Baleno. The BS6 engine is refined and offers decent acceleration within the city. The feature list is also the same as that of the mild-hybrid equipped variant of the Baleno. It includes LED projector headlamps, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, and push-button start/stop.

Key Info

Claimed Mileage- 17.75kmpl (1.0-litre petrol MT), 18.24kmpl (1.0-litre turbo-petrol MT)

Boot Space- 280 litres

The Volkswagen Polo is the only German model to feature in this list. Volkswagen launched the BS6 petrol-only Polo recently. It gets the same 1.0-litre petrol engine as before that puts out 76PS of power and 95Nm of torque, while the higher variants get a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol unit that makes 110PS and 175Nm. The Polo offers superior build quality both outside and inside. Volkswagen offers the hatchback with features such as a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and calling controls, cruise control, and rain-sensing wipers.

Key Info

Claimed Mileage- 18.6kmpl (MT), 17.4kmpl (CVT)

Boot Space- 285 litres

Hyundai launched the BS6 petrol-powered Elite i20 in January 2020 while discontinuing the diesel model altogether. It is offered with a 1.2-litre petrol engine that is rated at 83PS and 114Nm and is coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The premium hatchback is loaded with features such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, auto climate control with rear AC vents, a wireless charger, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and calling controls. If you can wait, a new Elite i20 with sharper styling and more features is expected to launch around August 2020 though it’s likely to cost more than the current model.

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