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Undying Love For Hatchbacks | GoMechanic Reports

The term “Hatchback” quite literally means a car with a hatch at the back. In more popular terms, an Undying Love For Hatchbacks is a utilitarian, sub-compact, small economy car.

Historical reference of a hatchback-type car can be traced back to the 1930s by Citroën; a French car company which developed the first modern hatchback; The Citroën 11CV Commerciale.

It was not until 1983, India got its first hatchback; The Maruti 800. Maruti 800 with its 800cc engine, set a record with an astounding 2.7 million units sold until production ceased in 2013. This car still remains the second-largest selling car after the Hindustan Ambassador.

Did you know? 7 out of 10 best selling cars of 2018 are hatchbacks, counting the likes of Maruti Suzuki Alto, Hyundai i10, Tata Tiago, Renault Kwid and more.

First-gen Renault Kwid
Renault Kwid

So, why does India love these hatchback type cars? What makes them so special? And should you consider a hatchback for your new car purchase? GoMechanic reports.

India and Hatchbacks; The perfect match

Maruti Suzuki Alto Crowned The King Of Passenger Vehicles
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800

With a new car launch every now and then, India’s love for the Undying Love For Hatchbacks is only scaling peaks. Hatchbacks have long been the most beloved in India right from the Maruti 800 days. Even today, the Alto 800 by Maruti remains the top-selling car every year. However, it wasn’t just Maruti who dominates the hatchback segment. The South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai had its piece of success with the Santro launched in the year 1998. Santro simply set the sales chart on fire. Another offering by Maruti Suzuki, the WagonR has been a best seller hatchback in the Taxi/Cab market for years.

WagonR 2013

Tata Motors also garnered critical acclaim with its lakhtakiya car, aptly named the Nano. Although the sales weren’t up to expectations, the Nano still left a significant mark in automobile history as the cheapest 4-door micro-compact city car. At the time of its launch in 2008, the base variant of the Tata Nano was priced at just one lakh rupees.

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Tata Nano

What is a “Hatchback”

A hatchback has the boot (or “dickie”, as we Indians affectionately say) at the back of the car, sharing the space with the occupants. Although available in all sorts of sizes, the effective shape of a hatchback more or less remains the same. Hatchbacks are marketed as versatile. They are city commuter type cars and true to the word, are compact and frugal traffic munchers.

Globally, the Undying Love For Hatchbacks market has seen a sharp rise in sale over the past few years. Owning to surging fuel prices, lack of parking spaces and low maintenance hatchbacks just makes sense.

The hatchback market of India can be subdivided into 3 categories:

    1. Micro Hatchback with cars like Tata Nano, Hyundai Eon
    2. Mini Hatchback with cars like Renault Kwid, Hyundai Santro
    3. Compact Hatchback with cars like Hyundai i20, Maruti Suzuki Swift
2020 Hyundai i20
2020 Hyundai i20

Should your next car be a Hatchback?

We give you 5 big reasons:

  1. It’s Small

    Not in a bad way though. Being small is the very characteristic that Undying Love For Hatchbacks is India’s favourite cars. Cutting through the choc-a-bloc traffic is a breeze (Delhi folks will relate).

  2. It’s Frugal

    With fuel prices touching new heights, this is one advantage everybody needs. The best selling Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 returns a mind-boggling fuel economy of 25km/l.

  3. It has a better resale value

    Owing to popular demand, hatchbacks rank top in the second-hand car market. In fact, the top 3 positions in the second-hand car market are claimed by Maruti Suzuki, Renault and Hyundai respectively.

  4. It’s low on maintenance

    Hatchbacks are developed keeping cost in mind. The average hatchback buyer will not splurge on maintenance. The service is cheap, and so are the spares.

  5. It offers more bang for the buck


    Hyundai Santro Facelift
    Hyundai Santro

    Where you lose in space, you gain in features. The 2018 Hyundai Santro, a mini hatchback boasts a laundry list of feature which can give an average sedan, a run for its money. Touch-screen infotainment system, rear AC vents, steering mounted controls, Bluetooth telephony are the highlights.

Hatchbacks are great versatile cars that offer everything a jet-setting city dweller needs. India loves hatchbacks and so do we! What about you?

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Akshat Ajeya
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