Vehicles are constantly evolving into their better versions each year. With new tech, efficient engines, and great looks being adopted with each model, hatchbacks aren’t boring anymore. And with several manufacturer’s battling it out, each hatchback has its own USP. Here are 7 great hatches, and their USPs.
Renault Kwid – The Budget-Friendly Hatchback
Hatchbacks have surely become smarter, better and cheaper. And while faster and smarter is something that everyone achieves with upgrades, being cheaper is something that’s Kwid’s USP. With prices ranging between Rs. 3.32 and Rs. 5.48 Lakhs, the Kwid is affordable yet exciting. Looks-wise too, the Kwid shines out as a modern-day hatch that implements Renault’s latest design evolution quite well. Powered by either a 0.8-litre (54PS/72Nm) petrol engine mated to a smooth 5-speed manual or a 1.0-litre petrol burner (68PS/91Nm) that is also available with an AMT. Overall, the Renault Kwid is a perfect hatch that’s good-looking, dynamic and affordable.
WagonR – CNG King
A hatch that has through over two decades in India, the WagonR is a timeless and ageless beauty. Currently powered by a 1.0-litre (68PS/90Nm) or a 1.2-litre (83PS/113Nm) petrol burner, both engines onboard the WagonR gets manual as well as AMT capabilities. But what makes the WagonR a massive success in India, is its super-efficient CNG capabilities. Powered by a 1.0-litre engine (60PS/78Nm), paired to a 5-speed MT, the CNG iteration of the WagonR returns an astonishing mileage of 32.52Km/Kg; better than other CNG complaint hatchbacks.
Tiago – Top-Notch Safety
Tata took surprised everyone when it launched its entry-level hatch; the Tata Tiago in 2016. As a frontrunner of Tata’s Impact Design philosophy and brand evolution that made Tata shine amidst the competition. The Tata Tiago was and continues to be one of the safest entry-level hatchbacks in the country. Receiving 4 stars in adult occupancy and a good 3 Stars in the child occupancy department, the Tiago outdid its competitors in the Global NCAP Crash Test. Amongst many things, the Tiago is, being a safe hatch is surely the USP. Powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine (86PS/113Nm), tastefully mated to either a 5-speed manual or AMT, the Tiago is surely a hatch that impresses.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno – Mild Hybrid Tech
A hatchback that always features in the top-selling list, it is no wonder that the Baleno is loved by many. Priced between Rs. 5.98 – 9.30 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom), the Baleno’s strongest footing is its exceptional mileage of 23.87 Kmpl that is derived out of a 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine that comes with Mild Hybrid Technology mated with a 5-speed manual. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno one of the few hatchbacks in India to offer a Mild Hybrid Tech that is indeed the key to achieving astonishing efficiency.
Maruti Suzuki Swift – The Efficient Automatic Hatch
Both petrol and automatic transmissions are infamous for being non-efficient and costly. However, the Maruti Suzuki Swift has proven otherwise. Priced between Rs. 5.73 to 8.41 Lakhs, the Swift comes powered by a 1.2-litre Dual Jet petrol burner (90PS/113Nm) that comes with an idle start-stop feature for improved fuel efficiency. The USP however, is that the engine can be had mated to a 5-speed AMT which returns a mind-blowing mileage of 23.76kmpl; a feat that is untouched by many competitors in the Swift’s league.
Tata Altroz – The Hatchback with Strong Diesel Capabilities
While the BS6 regime has proven to be quite harsh for a majority of manufacturers, a few like Tata are still in the game with their BS6 compliant diesel engines. The Altroz happens to be one of them, and it’s quite good we must say. In terms of diesel power, the Altroz comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine that’s good for 90PS and 200NM. Paired with a 5-speed manual, this engine returns an impressive 25.11 Kmpl of mileage, which is also the Altroz’s strongest selling point amidst competitors ditching the diesel burner altogether.
Hyundai i20 – The Hatchback with Swanky Tech and Features
Ever since the new i20 was teased, car enthusiasts were excited. And now that the i20 has made its way into the market, one thing that hasn’t gone unnoticed is its swanky new tech and features on-board. Equipped with LED headlamps, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment, air purifier, Blue Link connected car tech, sunroof, all-digital instrument cluster and much more, the Hyundai i20 is a hatch to look out for. Priced between Rs. 6.85 – 11.34 Lakhs, the Hyundai i20 is pricey but worthy.
So these were 7 great hatches and their USPs. We know you have additions to the list. Mention them down below and who knows you see a part 2 soon! Till then, stay pinned.