I. What are hatchbacks?
Hatchback is a type of car which features a hatch-type rear door which is hinged at roof level and usually opens upwards. A hatchback has a shared space for the passengers and cargo space, which signifies its two-box design body design. The rear seat row is often foldable to expand the cargo space. This type of car can have a flexible roll-up tonneau cover or a removable rigid parcel shelf to cover the boot space.
Hatchbacks started to become popular in the 1960s and 1970s. This car body type can be offered in economy cars, SUVs, sports cars and even large luxury cars.
II. What are the most popular hatchbacks in India?
Managing to create a certain amount of prestige among the Indian auto customers, the Maruti Swift was the best-selling car in the Indian auto market last month. The hatchback is equipped with automatic LED projector headlights with LED DRLs, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic air conditioner and start/stop button. Safety features consist of dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchors and rear parking sensors provided as standard across all the variants. The hatchback receives its power from a BS6-compliant 1.2-litre gasoline burner with 83 PS against 113 Nm and is mated to a 5-speed AMT. The ARAI-certified fuel mileage of the Maruti Swift is claimed at 21.21 kmpl. The Swift competes against the Ford Freestyle, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo.
The Maruti Baleno is also another popular hatchback in India. It is offered with a wide array of features including LED projector headlights, a rearview camera, 16-inch alloy rims, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, auto air conditioner, a start/stop button and passive keyless entry. Being equipped with standard safety features like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchors and rear parking sensors, the hatchback is sure to provide both the driver and the passengers with a safe journey. The Baleno is powered by a 1.2-litre NA gasoline burner with 83 PS/113 Nm which is paired with a 5-speed MT/CVT unit. The Baleno also keeps under its hood 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol motor with a mild-hybrid technology which is good for 90 PS/113 Nm and is coupled with a 5-speed MT. Priced from INR 5.63 lakh to INR 8.96 lakh (ex-showroom), the Maruti Baleno competes against the Tata Altroz, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz, Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Glanza, etc.
The Tata Altroz is a premium hatchback of the home-grown automaker. It is available in five variants and is priced between INR 5.44 lakh and INR 8.95 lakh (ex-showroom). The hatchback is packed with a wide array of features such as a dual-tone dashboard, a semi-digital instrument cluster, a 7-inch infotainment system, an ambient lighting system, steering-mounted audio controls and speed control. The Altroz is also offered with numerous modification options. Standard safety features consist of dual front airbags, rear parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat anchors. Under the hood of the Tata Altroz is either a 1.2-litre petrol engine or a 1.5-litre oil burner with 83 PS/113 Nm and 90 PS/200 Nm. Both of the motors are paired with a 5-speed MT with a DCT introduced later. The Tata Altroz rivals the Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Glanza, Honda Jazz, Maruti Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20.
Hyundai Elite i20
When mentioning the most popular hatchbacks in India, it would be a mistake not to mention the Hyundai Elite i20. The Hyundai Elite i20 is powered by only a BS6 1.2-litre gasoline burner which can produce 83 PS against 114 Nm and is mated to a 5-speed MT. The features on offer include projector headlights with LED DRLs and positioning lights, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connection, automatic air conditioner with rear vents, wireless charging and rear parking camera, a cooled glove box. The standard safety features consist of dual front airbags, ABS and rear parking sensors.
III. What are the popular price ranges of hatchbacks on IndianAuto?
Hatchback cars Questions & Answers
1. Which hatchback is best in India?To give the answer to this question is very difficult since the best car for you depends on your personal demands and interests. However, we are quite sure that one of the most popular hatchbacks in India is the Maruti Swift with the largest sales number last month of 22,643 units.
2. What are the safest hatchbacks in India?The safest hatchbacks in India include the Ford Figo Titanium Blu, Hyundai Elite i20 Asta Option and VW Polo GT TSI Automatic.