Best Automatic Hatchbacks In India - Maruti Baleno to VW Polo

by Harish Kumar | 31/12/2020
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Planning to buy a good automatic hatchback car in India after the New Year's Eve? Check out our list of best automatic hatchbacks in India that includes most popular automatic cars like Baleno, Santro, Polo, WagonR and more.

In the world where the demands for SUV cars are exponentially high, the segment of hatchbacks shows no sign of less dynamism. In fact, the affordable and fun-filled hatchbacks remain on the top preference of the Indian buyers, especially in metro cities, who might struggle to keep their temper with the irritating traffic. Given that scenarios, carmakers have made great attempts developing automatic hatchback car options which can lend the drivers the most convenient and stress-free experience in the stop-and-go commutes. If you are in the market for the best hatchback cars equipped with an automatic gearbox option, here are our picks of best automatic hatchbacks in India for you.


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Best Automatic Hatchbacks In India - Maruti Baleno to VW Polo

1. Maruti Baleno

Price: from Rs 7.76 lakh (ex-showroom)

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If you ever wonder what’s behind the Maruti Baleno’s immense success, the reasons may be a bit lengthy and the availability of an automatic transmission is one of them. The premium Maruti Nexa hatchback car is very well-known as a driving peace of mind. Particularly, with the option of a CVT on the table, the Maruti Baleno is obviously one of the best automatic hatchbacks in India that can help you handle the bumper-to-bumper traffic. The CVT option is only available in the Delta, Zeta and Alpha trim. These models all make use of a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder VVT petrol engine that is capable of kicking out a power and torque output figures of 83 BHP and 113 Nm, respectively. Currently, the prices of the Maruti Baleno CVT variants are at around Rs 7.76 – 8.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).


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2. Maruti Wagon R

Price: From Rs 5.37 lakh (ex-showroom)

India’s favourite tallboy hatchback, the Wagon R is also one of the best hatchback automatic cars in India for you to take into consideration. The Maruti Wagon R is quite a long-serving nameplate with the very first model hitting the domestic market back in 1999. Over a long period, the Indo-Japanese company realizes that the Wagon R needs more flavour to attract the new-age Indian audiences, by all ways to stay on top of the sales chart. Then comes the automated-manual transmission in the Wagon R tallboy.


The AMT option is being offed on the Wagon R 1.0L VXi and 1.2L VXi, ZXi trims. The smaller engine can develop 68 PS of power against 90 Nm of torque while the 1.2-litre petrol mill can make 83 PS of power and 113 Nm of peak torque. Talking about the price, the automatic car from Maruti Suzuki is now available within the price bracket of Rs 5.37 – 5.94 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).


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3. Maruti Swift

Price: From Rs 6.66 lakh (ex-showroom)


It’s again another Maruti Suzuki car to be named in the list of best automatic hatchbacks in India. Like the two above hatch siblings, the Maruti Swift has scored very high in the ladder of reputation from the first generation itself. Its popularity is partially attributed to the driving convenience of the AMT variants. Aside from the 5-speed MT, Swift receives an AMT option offered with the VXi and ZXi trims. Currently, Maruti Suzuki VXi AMT is going on sale at the price of Rs 6.66 lakh while the ZXi and ZXi Plus are available at Rs 7.25 lakh and Rs 8.02 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

4. Hyundai Santro

Price: From Rs 5.58 lakh (ex-showroom)

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Carrying forward the legacy of the “Santro” franchise, the Hyundai Santro has everything that you can expect from a new-age automatic hatchback car in India. The latest updated version of the Santro was launched in April this year along with the BSVI compliance. The current Hyundai Santro is powered by a 1.1-litre petrol engine pumping out 69 PS of power and 100 Nm of torque. Not to mention the 5-speed MT, the engine comes mated to a 5-speed Smart Auto AMT option. Hyundai offers the AMT in the Magna, Asta and Sportz grades only.


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5. Tata Tiago

Price: From Rs 6.34 lakh (ex-showroom)

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Tata’s best-selling vehicle, the Tiago also makes it here to the list of best automatic hatchback cars in the Indian market. The indigenous car from Tata is the safest car you can buy in the segment with a 4-star rating from GNCAP and among one of the most features-loaded entry-level car of India for sure. To fulfil a compelling package, Tata has even given the Tiago entry-level hatchback car an AMT option, thereby making the Tiago a worthy choice among the best automatic hatchbacks you can buy in India for under 10 lakh. The AMT is available in the Tiago XZ, XZ Plus and XZ Plus dual-tone variants. It takes over delivering the power to the two wheels from a 1.2-litre BS6 petrol engine option good for 86 PS and 113 Nm.

6. Honda Jazz

Price: From Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom)


Although the Honda Jazz isn’t selling well as it has to be in our market, we can’t miss out a CVT-equipped Honda hatchback car when automatics are at the centre of the conversation. The Honda Jazz comes with the revolutionary CVT tech that offers a good city driving feel. The Jazz is powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine option tuned to develop 90 PS of power and 110 Nm. There’s no diesel engine option available in the Jazz’s range.


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7. Volkswagen Polo

Price: From 9.19 lakh (ex-showroom)

Last but not least, the list of best automatic hatchbacks in India ends up with the Volkswagen Polo which hardly needs an introduction for the true car nuts. No denying, the VW Polo is one of the most fun-to-drive hatchback model packed with an automatic gearbox.


While the 1.0-litre MPI engine of the Polo is available with a 5-speed MT, the 1.0-litre TSI engine comes paired with either a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT option. With the automatic variant only, the VW Polo 1.0 TSI can kick out a max power of 110 PS and a max torque of 175 Nm unit. The trustworthy German quality combined with the convenience of an automatic, what else can you expect for?

Here’s our list of the worthiest automatic hatchback cars in India for the enthusiasts. If you think we have missed out on some models that deserve to be named here, kindly let us know. Stay updated with IndianAuto for more informative car stories from within and outside the Indian boundaries.

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