Hatchback cars are those flat on the rear followed by a fifth door in the back that opens in the trunk, in contrast to normal boot sedans. Hatchback cars body is configured with the tailgate that swings upward, ensuring access to the cargo compartment.Hatchback cars may star fold down second row seats, the interiors of which can be flexibly reconfigured to prioritize passenger to cargo volume.
Many vehicles such as SUVs, minivans etc incorporate the same fifth back door, making it a liability, however, these aren’t hatchbacks because of their sizes. Toyota Camry set the ball rolling in the 1970’s. Prior to the Camry, a few cars had a similar design as that of a hatchback’s.
Though designed akin to sedans, the Vagabond and traveler also included a rear fifth door.
However, hatchback cars sales were drastically hit, for they were considered it as a poor person’s car, since fuel prices were relatively stable those days, therefore, people preferred to own bigger cars.
In a country like India, where copious amounts of traffic is an everyday reality, hatchbacks offer a variety of advantages.
Firstly, sized small, hatchback cars are much easier to control in dense traffic. Secondly, given the recent outburst of cars in India and the ever menacing lack of space in metros like Delhi, parking is a problem that always keeps us on our toes.
Consequently, given their size, they are much easier to park than a sedan or SUV.
Thirdly, hatchback cars feature less powerful engines and weigh much less which makes them give an above average mileage compared to all other vehicles in other segments.
Therefore, it leaves not much to wonder why hatchback cars are ‘hot property’ in the market.
Hatchback Cars Market in India
Given this scenario, car manufacturers are pumping in more hatchback cars to try to get a strong hold on the market. However, given the huge number of hatchback cars available in the Indian market today, picking a best would be a question most of them would want to dodge.
Though, there are several serious contenders for this title like the Maruti Swift, Hyundai i20 etc.
The Indian car market has flourished owing to the growth in the hatchback cars segment. From being affordable and low-maintenance to becoming a style symbol- rich in features with top class performance, the Indian hatchback arena offers a wide array of choices. The result, more and more customers have started to sit up and take notice.
Best Hatchback Cars in India
Deciphering the need of the hour, car manufacturers are not only willing to offer advanced comfort and convenience, but are also keen to make it easy on the pocket.
Among a plethora of options, some of the best hatchback cars in India include:-
A) Maruti Suzuki Baleno
The Baleno has been one real game changer for the Indo-Japanese carmaker. The hatchback offers a cabin full of space equipped with features such as Smartphone Connect, Smartplay Infotainment system, remote control through Smartphone App to name a few. This hatchback is available with a choice of five-speed manual and a CVT (continuously variable transmission).
B) Maruti Suzuki Swift:
This car reigns over the hatchback segment in India. With features such as a rear defogger, automatic climate control ,an illuminated steering-wheel mounted Bluetooth with audio control, Swift is more than a feasible option in the B segment .It derives power comes from a 1.2 liter petrol engine and company’s renowned 1.3 liter multijet engine coupled with a five-speed manual transmission.
C) Hyundai Grand i10:
Hyundai launched the i10 Grand, to challenge Maruti Suzuki Swift’s might. Along with chic exteriors, the Grand i10 comes with a roomy cabin that packs in features such as integrated radio MP3-player, driver height adjuster, adjustable head rests for the rear etc. Under the hood, the Grand i10 gets a diesel engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, including a four-speed Autobox.
D) Renault Kwid
Renault gave a true facelift to the entry-level hatchback space with the Kwid small car. The Renault Kwid is stylishly well-crafted and comes equipped with breathtaking features like – touchscreen infotainment system, 300-litre boot space, 180mm ground clearance (best in class), digital instrument cluster etc.