Hatchbacks are compact, aerodynamic, sturdy and stable. All this doesn’t just make a hatchback practical for everyday use, it also makes them really fast. With a smaller body frame and a lighter weight, hatchbacks can clock triple digit speeds in no time. And since turbocharged engines are now the new normal, hatchbacks have become faster than they ever were. So if you too are a speed enthusiast and are looking to bring home a hatchback that is fast and efficient for a budget that doesn’t really robs you off, then you are at the right place. Because we have compiled a list of India’s top 5 hatchbacks under a budget of Rs. 10 lakhs.
Grand i10 Nios Turbo – 9.82 Seconds
Initially positioned between the massively popular Grand i10 and the i20 premium hatchback, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is a car that blends premium looks, peppy performance, and value for money package. As an upgraded package over the Grand i10, the Grand i10 Nios brings in a better and punchier engine that is fast and reliable.
Talking about power, the center of attraction is the peppy 1.0-litre turbo petrol option that can make 100 PS of max power with 172 Nm of peak torque with a 5-speed manual. The turbocharged petrol engine can produce speeds up to 160 km/h, allowing the hatchback to achieve a 0-100 sprint in just 9.82 seconds!, with an achievable top speed of 160 Kmph. And that’s not all, the Grand i10 Nios’ turbocharged unit is not only fast but also efficient as it returns an impressive 20.3 kmpl
In terms of features, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios does well with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, auto AC, wireless charger, digital speedometer, headlamp escort feature and much more. So if you think the Grand i10 Nios could be your perfect speedy companion, then you can bring home a Hyundai Grand i10 Nios ranging between Rs. 5.23 lakhs to Rs. 8.45 lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi).
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI – 9.97 Seconds
As the German Automaker’s premium sedan, the Volkswagen Polo GT is a complete package that offers German excellence in terms of features, performance, efficiency and safety. Completing over 10 years in India, the Volkswagen Polo GT is an evergreen machine both in the retail as well as pre-owned markets.
Talking about the power, the VW Polo GT TSI is powered by 1.0-litre Turbocharged Stratified Injection petrol engine that delivers a power-packed 110 PS of maximum power and 175 Nm of peak torque, going 0 to 100 in only 9.97 seconds and 0-160 in about 30 seconds. The turbo unit is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The turbo is not just extremely powerful, but also offers a mileage of up to 18.24 kmpl. The Polo GT’s rev happy engine is the best for those who love the thrill of turbocharged power and performance.
In terms of features, the VW Polo GT has always done well with offerings such as cruise control, touchscreen infotainment, climate control and much more. The VW Polo was and continues to be the best suited option for those who are looking for a hatchback that can outperform any other hatchback in its competition. If you think the VW Polo is a suitable option for you then the VW Polo is available at a price ranging between Rs. 6.16 lakhs to Rs. 9.99 Lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi). A used VW Polo offers even more value starting from Rs. 2 lakhs.
Maruti Suzuki Swift – 12.6 Seconds
An unconventional feature on our list of the fastest hatchback, the Maruti Suzuki Swift has so much capability that it can often surprise you. As Maruti’s hot-selling hatchback since 2005, the Swift has wooed over 25 lakh customers throughout India. With a legacy that spans more than a decade, the Swift has proven to be one of the most competent hatchbacks each and every time.
Currently in its 3rd Generation, the Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with the new BS6 compliant 1.2-litre DualJet petrol engine that was introduced on the Dzire facelift. The engine produces 90 PS of maximum power and 113 Nm of peak torque and comes with an idle start-stop feature for improved fuel efficiency. Transmission wise, it gets the same 5-speed manual and AMT gearbox options as were offered before. With an achievable top speed of 165 km/h, the underdog Swift can take on a 0-100 sprint in about 12.6 seconds, which is quite impressive considering the engine isn’t a turbocharged unit. Since it’s a Maruti Suzuki the fuel efficiency too is superb with manual returning 23.20 kmpl and AMT returning 23.76 kmpl of mileage.
Priced between Rs. 5.73 lakhs – 8.41 lakhs (Ex-Showroom, Delhi), the Maruti Suzuki Swift gives a tough competition to all other hatchbacks. Massively popular amongst all generations, the Swift is not just efficient but also fast! The Swift is also an immensely popular car in the used car market with used Maruti Suzuki Swift cars available at prices starting from Rs. 2.84 lakhs.
Tata Altroz Turbo – 10.83 to 11.9 Seconds
The Tata Altroz is part of the new Tata Lineup that has completely revolutionized the way Tata makes its vehicles. Designed as the gold standard of hatchbacks, the Tata Altroz comes with a 5-star NCAP safety rating, and some funky urban hatch elements along with an engine that loves speed.
Talking about turbocharged power, the Altroz now comes with a 1.2 litre turbo petrol engine that produces 110 PS of maximum power with 140 Nm of torque. Additionally, the 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that can produce 90 PS of power with 200 Nm of torque. Both engines are tastefully mated to a 5-speed manual and can pull off a 0-100 sprint in about 11.2 seconds for the petrol variant and about 11.9 seconds for the diesel version. But with great speeds, the engines also offer a great mileage of 19.05 kmpl and 25.11 kmpl respectively.
The Tata Altroz is star studded on the inside as well with features such as 7-inch touchscreen infotainment, voice commands, semi-digital instrument cluster, cruise control and much more. With speed and efficiency the Altroz, is one of the best hatchbacks that even offers a 5-star safety rating. Priced between Rs. 5.79 lakhs to Rs. 9.55 lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi), the Tata Altroz is a must buy!
Hyundai i20 Turbo – 11.05 seconds
Over the years, a lot of hatchbacks have made their way into the Indian auto industry but only a few have managed to leave a mark. The new Hyundai i20 isn’t just good looking, it’s got the speed to back up those looks.
In times of power, the new i20 derives power from Hyundai’s 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that can produce 120 PS of power with 172 Nm of peak torque mated to a 6-speed clutchless manual iMT or a 7-speed DCT automatic. When it comes to speed, the i20 leaves no stone unturned and can do a 0-100 sprint in about 11.05 seconds with an achievable top speed of 165 kmph. The turbocharged engine is also effective with a fuel efficiency of approximately 19-20 kmpl.
Inside the Hyundai i20, one can enjoy features like 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an air purifier, Blue Link connected car tech, sunroof and much more. Available in 4 major variants, the Hyundai Elite i20 is priced between Rs. 6.79 – 11.32 lakhs (Ex-Showroom, Delhi).
Hot hatchbacks are a rare breed in India but the ones that are here provide a lot of excitement in a small package. Each of the cars in this list is not only one of the fastest hatchbacks in India, they also provide premium features and practical usability to make them proper family cars to consider as well.
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