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5 Hatchbacks Under Rs 10 lakh That Are High On Comfort And Features

Modified On May 05, 2017 12:48 PM By Subodh

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If comfort and features are on the top of your mind while considering a new car, you’d probably shy away from hatchbacks. While hatchbacks used to be compact and devoid of features to keep their prices in check, increasing competition and customers’ demand for more features these days have made carmaker’s offer fully-loaded variants. In fact, there's a new segment of premium hatchbacks now which didn't exist a few years back. Here, we have listed five petrol hatchbacks under Rs 10 lakh that are high on comfort and features. Let's take a look at them.  

1) Renault Kwid (Rs 2.5 - 4 lakh)

Since its introduction in 2015, the Kwid has turned out to be a blockbuster for Renault. The key selling points of the Kwid are its SUV-inspired design, the best-in-class 300-litre boot and segment-leading features. Although it has a price tag of an entry-level hatchback, it is as spacious as a premium one. The driving position is high which helps improve visibility of the road ahead. The long travel suspension and the 180mm ground clearance make it a perfect companion for Indian road conditions.

The Kwid was Renault’s first car to be based on the CMF-A platform. The wheels have been pushed to the extreme corners of the hatchback, which has not only allowed for shorter overhangs (which make the Kwid easier to drive in tight spaces), but has also resulted in a long wheelbase of 2422mm thereby increasing the cabin space by a considerable margin when compared to its direct rivals.  The front seats are raised, contoured and provide good support. The rear bench offers 1231mm of shoulder room and 116mm of knee room, which is the best you can get in this segment. In fact, it is comparable to hatchbacks from a segment above like the Maruti Suzuki Celerio. Although the bench is best suited for two adults, you can squeeze in a third passenger too. The transmission tunnel is slightly raised. However, it does not interfere with space at the rear. Neither the  front nor the rear seats come with adjustable headrests. That said, the Kwid feels much more comfortable and spacious than other entry-level hatchback.

Moreover, the Kwid 1.0 is also available with an AMT transmission which makes driving a hassle-free experience.

The touchscreen infotainment system comes straight out of the Duster SUV. The mediaNAV system not only supports USB and Aux inputs, but can also receive calls and play music from your phone via Bluetooth. To top it all off, it comes with built-in satellite navigation as well.

Here are the prices of the top variant of the Kwid (ex-showroom Delhi).

Kwid 0.8 RXT(O)              Rs 3.89 lakh

Kwid 1.0 RXT(O)              Rs 4.02 lakh

Kwid 1.0 RXT(O) AMT     Rs 4.32 lakh

2) Tata Tiago (Rs 4 - 5.5 lakh)

The Tata Tiago has been a major contributor in improving Tata's image in the passenger vehicle segment. The homegrown carmaker has sold over 50,000 units of the Tiago thanks to its competitive price and unparalleled feature list. Being an important model, Tata has paid lots of attention to the Tiago’s cabin. The design and the quality of materials used are top-notch and look like they belong to a car from a segment or two above. The highlight here is the Harman-powered audio system with 8-speakers that offer excellent sound quality. You can even connect the infotainment system to a list of applications on your smartphone. The steering wheel-mounted controls for audio and telephony with an multi-information display (MID) display with a gear change indicator add to the convenience quotient.

Finding a good driving position is a fairly simple job as the Tiago comes with height-adjustable driver’s seat and tilt-adjustable steering. The front seats provide good lateral and under-thigh support. While the front headrests do look like they are fixed to the seats, they are adjustable as well. Although not flat, the rear seats are contoured to give you extra support. The front seatbacks have been scooped out to free up more legroom. However, three passengers in the rear bench would be a tight fit as the central tunnel protrudes by quite a margin and robs some legroom for the middle passenger. Additionally, Tata has provided 22 utility spaces inside the cabin to store various knick-knacks.

The Tiago also comes with Eco and City driving modes which is said to improve fuel efficiency. Tata recently added an optional AMT transmission on the top-spec petrol Tiago. The AMT Tiago comes with a ‘creep’ function that helps you crawl in bumper-to-bumper traffic without pressing the accelerator.

Here are the prices for the top variant Tiago petrol (ex-showroom Delhi).

Tata Tiago XZ    Rs 4.99 lakh

Tata Tiago XZA   Rs 5.4 lakh

3) Hyundai Grand i10 (Rs 5.5 - 7 lakh)

Hyundai introduced the Grand i10 facelift in February this year. It now comes with a premium cabin along with a list of comfort and convenience features. This time around, Hyundai has used much better materials in the cabin and the fit-and-finish are the best in its class.

In terms of features, the Grand i10 gets automatic climate control, rear AC vents, a chilled glovebox, reverse parking camera, electrically-foldable outside rearview mirrors (ORVMs) and a touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The driver’s seat is height-adjustable and both front seats are well contoured which make them comfortable. However, the front headrests are not adjustable. The rear seats are the best-in-class thanks to the automatic climate control and the rear AC vents. The rear knee room is adequate even for a 6-foot tall passengers and the rear bench also comes with two adjustable headrests for rear passenger.  However, the rear AC vents do protrude quite a bit. When you couple this to the raised central tunnel, missing headrest for the middle passenger, you realise that the rear bench is best suited for only two passengers.

The Grand i10 has a light clutch which makes it quite easy to drive in day-to-day city traffic. However, if you want a clutch-free experience, the Grand i10 is also available with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Yes, you will have to sacrifice some of the features If you opt for this variant as it is not available with the top-spec Asta variant.

Here are the prices of the Grand i10 petrol (ex-showroom Delhi).

Hyundai Grand i10 Asta                          Rs 6.41 Lakh

Hyundai Grand i10 Sportz Option AT    Rs 6.84 lakh

4) Honda Jazz (Rs 7 - 8.5 lakh)   

The Honda Jazz is one of the most practical hatchback in its segment. It has a spacious and user-friendly cabin with comfortable ride quality. Apart from the 354-litre boot, it’s versatility is further enhanced with ‘Magic Seats’ which can be configured in myriad ways to suit your requirement.

The cabin is larger than what other hatchbacks in this segment offer. It’s easy to find a comfortable driving position as the driver’s seat is height-adjustable and the steering is tilt-adjustable. The front passenger has more than enough legroom and headroom. However, what’s missing is a driver’s armrest.   

The Jazz has class-leading rear space. It is quite easy to get in and out of cabin thanks to the large doors that open wide. The seats are well-shaped and provide great support. That Jazz is the only hatchback in the country with rear seats that can even be reclined for better support and comfort. Passengers at the rear also have sufficient knee room and headroom. The Jazz also has better seat cushioning compared to other cars in the segment which makes it an ideal car for long journeys. You can even seat three people in comfort at the rear thanks to the almost-flat floor pan.  

In terms of features, The Jazz is equipped with automatic climate control, a 5-inch touch screen infotainment system with built-in navigation and a reverse parking camera.

The Jazz is also available with a CVT transmission with paddle shifters, though not in the top-spec VX trim.

Here are the prices of the Honda Jazz petrol.

Honda Jazz VX  Rs 7.89 lakh

Honda Jazz V CVT  Rs 8.47 lakh

5) Volkswagen Polo GT TSI (Rs 8.5 - 10 lakh)

The most powerful hatchback in this list, the Polo GT TSI comes with a 1.2-litre TSI engine mated to a 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch) gearbox which makes driving a breeze. The quality and the fit-and-finish of the cabin is on par with some premium sedans. Apart from the height-adjustable driver’s seat, you also get a steering that is adjustable for both rake and reach. This feature helps you find a comfortable driving position easily.

The front seats are neither too soft nor too hard and they keep you comfortable on long drives. As it is a driver-focused car, the space at the front is good. The car is wide and you get good room for your shoulders and legs. The rear seat space, though, is a weak point for this car. However, the rear bench is wide and supportive.

In terms of safety, The Polo GT TSI has dual-airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability program (ESP) and Hill-Hold as standard.  The flat-bottom steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake lever are wrapped in leather. Other features include automatic climate control, ambient lighting, and cruise control for effortless highway driving.

Here are the prices of the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI.

Volkswagen Polo GT TSI     Rs 9.22 lakh

Volkswagen Polo GT TSI Sport  Edition 9.71 lakh

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