India is a very price-sensitive car market and there is a great demand for budget hatchbacks here. But then, with more money and improved lifestyle, the premium hatchback segment is also slowly getting popular. This segment is nowadays seeing a lot of new buyers,especially for diesel cars. Here is a review of the top 3 premium diesel hatchbacks which fall in the Rs 5-10 lakhs price bracket.
Top Selling Cars in India
The favourite brand of the country has always been on the top of any sales list. The best-selling premium diesel hatchback in the country is no doubt the Swift from Maruti stable. A recent makeover has made the car all the more likeable. Swift is a classic good looking simple car equipped with a host of safety and comfort features along with a brilliant engine. Five adults can be easily seated in this car. The diesel engine yields a mileage of 22.9 kmpl. The rally based suspension ensures a smooth ride. Maruti Swift diesel models carry a price tag of Rs 5.5 lakhs to Rs 7 lakhs. All the more, Maruti’s low maintenance cost and effective after sales service add to its appeal.
Fiat Punto comes as a second choice in this segment. The recent Fiat Punto Evo, out in 2014 with all modern features will come at Rs 7.25 lakhs. This car has it all – a good design, good ride and handling and a good engine. The new model gets sophisticated interiors and it now has an upmarket finish. The manufacturer has equipped the car with a host of safety and comfort features as well. It has a 1.2 litre diesel engine with an output of 88 bhp. ARAI has rated fuel economy of Fiat Punto at 21.2 kmpl. The lack of enough service centres in the country is the only drawback felt with this car.
The German carmaker Volkswagen’s Polo is also becoming increasingly popular nowadays. VW Polo recently got a facelift with many technical as well as mechanical improvements. The manufacturers have perfected the car with a dynamic, fluid and stylish exteriors as well as interiors. Under the hood is a 1.5 litre diesel engine with power and torque figures of 103.6 bhp and 250 Nm respectively. The fuel economy figures are fairly impressive with an ARAI certified 20.14 kmpl. The advanced features come only in the top trim level making itquite a luxurious option and it is priced at around Rs 8 lakhs.
Apart from the above 3, Hyundai i20, Grand i10, Renault Pulse, Chevrolet Sail, Mahindra Verito, Toyota Etios Liva are also premium hatchbacks available in this price bracket.
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