Innovation and technology are two aspects that have no boundaries. With each given day there is something or the other being introduced in the market and we as customers are spoilt for choice. This instance holds true for automobiles as well, where manufacturers are going gung-ho about how they perceive their target audience and have a new abbreviation from them – the ‘Millennial’. So what does this millennial aspire for? Products that are not only stylish but also premium and feature loaded thereby giving them value for their money. On that note, here is a list of premium hatchbacks that you ought to be looking at this season.
The Volkswagen Polo has just completed 10 years in India. Coming into unknown territory at the time of its inception, this German piece of engineering has held its ground for great build quality. Updates have been given to it from time to time and the Volkswagen Polo has become a name to reckon with. This is purely due to its European outlook, classy interiors and great workhorse engines (a 1.0-litre 3 cylinder petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel). From a strong body shell to a loaded equipment list, the Polo ensures a high level of safety standards. It is, however, Polo GT TSI that catches the imagination of a keen auto enthusiast for its 1.2-litre 4 cylinder petrol engine that also features the iconic 7-speed DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) that provides a thrill of driving. For those keen on diesel, Volkswagen has a TDI variant of the GT that features a 1.5-litre unit mated to 5-speed manual transmission.
Hyundai Elite i20
Setting the tone for premium hatchbacks in the country, Hyundai’s Elite i20 is all about aggressive lines and making a features that are unmatched by the competition, the i20 is perfect for the comfort that it has to offer. A brilliant suspension setup that adapts naturally to Indian road style statement. More for the buck, the front and the rear of this hatchback are worth taking a look at and so is the presence of diamond cut alloy wheels. A well laid out dash, conditions, Hyundai Elite i20 stands tall on performance as it offers both petrol and diesel options to consumers. Its overall appearance is the tipping point for most customers in India.
Updated to attract more customers towards Ford showrooms, the new Figo facelift offers moollah for its design. With a new front grille, reworked bumpers, the Figo is more potent than before. This is for a fact that the American automaker has reworked the suspension to provide better ride quality keeping in mind Indian road conditions. For the rest, things remain more or less the same on the inside except that the 7-inch infotainment system now has a touch screen to offer. Like the Ford Aspire petrol, the Figo petrol also caters to a new 5-speed manual transmission.
How can one forget? Honda’s best-described man maximum, machine minimum – Jazz. Known for the utility of space, the Honda Jazz has a very roomy cabin which ensures that occupants seated in the front and the rear have a great amount of head, shoulder and leg room. Comfort levels are such that long distance travel feels like a breezy affair. Out of the two petrol and diesel engines on offer, the latter is more engaging and fun to drive. Though from a total convenience point of view, the petrol Honda Jazz does feature a 5-speed CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).
Maruti Suzuki Swift
European in design, Maruti Suzuki Swift offers a great balance between design, comfort and performance. Its aggressive front bumper and exterior design attracts a lot of attention and will have many pulled towards it. However, once you take a sneak peek into the cabin its premium feel and feature loaded interior will definitely have you swept off your feet. It houses a 1.2-litre VVT petrol engine which produces 82bhp of power and 113Nm of peak torque.
The Swift also has an AMT transmission on offer and the petrol variant offers an astonishing efficiency figure of 22 kmpl (ARAI claimed), whereas the diesel variant offers 28.4 kmpl. It even has LED projector headlamps setup along with C-shaped DRLs and LED taillights at the rear. All in all, the Swift ticks off most of the boxes for an average buyer and with the backing of Maruti Suzuki’s huge service network, it should surely be a popular pick for many. out there.