Automatic hatchbacks in India – 2014 Edition

Snapshot – City driving has been made easier than ever with the advent of automatic hatchbacks, which are not just compact in size but also more fuel efficient than sedans. Many buyers even resort to converting their automatic hatchbacks into LPG/CNG dual fuel cars, making them even more cost effective for use on city streets. From being a rarity in India, automatic hatchbacks are now available with AMT, CVT and torque converter options. CarToq takes a look at seven automatic hatchbacks that are sold in India. All prices in this list reflect ex-showroom Delhi figures.

 

Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT

The latest rage in the small car world, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio brings an unique semi-automatic gearbox into the Indian car scene. The Celerio’s 5 speed automated manual transmission delivers the fuel efficiency of a manual gearbox while being lighter and cheaper than conventional torque converter/CVT automatic gearboxes. The Celerio AMT is powered by a 1 liter K-Series petrol engine (67 Bhp-90 Nm) and the car delivers an ARAI certified mileage of 23.07 Kmpl. With prices starting from 4.14 lakh rupees, the Celerio AMT is the least priced automatic car sold in India. One deal downer though, is the long waiting period that this high demand car comes saddled with.

Hyundai Grand i10 AT

Another new addition to the automatic hatchback list in India, the Hyundai Grand i10 is a spacious car based on the BA platform that also underpins the i10 hatchback. A replacement to the i10 AT, the Grand i10 AT features a 1.2 liter Kappa petrol engine (79 Bhp-112 Nm) mated to a four speed automatic gearbox. The car manages a mileage figure of 16.95 Kmpl. Sold in Sportz and Asta variants, the car is one of the few automatic hatchbacks to be available in two variants. Value pricing is a forte of the Hyundai Grand i10 and this trait continues onto the automatic variants as well. The Grand i10 AT Sportz is priced at 5.54 lakh rupees while the AT Asta variant comes in at 5.80 lakh rupees.

Honda Brio AT

The Honda Brio AT is another compact hatchback that is a perky drive in town. Featuring a 5 speed automatic gearbox, the Brio AT is a peppy drive what with its 1.2 liter i-VTEC petrol engine outputting 87 Bhp-109 Nm. The car’s automatic variant comes with airbags and ABS+EBD, safety features that aren’t available on most other automatic hatchbacks. Priced at 6 lakh rupees, the Honda Brio AT offers good value, given the safety features on offer. The Brio AT returns an ARAI certified mileage of 18.9 Kmpl.

Maruti Suzuki Ritz AT

The only tall-boy automatic hatchback sold in India, the Maruti Suzuki Ritz makes a compelling case for itself, especially with buyers who are looking to walk into a car rather than crouch into the front seat of a car. A good buy for the infirm and elderly, the Ritz AT is powered by a 1.2 liter K-Series petrol engine that outputs 85 Bhp-113 Nm. This engine is paired with a 4 speed automatic gearbox and the car manages an ARAI certified mileage figure of 17.1 Kmpl. The Ritz AT is priced at 6.03 lakh rupees, and at this price one gets the mid VXi variant that skips ABS and airbags.

Nissan Micra CVT

The Nissan Micra is pitched as an easy-to-drive city car and the addition of the CVT automatic gearbox to this hatchback reaffirms this pitch. The Micra CVT is the only CVT equipped hatchback in India and the car uses a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder HR12DE (76 Bhp-104 Nm) petrol engine. Priced at 6.42 lakh rupees, the Micra CVT represents decent value considering the addition of airbags and ABS+EBD as standard features, stuff that isn’t available on many automatic hatchbacks, even as an option.  A mileage of 19.34 Kmpl makes the Micra CVT one of the most efficient automatic hatchbacks in India, second only to the Celerio AMT.

Hyundai i20 AT

The Hyundai i20 is a large B+ segment hatchback that is offered with a 1.4 liter petrol engine (99 Bhp-136 Nm) and a 4 speed automatic gearbox. Not the most frugal automatic car in town, conversion to CNG or LPG usually is an option owners resort to as the 15.04 Kmpl ARAI certified mileage can translate to 10-11 Kmpl in the real world, which at the time of rising fuel prices can prove to be heavy on the pocket. Sold in a solitary Sportz variant, the i20 AT gets a driver airbag and ABS+EBD. The car is priced at 7.77 lakh rupees.

Volkswagen Polo GT TSI

The most expensive automatic hatchback in the country is the technologically most advanced and the best performing too. The Polo GT TSI is aimed at performance hatchback buyers, and the car comes with a 1.2 liter TSI turbo petrol engine (103 Bhp-175 Nm) paired to a 7 speed dual clutch DSG automatic gearbox. Owing to the turbocharger, the petrol engine delivers a decent mileage of 17.2 Kmpl. The car is a fully loaded version, with ABS, Airbags and even ESP figuring in the list of safety features. Priced at 8 lakh rupees, the Polo TSI is a much better buy than the Hyundai i20 AT.