The best hatchbacks for small-built drivers!

The problem with many hatchbacks these days is the lack of good visibility for small-built drivers due to high-set dashboards and sloping bonnets. What such drivers ideally need are cars that have a height-adjustable driver’s seat, to find a comfortable driving position.

If you are in the market looking for premium hatchbacks with driver-seat height-adjust feature, here are some options for you.

Driver seat height adjustment is an important feature for buyers who are below average height. Car makers have realized this requirement and offer driver seat height adjustment in some models. Sadly, the driver seat height adjust is offered only in the top-end variants of the cars. CarToq lists all the premium hatchbacks that have the height-adjustment feature.

Maruti Suzuki Swift ZXi and ZDi

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The Swift comes with driver-seat height-adjust feature only in the top-end variants, ZXI priced at Rs. 5.68 lakh and ZDI priced at Rs. 6.76 lakh. These variants also offer features such as 15-inch alloy wheels, electromagnetic back door opener, rear defogger and wiper, seat-belt height adjust and automatic climate control.

The Swift petrol is powered by a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine that out 86 Bhp of power and returns a claimed mileage of 18.6 Kmpl. The diesel Swift is powered by the 1.3-litre, Fiat-derived, diesel engine that makes 74 Bhp of power and returns a claimed mileage of 22.9 Kmpl.  The Swift is the largest-selling premium hatchback with refined engines and consistent fuel economy. It also has low maintenance costs and high resale value.

Hyundai i20 Asta & Asta (O)

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Hyundai i20The i20 comes with driver-seat height-adjust feature in the Asta and Asta (O) variants.

The i20 Asta petrol is priced at Rs. 6.21 lakh and i20 Asta (O) petrol is priced at Rs. 6.65 lakh. The i20 Asta diesel is priced at Rs. 7.44 lakh. The i20 Asta variant offers features such as front passenger airbags, ABS with EBD, rear wiper & washer, and front driver armrest. The Asta (O) variant gets all features of the Asta and in addition gets side & curtain airbags and electric sunroof with slide & tilt function.The i20 petrol is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol motor that puts out 84 bhp and returns an ARAI-certified mileage of 18.5 Kmpl.

The i20 diesel is powered by a 1.4-litre diesel motor that makes 89 bhp of power and returns an ARAI-certified mileage of 21.9 Kmpl. The i20 is known for its features and performance as well. It has 295 litres luggage space is one of the best in its segment. However, i20 has a premium price tag that may put off budget-conscious buyers.

Tata Vista V and Z

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Photo: The Tata Vista looks much more refined and attractive than the original Indica

The Vista comes with a driver seat height adjust feature in both V and Z trims. The Vista diesel VX is priced at Rs. 5.74 lakh and the Vista diesel ZX is priced at Rs. 6.40 lakh. The petrol variants GVX powered by Safire 65 engine is priced at Rs. 4.91 lakh and the one powered by Safire 90 engine is priced at Rs. 5.93 lakh. The petrol top-end variant, GZX powered by Safire 90 is priced at Rs. 6.43 lakh.

The V trims offer features such as ABS with EBD power windows, electric HVAC controls, tilt adjustable steering, intelligent rear wiper, rear windscreen demister, 60:40 flip and fold rear seat, storage tray under co-driver seat and two-way adjustable rear seat head rests. The top-end Z trims offer features such as alloy wheels, dual front airbags, front ELR seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters and LED high mount stop lamp.

The Vista Safire 65 petrol variant is powered by a 1.2 litre, 65 Bhp motor while the Vista Safire 90 petrol variant is powered by a 1.4-litre petrol engine that makes 89 Bhp of power. According to ARAI, the petrol Vista Safire 65’s mileage is 16.7 Kmpl while that of Safire 90 is 13.7 Kmpl. The Vista diesel is powered by a 1.3-litre, Quadrajet engine (BS IV compliant) sourced from Fiat that makes 74 Bhp of power and has ARAI-certified mileage of 22.3 Kmpl. The Vista is known for its spacious interiors and can actually accommodate three passengers at the rear seat. It is a better VFM for it offers more features at a less priced when compared with the Swift, its chief rival.

Ford Figo

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Ford Figo

The Figo comes with driver seat height adjust feature in ZXI and Titanium variants. The Figo ZXI diesel is priced at Rs. 5.45 lakh while the Figo diesel Titanium is priced at Rs. 5.94 lakh. The Figo ZXI petrol is priced at Rs. 4.48 lakh while the Figo Titanium diesel is priced at Rs. 4.96 lakh. The Figo, however, does not have tilt adjustable steering.The ZXI variant of Figo offers features such as music system, Bluetooth connectivity, tachometer and rear defogger with auto cut-off.

The Titanium variant gets safety features such as dual airbags, ABS with EBD and fog lamps.The Figo petrol is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol motor that puts out 70 Bhp of power and returns a claimed mileage of 15.61 kmpl. The Figo diesel is powered by a 1.4-litre diesel engine that churns out 68 Bhp of power and returns a claimed mileage of 20 kmpl.  The Figo is an excellent VFM hatchback for it has spacious interiors, good ride and handling characteristics and a useful 284 litres luggage space.

Volkswagen Polo

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Volkswagen offers the Polo with driver seat height adjust feature in the Comfortline and Highline variants. The Polo petrol Comfortline is priced at Rs. 5.30 lakh and the Polo petrol Highline is priced at Rs. 6.23 lakh. The Polo diesel Comfortline is priced at Rs. 6.42 lakh and the Polo diesel Highline is priced at Rs. 7.36 lakh. The Polo 1.6 petrol is priced at Rs. 6.48 lakh.

The Comfortline variant is equipped with features such as gets 60:40 split rear seats, parcel tray, and all four power windows. The Highline variant has alloy wheels, ABS, dual airbags, fog lamps and music system.The Polo 1.2 is powered by 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder motor that makes 74 Bhp of power and returns an ARAI-certified mileage of 17.24 Kmpl. The Polo 1.6 is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol motor that puts out 105 Bhp of power and returns an ARAI-certified mileage of 15.96 Kmpl. The diesel version is powered by a 1.2-litre motor that makes 74 bhp of power and returns an ARAI-certified mileage of 22.07 Kmpl. The Polo has solid build quality that you can expect only from a German engineering. However, it lacks some features offered in cars such as the i20 and the Swift.

Honda Jazz

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The Jazz comes with driver seat height adjust feature only in the top-end variant, Jazz X and is priced at Rs. 6.31 lakh. The Jazz X comes with features such as sporty 5-spoke alloy wheels, front fog lamps, power door mirror auto retract. Safety features of the Jazz X include Dual Front SRS Airbags, ABS with brake assist and EBD.

The Jazz is powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol motor that produces 89 Bhp of power and returns an ARAI specified mileage of 16.7 Kmpl. With a great all round visibility and spot-on ergonomics, the Jazz is a driver-friendly hatchback. The build quality is top notch and plenty of cubby holes, foldable rear seats and 366 litres of luggage space make the Jazz, lot more practical than many of hatchbacks out there. The only hiccup is the lack of diesel engine.

Skoda Fabia

Skoda Fabia

The Fabia comes with driver seat height adjust feature in both Ambition and Elegance variants. The Fabia Ambition petrol is priced at Rs. 5.10 lakh and Fabia Elegance petrol is priced at Rs. 6.05 lakh. The Fabia Elegance petrol powered by 1.6-litre engine is priced at Rs. 6.45 lakh. The Fabia Ambition diesel is priced at Rs. 6.30 lakh and Fabia Elegance diesel is priced at Rs. 7.25 lakh.

The Ambition variant comes with four speakers, front electrically adjustable windows and one-touch automatic window. The Elegance variant 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, ABS, brake assist, dual airbags, side door protective strips, fuel supply cut-off in a crash, rear windscreen defogger and rear washer & wiper.

The Fabia is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol motor that puts out 74 Bhp of power and returns a mileage of 16.25 Kmpl. The Fabia 1.6 is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol motor that puts out 105 Bhp of power and returns a claimed mileage of 14.83 Kmpl. The Fabia diesel is powered by a 1.2-litre motor that puts out 74 Bhp of power and returns a claimed mileage of 20.96 Kmpl.

The Fabia is known for its fantastic build quality and cavernous boot of 300 litres. And the Fabia, being cheaper than the Polo, makes it a bit more affordable.

Fiat Punto

The Punto comes with driver seat height adjustment in Dynamic and Emotion variants. The Punto Dynamic petrol variant is priced at Rs.5.14 lakh and the Punto Emotion petrol variant is priced at Rs.6.66 lakh. The Punto Dynamic diesel variant is priced at Rs.6.23 lakh and the Punto Emotion diesel variant is priced at Rs.6.84 lakh.

The Dynamic variant gets automatic door lock, front fog lamps, integrated CD/MP3 & FM Player with four speakers and dual tone dashboard. The Emotion variant gets airbags, automatic climate control, steering mounted audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Punto Dynamic petrol is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that puts out 67 Bhp of power and has ARAI-certified mileage of 15.20 Kmpl. The 1.4-litre FIRE petrol engine makes 88.7 Bhp of power and has ARAI-certified mileage of 14.03 Kmpl while the Punto diesel is powered by 1.3-litre Multijet motor that makes 75 Bhp of power and has ARAI-certified mileage of 20.3 Kmpl. The Punto has gorgeous looks and great ride and handling characteristics. The 280 litres of luggage space also makes it a practical car for family outings.