If you are looking for a feature-rich premium hatchback, these are the top three options for you. Premium hatchbacks offer lots of features and hence demand a higher price as against other hatchbacks.

Though there are many premium hatchbacks such as Maruti Suzuki Swift, Fiat Grande Punto, Hyundai i20, Skoda Fabia, Volkswagen Polo and Nissan Micra, not all of them are rich in features. Some premium hatchbacks lack even features like Bluetooth connectivity and automatic climate control.

So, if you are on the lookout for a premium hatchback with lots of features, here are the top three choices you have to consider: Hyundai i20, Nissan Micra and Fiat Punto. Here’s why.

Hyundai i20

Asta (O) Petrol (Rs. 6.65 lakh)

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Photo: The i20 is loaded with amazing features and gizmos like airbags and auto headlights etc

Hyundai cars in India are these days generally loaded with lot of gizmos and creature comforts. In the case of i20, as if the old i20 did not have enough features, Hyundai has launched the facelifted i20 loaded with even more features.

The new i20 Asta (O) offers segment-first features such as six airbags including side and curtain airbags, cluster ionizer, electro chrome mirror (ECM), supervision instrument cluster, reverse parking camera with ECM display, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers, rear disc brakes and smart pedal. Also read: The Hyundai I Gen i20 takes on the Maruti Suzuki Swift: Petrol variant comparison

Further the i20 Asta (O) gets smart key with push button (engine) start, electric sunroof with slide & tilt function, electric folding and heated wing mirrors, steering wheel mounted audio controls, 2-DIN audio system with six speakers, aux-in and USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, cooled glovebox, driver seat height adjust and armrest too.  The following table shows the entire list of features offered in the i20 Asta (O).

CriteriaFeatures
ComfortElectric sunroof with slide & tilt function, front map lamp, glovebox cooling, luggage lamp, Rear parcel tray, fully automatic AC with heater, cluster ionizer (clean air), front door map pockets, front passenger seat back pocket, centre room lamp, theatre dimming, all four power windows, power windows switch illumination, autodown (driver only) and pinch guard (driver only), 60:40 split rear seats, front & rear adjustable headrests.
Driving aidsPush button start/stop engine, front armrest driver seat, height adjustable driver seat, rear wiper & washer, tilt & telescopic steering, rear defogger with timer, tachometer, gear shift (MT only), low fuel, door & tailgate ajar, driver seatbelt reminder, dual trip meter, audio display, calendar (Date), engine running time, outside temperature, electric power steering, clutch footrest, driver & passenger vanity mirror with cover, electrically adjustable/heated/folding outside mirrors.
SafetyAuto light control, Smart key for keyless entry & burglar alarm, driver airbag, passenger airbag, side & curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, rain sensing wipers, front fog lamps, Rear camera, display on ECM, rear parking sensors, Central locking (door & tailgate), smart pedal (petrol only), impact sensing auto door unlock, clutch lock (MT only), lane change indicator (one touch triple turn), electro chromic inside rear view mirror, rear fog lamps, immobilizer, dual horn.
GadgetryBluetooth connectivity, steering mounted audio & Bluetooth controls, 2-DIN integrated radio+CD+MP3 player, two rear speakers, aux & USB ports, roof antenna, digital clock, two front speakers, two tweeters, power outlet.
LooksChrome outside door handles, rear spoiler with integrated stop lamp, alloy wheels, chrome finish gear knob, metallic insert steering wheel, supervision instrument cluster, leather-wrapped steering wheel & gear knob, turn indicators on outside mirrors, high gloss black radiator grille, wraparound clear lens headlamp & tail lamp, body colored bumpers, outside door mirrors, outside door handles & tailgate handle, full wheel covers, 2-tone beige & brown interior key color, blue interior illumination, chrome finish inside door handles, chrome finish parking lever tip, metal finish centre fascia, metal finish AC vents, centre console multi-purpose storage box.

Fiat Grande Punto

1.4 Emotion Petrol (Rs.6.66 lakh), 1.3 Emotion Diesel (Rs.6.84 lakh) & 1.3 Emotion 90HP (Rs. 7.21 lakh)

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Photo: The Fiat Punto comes with tons of interesting and useful features like blue and me, rear AC vents etc

The Punto is not a hot seller, but nevertheless, this Italian premium hatchback is loaded with lots of gizmos climbing up to the second spot in our list.

The Punto Emotion variants get dual stage front airbags with early crash sensors, passenger airbag deactivation, follow me home headlamps, , rear foot level AC vents, programmable speed limit buzzer, Blue & Me (with USB port), fire prevention system and exact door open indicator. Read more: Hyundai i-Gen i20 vs. Fiat Grande Punto

Other noteworthy features in the Punto Emotion variants include ABS with EBD, automatic climate control, audio system with four speakers, driver seat height adjust, 60:40 split rear seat folding, remote keyless entry, rear wiper & washer, rear defogger and rear dual fog lamps. The following table shows the complete list of features offered in the Punto Emotion variant.

CriteriaFeatures
ComfortRear parcel shelf, follow me home headlamps, front power window with delay and autodown function, speed sensitive volume adjuster for audio, rear foot level AC vents, HVAC, 60:40 split rear seat folding, adjustable rear seat head restraints, remote keyless entry, internally adjustable ORVM, rear window wiper & washer, rear defogger with timer, automatic climate control.
Driving aidsPower steering with tilt adjust, clutch foot rest, steering mounted audio & Bluetooth controls , programmed service reminder, digital trip meter & odometer, distance to empty indicator, rear time mileage indicator, external temperature display, trip calculator, programmable speed limit buzzer, driver seat height adjust.
SafetyFire prevention system, immobilizer with rolling code, exact door open indicator, rear seat metal back, central locking, seat belt warning light with buzzer, automatic door lock, height adjustable front seat belts, ABS with EBD (for diesel version), 3-point ELR seat belts with pretensioners & load limiters, dual stage front airbags with early crash sensors, passenger airbag deactivation.
GadgetryDigital clock, 12 V power socket, Integrated CD/MP3 & FM Player with 4 speakers, Blue & Me (with USB port).
LooksBody colored bumpers, rear dual fog lamps, front fog lamps, alloy wheels, body colored door handles & ORVM, fabric inserts on door trim & door arm-rest, dual tone dashboard, boot lamp, leather wrapped steering wheel & gear shift knob.

Nissan Micra

XV Petrol (Rs. 5.51 lakh) & Micra XV Premium Diesel (Rs. 6.41 lakh)

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Photo: The Micra with features like push button start is a very attractive car

The Micra is selling in consistent numbers despite Nissan having a limited number of dealership networks across the country. Part of its success can be attributed to the impressive set of features it offers at a competitive price point.

The XV variant offers intelligent key with push button ignition, Electric Park and fold mirrors, automatic climate control with filter, front dual airbags, ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution) and BA (Brake Assist).

The XV Premium variant offers alloy wheels, body colored roof spoiler, rear defogger, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob. Other noteworthy features include audio system with 4 speakers and aux-in port, rear defogger, rear washer & wiper, front fog lamps and security alarm. The following are the complete list of features available in the top-end Micra variant.

CriteriaFeatures
ComfortIntelligent key with push button ignition, All four power windows, driver side front window with autodown & anti-pinch function, Remote keyless entry, Adjustable front & rear headrests, rear parcel shelf and Auto AC.
Driving aidsElectric power steering with tilt adjust, rear windscreen wiper & washer, rear defogger, tachometer, rear defogger, front fog lamps and drive computer.
SafetyDriver and front passenger airbags, Central door lock, Engine immobilizer and security alarm, ABS + EBD + BA.
GadgetryDigital clock, Integrated audio system with 4 speakers and aux-in port.
LooksAlloy wheels, body colored roof spoiler, body colored bumpers, leather wrapped steering wheel & gear knob, greige interior color scheme and roof antenna.

Summary

Apart from the three premium hatchbacks, i20, Punto and Micra, we are left with other premium hatchbacks available in the market. The Maruti Swift and Honda Jazz were not included because they don’t come with push button start and Bluetooth connectivity. The Skoda Fabia, Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo do not offer steering mounted audio controls while the Vista lacks automatic climate control.