Tall-boy cars have an advantage – they free up headroom for tall people. If you have a family with tall members and looking for a hatchback in the range of Rs. 4 lakh – Rs. 7 lakh, here are the options for you. This comparison is based on the amount of available headroom in the rear seat, measured from seat to roof liner.
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R (102 cm)
The Wagon R has the highest headroom in the hatchback segment measuring 102 cm for rear seat passengers. Thanks to the tall boy design and practical nature, the Wagon R can easily accommodate four tall passengers and 180 litres of luggage too.
The Wagon R is powered by 67 Bhp, 1-litre petrol engine that puts out 67 bhp of power and has an ARAI-certified mileage of 18.9 kmpl. The Wagon R is priced in the range of Rs. 3.47 lakh – Rs. 4.34 lakh.
The Wagon R performance is good for city runabouts but feels out of breadth at highway speeds. Besides, it tall boy design limits handling capabilities and vertical movement are evident when driven spiritedly. If you are on a budget of about Rs. 4 lakh and looking for a pocket-friendly city hatchback, check out the Wagon R.
Honda Jazz (98 cm)
The Jazz is more of an MPV than a compact hatchback. Despite its compact exterior dimensions, the Jazz offers maximum interior space. Tall passengers sitting on the rear seat of the Jazz will hardly complain for it has 98 cm of enormous headroom. Besides, the segment-leading 366 litres luggage space makes the Honda Jazz, a really spacious hatchback.
The Jazz is powered by a 89 Bhp, 1.2-litre petrol motor that returns an ARAI-certified mileage of 16.70 Kmpl. The Jazz is priced in the range of Rs. 5.75 lakh – Rs. 6.31 lakh.
The Jazz has refined and responsive engine and is easy to maneuver even in narrow roads, thanks to the driving ergonomics and great all-round visibility. If you are in a budget of Rs. 6 lakh and looking for a reliable petrol premium hatchback, check out the Honda Jazz.
Maruti Suzuki Ritz (96 cm)
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the Ritz is a ‘tall boy’ version of the Swift. The Ritz offers up to 96 cm of headroom for rear seat and tall passengers will find themselves comfortable sitting in there. The Ritz also has a practical 234 litres luggage space making it a neat city hatchback.
The Ritz is offered in both petrol and diesel engine versions. The Ritz petrol is powered by a 84 Bhp, 1.2-litre engine that returns a claimed mileage of 17.7 Kmpl. The Ritz diesel is powered by a74 Bhp 1.3-litre engine that returns a claimed mileage of 21.1 Kmpl. The Ritz is priced in the range of Rs. 4.16 lakh – Rs. 5.73 lakh.
The Ritz has refined engines with adequate performance suitable for both city and highway runs. The ride quality is a bit stiff, but just like the Swift which is known for its handling characteristics, the Ritz is a good handler. If you are family with tall members need an affordable and a practical hatchback, the Ritz is for you.
Hyundai i20 (95 cm)
The i20, a premium hatchback known for its features offer 95 cm of legroom for rear seat occupants. The i20 also offers 295 litres of usable luggage space that comes handy during weekend trips and family outings. The i20 is loaded with gizmos such as rear parking camera, auto headlights, rain sensing wipers, smart pedal, six airbags and push button start.
The i20 is powered by a 84 Bhp, 1.2-litre petrol motor, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and returns a claimed mileage of 18.5 Kmpl. The i20 automatic is powered by a 98 Bhp, 1.4-litre petrol motor, mated to a 5-speed auto box and returns a claimed mileage of 15 Kmpl. The i20 diesel is powered by a 89 Bhp, 1.4-litre motor that returns a claimed mileage of 21.9 Kmpl.
The i20 has light steering which makes city driving and parking in tight spaces, an easy task. The ride quality is good at low speeds, but feels a bit unsettled at three digit speeds. Though the i20 is far from being the best, it handles predictably when driven in a sedate manner.
If you are looking for premium hatchback with well insulated cabin, refined engines, plethora of features and premium quality interiors, pick the i20.
Skoda Fabia (94 cm)
The Fabia, surprisingly, is the only European small car (others are Japanese and Korean) to make into the top five list of hatchbacks with maximum rear seat headroom. The Fabia has adequate headroom (94 cm) for tall passengers to sit comfortably in the rear seat. The 300 litre boot space means you need not pack light during family outings.
The Fabia petrol is powered by a 75 Bhp, 1.2-litre engine that returns a claimed mileage of 16.25 Kmpl. The Fabia diesel is powered by a 75 Bhp, 1.2-litre engine that returns a claimed mileage of 20.96 Kmpl. The engines are silent in average speeds, but tend to sound a bit coarse when revved hard.
The Fabia is known for its ride quality, handling as well as smooth gearbox. Its precise steering feedback and brilliant chassis inspires confidence even when pushed to the limits. If you are looking for a European hatchback that has impressive fit and finish, good handling characteristics and also carry plenty of luggages, check out the Fabia.