India’s FASTEST budget petrol hatchback: Maruti Swift vs Ford Figo vs Hyundai Grand i10 vs VW Polo vs Taya Tiago

The Indian car market is maturing and fuel efficiency is not anymore the primary factory of choosing a vehicle. The modern cars have become much quicker and offer a thrilling performance. For enthusiasts, who love quick fast cars, we have rounded up all the popular affordable hatchbacks available in the country and here is how quick they are.

Maruti Swift Petrol 1.2 MT

0-100 km/h – 11.96 seconds

Price starts at Rs. 4.99 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

The Maruti Swift is the brand’s latest launch in the market. The all-new Swift has become better in each possible way. It gets a new HEARTECT platform that reduces the weight of the vehicle while new features like touchscreen infotainment system make the interior plush.

The Swift remains powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol engine. It generates a maximum power of 83 Bhp and 113 Nm which is similar to the last generation Swift but due to the loss of weight, the new Swift has become quite quicker.

Ford Figo 1.2 MT and 1.5 AT

0-100 km/h – 13.64 seconds (manual), 11.11 seconds (automatic)

Price starts at Rs. 5.37 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

The Ford Figo is loved by the enthusiasts and people who love to drive because of its sharp steering and driving dynamics. The Ford Figo is offered with two petrol engine options. The manual version of the premium hatchback is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 87 Bhp and 113 Nm of peak torque. The 1.2-litre engine only gets a five-speed manual transmission.

Ford also offers a dual-clutch automatic version of the Figo in India. This version is powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine that produces a maximum power of 110 Bhp and peak torque of 136 Nm. The DCT automatic transmission also allows launch control.

Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 MT

0-100 km/h – 13.4 seconds

Price starts at Rs. 4.7 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

Hyundai Grand i10 is the second best selling hatchback in the segment after the Swift. A facelifted version of the car was launched last year with minor changes like the new bumper with DRLs and a new radiator grille. The Grand i10 is quite popular for spacious interior and a long list of features.

The car is powered by the 1.2-litre Kappa2 three-cylinder petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 81 Bhp and 114 Nm. It gets a five-speed manual transmission and an automatic transmission as an option too.

Volkswagen Polo 1.2 MT

0-100 km/h – 16.5 seconds

Price starts at Rs. 5.42 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

The Polo is known for its European build quality in India. The hatchback is loved by the enthusiasts in the market. The Polo was recently updated and the regular version of the car is powered by a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power of 75 Bhp and 95 Nm of peak torque. The new engine replaces the old 1.2-litre MPI engine.

Earlier, the 1.2-litre engine produces a maximum of 74 Bhp and 110 Nm. The 0-100 km/h time figure of the new engine is not available so we are using the time of the older vehicle. Even though the newer one gets 1 Bhp extra, the torque comes down by 15 Nm. Polo is also available in hot GT versions in India.

Tata Tiago 1.2 MT

0-100 km/h – 15.27 seconds

Price starts at Rs. 3.26 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi

The Tata Tiago has gained the market attention quickly and has become the best selling Tata vehicle in India. The hatchback offers a long list of features, good looks and value for money. The Tiago is available in both petrol and diesel engines in India.

The car is powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 84 Bhp and peak torque of 114 Nm. The car also gets Eco mode that increases the mileage of the vehicle. The Tiago is also available with an optional AMT automatic transmission.

Performance figures: ACI Magazine