Premium hatchbacks are all about features and creature comforts. But not all of these cars offer good value for money and some command a more premium price tag than its equipment list can justify.
CarToq picks the top three premium petrol hatchbacks that offer maximum features for minimum price. If you are in the market looking for a value for money premium hatchback with maximum features, here are the options for you.
Ford Figo Titanium Petrol (Rs. 4.96 lakh)
The Figo is a great VFM hatchback that has set a bench mark when it comes to aggressive pricing. For instance, the Figo Titanium is Rs. 72,000 cheaper than the Swift ZXI (Rs. 5.68 lakh) and more than Rs. 1 lakh cheaper than other premium hatchbacks including i20 Asta (Rs. 6.21 lakh), Polo Highline (Rs. 6.23 lakh), Toyota Liva VX (Rs. 6.15 lakh), Vista GZX (Rs.6.43 lakh) and Fabia Elegance (Rs. 6.05 lakh). Also see: Ford Figo car research hub
The Figo is the most affordable premium hatchback as it comes with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, fog lamps, music system, Bluetooth connectivity, and tachometer and rear defogger with auto cut-off.
The Figo 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 performance of Figo petrol is mediocre, but is sufficient to handle daily chores in city traffic.
Maruti Suzuki Ritz ZXI (Rs. 5.16 lakh)
The Ritz ZXI is Rs. 20,000 expensive than the Figo Titanium, but it does come with more features such as steering mounted audio controls and automatic climate control. The Ritz ZXI is Rs. 52,000 cheaper than the Swift ZXI (Rs. 5.68 lakh) and Rs. 1 lakh cheaper than the i20 Asta (Rs. 6.21 lakh) and Polo Highline (Rs. 6.23 lakh). Research the Maruti Suzuki Ritz
The Ritz can be termed as a practical Swift for it shares the same underpinnings but offers a bit more luggage space of 234 litres. Noteworthy features in the Ritz ZXI include keyless entry, tilt steering, rear defogger, wiper and washer and integrated music system with speakers. Also see: Maruti Suzuki Ritz facelift coming soon
The Ritz petrol is powered by a 1.2-litre engine that puts out 84 Bhp of power and returns a claimed mileage of 17.7 Kmpl. The Ritz engine is refined producing adequate power and torque even at low revs making city commutes easy.
Nissan Micra XV (Rs. 5.51 lakh)
The Micra XV is Rs. 35,000 more than the Ritz ZXI, but Rs. 55,000 more than the Figo Titanium (Rs. 4.96 lakh). Though a bit pricey, the Micra XV comes with interesting features such as engine push button start, driver side front window with autodown and anti-pinch function, electric park and fold mirrors, ABS, alloy wheels and two airbags.
The Micra is a cute-looking car with retro design theme. The car is easy to maneuver in city traffic conditions has good quality interiors and has a practical boot of 251 litres.
The Micra is powered by a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine that makes 75 Bhp of power and returns a claimed mileage of 18.06 Kmpl. The engine performance is adequate for city traffic conditions, but feels rough when revved hard and when driven at three digit speeds.
If you have a Rs. 5 lakh budget and want maximum features for the price, you can choose one among the top three premium petrol hatchbacks: Ford Figo Titanium, Maruti Suzuki Ritz ZXI and the Nissan Micra XV. One car that makes it close in this list it the Honda Brio V MT, priced at Rs. 5.3 lakh. However, the Brio does not offer as many comfort and convenience features, although it has safety features.
Cars such as the Swift, i20, Jazz, Fabia and Polo demand a premium price tag for the fully loaded top-end variants and hence could not make into the top three cars list.