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.
Asta (O) Petrol (Rs. 6.65 lakh)
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).
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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)
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.
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XV Petrol (Rs. 5.51 lakh) & Micra XV Premium Diesel (Rs. 6.41 lakh)
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.
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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.