Premium Hatchbacks are not too expensive to buy or run, these offer a spacious cabin and a comfy ride. They currently range between Rs 5,50,000 – Rs 10,00,000 on the new car market. The used version is an ideal buy for those wanting something more than just a basic set of wheels; good ride, seating for 5 and more features including safety kit–all for price that is less than you’d pay for a entry-level hatchback. The two segment leaders from Maruti, Swift and Baleno offers a good balance between price, performance, efficiency and features, and so, if your budget allows, then these should be high up on your list. If you crave something that would stand out, then there is excellent duo of VW Polo and Honda Jazz.
Used Premium Hatchbacks average around Rs 3,25,000 in Ahmedabad with lower end tending to be around Rs 3,00,000 and upper end tending to be around Rs 3,70,000. The higher end of the range will get you SWIFT which is 7 years old while if you veer towards the minimum, then you will have to contend with MICRA which too is 7 years old. So, what should you go for? Which are the best deals available on the market?
Recommendation #1: Maruti Suzuki Swift LXi 2015
Year: 2015 / Kms Driven: 69,430 / List Price: Rs 285,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 458,000
This entry, which comes at a discount of 38% to its original price is 4 years old and has done 69,430 Kms. Currently with its first owner, this white coloured SWIFT comes with a petrol powerplant. This gen model was a bit short on rear seat and boot space but otherwise is a fine car. While it should run trouble-free for at least 1 lakh km, we still recommend that you have the car inspected by a competent mechanic with a particular focus on suspension. And if the tyres are worn off, then negotiate the price accordingly.
Recommendation #2: Hyundai I20 Magna 1.4 CRDi
Year: 2013 / Kms Driven: 74,020 / List Price: Rs 260,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 638,740
This entry, which comes at a discount of 59% to its original price is 6 years old and has done 74,020 Kms. Currently with its second owner, this white coloured I20 comes with a diesel powerplant. The initial batch had steering assembly issues as well clutch hardening. So if the sample you are looking at is more than 60,000 km, then have those checked thoroughly. Overall, i20 is a very reliable car with the exception of early specimens suffering from steering judder. This being diesel would also make it easy on the pocket to run.
Recommendation #3: Volkswagen Polo Highline 1.2L Diesel
Year: 2011 / Kms Driven: 95,532 / List Price: Rs 175,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 725,141
This entry, which comes at a discount of 76% to its original price is 8 years old and has done 95,532 Kms. This diesel-powered, POLO is currently with its third owner. Now this is a tricky one. It has done a lot of kms but its also very cheap–and you might get it for around 1.4 lakh. And Polo is a very good car but it can cost quite a bit if something goes wrong. But it looks to be in condition. So lots of ifs and buts. So….well…that you consider it only if you are not going to be driving too much [so its your second car] and have it thoroughly checked. And finally negotiate hard.
The median price at which Premium Hatchbacks have sold in Ahmedabad is typically in the range listed in the plot below.
Since the final selling price data is not available, we estimate the actual selling prices to be 5-10% lower than this. Another tip: the most popular that gets bought and sold in Ahmedabad in the Premium Hatchbacks category is Maruti Suzuki Swift.