Premium Hatchbacks are perfect for the stop-go city traffic, deliver good fuel efficiency, and handle and ride well on most but the really bad roads. 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 a genuine 5-seater that is easy on the pocket. Its hard to ignore Swift and Baleno, the two bestsellers from Maruti. However, the Hyundai i20, VW Polo and Honda Jazz offer a more ‘premium’ experience with the latter two being fun to drive as well.
Used Premium Hatchbacks average around Rs 3,65,000 in Chennai with lower end tending to be around Rs 3,25,000 and upper end tending to be around Rs 3,80,000. 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 is 8 years old. So, what should you go for? Which are the best deals available on the market?
Recommendation #1: Hyundai I20 Sportz AT 1.4 2012
Year: 2012 / Kms Driven: 38,000 / List Price: Rs 367,500 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 797,515
This entry, which comes at a discount of 54% to its original price is 7 years old and has done 38,000 Kms. Currently with its first owner, this beige coloured I20 comes with a petrol powerplant. i20 is a very well built car so 38,000 km on odo is not much–it should be good for many years to come. While you may have to shell for minor wear and tear plus replace tyres, there shouldn’t be any unpleasant surprises. Overall, i20 is a very reliable car with the exception of early specimens suffering from steering judder.
Recommendation #2: Nissan Micra XV Premium Diesel 2015
Year: 2015 / Kms Driven: 15,000 / List Price: Rs 372,400 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 718,000
This entry, which comes at a discount of 48% to its original price is 4 years old and has done 15,000 Kms. This diesel-powered, blue MICRA is currently with its first owner. A very sparingly used diesel under Rs. 4 lakh. What not to like?
Recommendation #3: Hyundai I20 Sportz 1.2 2012
Year: 2012 / Kms Driven: 48,262 / List Price: Rs 325,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 662,045
This entry, which comes at a discount of 51% to its original price is 7 years old and has done 48,262 Kms. This petrol-powered, red I20 is currently with its first owner. While you may have to shell for minor wear and tear plus replace tyres, there shouldn’t be any unpleasant surprises given this has clocked less than 50,000 km. But do get it checked nonetheless–especially for steering judder.
Recommendation #4: Nissan Micra XV Petrol 2011
Year: 2011 / Kms Driven: 70,000 / List Price: Rs 225,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 538,000
This entry, which comes at a discount of 58% to its original price is 8 years old and has done 70,000 Kms. This petrol-powered, white MICRA is currently with its third owner. If the budget is tight, then this one at under Rs. 2 lakh is pretty good option as Micra is solidly built car that drives rather well.
Recommendation #7: Honda Brio VX O MT 2014
Year: 2014 / Kms Driven: 23,000 / List Price: Rs 391,050 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 599,000
This entry, which comes at a discount of 35% to its original price is 5 years old and has done 23,000 Kms. Currently with its first owner, this red coloured BRIO comes with a petrol powerplant. There are quite a lot of samples in the 3-5 years age range and these are also ones that underwent slight facellift which improved the interiors. A Brio with less than 30,000 km isn’t an easy find–their owners don’t part with them easily. So now that we have found one for you, you can buy it knowing it won’t give any trouble for quite some time. One caveat: Brio is tight on space so makes sense only for a small family.
The median price at which Premium Hatchbacks have sold in Chennai 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 Chennai in the Premium Hatchbacks category is Honda I20.