Hatchbacks are budget buys that are frugal, offer decent seating for 4 and because of their compact dimensions, are easy to drive and park. They do skimp on refinement and features but given the price, you can’t complain about that. They currently range between Rs 3,00,000 – Rs 8,00,000 on the new car market. The used version is an ideal buy for those graduating from a two-wheeler or wanting a perfect second car for quick errands or even sharpening your driving skills. Wagon R offers the best balance between economy and space but if the budget is tight, then Alto is not a bad buy at all.
Used Hatchbacks average around Rs 1,45,000 in Hyderabad with lower end tending to be around Rs 97,500 and upper end tending to be around Rs 1,80,000. The higher end of the range will get you WAGONR which is 8 years old while if you veer towards the minimum, then you will have to contend with NANO which is 7 years old. So, what should you go for? Which are the best deals available on the market?
Recommendation #1: Ford Figo 1.4 Zxi Duratorq
Year: 2011 / Kms Driven: 74,863 / List Price: Rs 200,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 533,704
This entry, which comes at a discount of 63% to its original price is 8 years old and has done 74,863 Kms. Currently with its first owner, this coloured FIGO comes with a diesel powerplant. Figo is spacious, fun to drive and the diesel version is frugal. Some owners have complained of high engine oil consumption. Also the design of front bumper makes it vulnerable to scraping oddly shaped speed breakers. So do check these two things, otherwise Figo is a reliable car that is not too expensive to maintain.
Recommendation #2: Maruti Suzuki Alto LXi
Year: 2011 / Kms Driven: 77,352 / List Price: Rs 150,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 281,615
This entry, which comes at a discount of 47% to its original price is 8 years old and has done 77,352 Kms. This petrol-powered, ALTO is currently with its second owner. Alto is a basic but well-built car and but a specimen with close to 80,000 km should be tested thoroughly, particularly for any suspension related issues as fixing those could cost quite a bit. Plus, we think you can negotiate the price down to around Rs. 1.1 lakh.
Recommendation #3: Maruti Suzuki Alto LXi
Year: 2011 / Kms Driven: 89,089 / List Price: Rs 178,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 281,615
This entry, which comes at a discount of 37% to its original price is 8 years old and has done 89,089 Kms. This petrol-powered, ALTO is currently with its second owner. We say test thoroughly and negotiate hard–you shouldn’t be paying much more than Rs. 1 lakh for this specimen at which point its a good buy.
The median price at which Hatchbacks have sold in Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad in the Hatchbacks category is Maruti Suzuki Alto.