Overall Best Hatchback in India!


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Dear folks,

there is a lot discussion on which hatchback to buy and the question -answer round go on and on and on.

so thought to start a new discussion on Best hatch in India.

basic points of discussion:

1> build quality
2> engine :petrol/diesel (but more point when the manufac. has its own engine tech used)
3> long term maintain cost
4> mileage
5> drive / ride quality
6> comfort
7>boot space
8>ASS
9> spare part cost
10> looks

Lets start a healthy positive discussion. No personal bonding to any brand plz..

I have attached some comparison.

Hope these will hale many others!

View attachment fiat_petrol_diesel_cost_diffrence.doc

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I dislike hatches (including beetle, mini etc) and feel hatches are best for ladies to drive around in city. My take is -

Honda Jazz in petrol,
Hyundai i20 in diesel.
VW Polo is also good but didn't like its diesel as much as i20.
 
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Basis bhai, nice thead but I'm not sure whether it belong to Indian Auto news section. Anyway, let Mod take it own course :).

On the basis of 9 month experience, following is my observations about Honda Jazz as per your set points:

1> build quality : 8/10

2> engine :8/10. Disappointing low end is a minus factor.

3> long term maintain cost : In my first paid service I shell out 3.5k.

4> mileage : 8/10.

Even during spirited run with full A/c, Jazz gives more than 14kmpl.

5> drive / ride quality: 7/10.

Handling at the corner is susceptible (body roll creeps in) and ride quality at low speed is harsh.

6> comfort :10/10

7>boot space: 10/10

8>ASS: 9/10

9> spare part cost: 8/10

10> looks: highly subjective 7.5/10

So do I consider it the overall best petrol hatch? Yes. Since new Swift has minuscule boot space and weak brakes (except for top model), so I still consider Jazz to the best petrol hatch.

For diesel, new Punto 90 HP is probably the best overall hatch.

i20 has a gem of engine but whats the use of power if you can not use it (due to boatlike handling).
 
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My take..

1> build quality - VW Polo
2> engine :petrol/diesel (but more point when the manufac. has its own engine tech used) - Hyundai i20(Diesel), Maruti Swift = Honda Jazz(Petrol)
3> long term maintain cost - Maruti Swift
4> mileage - Maruti Swift
5> drive / ride quality - FIAT Punto
6> comfort - Fornt Seats - Maruti Swift followed by Jazz, Rear - TATA Indica Vista
7>boot space - Honda Jazz
8>ASS - Maruti Swift
9> spare part cost - Maruti Swift
10> looks - On my perception VW Polo followed by FIAT - Punto

On an overall as per me it should be Maruti Swift followed by Honda Jazz
 
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Best hatchback (Ride quality, comfort, styling)

Which is the best hatchback on the Indian roads considering these parameters?
* The one which offers good ride quality (handling, suspension etc)
* Comfort (space, AC, NVH etc)
* Appearance

Which is the best hatchback that offers a perfect balance considering the above factors? This poll would be helpful to all the TAI members to select their ride of their choice and could be used as reference.
 
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Re: Best hatchback (Ride quality, comfort, styling)

Ride quality over bad roads -

1. Punto/Fabia
2. Vista/Polo/Figo/Sail
3. Swift V2/Liva/Micra/Jazz/Brio
4. i10/i20/Ritz

Comfort (Spacious) -

1. Vista/Liva/Sail/Jazz
2. Swift V2/Figo/Micra/i20
3. Brio/Polo/Punto/Fabia/Ritz/i10

Styling is subjective, my ratings -

1. Polo/Jazz/Nano/Punto
2. i20/Swift V2/Brio
3. Vista/Ritz/Fabia/Figo/Sail
4. Liva/Micra/i10
 
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Booked a Nissan Micra XV diesel today.
Spacious, stylish, nice build, good pick-up, great mileage and feature rich including driver airbag and intelligent keyless entry and ignition
 
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I think Vista is the best family hatchback currently available in our country.Its space(width+leg space+head space),soft ride quality,nice diesel engine,and cheap spares make it a perfect hatchback for a middle class/upper middle class family.

However,when we talk about overall best hatchback,which means to include all virtues of a car like ride,handling,looks,performance etc.,I think Fiat Punbto is the best overall hatch-back currently available in our country;after sales service not with-standing.[:)]


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Sorry for choosing different cars. But I havent found all these qualities in a single car:

1> build quality : Punto followed by Hyundai i20 and VW Polo
2> engine :petrol/diesel (but more point when the manufac. has its own engine tech used): For Diesel its Hyundai i20 , MJD doesnt come close to this bigger engine and for petrol its suzuki K12 and kappa2 dual vtvt both stand at same place!
3> long term maintain cost : maruti and hyundai cars
4> mileage : Tata nano followed by hyundai Eon / i10
5> drive / ride quality : Punto followed by hyundai i20
6> comfort: hyundai i20
7>boot space: hyundai i20 followed by polo and Figo
8>ASS : maruti followed by hyundai
9> spare part cost : maruti . However even swift spares cost as much or even more than competitors.
10> looks : i20/swift / punto

Handling= could be added to these parameters: Punto followed by Swift and figo.
 
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