The Best Petrol Hatchback Below Rs.5.5 Lakhs

Thread Starter #1
Jun 21, 2012
New Delhi
I want to buy a petrol car in the price range of approx Rs 4.5 to 5.5 lakh for weekend drive (60-80 km) in Delhi and I want to keep the car for a long time. My top priorities are 1. very good Build Quality 2. very good Mileage 3. premium Dashboards with luxury Interior 4. low Maintenance 5. spacious. Please suggest me a very good na dvalue for money car.
Feb 2, 2012
For that price range i would say you can look for the polo, punto and swift. And since you are buying a petrol try fetching good discount from the dealer. Since petrol cars are not having good sales try to negotiate.

And all these 3 cars (polo, punto and swift) should meet your requirements.
Jan 9, 2012

POLO is a very good car but slightly will pinch your pocket for after sales.
PUNTO excellent car with amazing drive quality but they are in the process of getting their after sales improved as TATA is taking care of it presently.
SWIFT I would not like to tell anything as the name itself says all.. VFM car, Good Handling, Decent Interiors & Built quality, Peace of mind for after sales & the list about it goes on.

Happy Motoring


Jun 1, 2012
Similar dilemma like me? :tongue:

Swift Vxi will be a decent buy under this budget if you are ready to face the waiting. (Now waiting has been reduced because of petrol prices and less demand)
Although the Rear Seats are bit uncomfortable because of less legroom and boot space is also less, rest the Swift is a total VFM Package.

Keep us updated.[:D]
Good Luck for the purchase.


Jun 1, 2012
My top priorities are 1. very good Build Quality 2. very good Mileage 3. premium Dashboards with luxury Interior 4. low Maintenance 5. spacious. Please suggest me a very good na dvalue for money car.
Considering all your requirements/priorities, I feel you should first consider Sedans (entry-level) also. In 5.5L bracket, I feel the purely spacious hatchback is the Etios Liva. But, for Toyota Liva, you would have to compromise on your third requirement i.e. Premium Dashboards with Luxury interior.

So, If you are considering a Sedan, the options will be :

> Hyundai Accent (Spacious, Good Build Quality, Decent mileage, low maintenance)
> Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire Lxi (Good Build Quality, Mileage, Interiors, Low Maintenance, Space)
> Tata Indigo eCS (Spacious, Mileage)

If you consider Hatchbacks, the options are:

> Ford Figo Petrol Titanium (Space, Biuld Quality, Mileage, Interiors)
> Honda Brio (Biuld Quality, Mileage, Interiors, Low Maintenance)
> Maruti Suzuki Ritz Vxi/Zxi (Mileage, Interiors, Low maintenance, Build Quality, Space)
> Maruti Suzuki Swift Vxi (Everything except space)
> Toyota Etios Liva (Everything except Interiors)
> Nissan Micra (Space, Build Quality, Interiors, Mileage)

Personally, I would suggest you to go for Swift Dzire Vxi (if budget can be extended) or Maruti suzuki Ritz Vxi/Zxi.

Keep us updated.
Nov 4, 2011
Hello sat1887, welcome to TAI
If you are sticking with the budget of 5.5 lakhs honda brio and Hyundai i10 are the only choices as per your requirements.
If you could shell some more money since you are going to keep the car for a longer time
I would advice you to look at Honda Jazz base or Swift ZXi.
Honda Jazz= tons of space, loaded with all basic features, and interiors that too of good quality, honda engine, reliabilty
Swift ZXi= feature rich package, resale value, low maintanace cost and after sales service network.
Jul 17, 2012
Here are all the cars in your budget. After seeing the pros and cons, its up to you to decide which car.

Ford Figo:

• Robust build and construction
• Interiors more comfortable than chief competitors i10 & Swift
• 1.4 Diesel's proven driveability and fuel efficiency. No turbolag
• The Ford Figo's mature big-car-like ride quality
• Ford's DNA in the on-road behaviour and quick steering
• Class-topping 284 liter boot space

• Lacks the modernity of recently launched hatchbacks
• Both of the engines in the Figo are lacking in outright performance. Neither engine can exploit the car's dynamics
• No true top-end variant (tilt adjustable steering, rear power windows, MID etc.)
• Average backseat legroom. Not in the league of, say, an Indica Vista
• Ford's sub-par dealership experience

Honda Brio:

• A thoroughly contemporary Honda at a sub-5 lakh rupee tag
• Entertaining performance, sweet i-VTEC engine & healthy power-to-weight ratio
• High quality interiors for the segment
• Light controls, slick gearshift and easy maneuverability for in-city commuting
• Honda reliability & fuss-free ownership experience

• Equipment list lacks rear defogger, CD player & driver seat height adjustment
• Basic, unsettled ride quality on imperfect roads. Gets choppy on uneven highways
• Small 175 liter boot
• Ordinary space for back seat passengers. Rear seat-back too short
• Quirky rear-end styling is a hit or miss

Volkswagen Polo:

• A well-built solid European hatchback
• Clean and contemporary styling. Absolutely no quirkiness
• "Big car like" ride quality. Suspension setup ideal for Indian roads
• Neutral handling & mature road behaviour
• Fuel efficient range of engines
• 280 liter boot. Figo-like & substantially larger than direct competition

• Commuter 3-cylinder engines. Neither hits the sweet spot nor matches the segment benchmarks
• Some niceties missing. Climate control, USB / AUX audio input, electric ORVMs etc.
• Ordinary rear bench legroom. Comparable to the Ritz
• Thin 40 dealership network
• VW's cost of ownership is yet unknown territory

Toyota Etios Liva:

• A neutral family hatchback with the "T" badge
• Spacious interiors can easily carry 5 adults
• Super light controls, especially steering & short-throw clutch. Effortless to drive within the city
• Well-tuned suspension. Safe handling and flat ride
• Safety package (Airbags, ABS & EBD) optional on middle variant too
• Toyota’s fuss-free ownership experience & excellent after-sales

• 1.2L engine lacks bottom end; isn't a class-topper like the Etios 1.5 (from which it is derived)
• Cost-cutting glaringly obvious in many areas
• Economy-grade interior quality & unconventional dashboard
• Missing equipment (climate control, height adjustable driver's seat etc.)
• Poor insulation. Engine, suspension & road noise are prominent

Hyundai i20:

• Top notch quality inside out. New Fluidic styling works
• Class-leading equipment list (auto headlamps & wipers, keyless entry & go, reverse camera, electric folding ORVMs etc.)
• Fast, fuel-efficient diesel engine mated to a smooth 6 speed gearbox
• Amongst the more spacious hatchbacks. Comfortable for 4, or even the occasional 5
• Big, practical 295 liter boot
• 5 star safety equipment & rating. Upto 6 airbags, all-wheel disc brakes, ABS & EBD

• Underpowered 1.2L petrol engine. Offers mediocre performance on the expressway
• Light, vague & sensitive steering at speed
• Highway dynamics are unfitting of a premium hatchback
• Diesel i20 carries an unusually high difference of ~1.5 lakhs (on the road) over the petrol
• Asta variants are priced in the vicinity of bigger, more powerful sedans
• Hyundai's service costs are usually higher than that of the competition

Nissan Micra:

• Cheeky styling. A touch of retro too
• Quality, well-designed, interiors
• Driver airbag standard across the range (including base variant)
• Diesel engine offers stunning driveability. Fuel efficient as well
• Compliant ride quality. Suspension tuned for comfort
• Gizmos : Keyless entry & go, engine start / stop button, electric folding mirrors, climate control

• Ordinary three-cylinder petrol engine. Dull to drive
• ABS brakes removed from the diesel Micra
• Inexistent under-thigh support from the rear seat
• Quirky design may not be to your taste
• The wafer-thin dealer network
• Nissan's cost of ownership is yet uncharted territory

Maruti Swift:

• Snazzy styling packs appeal. Interiors are well-designed too
• Competent engine range. Very refined motors
• Balanced ride and handling. Superbly tuned suspension
• Terrific fuel efficiency, especially from the diesel
• Effortless to drive in the city; lots of fun on the highway
• Maruti’s excellent after-sales service & wide dealer network

• Small, impractical boot. Luggage capacity is severely restricted
• Mediocre brakes (LXi / LDi & VXi / VDi). Inadequate for emergency braking conditions
• Looks nearly identical to the outgoing generation car
• Rear seat space, though improved, still isn't "spacious"
• Pricey ZXi / ZDi variants. Also, ABS no longer an option on the middle “V” variants
• Long waiting period for delivery. Runs over 6 months in some cities

Hyundai i10:

• A well-rounded city hatchback
• Best-in-class interior fit, finish and quality
• Refined 1.2L petrol is a sprightly performer. Variable valve timing tech too
• Light clutch, gearbox & steering. Incredibly easy to drive
• Hyundai’s excellent after-sales service quality


• Unsettled ride on less-than-perfect roads. Rear (especially) gets bouncy
• Narrow width makes it a strict 4 seater. Unwelcome 5th adult
• Missing goodies (No climate control, alloy wheels, dead pedal or adjustable front neck restraints)
• Severely under-tyred. An upgrade to 175/70 R13 is highly recommended
• No diesel variant available yet. Most competitors offer the oil-burner option

Chevrolet Beat:

• Funky styling inside & out. Unique superbike-inspired speedometer too
• Nippy city hatch character. Light, easy to drive and chuckable
• Compliant ride quality. No bumpiness
• Well packaged interiors (for 4)
• ARAI fuel efficiency topper
• Chevy's 3 year service guarantees

• Unconventional styling isn't to everyone's taste
• Compact 170 liter boot. 50 - 60 liters smaller than competition
• Very dull dark-grey interior shade. No beige option either
• Horribly undertyred (155 mm width). An upgrade is a must
• Some goodies missing (keyless entry, driver seat height adjust, steering mounted controls)
• Small rear window creates a claustrophobic ambience at the back

Tata Indica Vista:

• Variety of engine options (Tdi, Quadrajet, Safire65, Safire90). Take your pick!
• Well-equipped from the second variant & over
• New interiors look and feel much better in terms of overall quality
• Improved gearbox, light clutch and light steering make for effortless city driving
• Spacious interiors. Roomiest in the segment; beats some sedans from 2 segments up
• Absorbent, comfortable ride quality

• Fit and finish need improvement. Exterior panel gaps are inconsistent too
• Soft suspension setup. Best driven sedately
• Centrally-mounted instrument cluster takes some getting used to
• Niggling issues & irritants persist (as reported by existing Vista owners)
• Tata’s after-sales-service remains a gamble

Maruti Suzuki Ritz:

• A practical "Maruti Swift"
• Well-packaged interiors
• Outstanding petrol & diesel engines
• Composed handling for a tall boy
• Maruti’s after-sales service

• Weird rear styling can be a deal breaker
• Ride quality at low speeds is bumpy
• Interior part quality isn't as good as the Hyundais
Oct 22, 2012
Hey, according to what features you are looking for you can go with the newly launched chevrolet sail UVA.
I read this review about the Sail U-VA praising the ABS technology installed in it…Is it possible to install ABS with mid trims? Not a lot of cars come with it in this class.!
has spacious interiors & also stylish & sporty look.
You can check out more features on their official website: New Chevrolet SAIL U-VA India, Chevrolet SAIL UVA, Chevrolet Launch SAIL U-VA - Chevrolet India

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