One should go for the Hatch which suits his/her needs best.
First of all list down your hatch needs.
2. Daily Usage.
3. Power and/or comfort.
There are many reviews available for different Hatchs on TAI that will fit in your budget. So go through them. Finalize/Nail Down few Hatchs and then TAI members will surely help you get the best that fits your need.
Since you are very much interested in petrol hatch then here is the list of mine:
Honda Jazz:(My personal choice)
4)Ride and handling.
5)A big boot.
6)Best driving position.
7)FE is simply great.
VW POLO 1.6:(My hot favorite)
I never recommend Polo 1.2 to anyone.
1)1.6 engine is a gem.
2)Handles like a sports car.
3)Built to last feel.
4)The mid range performance..this is where Jazz is beaten by Polo,and this is where the car will spend 90% of her life.
6)Ride and handling.
Skoda Fabia 1.6:(My personal choice,even before Jazz)
1)The best hatch I feel to be available here.
2)Leave those A.S.S. issues(actually they really don't exist,I drive a Laura and is happy with it)..and there is really nothing to complain in this car.
3)Good to drive,good for chauffeur driven..both.
4)Most luxurious cabin and most spacious too(nearly equal in Fabia and Jazz).
6)A top whack of 190 kph.
7)Built to last feel.
9)Don't forget that most comfy rear seat and that rear a/c vent too.