on 24, Nov 2017

The A-segment Hatchback is the most car selling segment in the Indian market. It targets the middle-class budget and is one of the best value for money cars. Maruti ruled this segment for many years and now many other car manufacturers have also tried to conquer this segment. Hence we bring to you the best hatchback cars under the 5 lakh margin. These cars the most affordable in terms of the price tag, the fuel efficiency they offer and the pocket-friendly after sales as well as maintenance.

 

It is the most affordable car in this segment and is one of the best selling cars in India. The Tata Nano GenX is the smallest car in this category and is one of the best cars to drive in the city as it can zip into the city traffic. It is the only car on this list which is RWD while other cars are FWD. it now comes equipped with power steering. As we all know that Tata is famous to just scrape in space and we can see that on the Tata Nano GenX, it looks small from the outside but it can accommodate 4 passengers very well. Along with the smallest car, it is also the car with the smallest displacement engine. Powering the Tata Nano GenX is a 624cc engine two-cylinder petrol engine which produces 37 BHP of power and 51 Nm of torque and it is coupled to a 5-speed manual as well as an optional 5-Speed AMT gearbox.

 

Prices (Ex-showroom, Mumbai): Rs 2,36,389 - 3,30,695

 

Red-Go is the 3rd car to roll out from Datsun’s stable. This hatchback car was first unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo. As the Datsun Redi-GO is an A-segment hatchback its doesn't get much of the luxury and modern equipment. Its gets body-coloured bumpers, daytime running LED lights (segment-first), wheel caps, AC, music system with AUX/USB/CD/FM support, power steering and keyless entry. Whereas the safety features come, the top spec variant gets drivers side airbag and the engine immobiliser is standard across all the variants. After its launch, it was powered by an 800cc engine, due to which it felt underpowered. Datsun introduced a 1.0-litre petrol engine which attracted many customers. The 800cc three-cylinder petrol engine is the one which is also used in the Renault Kwid and it produces 53 BHP of power and 72 Nm of torque and is coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 1.0-litre petrol engine produces 67 BHP of power and 91 Nm of torque and is also coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

 

Prices (Ex-showroom, Mumbai): Rs 2,57,150 - 3,64,938

 

Maruti started dominating the small car segment in India, with the launch of the M800. After 28 years Maruti stopped the production of its iconic car and introduced the Alto 800 in 2012 and just like the M800, this car also ruled the Indian market. In the year 2016 the Alto 800 received a mid-life facelift and it now gets an optional driver's side airbag for all the variants. As the name suggests this Alto is powered by an 800cc petrol engine which is capable of producing 48BHP of power and 69 Nm of torque. It also gets factory fitted CNG kit which gives an average of 33.44km per kg. This 800cc petrol engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

 

Prices (Ex-showroom, Mumbai): Rs 2.57 Lakhs onwards

 

Renault had first showcased the concept of the Kwid at the 2014 Auto Expo. It is Renaults first small car on the Indian market. As Renault choose the right pricing with the Kwid it has been given good competition to the vehicles in its segment. The kwid is based on Renault’s CMFA platform and is being manufactured at Renaults plant situated in Chennai. When Renault kwid was first launched it was only powered by an 800cc petrol engine, which produces 53 BHP of power and 72Nm of torque. Renault now offers a 1.0litre petrol engine to power the Kwid, which is capable of producing 67 BHP of power and 91 Nm of torque. This engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox and it also comes equipped with an optional AMT transmission.

 

Prices (Ex-showroom, Mumbai): Rs 2,74,900 - 4,59,000

 

When Maruti launched the Alto it was powered only by an 800cc petrol engine. Many of the customers found it to be underpowered, hence Maruti launched the Alto with the bigger 1.0-litre engine and called it the Alto k10. The Alto K10 was launched in 2010 in the Indian market and now it also comes with an updated version. The new Alto K10 comes equipped with beige seats, swift like steering wheel, piano finished music system and drivers side airbag. Powering this Hatchback is a  1.0-litre three pot K10B petrol engine which is capable of producing 67 bhp of power and 90Nm of torque and is coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional AMT transmission. Maruti is also providing the Alto K10 with a CNH variant but then this variant does not get an AMT transmission.

 

Prices (Ex-showroom, Mumbai): Rs 3,40,414 - 4,25,709


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