Sub-Compact SUV vs Hatchback Comparison - Which One to Buy?
As per the current market scenario, it looks like that the Indian public is going crazy for a sub-compact SUV rather than a hatchback. The Sub-Compact SUVs have been outselling evenly priced hatchbacks for quite a while now. This is not unexpected, since a small SUV offers many benefits at a marginally higher price, but are these sub-4-meter sub-compact SUVs a better option than the hatchbacks?
Let us compare the two and find a definitive solution to all “Hatchback vs Sub-Compact SUV” questions.
Advantages of a Sub-Compact SUV over a hatchback are as follows :
Better View of Road
Better Ground Clearance
More Practicality & Spacious
Examples – Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Vitara Brezza, Venue, Nexon
Since the sub-compact SUVs are taller than the hatchbacks and sedans, you're seated at a higher and better position. This will help you to get a clearer view of the road ahead, which is a boon for India since you don’t know what lies ahead.
It is also advantageous in crowded environments, where dealing with other road users is a little tricky. A height advantage helps you to get a clearer view as well as aids while parking or maneuvering the car in or out of tight spaces.
Also, according to the Indian road condition getting a SUV or a tall car is a practical option since it makes the bumpy road experience better and more comfortable for the occupants and the higher ground clearance makes sure that the car gets through the bad patches of the road without any damages.
With that being said, let’s have a look at the hatchback segment –
In general, most hatchbacks are cheaper than sub-compact SUVs. For example, the fully loaded Maruti Suzuki Swift is cheaper than the top-end ZXi+ Vitara Brezza.
So, essentially, you get all the convenience and safety features at a cheaper price.
Roughly, a fully equipped hatchback is cheaper than a sub-compact SUV with the same amount of features, up to Rs 2 lakhs. So, all those who are on a tight budget are better off buying a hatchback with tons of features, over a similarly priced compact SUV with lesser features.
Most hatchbacks are not only smaller than their lightweight SUV counterparts, they even come with smaller engines. The end result is that, despite delivering comparable results, they end up getting a better fuel efficiency.
So, at the end of the day, hatchbacks end up not only being cheaper to buy, but also easier to manage.
Advantages of a Hatchback :
Better Mileage in City Condition
Small Footprint - Easy to drive & park in tight spots
Better loaded in terms of features
Examples – Maruti Suzuki Swift, Grand i10 Nios, Baleno, i20, Altroz
So accordingly, it’s a personal choice either going for a fully-loaded hatchback or a sub-compact SUV at the same price point but definitely not the top end.
In case you are looking for a feature rich sporty car for yourself, a top end hatchback may be a better choice as compared to a mid variant sub-compact SUV for the same price.
But for small families wanting a car for daily commute and occasional road trip,We would recommend a sub-compact SUV rather than a hatchback, since it would have better space, better performance, a big boot as well as higher ground clearance.
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