The growing Indian automobile market has attracted all the big car makers of the world. Most of the players have introduced diesel hatchbacks as they are more fuel efficient than petrol versions. While selecting a hatchback for the family the price, the fuel efficiency, the comfort and safety features, the appearance and the availability of spares are to be taken in to consideration. The Maruti and Hyundai cars have been popular in India for quite some time because they are designed for the Indian conditions.
The first rank for the best family hatchback is the Maruti Wagon R Stingray which is as comfortable as an SUV. Introduced in 2013 this face lifted version of Wagon R has a more attractive exterior. The spacious interior has a manual AC, fabric seats, a full folding rear seat and power steering as the standard features. Higher variants are provided with a 1 DIN music system, airbags for the driver and ABS and EBD.
The stingray comes in 3 petrol versions. The base variant LXi is priced at Rupees 4.01 lakhs, the VXi 4.25 lakhs and the top variant Vxi (opt) Rupees 4.5 lakhs. The 998 cc K10B engine gives a mileage of 20.5 kmpl. This 3636 mm long car has a ground clearance of 165 mm.
The Hyundai make Grandi10 launched in 2013 is a good family car. The exterior has a large hexagonal lower grille, a swooping roof, a pair of sweptback head lamps and large fog lamps, attractive tail lamps, a rear spoiler, a rear wiper and large bumper reflectors. The interior is comfortable with features like a smart key and a push button starter, a power steering and a manual AC system. The diesel variants use 1120 cc, CRDi engine giving mileages of 24 kmpl. The versions Grand i10 1.2 Asta VTVT(O) and 1.1 Asta CRDi(O) have more features like rear parking sensors , ABS, rear AC vents and airbags . The prices of this 3765 mm long car range from Rupees 4.32 to 6.35 lakhs.
The Figo launched by the Figo India Private Limited in March 2010 is available in 4 petrol and 4 diesel versions. The exterior of the Figo is muscular with a hexagonal grille, fog lights, body coloured electrically operated ORVMs, 13” alloy wheels and a rear wiper. The cabin of this 5 seater is spacious with a manual AC and fabric seat covers. In the Figo Durotorq Titanium version a 2 Din music system with Bluetooth connectivity and safety features like airbags are available. The diesel Figo uses a 1399 cc engine with a fuel efficiency of 22 kmpl.
The prices of the 3795 mm long Figo vary from Rupees 3.86 to 5.99 lakhs.