First-time automobile buyers typically start their automotive journey with a hatchback. Also, mass-market manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki have seen a great deal of success in this particular subset of the automobile industry. Many sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and smaller variants of SUVs entered the Indian market last year.
Similarly, once-dormant sedan segments saw the return of popular brands like Skoda and Volkswagen. During the same time period, a small number of hatchbacks were also introduced. The five best hatchbacks of 2022 are listed below.
In July of 2022, Citroen, a French automaker, released the C3, a basic hatchback, in India. The base model of the C3 can be purchased for Rs 5.98 lakh (ex-showroom) in India. The base model of the C3 can be purchased for Rs 5.98 lakh (ex-showroom) in India.
It comes with a 1.2-liter naturally aspirated petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission or a 1.2-liter turbocharged naturally aspirated petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, both of which contribute to the vehicle’s distinctive appearance. One produces 80 horsepower and 115 Newton-meters of torque, while the other produces 109 horsepower and 190 Newton-meters of peak torque.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
In August of ’22, Maruti Suzuki introduced the world to the Alto K10, a popular subcompact hatchback. The lowest starting price for an Alto K10 is $3,399. (ex-showroom). The new Maruti Suzuki Alto is based on the Heartect platform and has been redesigned from the ground up.
There are four different models of the hatchback, and both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG) are fuel alternatives. The 1.0-liter gas motor generates 66 horsepower and 89 Newton-meters of torque. In contrast, the CNG model generates 56 horsepower and 82.1 Newton-meters of torque. The gasoline-only models come standard with either a manual or an automatic powertrain that also has five gears. However, a manual gearbox is required for the CNG model.
Tata Tiago EV
In September of 2022, Tata released the Tiago EV, its most reasonably priced electric vehicle to date. At a starting price of around Rs 8.49 lakh, the Tiago EV is the most budget-friendly electric car in India (ex-showroom). It comes in four different flavours: XE, XT, XZ+, and XZ+ Tech Lux.
There are two different battery packs available for this Tata EV, both rated at 19.2kWh, with the larger pack offering a range of 315km. DC fast charging, as well as 3.3kW and 7.2kW home charging, are all options for the electric hatchback. From 10% to 80% is a 57-minute charge time with the latter.
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R
To keep the Wagon R looking fresh, Maruti Suzuki gave it a little facelift in February 2022. The base model of this Maruti hatchback starts at Rs 5.48 lakh, and there are four available trim levels (ex-showroom). A 1.0-liter K-Series petrol engine, available in manual, AGS, and CNG flavours, is one of two petrol engine choices.
With the CNG setting, the engine generates 82.1Nm of torque. Then there’s the 89 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque-generating 1.2-liter advanced K-series twin jet petrol engine with Idle Start Stop technology, coupled to either a manual or an AGS unit.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Facelift
In February of 2022, Maruti Suzuki released a refreshed version of the Baleno, one of India’s most popular premium hatchbacks. Sigma, Delta, Delta CNG, Zeta, Zeta CNG, and Alpha are the 6 available flavours. The base pricing of the hatchback is Rs 6.49 lakh (ex-showroom).
A 1.2-liter inline-four gasoline engine produces a peak 89 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque. The Baleno offers a choice between a standard manual five-speed powertrain and an automatic with manual shifting. Meanwhile, the CNG model generates 76 horsepower and 98.5 Newton-meters of torque. The company asserts a CNG mode fuel economy of 30.61km/kg. Additionally, Toyota unveiled the rebadged Baleno refresh at a beginning price of Rs 6.59 lakh, which is equivalent to the original Baleno’s starting price (ex-showroom).