With 25 various segments launches of automobile industry with more share of foreign players after the Auto Expo the year 2010 is the eventful year. The car market is growing in India and hatchbacks rule it. With the facelifts of the existing models of Volkswagen and Nissan launched the new iconic brands. The more rejoicing moment is for car buyers of middle class buyers. Since, the long awaited new Nissan Micra is here in the market and no more launches are awaited this year, it is time to have a right and quick look over the five top hatches of the year.
Nissan Micra: Between the overcrowded B segment cars latest one is Nissan Micra. With latest technologies the Japanese carmaker of Micra are offering the bubbly car to Indian Bazzar after enjoying huge success world over. After the review and road test of Nissan Micra what makes if different are its commendable enough interior space and its unique other features. Nissan will announce its Nissan Micra’s price on 14th July 2010, much more will be depended on the price of the car. Nissan is the like of the champions to rule the roads of India. Micra is packed with many “firsts” in this car. In top variant alongwith keyless entry and push start/stop button. The Chevrolet Cruze having the exciting feature as the next car. You are having a handful of shopping bags while opening your car doors without attempting the keys is great. Only you keep in your pocket ‘the intelligent key fob’, get inside the car and to start the Micra to life press the start button, the technology works. The wing mirrors are one more attractive feature which unfolds and folds when unlocked and lock the car. After a long wait we finally got this tiny car. Though it is a tiny car but there is a sufficient room inside and than it looks from the exterior. It has a longer wheelbase, the boot space and a commendable leg space for the back seats. The rear seat has lack thigh support and seat is flat. Nissan is very much caring about the safety of the drivers of the Indian origin and is the first car to feature SRS airbags in all its models of this segment car, but in lower variants only on the driver’s seat. Let us hope the Nissan will be replacing the high cost air bags with a competitive cost. With the micro grain technology the dashboard (twin bubble) benefits the inside. Micra’s interior looks more pleasing to eyes and rounded, on the central console with round buttons, round steering boss , round speedometer and round AC vents, the interior overall is pretty good quality wise also.
VOLKSWAGEN POLO-With the price tag of Rs. 4.34 lakh start Polo is giving a tough competition to the competitors having German engineering. For its interior quality and class ride no other car can beat the Polo. With less rear leg room what it looks from the exterior of the car, the interior is functional and top quality it is typical VW. A pair of three cylinder engines and a 1.2 turbo diesel and 1.2 petrol – power the Polo, also expected in the later stage is 1.6 four cylinder petrol also. The Polo is good at slow speeds also and pulls engine cleanly even from low speeds. The midrange make the engine’s feels responsive and strongest. The gearbox is crisp, short throw and crisp with the best shift quality. The super quality is 1200cc Petrol-Trendline : Rs. 4.34 Lakhs ; Comfortline ; Rs. 4.83 Lakhs : Highline : Rs. 5.72 Lakhs II 1200 Diesel-Trendline: Rs. 5.32 Lakhs; Comfortline: Rs. 5.81 Lakhs; Highline : Rs. 6.70 lkhs(ex-Showroom Delhi).
CHEVROLET BEAT-Is the most unique model unconventional styling is considered in the current hatchbacks of India. 4 Starr NCAP safety rating is scored by the Beat. The features of safety includes dual airbags, ABS, central locking, front fog lamp, rear wash and wipe, seatbelts with load limiters and rear defogger. Beat can accommodate 4 comfortably, but the 5th is a bit cumbersome. Beat is priced as : 1.2 PS –Rs. 341989 1.2 LS – Rs. 362353 1.2 LT – Rs. 399899 1.2LT(O)- Rs. 443808.00 (ex-showroom Delhi).
FORD FIGO– In B segment the Figo is one of the biggest cars of India. It has a wheelbase longer than Ford Fusion and car is longer than Swift. The Figo is a bit fatter than the Polo and is equipped with safety features like rear defogger, dual airbags, engine immobilizer, rear was and wipe, ABS with EBD, 3 point seatbelts and central locking. With long stroke cyclinder dimensions; with Bharat Stage IV norms, all aluminium and pretty strong with 1.4 litre Duratorq TDCI diesel. The prices of Ford Figo starts from Rs. 353700/- for Lxi Petrol and Rs. 531400/- for Figo Titanium Diesel.
FIAT PUNTO-The more fuel efficient (ARAI figure of 15.2 kmpl, up by 0.9 kmpl over the BS-3 version) the plausibly priced car the Fiat Grande Punto will make the petrol head and the common man think dirty thoughts. Fiat has the 1.2 litre FIRE engine is now BS-4 complaint. The car is very spacious the legroom at the rear is 670 mm as in the Ritz, headroom at rear is just 890mm. If you need a driver its not a car for you as rear headroom is poor. Both options are adequately power and fuel efficient as petrol and diesel. The cost of the 1.2 litre Grande Punto Rs. 4.26 Lakhs for the active variant, Rs. 4.57 Lakhs for the Dynamic and Rs. 4.87 Laks for Emotiuon variant (All prices ex-showroom, Delhi).Share