Best automatic hatchbacks under Rs 10 lakh in 2021

    The Baleno, Glanza, i20, Grand i10 Nios, Polo and Swift are among the best automatic hatchbacks to buy on a Rs 10 lakh budget.

    Published On Apr 11, 2021 07:00:00 AM


    Best automatic hatchbacks under Rs 10 lakh in 2021

    Those buying a premium hatchback with an automatic gearbox are usually looking for a spacious and convenient urban runabout. With over seven options to choose from in the market, here are Autocar India’s current top picks for the best automatic hatchbacks under Rs 10 lakh.

    1. Maruti Baleno/Toyota Glanza                              8/10


    While the automatic versions of the Maruti Baleno – and its badge-engineered cousin, the Toyota Glanza – are powered by the older K12M engine, they are smooth and refined to drive, thanks in part to the CVT gearbox. Adding to that, both premium hatchbacks are spacious, have practically laid out interiors and all the typical features you’d expect, making them a very well-rounded proposition.

    The Baleno’s price range starts lower and the Glanza gets the longer standard warranty, but other than that, there’s very little that separates the two.

    Maruti Baleno automatic factfile
    Engine1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol
    ARAI mileage19.56kpl

    Maruti Baleno automatic prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    DeltaRs 7.77 lakh
    ZetaRs 8.38 lakh
    AlphaRs 9.10 lakh

    Toyota Glanza automatic factfile
    Engine1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol
    ARAI mileage19.56kpl

    Toyota Glanza automatic prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    G CVTRs 8.39 lakh
    V CVTRs 9.10 lakh

    2. Hyundai i20                  8/10     


    The newest premium hatchback on the block, the Hyundai i20 wows with its style and extensive features list. The new i20 rides well and offers a choice of powertrains and auto gearboxes. There’s a CVT, a dual-clutch auto, as well as an automated manual, thus offering you plenty of choices to suit your needs. However, dual-clutch gearbox equipped i20s are expensive, exceeding the Rs 10 lakh budget.

    Hyundai i20 automatic factfile
    1.2 CVT1.0 iMT1.0 DCT
    Engine1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol998cc, 3 cyl, turbo-petrol998cc, 3 cyl, turbo-petrol
    GearboxCVT6-speed iMT7-speed dual-clutch
    ARAI mileage19.65kpl20.25kpl20.25kpl

    Hyundai i20 automatic prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    Variant1.2 CVT Price1.0 iMT Price1.0 DCT Price
    SportzRs 8.60 lakhRs 8.80 lakh-
    Sportz Dual-ToneRs 8.75 lakhRs 8.95 lakh-
    AstaRs 9.70 lakhRs 9.90 lakhRs 10.67 lakh
    Asta Dual-ToneRs 9.85 lakhRs 10.05 lakhRs 10.82 lakh
    Asta(O)--Rs 11.18 lakh
    Asta(O) Dual Tone--Rs 11.33 lakh

    3. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios                          7/10     


    The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios has a well-finished and upmarket cabin, and in true Hyundai fashion, is well equipped too. While the automatic gearbox on offer is an AMT unit – and thus not as smooth as a CVT or torque convertor auto – it gets the job done, and with hardly any penalty to its fuel efficiency from either the petrol or diesel engine. Speaking of which, the Nios is the only hatchback currently on sale in India with a diesel-automatic option under Rs 10 lakh.

    Hyundai Grand i10 Nios automatic factfile
    1.2 Petrol1.2 Diesel
    Engine1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol1186cc, 3 cyl, turbo-diesel
    Gearbox5-speed AMT5-speed AMT
    ARAI mileage20.5kpl25kpl

    Hyundai Grand i10 Nios automatic prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    Variant1.2 Petrol price1.2 Diesel price
    Magna AMTRs 6.57 lakh-
    Sportz AMTRs 7.18 lakhRs 8.27 lakh
    Asta AMTRs 7.81 lakh-

    4. Maruti Swift                 7/10


    With the recent update, the Maruti Swift has ditched the older 83hp, 1.2-litre K series engine for the more powerful and efficient 1.2-litre DualJet motor. The auto gearbox offered is an AMT, and it does get the job done efficiently – in fact, the Swift AMT is the third most frugal petrol car on sale in India (after the Dzire AMT and the Baleno mild-hybrid) as per ARAI’s ratings. There are cosmetic updates, as well as some feature additions, but they aren’t class-leading.

    Maruti Swift automatic factfile
    Engine1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol
    Gearbox5-speed AMT
    ARAI mileage23.76kpl

    Maruti Swift automatic prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    VXI AMTRs 6.86 lakh
    ZXI AMTRs 7.49 lakh
    ZXI+ AMTRs 8.27 lakh
    ZXI+ AMT Dual ToneRs 8.41 lakh

    5. Volkswagen Polo                       7/10


    The Volkswagen Polo is a dated car, but its cabin quality is excellent, and the feature updates do enough to keep it in this list. What redeems it is the new 1.0-litre TSI engine paired to the new torque converter gearbox. It delivers a powerful and smooth drive experience that’s well-suited to the sharp-handling chassis.

    Volkswagen automatic factfile
    Engine999cc, 3 cyl, turbo-petrol
    Gearbox6-speed torque convertor
    ARAI mileage18.24kpl

    Volkswagen Polo automatic prices (ex-showroom, India)
    Highline Plus ATRs 9.60 lakh
    GTRs 9.99 lakh

    Also see:

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