Top 5 automatic budget hatchbacks on sale in India in 2021

    Take a look at where the Hyundai Santro, Maruti Wagon R, Datsun Go, Maruti S-Presso, and Tata Tiago rank in our list of top 5 automatic budget hatchbacks on sale in India.

    Published On Apr 17, 2021 07:00:00 AM


    Top 5 automatic budget hatchbacks on sale in India in 2021

    A budget hatchback is usually easy on the pocket to buy and maintain and comes with the added convenience of an automatic transmission. These cars are best used for relatively urban commutes, where the automatic gearbox and smaller dimensions shine. With over eight options to choose from, here are Autocar India’s top 5 picks for the best automatic hatchbacks on a budget. 

    1. Maruti Wagon R     8/10



    Spacious and practical, the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R comes with two petrol engines – a 68hp, 1.0-litre and an 83hp, 1.2-litre – both of which get an AMT option. The stronger engine is our pick, as the 5-speed AMT is a good match to this unit with hardly any penalty to mileage, and it has better performance too. The Wagon R’s aggressive price point also makes it excellent value.

    Maruti Wagon R automatic factfile
    Engine3 cyl, 998cc, petrol4 cyl, 1197cc, petrol
    Gearbox5-speed AMT5-speed AMT
    ARAI mileage21.79kpl20.52kpl

    Maruti Wagon R automatic prices
    VariantPrice (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    1.0L VXI AMTRs 5.48 lakh
    1.0L VXI (O) AMTRs 5.55 lakh
    1.2L VXI AMTRs 5.84 lakh
    1.2L VXI (O) AMTRs 5.91 lakh
    1.2L ZXI AMTRs 6.18 lakh

    2. Hyundai Santro     8/10



    The Hyundai Santro’s AMT unit is smooth and works well with the 69hp, 1.1-litre petrol engine; however, the engine feels weak and dated. The Santro boasts of good quality, is spacious, and well-equipped. It’s also well priced, compared to segment rivals, earning it the number two spot on our list.

    Hyundai Santo automatic factfile
    Engine4 cyl, 1086cc, petrol
    Gearbox5-speed AMT
    ARAI mileage20kpl

    Hyundai Santo automatic prices
    VariantPrice (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    Magna AMTRs 5.63 lakh
    Sportz AMTRs 5.98 lakh
    Asta AMTRs 6.35 lakh

    3. Datsun Go     7/10



    The most affordable car in India with a CVT automatic, the Datsun Go feels smoother to drive than its competition. However, the 77hp, 1.2-litre engine it’s paired to is rather gruff. Although the current Go is a significant improvement over its predecessor, it still falls short of rivals in terms of quality. On the plus side, the Go CVT is the most affordable car on sale in India with electronic stability control, which somewhat accounts for its relatively higher asking price.

    Datsun Go automatic factfile
    Engine3 cyl, 1198cc, petrol
    ARAI mileage19.59kpl

    Datsun Go automatic prices
    VariantPrice (ex-showroom, India)
    T CVTRs 6.31 lakh
    T(O) CVTRs 6.51 lakh

    4. Maruti S-Presso     7/10 



    The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is a sprightly urban runabout, thanks to the peppy and frugal 68hp, 1.0-litre petrol engine and 5-speed AMT gearbox. The tall-boy approach has led to a significantly roomy cabin, though the exterior proportions may not be to all tastes. It also feels more basic compared to the other hatchbacks here.

    Maruti S-Presso automatic factfile
    Engine3 cyl, 998cc, petrol
    Gearbox5-speed AMT
    ARAI mileage21.7kpl

    Maruti S-Presso automatic prices
    VariantPrice (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    VXI AMTRs 4.83 lakh
    VXI(O) AMTRs 4.89 lakh
    VXI+ AMTRs 4.99 lakh

    5. Tata Tiago     7/10



    The Tata Tiago is well-kitted, drives like a bigger car, looks attractive and is roomy to boot. However, the 86hp, 1.2-litre petrol unit isn’t the most refined or frugal around, and neither is the 5-speed AMT one of the slickest of its kind. Prices are also on the higher side of the segment. Nonetheless, the Tiago’s safety and value for money proposition can’t be ignored.

    Tata Tiago automatic factfile
    Engine3 cyl, 1199cc, petrol
    Gearbox5-speed AMT
    ARAI mileageNA

    Tata Tiago automatic prices
    VariantPrice (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    XTA AMTRs 6.00 lakh
    XZA AMTRs 6.47 lakh
    XZA+ AMTRs 6.75 lakh
    XZA+ AMT Dual ToneRs 6.85 lakh

    Also see:

    Best automatic hatchbacks under Rs 10 lakh in 2021

    5 best petrol-manual midsize sedans on sale in India

    Turbocharged petrol cars, SUVs for under Rs 10 lakh

    Ten ways to improve your electric car, SUV’s range

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