Today, automatic cars are reliable, fuel-efficient and easy to maintain
The most common complaints against automatic transmission have been that they are not only expensive to buy, but to maintain also. Moreover, they aren't as fuel-efficient as their manual counterparts.
Thankfully, that isn't the case anymore. Automatic cars are just as reliable, as fuel-efficient and as easy to maintain. Given that traffic congestion is increasing everyday, an automatic car has become a need in most metro cities, at least.
Here is a list of seven top automatic hatchbacks you can buy.
Tata Nano AMT XTA (Rs 300,000)
The Nano is the cheapest automatic hatchback one can buy in the country. The little runabout from Tata is perfect for the congested city, thanks to its light steering and compact dimensions. Starting at Rs 300,000, it is value for money as well!
Hyundai Grand i10 Asta (O) AT (Rs 610,000)
The Grand i10 is amongst the most well-rounded products from the Hyundai stable. It is fuel-efficient, has ample space for five, is full of useful features, and has a large boot as well. The automatic transmission simply adds to its appeal, making city commutes a breeze.
Ford Figo TITANIUM AT (Rs 720,000)
The Figo is the most affordable car with a dual clutch transmission in the country. The gearbox exploits the potential of the powerful petrol engine well, providing a nice balance between outright performance and fuel efficiency. Ford has packaged the car beautifully, loading it with all the gadgetry one would want from a hatchback.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno CVT ZETA (Rs 750,000)
India's largest car manufacturer resurrected the 'Baleno' nameplate after a decade for its new hatchback.
Retailed through Maruti's exclusive 'Nexa' dealerships, the premium hatch gets a CVT automatic paired to its reliable petrol engine.
Couple that to the widespread after-sales network the manufacturer boasts of, and one can be assured of a peaceful ownership experience.
Volkswagen Polo GT TSi (Rs 900,000)
Paired with an explosive turbo-charged petrol engine, the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox on the GT TSi is an absolute gem.
Amongst the most fun cars you can buy for around Rs 10 lakh, it blends practicality and performance in equal measure. The only downside, of course, is the cramped rear bench. If you can excuse that, it is hard to go wrong with the Polo.
Mercedes A-Class A200D (Rs 28.8 lakh)
The A-Class is all about showing off. The Three-Pointed Star sits proudly on the grille, announcing your arrival in style. The refined diesel engine, latest technology, comfortable ride and exclusivity are just bonuses!
If you need a luxury hatchback to make a statement, the Merc fits the bill quite well!
Mini Cooper S (Rs 31.5 lakh)
The Cooper S is available as a hardtop and a convertible. The most powerful hatchback in the country is easily the most fun as well. The raspy exhaust note, stiff suspension and the super-obedient steering makes the Cooper S a true driver's delight. Tick the box for the paddle shifters on the options list, and you won't miss a manual transmission.
Well, that's our list of the seven best automatic hatchbacks in the country. Think something else deserves to be on the list? Let us know!
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