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Indian Super Hatches Comparison

The market segment of feature filled large size hatchbacks  in India is becoming very exciting with several new model launches planned for the next few months starting with the just launched Ritz in May, Jazz in June and the Punto and Polo soon after. If you were looking at purchasing a large sized Hatchback and puzzled with the options before you, you must have realised the need to do a lot of research to narrow down what fits your budget and your needs.

Suzuki Splash.
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Suzuki Splash photographed in Tokyo Motor Show...
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“Don’t Panic” – help is at hand. I have done the research on the key features, dimensions and specifications of the large hatchbacks available in the Indian market today for you. The focus of my comparison is primarily space,safety and features.  


Vehicles compared:  

  • Skoda Fabia 1.2 Ambiente
  • Hyundai I20 Asta(O)
  • Chevrolet Aveo U-VA 1.2 LT
  • Hyundai Getz Prime 1.3 GLX
  • Indica Vista Saffire Aura
  • Maruti Suzuki Swift ZXI  
  • Maruti Suzuki Ritz ZXI

These are all petrols only to keep the total on road cost under 7 lakhs. Indian Manufacturers have the highest trim levels with safety features only on their petrol models. The Fabia, Getz Prime, Swift & Ritz come in diesel versions as well but are usually not as well equipped (only exception being the Fabia) as the petrol equivalents.These vehicles have a good mix of space, are fairly new on the market and come with basic safety features. (**I have included the Indica Vista in the list only because it was similar in size to the other but feature wise it doesn’t come close).

The attached PDF file has this in an easy to compare format. Do take a look and let me know if you need any additional information. Click here for the PDF file. (I am not affiliated to any of the manufacturers other than through ownership of a Getz and a Swift.)

Do also take a look at these older posts of mine to help you

  1. select your first car
  2. select the best vehicle to upgrade to
  3. determine if you can add specific accessories later or buy them factory installed.

Updated June 14th:

Do also take a look at the following:

  1. Which car is better – the Ritz or the Swift ?
  2. Are you looking for a Diesel Hatchback ? (Comparison of Fabia,Fusion,Vista,Getz,Swift,Ritz, Indica and Palio) 
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6 comments to Indian Super Hatches Comparison

  • Super stuff there Sushil. I think out of all I would choose the Ritz. Not that it is new, but the petrol engine is a gem. But once the engine is in the Swift, my choice will shift to the Swift.

  • Great stuff.Even my vote goes for Ritz.It seems MSIL is prepared to loose some Swift customers for Ritz

  • Thanks ICB – The engine seems fine on paper – am waiting to drive it and then comment :-).

    Thanks George. You are correct – MSIL would have planned for loss of Swift sales numbers. Plus this is insurance in case people get sick of the Swift on the road.

  • Anupam

    I really liked the car a lot it has all the features that is required .I already have a Swift and its also a wonderful car but just lack in Interiors but this Ritz its great the interiors are really cool with excellent engine.

  • Kanika

    The only brand that leads indian Market id Maruti and there is no comparision for it.Maruti ha the best in class Service station available across India with al the Car part easily available and this new Launch of Maruti”Ritz” will surely bring a great boom in the Hatchback sector .The K12M is essentially a 1197cc petrol engine that is capable of putting out 85 PS of power at 6000rpm in its current state of tune. Torque figures stand at 113Nm @ 4500rpm – which should make the Ritz a sprightly performer and Ritz also offers a center console designed to give a strong presence and easy access. It also has a host of other features like a large independent speedometer, coloured fascia, information display, comfortable seat fabric and door trim which further contribute to the interior’s young and fresh appeal…In case you need any additional information on Ritz please visit the link…

  • Kim

    I really liked the interiors of this car…..its really cool and the prise also seems to be fine.

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