Are Automatics The Future? Find Out The Best Automatic Hatchback In India

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Every car manufacturer is launching four wheelers in the automatic variants due to its increasing demand. Let us look at the top hatchbacks with automatic transmission in detail.

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Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT

The Celerio from Maruti kick started the talk for the automatic variants in India. There were many manufacturers who were providing, however, Maruti took the automatic variant hype to another level.

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The Celerio comes with AMT (Automatic Manual Transmission) in the petrol variant only and is available from the base variant. The hatchback is powered by 1.0litre engine producing 67bhp and 90Nm of torque, which is mated to the 5-speed AMT.

The Celerio is priced in the range of Rs. 4.47 lakh to Rs. 5.19 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi) and mileage of 23.1kmpl approximately.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R AMT

The Wagon R has been one of the best selling cars from the time it was launched in India. The car provides a practical approach and is very good when it comes to its tall boy designed height, and the space creation through its split seats option.

The Maruti Wagon R also comes with the same technology as the Celerio, the AMT. This hatchback is available only in the petrol variant and does not feature in the base variant.

Powered by the 1.0litre engine, which punches out 67bhp and 90Nm of torque. This is mated to the 5-speed AMT.

The price for the Wagon R ranges from Rs. 4.77 lakh to Rs. 5.10 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi) and an approximate mileage of 20.5kmpl approximately.

Maruti Suzuki Ritz AT

The Ritz is slightly bigger in the engine specification, powering it is the 1.2litre petrol engine, producing 85bhp and 113Nm of torque, this is mated to 4-speed automatic gearbox.

This hatchback of Maruti is roomier and good ergonomics makes it easy to enter and exit the car, also, driving around the traffic the car is quite good too.

The Ritz is available in just one variant, VXi and it costs Rs. 6.14 lakh for the petrol ex-showroom (Delhi) and mileage of 17.1kmpl approximately.

Hyundai Grand i10

The Grand i10 is the better-looking car among the smaller hatchback and is one of the best-selling cars for Hyundai. The car is good to drive around in busy traffic and on the long drives too.

The car is powered by 1.2litre petrol engine, producing 79bhp and 112Nm of torque, which is mated to 4-speed AMT gearbox. The automatic variant is available on the on Asta variant only.

The car is priced at Rs. 6.41 lakh ex-showroom and returns a mileage of 16.95kmpl approximately.

Honda Brio Automatic

The Honda Brio is a good looking car and handles pretty well. The quality of the build is excellent and Honda has not compromised on anything in it.

The Brio comes with 1.2litre petrol engine and punches out 87bhp and 109Nm of torque. This is mated the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). This technology is better compared to the AMTs. This AT is available only in the top of the variant - VX.

The Honda Brio costs you Rs. 6.44 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi) and returns a mileage of 16.9kmpl approximately.

Verdict

Maruti takes the cake for the variety in the automatic cars segment, the Celerio is lower in pricing, however, the design is predated. If you are looking for an automatic and good mileage with lower pricing, Celerio is a choice you can make.

On the other hand, if want a better-looking car and power, and comparatively lower mileage, but costs you a little bit more, Hyundai Grand i10 and Honda Brio is a good buy.

Renault will be joining the segment with the much awaited Kwid 1.0litre AMT and might be aggressively priced to compete with its rivals.

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Story first published: Monday, March 14, 2016, 17:04 [IST]
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