The Maruti Alto K10 is a brilliant petrol car to start with. The Alto K10 features Maruti Suzuki’s peppy K-Series engine. The petrol-powered Maruti Alto K10 is available either with a 5-speed manual or an AMT. The Alto K10 is also one of the cheapest Maruti models currently available and is a joy to drive. The regular Maruti Alto has been the largest-selling car in India many times and sales are still going strong.
The Renault Kwid is the cheapest offering from the French car brand in India. The Renault Kwid has got an SUV-like design, with bulky fenders and is available with either an 800cc or a 1.0-litre petrol engine. Many limited editions of the Renault Kwid were introduced too to suit everyone’s tastes. Though not everyone will be a fan of the ‘hatchback-on-steroids’ looks, the Kwid gets the highest sales figure for Renault.
The Hyundai Santro, one of the most popular newly-launched cars in India, is available in either a petrol or a CNG format. The 1.1-litre four-cylinder petrol engine makes ample amounts of power and promises good mileage figures too. The engine is also available mated to an AMT transmission, in addition to the 5-speed manual on offer.
The Tata Tiago – one the best modern products from the Indian brand – comes with a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine that showcases enough performance and fuel efficiency. With a lot of segment-first features and a brilliant audio system by Harman, the Tata Tiago is one of the best hatchbacks on the current market. The Tata Tiago petrol is a fun-to-drive car and offers good value for money.
The Maruti Swift petrol has been one of most favourite hatchbacks in India, since its introduction in the country in 2005. The latest avatar of the Maruti Swift was launched at Auto Expo 2018 and it brings lot of improvements over the previous two generations. The new Maruti Swift gets the existing, yet fun, petrol engine but is now available mated to a manual or an automatic transmission.
The Ford Freestyle is the first car to get the brand’s 1.2-litre Dragon-series petrol engine – the most powerful in its segment. Although it is based on the Ford Figo, the crossover has been re-engineered a lot from the ground up. The Ford Freestyle offers a well-planted and balanced ride even while having good ground clearance. The interiors are also nicely equipped and come with a lot of connectivity options. Above all, the Ford Freestyle has even sold more than the number units sold by its competition (i20 Active and Etios Cross), combined.
The Honda City petrol is powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC unit that showcases good performance without compromising much on fuel efficiency. The car has gone through four generations and eight facelifts and with twenty years of market presence, the Honda City is still one of the most-demanded sedans in India. The petrol engine on the new Honda City is an improved version of the legendary 1.5-litre VTEC unit which came with the City Type-2.
The Toyota Yaris is available only in a petrol format and is the first C-segment sedan from the Japanese brand in India. The petrol engine on the Yaris comes mated to either a 6-speed manual or a CVT unit. The Toyota Yaris comes with a lot of segment-first features including seven airbags as standard. The Yaris is also a good sedan to be in and Toyota has tweaked its suspension to give a comfortable ride for most road conditions. NVH levels are also quite low being a petrol car.
The Tata Nexon petrol comes with a 1.2-litre ‘turbocharged’ Revotron engine and is available mated to either a 5-speed manual or an AMT unit. The petrol engine on the Nexon is the same as on the Tiago, if it lack the turbocharger. The Nexon petrol offers decent performance and fuel efficiency during all driving conditions. When it comes to features, the Tata Nexon is well-equipped and has got a class-leading audio system too. The Tata Nexon is also one of the best compact-SUVs on the market right now.
The Ford EcoSport is available in two petrol avatars: a 1.5-litre dragon series engine or the 1.0-litre turbocharged Ecoboost engine in the more fun EcoSport S variant. The latest iteration of the Ford EcoSport comes with a lot of new features, packaged well in a premium interior. Being a global product, the Ford EcoSport offers excellent build quality too. Both petrol engines showcase good performance and doesn’t compromise too much on fuel efficiency.