Best automatic hatchbacks under Rs 10 lakh on sale in India in 2021


Those buying a premium hatchback with an automatic gearbox are usually looking for a spacious and convenient urban runabout. With over seven options to choose from in the market, here are Autocar India’s current top picks for the best automatic hatchbacks under Rs 10 lakh.

1. Maruti Baleno/Toyota Glanza                              8/10


While the automatic versions of the Maruti Baleno – and its badge-engineered cousin, the Toyota Glanza – are powered by the older K12M engine, they are smooth and refined to drive, thanks in part to the CVT gearbox. Adding to that, both premium hatchbacks are spacious, have practically laidoutinteriors and all the typical features you’d expect, making them a very well-rounded proposition.

The Baleno’s price range starts lower and the Glanza gets the longer standard warranty, but other than that, there’s very little that separates the two.

Maruti Baleno automatic factfile
Engine 1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol
Power 83hp
Torque 113Nm
Gearbox CVT
ARAI mileage 19.56kpl
Maruti Baleno automatic prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Variant Price
Delta Rs 7.77 lakh
Zeta Rs 8.38 lakh
Alpha Rs 9.10 lakh
Toyota Glanza automatic factfile
Engine 1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol
Power 83hp
Torque 113Nm
Gearbox CVT
ARAI mileage 19.56kpl
Toyota Glanza automatic prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Variant Price
G CVT Rs 8.39 lakh
V CVT Rs 9.10 lakh

2. Hyundai i20                  8/10     


The newest premium hatchback on the block, the Hyundai i20 wows with its style and extensive features list. The new i20 rides well and offers a choice of powertrains and auto gearboxes. There’s a CVT, a dual-clutch auto, as well as an automated manual, thus offering you plenty of choices to suit your needs. However, dual-clutch gearbox equipped i20s are expensive, exceeding the Rs 10 lakh budget.

Hyundai i20 automatic factfile
1.2 CVT 1.0 iMT 1.0 DCT
Engine 1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol 998cc, 3 cyl, turbo-petrol 998cc, 3 cyl, turbo-petrol
Power 88hp 120hp 120hp
Torque 115Nm 172Nm 172Nm
Gearbox CVT 6-speed iMT 7-speed dual-clutch
ARAI mileage 19.65kpl 20.25kpl 20.25kpl
Hyundai i20 automatic prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Variant 1.2 CVT Price 1.0 iMT Price 1.0 DCT Price
Sportz Rs 8.60 lakh Rs 8.80 lakh
Sportz Dual-Tone Rs 8.75 lakh Rs 8.95 lakh
Asta Rs 9.70 lakh Rs 9.90 lakh Rs 10.67 lakh
Asta Dual-Tone Rs 9.85 lakh Rs 10.05 lakh Rs 10.82 lakh
Asta(O) Rs 11.18 lakh
Asta(O) Dual Tone Rs 11.33 lakh

3. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios                          7/10     


The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios has a well-finished and upmarket cabin, and in true Hyundai fashion, is well equipped too. While the automatic gearbox on offer is an AMT unit – and thus not as smooth as a CVT or torque convertor auto – it gets the job done, and with hardly any penalty to its fuel efficiency from either the petrol or diesel engine. Speaking of which, the Nios is the only hatchback currently on sale in India with a diesel-automatic option under Rs 10 lakh.

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios automatic factfile
1.2 Petrol 1.2 Diesel
Engine 1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol 1186cc, 3 cyl, turbo-diesel
Power 83hp 75hp
Torque 114Nm 190Nm
Gearbox 5-speed AMT 5-speed AMT
ARAI mileage 20.5kpl 25kpl
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios automatic prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Variant 1.2 Petrol price 1.2 Diesel price
Magna AMT Rs 6.57 lakh
Sportz AMT Rs 7.18 lakh Rs 8.27 lakh
Asta AMT Rs 7.81 lakh

4. Maruti Swift                 7/10


With the recent update, the Maruti Swift has ditched the older 83hp, 1.2-litre K series engine for the more powerful and efficient 1.2-litre DualJet motor. The auto gearbox offered is an AMT, and it does get the job done efficiently – in fact, the Swift AMT is the third most frugal car on sale in India (after the Dzire AMT and the Baleno mild-hybrid) as per ARAI’s ratings. There are cosmetic updates, as well as some feature additions, but they aren’t class-leading.

Maruti Swift automatic factfile
Engine 1197cc, 4 cyl, petrol
Power 90hp
Torque 113Nm
Gearbox 5-speed AMT
ARAI mileage 23.76kpl
Maruti Swift automatic prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Variant Price
VXI AMT Rs 6.86 lakh
ZXI AMT Rs 7.49 lakh
ZXI+ AMT Rs 8.27 lakh
ZXI+ AMT Dual Tone Rs 8.41 lakh

5. Volkswagen Polo                       7/10


The Volkswagen Polo is a dated car, but its cabin quality is excellent, and the feature updates do enough to keep it in this list. What redeems it is the new 1.0-litre TSI engine paired to the new torque converter gearbox. It delivers a powerful and smooth drive experience that’s well-suited to the sharp-handling chassis.

Volkswagen automatic factfile
Engine 999cc, 3 cyl, turbo-petrol
Power 110hp
Torque 175Nm
Gearbox 6-speed torque convertor
ARAI mileage 18.24kpl
Volkswagen Polo automatic prices (ex-showroom, India)
Variant Price
Highline Plus AT Rs 9.60 lakh
GT Rs 9.99 lakh

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