Hatchbacks are one of the most sought-after products in the Indian automobile market, mainly due to their practicality, affordability, spacious cabin, and a host of features that usually are offered on higher-end vehicles. Hatchbacks are also the bread & butter for many carmakers, offered as mass-market products, making for most of their overall sales. In the used-car space as well, hatchbacks make up for the highest number of sales, but more specifically, it is the automatic hatchbacks that catch the eye of a first-time buyer for its urban commutes, where the automatic gearbox and smaller dimensions shine. We look at some of the top used automatic hatchbacks, in both its petrol and diesel guises, in the used car market that you can get for as low as ₹ 6.5 lakh.
2017 Honda Brio VX AT
Undeniably, the Honda Brio was one of the smartest looking city commuters in the Indian market at its time. It boasted of compelling looks, sprightly motor, and stylish interiors, all for under ₹ 5 lakh, apart from the fact that it could zip through traffic thanks to its compact dimensions, the convenience of an automatic gearbox, and a fuel-efficient motor. However, it failed to ring the cash register and was discontinued in 2019, since its humble beginnings started in 2011.
Nevertheless, the Honda Brio is still available in the used car space, and if you find one under 35,000km on the clocks, then do grab it. The VX trim was the most value-for-money variant in the car’s line-up and is also the one that we would recommend buying.
Price Now: ₹ 3.47 lakh – ₹ 3.69 lakh
2015 Hyundai Grand i10 Asta AT 1.2 Kappa VTVT
The Hyundai Grand i10 is one of the most popular compact hatchbacks in India that has been in our market since 2013. It is quite spacious and can seat four adults with ease. It also received a decent number of features like LED DRLs, alloy wheels, a touchscreen infotainment system, and more, apart from the fact that Hyundai offered it with petrol and diesel powertrains and in both manual and automatic gearbox options.
And since it’s been in the market for a long time, you won’t find a shortage of the 2015 model in the used car space.
Price Now: ₹ 3.19 lakh – ₹ 3.39 lakh
2018 Maruti Suzuki Ignis Zeta 1.2 AMT
The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is one of the most nicely designed, quirky compact hatchbacks in the Indian market, targeted at a younger audience. With its rugged styling and more than decent features list, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis is one of the likable vehicles in the used car space, for its small footprint, peppy motor, and of course, its looks. Not only that, but the Ignis is also extremely fuel-efficient and offers decent figures with its automatic gearbox.
Under the hood, the Maruti Suzuki Ignis gets a BS6 1.2-litre, four-cylinder VVT petrol engine that develops 82bhp and 113Nm of peak torque. Moreover, the aftersales and parts availability won’t be an issue as it shares most of its mechanicals with the Maruti Suzuki Swift.
Price Now: ₹ 4.06 lakh – ₹ 4.31 lakh
2018 Maruti Suzuki Baleno Alpha Automatic
Another one from the Maruti family, Baleno not only comes at a reasonable price but is also feature-rich. What works in its resale value is its commendable long-lasting engine, 20-24kmpl of mileage, and the wide network of Maruti services in India. Its automatic gearbox is also one of the most underrated units in the market, with slick gearshifts and hardly any lag in response time.
What makes the Maruti Suzuki Baleno a good option to drive in the city and even on the highways, is that it can cruise all day long, and stay fuel efficient throughout. It is also one of the lightest hatchbacks currently on sale in the market.
Price Now: ₹ 6.01 lakh – ₹ 6.38 lakh
2018 Volkswagen Polo GT TSI
The Volkswagen Polo is the entry-level model in the German carmaker’s line-up, and despite launching a facelift, the older Polo is one of the most sought-after hatchbacks in the market. However, we recommend putting money on the Polo GT TSI as it is one of the quickest hatchbacks in the market and still carries the old-school charm.
While the Polo GT TSI was one of the best-selling products for the company, it is very much revered in the used car space, and if you find one, then don’t think twice before getting your checkbook out.
Price Now: ₹ 5.61 lakh – ₹ 5.96 lakh