Though the words now all around are SUVs and MPVs, many people still go for small cars thanks to their low cost, high mileage and easy manoeuvrability. The hatchback segment is one of the fastest growing in India and the options in this are now mindboggling. More and more auto manufacturers are coming up with cheaper as well as enhanced compact cars year after year.

One can expect a good features laden hatchback for Rs 10 lakhs, and the Volkswagen Polo GT TDI is one such hatchback. It is powered by a 1598 cc TDI diesel engine which can churn out 103 bhp of power on 4400 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 1500 to 2500 rpm. It promises to deliver a city mileage of 13.3 kmpl and a highway mileage of 19.7 kmpl.This latest model comes in three trim levels, which are Trendline, Comfortline and Highline available in both petrol and diesel fuel options. The top variant comes equipped with AC, Music player, ABS, power steering, power windows and central locking among many other comfort features. VW Polo is available in the price bracket of Rs 4.99 to Rs 7.99 lakhs approximately.

Maruti Suzuki Swift is an excellent hatchback which falls under the Rs 5-10 lakhs mark. Maruti had unveiled the Swiftin 2005 at a starting price of just Rs. 5 lakhs. It may lack radical styling, but Maruti Swift is a practical and fuel efficient vehicle blessed with a decent transmission and advanced features. Though the rear space looks small from outside, Swift does offer a seating capacity for 5 adults and a good boot size of 232 litres.The Swift gets all the safety features like two airbags, ABS with EBD, child locks, side impact beams etc. which have become almost standard features in this type of hatchbacks.The new Swift is available in basic six versions. The top end automatic variant of the Swift costs Rs 6.70 lakhs approximately.

Hyundai Grand i10 is another popular one which falls in this criterion. It is built with the fluidic design and has a pleasant appearance. The hatch has a 1.1 litre engine which produces power in the range of 70 bhp and a peak torque of 160 Nm. The engine is mated to five speed manual transmission.The car has all modern features such as key less entry and front fog lamps, rear AC vents, steering mounted controls, multimedia system, coloured ORVM and door handles. The ride quality and handling are the best part of this car. It falls in the price range of Rs 4.32 to Rs 6.35 lakhs.

For more information on new cars & bikes log on to –