War of hatchbacks - Compare Small Cars
Posted Fri, 09/10/2010 - 20:23 by Anonymous
The market of small cars has always been blooming in comparison to all the major car segments in India. Currently the market is full of a number of hatchbacks both in the entry level and in the premium class. Right from Tata Nano to Hyundai i20, small cars are coming in various price and feature range. We have often drawn comparison between cars priced in the similar range, however, this time we would like to initiate an unusual comparison between various small cars whatever the price range.
One of the most important feature that holds a paramount importance is the ride quality. It saves ones back, keeps the fillings in place and determines the kind of last minute tasks one can conduct within the confines of ones car when rushing to the work place. Amongst the various cars in the hatchback segment, it is Fiat Grande Punto that offers best ride quality, the best bump absorption and the most neutral and flat road manners making it the most easy to drive vehicle. Close to Fiat Grande Punto stands Ford Figo with superb suspension.
The ease of ingress and egress is another important feature that gets into way every time one wishes to get in or out of the car. For the ones who are high on their weight find it really hard in adjusting with the ingress space of the cars and this becomes an important decisive factor while purchasing the car. With contenders like Honda Jazz, Nissan Micra and Maruti Wagon R it is the smallest kid Tata Nano that won all the accolades for offering the best ingress, egress space.
One feature that is irreplaceable and one cant do without while in a car is the interior comfort that the car provides. Whether in city or on highways the leg room, headroom play a very important role. Tata Nano claimed to be a five seater by Tata Motors but can adjust a maximum of four adults with full comfort. In the genre of interior comfort, it is Honda Jazz that grabs the top spot which offers a superb space inside, quite equivalent to Honda City. Standing on the second spot is Hyundai i20, an extremely spacious hatchback.
Boot space is one factor that no Indian family can do without as luggage is a part and parcel of every errand that Indians involve into. Again it is Honda Jazz that offers the best boot capacity with a good 384 litres space for the passengers. The i20 is close on this parameter with a respectable 295 litres of boot space. Ford should be applauded for offering 284 litres of boot space despite having compact dimensions in its latest entrant Figo.
More than comfort it is the car's safety parameters that are drawing huge consumer reaction currently as the traffic and road conditions are deteriorating day by day. Given our traffic clogged cities, faster cars and irate drivers, irading collisions are fact of life. It is noticed that urgent directional changes often prove disastrous in city driving. The top billing here goes to Jazz and Figo, who share the same stable dynamics. Amongst the two it is Honda Jazz that remains the most stable in urgent braking and directional changes.
As can be seen various hatchbacks win on different grounds and are doing well with their own USPs. The world of hatchbacks is certainly attractive and full of choices. The best pick still remains a matter of once personal preferences and priorities.