When it comes to cars in India, the most popular car model type is definitely hatchback. Hatchbacks are meant to be most suitable city cars, as their compact forms are easily drivable in the most dreadful traffic conditions and let the owners park them in tight parking spaces. However, hatchbacks are usually associated with their practicality and easy handling in urban roads and are not associated with great performance or speed. Hatchbacks are not generally looked upon as great powerful cars that can race with the winds, especially in India where these are the most affordable buys for economical city drives. When it comes to power and speed, Indian buyers usually go for the expensive SUVs or sedans in the premium space and often bypass the luxury hatchbacks that are superb tiny racers.
Nevertheless, the Indian car market is a highly progressive and fast developing space, and the car buyers are slowly accepting the more powerful and performance oriented premium hatchbacks as well. Mercedes-Benz which is India’s leading luxury car maker is witnessing better than expected demands for its premium hatchback models and so are companies like Volkswagen and Fiat for their sportier models like the Polo GT and Abarth models in India. So, are you also interested in knowing some of the speedoholic premium hatchback models that are available in the Indian car market?
Take a look at this list of top 5 fastest hatchbacks in India:
1. Mini Cooper S
The latest model of the Mini Cooper S is presently the fastest accelerating car in the car market of India, as it has the ability to reach the speed level of 100 km per hour from standstill in just 6.8 seconds. This cool speed monster also offers a top speed of 235 km per hour. The Cooper S packs in powerful 2.0 Liter twin-turbocharged 4-cylinder motor that has the ability to churn out a max power output of 192 bhp and 280 Nm of top torque. This sporty hatch is also one of the most fun to drive vehicles that is currently available in India, while also being one of the most practical luxury cars. The Mini Cooper S has been tagged at Rs. 34.6 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
2. BMW 1 Series
It’s not possible that the list won’t have a name from the house of BMW. The BMW 1 Series 118d comes second in the list with a boastful acceleration speed of just 8.6 seconds to reach 100 kmph from a standstill position. The diesel version of the premium hatch is faster than the petrol by only 0.1 seconds. The car offers the top speed of 212 km per hour. This powerful hatchback gets equipped with 2.0L diesel mill which has the capability to pump out a peak power output of 143 bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque. It also gets a rear wheel drive system that is a rarity in the Indian market. The generated power gets transmitted by a sophisticated 8 speed automatic transmission gearbox. The BMW 1 Series is priced from Rs. 26.5-33.1 lakh onwards (ex-showroom, Delhi).
3. Mercedes Benz A-Class
The Mercedes Benz A-Class is one of the most spectacular hatchbacks and one of the most popular luxury cars in India. The A-Class’ petrol A180 Sport variant boasts of accelerating from a standstill to a speed of 100 km per hour in only 9.2 seconds. This hot hatchback also offers a top speed of 202 km per hour. The A-Class comes packed with a 1.6-liter petrol motor that has the capability to belt out a peak power output of 121 bhp of power and 200 Nm of top torque. The power figures may not sound impressive or exciting, but this doesn’t make the A-Class stock hatchback from any way and it is actually a highly fun car to drive around. The highly refined engine gets skillfully paired to a sophisticated 7 speed automatic transmission gearbox. The Mercedes Benz A-Class A180 Sport model is tagged at 27.45 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
4. Volvo V40
The A-Class has a very close rival in the luxurious and very capable Volvo v40. This hot car can run to a speed of 100 km per hour from a standstill in only 9.3 seconds. The premium hatchback model also comes with a top speed of 200 km per hour. The Volvo v40’s petrol version is even faster. Under the hood, the Volvo v40’s diesel version gets equipped with a 2.0-liter diesel mill that has the capability to generate a peak power figure of 150 bhp and 350 Nm of maximum torque. The potent engine gets coupled to a 6 speed automatic transmission gearbox. The Volvo V40 luxury hatchback model is available for sale in India with a price range of Rs. 24.75 to Rs. 27.70 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
5. Volkswagen Polo GT TSI
The Volkswagen Polo GT is a popular choice among the Indian driving enthusiasts who wish to enjoy a sporty driving experience without shelling out hefty amounts of money on a luxury hatchback model. The Volkswagen Polo GT is the more pepped up and fun to drive version of the Polo premium hatchback, and the best part about this model is that it is also easy on the pocket. The Polo GT is the best sporty hatchback carsin the less than 10 lakh price bracket. The Polo GT is not only very fun to drive and powerful, but is also among the fastest cars in India. This premium hatchback can speed up to a 100 km per hour level from 0 in just 10 seconds, which is highly appreciable as its really close to the luxury hatchbacks that carry price tags around three times more than the Polo GT’s price. This hot hatch has a top speed of 190 km per hour. The petrol version named as the Polo GT TSI gets powered by a 1.2L turbocharged mill that delivers a max power of 104 bhp and a peak torque of 175 Nm and is paired to a sophisticated 7 speed DSG automatic transmission. The Polo GT is tagged at Rs.8.5 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
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