Small cars have always been a major attraction among the car users across the world because of their utility, low-maintenance cost, mileage, light body and price. Automobile companies traditionally launch their small car models first in the market to woo customers. Today, we’re going to look at world’s topmost small Hatchback cars.
Let’s understand the term hatchback first. It’s a type of car body which typically has two passenger doors. The term hatchback came in as early as 1970. A Hatchback car varies from a supermini car to a small family car. Over the years, world’s finest car makers have introduced this segment in different sizes and style. Let’s have look at them.
The i10 is one of the most popular small hatchbacks from the popular South Korean car manufacturer, Hyundai. Hyundai i10 was first launched in Oct 2007 in New Delhi, India. Hyundai launched the i10 targeting the Indian automobile market after the huge success of its small car Santro. The i10 registered a runaway success in the country and went through facelifts in 2010 and most recently in 2013 with a new name, Grand i10 to keep its hold in the market. The Grand i10 was awarded the Golden Steering Wheel in the hatchback category. The car is true value for money with light-weight body, mileage, space etc.
Picanto is a small hatchback from the South Korean car company Kia. First launched in 2003 at Frankfurt Motor Show, Picanto has been extremely popular across the globe because of its light-weight body, mileage, space and high quality interior. You might get surprised if we tell you that the Picanto, Kia’s smallest car, has been its bestselling car since its launch. Picanto’s uplifted version was launched in 2011 with minor changes. Picanto was named the most reliable car in UK in Jan 2013.
Spark is certainly one of the most loved small hatchback cars from Chevrolet, a brand of General Motors. Initially, the car was launched under Daewoo brand as Matiz but replaced by Chevrolet as Spark in 2010. With more cabin space, stylish design and use of better plastic in the parts make Spark far better than Matiz. The surprisingly spacious Spark comes in 1.2 L four cylinder engine with friendly features and beautiful interior.
Ford Ka is another big name in the world of small hatchback cars. Ka, pronounced as Ca as in Cat, was first introduced in 1996 by the American car company, Ford. It went through a facelift in 2008 but wasn’t welcomed well by the customers like its original version. The car recently entered its third generation. Ford Ka is a driver’s comfort with its boot space, cool features and super spacious interior.
Fiat 500 is a legendary car from the Italian car manufacturer with its first launch in 1957 as Nuova. To celebrate its 50 years, Fiat launched the new 500 in 2007 which became a huge hit. Fiat 500 looks stylish and unique. The 2-door coupe is also available in convertible version, the 500C. Fiat’s much loved car was awarded the ‘European Car of the Year’ in 2008.
Mii is a city car from the Spanish car maker, Seat. The Seat Mii is a fun drive with comfortably enough boot space. It comes with 1.0 L three cylinder engine and standard gearbox (manual & automatic). The car is fuel economic as it emits very less amount of CO2 making it one of the cleanest cars to drive. It’s interesting to see that the Seat Mii looks pretty much same as Volkswagen Up and Skoda Citigo.
Panda is another small hatchback from Fiat and practically advanced from its 500. It’s easier to drive on city roads as its angular design fits into small spaces. It has Fiat’s 1.2 L petrol TwinAir engine. First launched in 1980, the Fiat Panda is currently in its third generation. Perfectly designed for the city roads, Panda is spaciously family car. It has a stiff competition from Kia Picanto, Volkswagen Up and Skoda Citigo.
Perfectly shaped and neatly designed are a few words to describe the Peugeot 107. The car fits perfectly in urban scenario as it’s easy to drive and looks young. The 107 was first launched in 2005 by the French automobile company. Designed by Toyota, Peugeot 107 is strengthened by 1.0 L engine with 68 bhp. It’s a performance oriented car with a reasonable price and decent mileage. The car is expected to get a facelift and will be launched with a new name, Peugeot 108, later this year.
Friendly features, fuel economic and extremely friendly interiors are a few qualities that car users watch out for and the Suzuki Splash has it all. Introduced in 2008 by the Japanese car company, the car has its Indian version named Maruti Suzuki Ritz. Its name was changed because the name Splash was already registered by Ford. The successor of Wagon R+, Suzuki Splash comes in both petrol and diesel engines. The car is technically very sound and returns a mileage of 14.5kmpl in the city making it a perfect city car.
Toyota iQ practically carries the reliability and reasonability of the Japanese car maker. First launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008, the iQ is a true city car in terms of size, features and space. Fit for three, Toyota iQ stands for Intelligence Quotient. Named as the Japanese Car of the Year in 2008, the iQ was designed by the Toyota France.
Small hatchback cars are always preferred for city use as they carry less space, easy drive and they are true value for money. World’s topmost car companies bring the best of their designs in this segment to attract the maximum number of customers.