International markets like US and others have a real big percentage of drivers opting for Automatic cars. In India, the fever is fast catching up with more manufacturers launching cars with automatic transmission.
Often, we have come across queries from people about what are the options they have when they are looking at an Automatic small car for themselves or their families. And hence, here comes a compilation of all automatic small cars that are present in India including the upcoming ones.
1. Maruti Suzuki A-Star:
This is the cheapest automatic car available and comes with a 4-speed Automatic box. It is available in VXi trim and has ABS as standard. It sports a smaller 1L K-series petrol fuel efficient engine but has cramped interiors.
Price: Rs 5.3 Lakh On-Road
- Cheapest AT car in India
- Comes with ABS
- Most fuel efficient AT
- Cramped interiors
- Smaller engine
2. Hyundai i10 AT:
Hyundai i10 is the second cheapest automatic car we have with us. Available with a 4 speed automatic box, it is available only with the 1.2L engine option (and not with the smaller 1.1L). Customers have two trims to chose from – Sportz and top of the line Asta (O) which comes with ABS and 2 airbags.
- i10 AT Sportz: Rs 6 Lakh
- i10 AT Asta (O): Rs 7 Lakh
The optimum mix of fuel efficiency, power/performance and price. Buy it over A-Star if you have the budget.
3. Hyundai i20 AT:
Hyundai i20 is the costliest automatic hatchback we have in the market. It is available with a 4 speed Automatic gearbox and comes in Sportz trim where you get ABS and an airbag.
Price: Rs 8.6 Lakh
The most plush and luxurious small AT car in India. If you want to buy an AT hatchback and want better interiors, richness and more power, this is the car to buy. Obviously it comes at a price!
4. Swift Dzire AT:
You would say what is Dzire doing here in the battle of hatchbacks. Well, after its latest chopping of boot, it is more of a notchback rather than a real sedan. We have included it just to keep you informed. Swift Dzire comes with a 4 speed automatic gearbox. Similar to A-Star it comes only in the VXi trim with ABS standard.
Price: Rs 7.7 Lakhs
If a boot (how-so-ever small it may be) is your criteria and only the name of ‘Maruti’ ticks for you, Dzire is the car you should be seriously considering.
5. Honda Brio AT:
Honda has launched their first automatic hatchback in India and the honor is thrown on to the smallest car they have here, cute Brio. Brio Automatic Brio AT comes in two trims- lower ‘S‘ and the top ‘V‘. Brio AT comes with a 5-speed Automatic Transmission and in the process becoming the only one in the segment.
It is powered by the same 1.2-Litre i-VTEC petrol engine which produces 88 PS of power @ 6,000 RPM and 109 Nm of torque at 4,500 RPM. Brio AT has an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 16.5 kmpl compared to 19.3kmpl for manual Brio
Brio AT Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi):
- Brio S(O) AT: Rs. 5.74 Lakhs
- Brio V AT: Rs. 5.99 Lakhs
Brio AT becomes the best small hatch to be driven in Automatic guise. If you are considering one in this segment, give this Honda the topmost priority.
6. Ritz AT:
After a lot of confusion, Maruti has finally launched the Ritz AT in India. At 17.16kmpl ARAI certified mileage, it is one of the most fuel efficient automatic cars in the country. Maruti has priced Ritz AT at Rs 6.15 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) which makes it the most expensive automatic hatch in this segment (i20 and Polo are half a segment higher).
Ritz makes a lot of sense if you are considering buying a bigger Maruti than A-Star. It has widespread service centers and fuel efficiency along with better space than Brio AT.
7. Polo GT TSI
Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is the latest to join this list of Automatic hatchbacks in India. It is India’s first ‘GT’ branded car in India and sits right there at the top when it comes to performance and price among automatic hatchbacks. It comes with a 7-Speed DSG gearbox, is ARAI rated at 17.2 kmpl and is your best bet if you want a performance oriented automatic hatchback.
Buy it if you are looking for performance, richness, and enthusiastic drive and ready to pay a price for it.
Upcoming Automatic hatchback:
8. Nissan Micra CVT:
In the latest development from the house of Nissan, they have confirmed an automatic version of their Micra hatch which is expected to sport the same CVT gearbox as the just launched Scala CVT. Scala is rated at an FE of 17.97kmpl and Micra, being smaller is expected to be more fuel efficient, will take away the crown of the most fuel efficient hatchback when it launches sometime during this year.
9. Tata Vista Quadrajet AT
Yes, you read it right! According to a few speculations, Tata is also preparing to venture in this segment and in fact, they want to be a step ahead of all what we have listed above. They plan to launch an automatic version of their diesel Vista. If that happens, Tata will be the first one to venture in this segment with a diesel hatchback.
It is rumored that Tata Vista AT might be propelled by a 5-Speed automatic gearbox which is currently under works. A diesel Automatic will be a revelation of some sorts and if Tata launches it first, they will definitely get the first mover advantage before others jump in.
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So, if you are in the market for a small automatic hatchback, we have listed all the options you have along with the upcoming ones for you to better decide upon one. In fact, you can have all the flavors you want considering this list of 9 automatic hatchbacks. However, the big hue is the fact that all these are petrol models and we do not have a single diesel automatic hatchback in our country!
Are companies, apart from Tata, listening!
So, which one will you buy among these?
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