Hatchbacks remain to be the most popular car segment in India, owing to several reasons including smaller price tags, ease of handling in cities and they take a lot less of space for parking. The first car ever is usually a hatchback in India or it is the secondary car in a family. Off late, carmakers have been coming up with sporty and more appealing hatchbacks. Nissan too is on the verge of refreshing the Micra. The new Micra stands to directly compete against Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Tata Tiago. Following is a comparison among the four, based on features, power and price.
The 2017 Micra will continue to be powered by the same engine options available in the previous model - 1.2 litre, three-cylinder petrol with 75 hp and 104 Nm of torque as well as the 1.5 litre diesel engine that develops 62 hp and 160 Nm. Both units are paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, while the petrol also gets a CVT gearbox.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis too gets two engine options - a 1197cc petrol engine that makes 82 hp at 6000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 4200 rpm and a 1248cc diesel engine that produces 74 hp at 4000 rpm and 190 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm. Both engine options are available with a five-speed manual and an automatic transmission.
Hyundai Grand i10 comes with two engine options - 1.2L Kappa VTVT petrol engine that produces 82 hp at 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 113.7 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm and a U2 1.2L CRDi diesel engine that makes 74 hp at 4000 rpm and 190.2 Nm of torque at 1750-2250 rpm. Gearbox options include a five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic.
Tata Tiago gets two engine options - a 1.2L three cylinder engine with two drive modes - eco and city. It produces 84 hp at 6000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm, and is linked to a five speed manual gearbox. The other engine is a 1.05L three cylinder engine with two drive modes - eco and city. It churns out 69 hp at 4000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque at 1800-3000 rpm, and is mated to five-speed manual transmission.
The Micra facelift has been given updates in the form of LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), revised front and rear bumpers as well as redesigned tail lamps. On the inside, it gets a new infotainment system with navigation and other supported apps, and an automatic air conditioner. Nissan have also added automatic rain sensing wipers – a first in its segment, automatic headlamps and reverse parking camera or sensors in higher veariants.
It gets keyless entry and the key comes with a push start stop button, which means once inside the car, use this button to start the engine. The steering wheel has controls for the audio and phone. The boot space is 251 litres.
The Micra comes with ABS and EBD, dual airbags, take me to car and follow me home headlamps, along with an immobiliser.
LED projector and DRLs are only a part of the Alpha. It comes with fog lamps, alloys and a puddle lamp. The top trim of the Ignis gets a SmartPlay infotainment system. It gets steering mounted controls, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and an audio remote control.
Push start button is only available in the top two variants. The Ignis comes with a standard air conditioner, except the Alpha trim that gets an automatic aircon. The Ignis has power windows both front and back, and a luggage lamp.
For safety, the Ignis comes with ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, dual airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners as standard across all variants.
The Grand i10 also comes with LED DRLs, fog lamps and a rear wiper. It gets a 7 inch touch screen AV system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice recognition, a cooled glove box and steering mounted audio and phone controls. The Grand i10 has been equipped with reverse parking assist system, a navigation system and comes with an automatic air conditioner.
The Grand i10 too gets a smart key, engine start stop button and rear defogger. Other features include impact sensing door unlock - the doors unlock automatically in case of a collision and safety windows. The Grand i10 too gets dual airbags, ABS and an immoboliser.
The top variant of the Tiago comes with alloy wheels, ORVM with LED turn indicators and chrome finish fog lamps. On the inside, the Tiago gets dual tone colour scheme, dimming interior lamp, door ajar reminder. The top trim also gets a cooled glove box and a luggage lamp.
It comes with a standard air conditioner with heater and power windows front and back. The top two trims get a Harman infotainment system with USB, aux-in, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, navigation and speed dependent volume control. The Tiago comes with the option of Juke-Car app - upto 10 phones can connect to the audio system using hotspot and share a list of songs on it. For safety, Tiago has been fitted with dual airbags and ABS with EBD.
Prices for the 2017 Micra range between Rs 5.99 - 7.23 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Besides this, Nissan offers an array of accessories to choose from, such as a car cover, gear lock, cushions, seat covers, chrome finishers, etc.
Ignis price tags range between Rs 4.59 - 7.8 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It comes with several customisation options.
The base variant of the Grand i10 is priced at Rs 4.6 lakh and the top trim will set you back Rs 7.34 lakh (prices are ex-showroom, Delhi). It is available in six different colours.
Tata Tiago's price ranges from Rs 3.20 - 5.54 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Tiago is available in 2 engine options with as many as 10 variants - 5 Petrol and 5 Diesel. Each variant comes in 6 colour shades.
The base variant - Tiago XB Revotron Petrol is priced at Rs 3.20 Lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi) while the top-end variant - Tiago XZ Revotorq Diesel is available at Rs 5.54 Lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi).