Moving on to another level, several car manufacturers have started rolling out automatic cars which are attracting  a number of people mainly due to the fact that these cars offer ample amount of ease and convenience while dealing with the congested traffic in city.

Three major automobile players in India – Honda, Hyundai and Maruti have recently launched automatic versions of some of their hugely popular hatchbacks – Brio, i10 Sportz Automatic and A-Star VXi respectively.

Let’s have brief discussion about the salient features of these three of the most popular hatchbacks.

Honda Brio AT drive

Honda Brio is undoubtedly one of the best cars in the hatchback segment and aided with fine fits and finish, it is a major crowd puller. The car appears pretty compact and bears an attractive look with it all-glass rear being one of the most distinct features. Though everything appears great to go with, minor hiccups around the glove box area deprives the car of some extra points. This Honda hatchback is available with an automatic gearbox in two variants – S (o) AT and V-AT.

Hyundai i10 Sportz automatic

Considered as one of the most potent performers in its segment, the i10 Sportz automatic from Honda’s stable is one of the major crowd pullers and is seen as a tough competitor to Brio and Maruti Suzuki’s A-Star automatic. Hyundai i10’s height, along with good interiors make this car quite classy and given the way the company has landed fluidic design theme and automatic badge on the boot makes it distinct from its manual version. The car comes in two variants – Sportz automatic and Asta automatic.

Maruti A-Star

A-Star is one of the cheapest hatchbacks amongst the three and is being offered to the buyers in only one trim – VXI AT. The car, however, scores low when it comes to rear leg space or luggage area. Though the front seats are pretty comfortable, the black and grey interiors give it a bit cramped look. The car, however, sports a unique look and its fit and finish also look good.

Talking about factors like price, mileage and value for money Maruti’s A-Star stands out amongst all but counts low on safety features as it has no airbags. Honda Brio is expected to cost Rs 60,000 more than its manual counterpart and the company has claimed a mileage of 16.95 kmpl for the car.

A-Star has been priced at Rs 4.56 lakh and the company has claimed to deliver a mileage of 17 kmpl. The i10 automatic is priced at Rs. 5.3 lakh for the Sportz automatic and Rs. 6.2 lakh for the Asta automatic, making it probably the most expensive amongst the three.

JPN