Hatchbacks aren’t generally associated with speed, especially in India where most of them come with small engines meant mostly for city driving. However, we are slowly opening up to the concept of more expensive, performance hatchbacks with companies like Mercedes-Benz reporting better than anticipated demand for its premium hatchbacks. Volkswagen has also reported a strong demand for the Polo GT models and Fiat has announced its plans to bring the Abarth versions of the Punto, Avventura and 500 to India as well. But before these cars come to India which of the existing hatchbacks are the fastest to the 100 km/h mark? Find out here in our list of the Top 5 Fastest Hatchbacks in India.
1. Mini Cooper S – 6.8 seconds
The latest Mini Cooper S is currently the fastest accelerating car in India with a 0-100km/h time of just 6.8 seconds. The Cooper S is powered by a 2.0 L twin turbo 4 cylinder engine that churns out 192 bhp of peak power and 280 Nm of peak torque. It is one of the most fun to drive cars on sale in India and also one of the most practical. The Mini Cooper S is priced at INR 34.6 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
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- Price: INR 34.6 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
- Specifications: 1998cc (192 bhp & 280 Nm)
- 0-100 km/h: 6.8 secs
- Top Speed: 235 km/h
2. BMW 1 Series – 8.6 seconds
Next up is the BMW 1 Series 118d which boasts of acceleration figures of 8.6 seconds. The diesel version is faster than the petrol by just 0.1 seconds. Powering the 1 series is a 2.0 litre diesel which produces 143 bhp and 320 Nm of torque. It is also one of the very rear wheel drive hatchbacks in the market. Transmission duties are handled by an 8-speed automatic. The 1 Series is slightly cheaper than the Mini and is priced between INR 26.5-33.1 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
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- Price: INR 26.5-33.1 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
- Specifications: 1995cc (143 bhp & 320 Nm)
- 0-100 km/h: 8.6 secs
- Top Speed: 212 km/h
3. Mercedes-Benz A-Class – 9.1 seconds
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has to be one of the most stunning looking hatchbacks on sale in India currently. The petrol A180 Sport boasts of a 0-100 km/h time of 9.2 seconds. Powering the A-Class is a 1.6 litre petrol engine which puts out 121 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque, which isn’t exactly the most impressive figures around, but they seem to be enough and it is immense fun to drive as well. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The Mercedes-Benz A180 Sport is priced at 27.45 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
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- Price: INR 27.45 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
- Specifications: 1595cc (121 bhp & 200 Nm)
- 0-100 km/h: 9.1 secs
- Top Speed: 202 km/h
4. Volvo V40 – 9.3 seconds
The Mercedes A-Class is followed very closely by the recently launched Volvo v40 which completes the 0-100 km/h run in 9.3 seconds. Although the petrol version is faster, we have not included it in the list it hasn’t been launched in India yet. the 2.0 litre diesel powering the V40 puts out 150 bhp and 350 Nm torque and comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Volvo V40 is priced between INR 24.75-27.70 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
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- Price: INR 24.75-27.70 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
- Specifications: 1984cc (150 bhp & 350 Nm)
- 0-100 km/h: 9.3 secs
- Top Speed: 200 km/h
5. Volkswagen Polo GT TSI- 9.7 seconds
The Volkswagen Polo GT is easily the best driver’s car out there within the 10 lakh range. And it is also very quick with a 0-100 km/h time of just under 10 seconds and a figure that is not that far away from cars that are almost 3 times its price. The petrol Polo GT or the Polo GT TSI is powered by a 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol which puts out 104 bhp and 175 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The Polo GT is priced at INR 8.5 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
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- Price: INR 8.5 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
- Specifications: 1197cc (121 bhp & 200 Nm)
- 0-100 km/h: 9.7 secs
- Top Speed: 190 km/h
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