In most situations, when it comes to sports cars or performance vehicles, a buyer’s prerogative is power, acceleration, handling, and an intriguing design. Cars like the Ford Mustang GT, Audi RS7 Sportback, Nissan GT-R, and others are well-known performance vehicles, but because of their high price and maintenance requirements, only a select few can afford them. People with limited budgets, on the other hand, should not be discouraged because there are economical automobiles in the country that provide high performance at a low cost. Here’s a rundown of India’s best performance hatchbacks.

1. Fiat Abarth Punto 

Fiat Abarth Punto, which was launched in 2015 and costs Rs 9.90 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi, is one of the most popular hatchbacks in the country. Abarth, a racing car manufacturer founded in 1949 by Italo-Austrian Carlo Abarth, has long fine-tuned Fiat automobiles for racing. The Punto Abarth’s main feature is its engine, a 1368 cc 16-valve petrol engine that produces 145 horsepower at 5,500 rpm. The automobile does not come with an automatic transmission and instead comes with a 5-speed manual transmission that is rather rubbery and does not fit the vehicle’s personality. The Abarth Punto is distinguished by its graphics, side skirting, and contrasting decals on the sides, as well as the famous Scorpio insignia and badging. The car’s overall look is enhanced even further by its 16-inch sporty alloy wheels.

2. Volkswagen Polo GT TSI 

The Polo GT TSI is a more powerful variant of the five-door Polo with few aesthetic differences from the normal Polo. The Polo GT TSI is powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection TSI petrol engine. The engine produces a respectable 110 horsepower and 175 Nm of torque. The claimed fuel economy of the Polo GT TSI is 17.21 kmpl, which is good for its placement and target market. The Polo GT TSI is available for Rs 9.15 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi, which is a reasonable price given the features it includes.

3. Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS

Maruti Suzuki released the Baleno RS, a sportier and more powerful variant of the Baleno, in March this year, at Rs 8.69 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi. Unlike Maruti’s previous RS variants, which were aesthetically upgraded, the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS features an all-new engine and a redesigned suspension arrangement. The RS is powered by a one-litre three-cylinder Boosterjet engine that produces 99 horsepower and 150 Nm of peak torque. The car is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission with no automatic option. The ARAI-rated economy of the Baleno RS is 21.1 kmpl, thanks in part to its modest weight of 950 kg.

4. Volkswagen Polo GTI India 

The famous Polo GT evokes a level of admiration that is hard to come by. Its innovative TSI engine achieves the ideal blend of power and efficiency. The 6-speed AT, on the other hand, provides a silky smooth changeover, allowing you to blast down the road. The engine in the Polo GT TSI is 2.0L with 196 BHP and has been engineered and calibrated with extreme accuracy, guaranteeing that you obtain the best fuel economy while still having all of the power you require on the road! The TSI engine is a high-performing combination of being both energetic and cost-effective, two attributes that are rarely found in conventional petrol engines.

5. Volkswagen Polo GT TDI 

The Volkswagen Polo GT TDI is the diesel variant of the GT petrol, with a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine producing 109 horsepower and a 5-speed manual transmission. The engine has an aluminium cylinder head, which helps to lower the car’s weight and achieves ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 19.9 kmpl. The Polo GT TDI has a similar style and styling to the ordinary Polo, but it has a revised grille, bumper, headlamps, and fog lamps with cornering lights. The rear bumper has been changed as well, with a licence plate and tail lamp cluster integrated. The inside has received more alterations than the exterior, including a dual-tone interior, an all-black interior, door sills with silver-finished GT badging, and aluminium pedals, giving it a sporty look.

5. Ford Figo S

The Sports version of the Figo is the most recent addition to the lineup, and it gives the premium hatchback a stronger handling feature. The Ford Figo S or Sports is based on the Titanium model and comes with the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines, as well as a 5-speed manual transmission. The car’s performance stats haven’t been enhanced, but it does have a new suspension setup, as well as a larger, 15-inch alloy wheel and a wider 195/55 section tyre. As a result, the hatchback’s handling is improved without sacrificing ride quality.

The Figo S is also devoid of chrome highlights, opting instead for silver accents on the side with S badging and at the rear bumper. The all-black honeycomb mesh grille, blacked-out alloys, ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors), and smoked headlamps are just a few of the black components. The inside is essentially unchanged, with the exception of red stitching on the gear lever, seats, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

6. Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione

 From every viewpoint, the Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione is the sportiest hatchbacks you can come across. It has a 1.4-litre turbo T-Jet petrol engine that produces 160 horsepower and 230 Nm of torque under the hood. The automobile has a top speed of 209 kmph and comes with a sequential automatic transmission and a shift paddle positioned on the steering wheel. The Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels as well as dual exhausts, a sunroof, and Abarth decals. Copaf front suspensions with FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) technology and Koni rear suspensions make up the suspension system. Abarth Corsa cloth racing seats by Sabelt, a 7-inch TFT coloured instrument panel, split rear seats with head restraints, and Abarth stickers are all standard on the 595 Competizione. 

7. Hyundai i20 N Line 

A new front grille, revised front bumper, new 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, dual-tip exhaust pipes, all four disc brakes, red front brake callipers, side sills with red accents, and red accents for the front and rear bumpers are among the cosmetic changes to the new Hyundai i20 N Line over the standard model. The Hyundai i20 N Line features an all-black interior, leather seats with red stitching, N Line emblems on the gear lever and steering wheel, metal pedals, paddle shifters, red ambient lighting, a voice-activated smart electric sunroof, and puddle lamps with welcome function.

The existing 1.0-litre Turbo GDi engine powers the i20 N Line mechanically. The power and torque outputs remain unchanged at 118bhp and 172Nm, respectively. A six-speed iMT gearbox and a seven-speed DCT unit are available as transmission options.

8. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios  

It has a big trademark grille and DRLs that are shaped like boomerangs. LED projector headlights and projector fog lamps are also available. The Grand i10 Nios also comes with 15-inch alloy wheels and roof rails. The Grand i10 Nios comes with a wireless charger, USB ports, speech recognition, Bluetooth connectivity, rear air-conditioning vents, a cooled glove box, two power outlets, rear parking sensors and a camera, headlight escort function, and an engine start/stop switch, among other amenities.

A 999cc three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine paired to a five-speed manual is the most powerful engine in the lineup. It has a power output of 99 horsepower and a torque output of 172Nm. Aside from that, there are 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines available, each with a five-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Hyundai also provides a bi-fuel engine, which combines a 1.2-liter gasoline engine with a CNG kit.