Never before has the car-buying public of India been more spoilt for choice. One of India’s largest car makers, Tata Motors, has recently released a new car into the already crowded hatchback market to try and grab a larger share of the pie. In this article, we’ll try to make your life a little easier by showing you how the Vista Tech VX stacks up against its rivals – the Maruti Suzuki Swift, the Hyundai Grand i10 and the Ford Figo.
The biggest trump card that the Tata Vista VX Tech has is the fact that it comes equipped with heaps of features. Featured on the car are dual front airbags, satellite navigation, keyless entry, touchscreen audio system with DVD support, a drive pro console which displays vital information to the driver, backlit steering mounted audio controls, ABS with EBD, Bluetooth connectivity and a new, two tone ebony black and beige interior colour scheme. As part of this trim level, the car also can be had in a new Blue Chill paint job. As far as power in concerned, the Tata Vista VX Tech has only one engine option – a 1248cc, 74 bhp, 4 cylinder, Quadrajet common rail diesel engine that returns an ARAI certified fuel economy figure of 22.3 kpl.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift may not be loaded with as much tech as the Tech (pun very much intended!) but it is immensely fun to drive. The engines; and you can choose from a petrol and a diesel motor, are really smooth and the ride quality is sporty yet comfortable. The available engines are a 1.2 litre, 4 cylinder petrol engine that puts out a robust 86 bhp and a 1.3 litre, 4 cylinder oil burner that delivers 74 bhp, with which you can have a lot of fun indeed, despite some turbo lag. The car is pretty good in the economy department as well – the diesel version returns an ARAI certified 22.9 kpl and the petrol variant returns 18.6 kpl, also ARAI certified. Features on the top end variants include climate control, audio system with USB and aux in, ABS and dual front airbags.
The Hyundai Grand i10 is another star player on the field; few cars have been received in India as well as this Korean hatchback. This car is one among the recent entrants to the game and is the latest subject of Hyundai’s new mission of stuffing their cars with gadgets and gizmos. The higher end variants of the Grand i10 come equipped with features such as an audio system with bluetooth connectivity, aux in, USB support and built-in 1GB onboard memory, rear AC vents, steering mounted audio controls, reverse parking sensors, engine immobiliser, airbags as an option, electrically foldable rear view mirrors and best of all, push button engine ignition. This car can be ordered with either a 1.2 litre, 82 bhp petrol engine that is mated to a 5 speed manual or a 4 speed automatic transmission; or a 1.1 litre, 70 bhp diesel engine that can only be connected to a 5 speed manual gearbox.
Last but not the least is the Ford Figo, a car from the American automotive giant that has been around for quite a while now but still manages to hold its own in the competition. The design may be dated by now, but step inside and the feeling of spaciousness that you get is still fabulous. It has more than sufficient room to cart around 5 adults and luggage in excellent comfort. The features list of the Figo is not as extensive as its rivals but you do get an audio system with a CD player, aux in and USB support, fog lamps and ABS. Under the bonnet will either be a 1.2 litre, 70 bhp petrol engine or a 1.4 litre, 68 bhp diesel engine. Both these engines will be connected to a 5 speed manual transmission. The Figo might not be exciting or involving to drive but its capacious interior and value for money make up some of that.
People interested in buying a car now have a slew of options in front of them. Everything from cars that can be bought on a shoestring budget to ultra modern, gadget-packed, premium hatchbacks are available in the market today. No matter what their requirements are, it can be pretty much guaranteed that they will find a car that fits the bill perfectly.