In order to dominate the Indian car market, an automobile maker has to have a good compact car for the people. Many companies like Maruti Suzuki- made Swift, Hyundai- produced Grand i10, and etc opted for this method and benefited from it. While others did try but couldn’t achieve the same (Mahindra produced the Verito Vibe).
Mahindra is well known for its reliable, durable and strong SUVs and MPVs. The company has achieved success with its Scorpio and Bolero. A few years ago, Mahindra tried their hand in the compact cars and produced the Mahindra Verito Vibe. This car was exactly the same as the Mahindra Verito sedan expect it had been cut down to fit into the compact car segment. The Vibe wasn’t a looker and neither was the Verito. It didn’t has a symmetrical design and it felt like it was designed by two different people. The cabin of the Vibe was simple with nothing which would take away your breath. The space was good for a compact car. Mahindra provided a boot lid which open up separately such that the rear windshield remains intact, which makes you do a lot of work in order to load up your luggage. The boot space is decent. The Vibe was powered only by a 1.5L diesel engine which performed pretty well in the city and gave some good mileage numbers. Mahindra tried to make a practical product but it failed at many factors. It still had much more to learn about compact cars.
Maruti Suzuki Swift is in the market for many years now and it shares a good part of it even today. Swift proved to be one of the top selling cars of Maruti. In fact, it became one of the top selling cars of India. It is available in two engine options, a petrol and a diesel. Both the engines performs very well in city as well as on the open roads. The Swift looks modern, dynamic and confident. Although, the latest model has big headlights which could take you while to digest. The interiors of the Swift are very comfortable and posh. The rear passengers does not have enough space and would be cramped. There is a decent boot space and overall the car is a nice package. We do not need to talk much about the Swift, it speaks for itself.
Hyundai came into the compact segment with its i10 years ago and a while back it launched a new avatar of i10 with some major changes and named it the Grand i10. As the name suggests, this car is really something. It not only looks a lot better than its predecessor it has tonnes of features which you wouldn’t find in any other car of this segment. Hyundai has done a great job here. Hyundai Grand i10 has got three engine options now, a diesel, and a petrol and recently, Hyundai launched a LPG variant too. Hyundai is also planning to launch an automatic model. The Grand i10 is a great car available in different variants to choose from depending up on your budget.