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Hyundai i20 vs Premium Hatchback Rivals

Sankul Nagpal COMPARISONS 1 Comment

Premium hatchbacks in India have slowly lost ground to compact SUVs, which retain the compact dimensions of a hatchback while still providing the SUV-like driving experience. However, there are some manufacturers that are bringing out new premium hatchbacks that offer premium features and a sporty driving experience that is unmatched by any compact SUV. In 2020, Hyundai, India’s second largest car manufacturer, has launched the new generation Hyundai i20 to compete against the very successful Tata Altroz, Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Honda Jazz and Maruti Suzuki Baleno.

These six premium hatchbacks all have something to offer if you’re looking to buy a premium hatchback in 2021. The Hyundai i20 is the newest kid on the block and thus offers the most attractive features. Look closer and you may find the i20’s rivals have something that you may value more. Maybe it’s the 5-star NCAP rating of the Tata Altroz or the thrilling performance of the Volkswagen Polo. You could also prefer the Swift’s fun-to-drive character more or the spacious interiors of the Honda Jazz or Maruti Suzuki Baleno.

There is something for everyone and in this comparison, we pit these six premium hatchbacks against each other in the categories that matter.

Dimensions, Boot and Seating

Size is everything when it comes to premium hatchbacks in India and the compact dimensions of premium hatchbacks need to use their space intelligently to succeed. Furthermore, boot space and seating capacity is one area that can actually make or break a deal, if you are in the market to buy a vehicle that is practical and capable. This is why we have pitched the Hyundai i20 head on with the Tata Altroz, Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Honda Jazz and the Maruti Suzuki Baleno in terms of dimensions and boot space.

Dimensions

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Hyundai i20

Tata Altroz

Maruti Baleno

VW Polo

Honda Jazz

Maruti Swift

Length

4040 mm

3990 mm

3995 mm

3971 mm

3989 mm

3840 mm

Width

1750 mm

1755 mm

1745 mm

1682 mm

1694 mm

1735 mm

Height

1450 mm

1523 mm

1510 mm

1469 mm

1544 mm

1530 mm

Wheelbase

2580 mm

2501 mm

2520 mm

2470 mm

2530 mm

2450 mm

Boot Space

351 litres

340 litres

339 litres

280 litres

354 litres

268 litres

Seating Capacity

5 adults

5 adults

5 adults

5 adults

5 adults

5 adults

As evident from the comparison above, the Hyundai i20 absolutely shines, as the longest yet the most compact vehicle, thanks to a lower width and height as compared to its rivals. This directly translates to better parking and easier manoeuvrability, which in the long run can be a boon for city commuters. In terms of boot space, the Hyundai i20 only loses out to the Honda Jazz by a few litres. However, all six cars are equally matched when it comes to seating capacity as these premium hatchbacks should seat 4-5 adults comfortably.

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So if you are someone who is in for maximum practicality, the new Hyundai i20 is an absolute winner with a larger boot and compact dimensions. The i20’s rivals aren’t too far behind and offer very similar compact practicality as the new Hyundai hatchback.

Winner: Hyundai i20

Engine and Performance

An efficient and powerful engine combined with a smooth, capable transmission are keys to enjoying the drives in a premium hatchback. After all, powering a hatchback to deliver maximum performance and efficiency is not a simple task. Achieving the perfect balance of refinement, power and torque can go a long way towards making the car shine amongst the competition. The Hyundai i20’s next comparison against the Altroz, Polo, Jazz, Swift and Baleno is the engine performance, transmission options, and mileage.

Petrol Engine

Engine Specifications

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Hyundai i20

Tata Altroz

Maruti Baleno

VW Polo

Honda Jazz

Maruti Swift

Type

1.2-litre

1.0-litre turbo

1.2-litre

1.2-litre turbo

1.2-litre

1.2-litre mild hybrid

1.0-litre

1.0-litre turbo

1.2-litre

1.2-litre

Power

83 PS

120 PS (Turbo)

86 PS

110 PS (Turbo)

83 PS

90 PS (Dualjet)

75 PS

110 PS (Turbo)

88 PS

82 PS

Torque

114 Nm

172 Nm (Turbo)

113 Nm

140 Nm (Turbo)

113 Nm

113 Nm (Dualjet)

95 Nm

175 Nm (Turbo)

110 Nm

113 Nm

Manual

5-speed

6-speed iMT

5-speed

5-speed

5-speed

6-speed

5-speed

5-speed

Automatic

5-speed CVT

7-speed DCT

NA

5-speed CVT

6-speed AT

7-speed CVT

5-speed AMT

Mileage

20.35 kmpl (Manual)

20.28 kmpl (Automatic)

19.05 kmpl

21.10 kmpl (Manual)

19.56 kmpl (CVT)

23.87 kmpl (Hybrid)

17.74 kmpl (Manual)

16.47 kmpl (Automatic)

16.6 kmpl (Manual)

17.1 kmpl (CVT)

21.2 kmpl (Manual)

Only three of the 6 premium hatchbacks offer a turbo petrol variant. Of these three, the Hyundai i20 pulls ahead with a more powerful turbo petrol engine as compared to the Tata Altroz and the VW Polo. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno differentiates itself by having a smart mild hybrid variant to provide better fuel economy. The VW Polo is the only premium hatchback with a 1.0-litre petrol engine while the other five premium hatchbacks are equipped with 1.2-litre petrol engine.

Transmission options is another area where the Hyundai i20 shines, with two manual and two automatic transmission options. The VW Polo is next with two manual and one automatic transmission options. The Maruti Swift, Honda Jazz, and Maruti Suzuki Baleno are equipped with one manual and one automatic transmission option. The Tata Altroz loses out in this comparison as it is only offered with a manual transmission.

The diversity of transmission options available on the Hyundai i20 make it a very attractive premium hatchback to consider.

Tata altroz driving on road

Finally coming to mileage, this is one area where the Maruti Suzuki Baleno shines, with figures as high as 21.1 kmpl for the naturally aspirated variant and 23.87 kmpl for the mild hybrid variant. The automatic variant performs better in terms of mileage, with a figure of 20.28 Kmpl. Based on the comparison above we are sure you can make up your mind regarding which vehicles takes the overall crown.

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Tie: Hyundai i20 and Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Diesel Engine

Engine Specifications

Hyundai i20

Tata Altroz

Type

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Power

100 PS

90 PS

Torque

240 Nm

200 Nm

Manual

6-speed

5-speed

Mileage

25.2 kmpl

21.11 kmpl

As seen above, things are quite different in the diesel comparison, where the Maruti Suzuki Baleno fails to compete due to a lack of diesel variant. However, both the Tata Altroz and the new Hyundai i20 continue to come with a 1.5 litre diesel engine. However, in terms of power and mileage the Hyundai i20 takes the crown with better power (100 PS), torque (240 Nm) and mileage (25.2 kmpl) figures.

Even in terms of transmission, the i20’s 6-speed manual beats the 5-speed manual of the Altroz to make the Hyundai i20 the ultimate diesel king.

Winner: Hyundai i20

Interior Features and Comfort

Hatchbacks are often considered for use in the city due to their size and better efficiency for city driving. However, performance isn’t the only metric when it comes to premium hatchbacks. Passenger comfort and a feature-rich interior are essentials for a holistic experience. This is why the Hyundai i20 is pitched against the Tata Altroz, Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Honda Jazz and Maruti Suzuki Baleno to compare key comfort and features offered.

Features

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Hyundai i20

Tata Altroz

Maruti Baleno

VW Polo

Honda Jazz

Maruti Swift

Touchscreen

10.25-inch

7-inch

7-inch

6.5-inch

7-inch

7-inch

Apple CarPlay

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Android Auto

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Seat Upholstery

Leatherette

Fabric

Fabric

Fabric

Fabric

Fabric

Ambient Light

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Instrument Cluster

Digital

Semi-digital

Analogue

Analogue

Analogue

Analogue

Climate Control

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Rear AC Vents

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Evident from the head to head comparison above, all cars are equipped with a host of comfort and convenience features that can enhance your driving experience. Only the Hyundai i20 comes with a full digital instrument cluster and a larger infotainment system as compared to the competition. The Altroz, Polo, and Jazz, however, match the i20 with rear AC vents and cruise control. In comparison, the Maruti pair of the Baleno and the Swift may appear to be less featured against the competition.

Tie: Hyundai i20 and Tata Altroz

Safety Features

Safety is becoming a greater priority when buying a family car and premium hatchbacks are expected to have reliable safety features. Here we compare the Hyundai i20 against the Tata Altroz, Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Honda Jazz, and Maruti Suzuki Baleno in terms of safety.

Safety Features

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Hyundai i20

Tata Altroz

Maruti Baleno

VW Polo

Honda Jazz

Maruti Swift

Airbags

Up to 6 airbags

Dual front airbags

Dual front airbags

Dual front airbags

Dual front airbags

Dual front airbags

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Sensors

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear-view Camera

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

ISOFIX

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Electronic Stability Control

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

No

Tyre Pressure Monitor

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Hill Hold Assist

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

No

As seen above, safety is one department where all the leading manufacturers have placed their special attention. As a result, all premium hatchbacks in this comparison are equipped with essential safety features. As mandated by the government, all cars here feature dual airbags, ABS and rear parking sensors. However, the top-spec i20 gets an added benefit of four more airbags. The Hyundai i20 and Volkswagen Polo are also the only vehicles here to get electronic stability control (ESC) and hill-hold assist.

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NCAP Safety Ratings

  • Hyundai i20: Not yet crash tested
  • Tata Altroz: 5-star Global NCAP rating
  • Maruti Suzuki Baleno: Not yet crash tested
  • Volkswagen Polo: 4-star Global NCAP rating
  • Honda Jazz: Not yet crash tested
  • Maruti Suzuki Swift: Not yet crash tested

Tie: Hyundai i20 and Tata Altroz

Ex-Showroom Pricing

Pricing is an aspect that can never be ignored when choosing the perfect car. And even though all rival hatches are competitively priced, here is a list of prices you’ll need to shell out to bring home your desired vehicle.

Variants

Hyundai i20

Tata Altroz

Maruti Baleno

VW Polo

Honda Jazz

Maruti Swift

Entry Level

₹6.79-8.19 lakhs

₹5.69-6.99 lakhs

₹5.90 lakhs

₹6.10-6.96 lakhs

₹7.55-8.55 lakhs

₹5.49 lakhs

Mid Level

₹7.59-9.14 lakhs

₹6.30-8.28 lakhs

₹6.56-7.76 lakhs

₹8.34-9.45 lakhs

₹8.15-9.15 lakhs

₹6.19-6.66 lakhs

Top Level

₹8.69-11.32 lakhs

₹7.70-9.45 lakhs

₹7.18-9.10 lakhs

₹9.92 lakhs

₹8.79-9.79 lakhs

₹6.78-8.02 lakhs

All prices are ex-showroom

Pricing alone doesn’t provide the complete picture. However, amongst the six premium hatchbacks you can buy today, the Tata Altroz provides the best value when you consider the performance and features you get. The Hyundai i20 does come in more expensive than its rivals but it is important to note that apart from the Tata Altroz, the other premium hatchbacks have been in the market for a while. From that perspective, the Hyundai i20 is the most future-forward premium hatchback on the market right now even if the Altroz beats it on sheer value.

Winner: Tata Altroz


The Hyundai i20 launched to great fanfare and has made the premium hatchback segment even more competitive than before. While the i20 has several attractive features, the competition are very equally matched. Buying a new premium hatchback in 2021 ultimately comes down to your exact needs and requirements as well as the budget you have at your disposal.

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