Spec comparison: Hyundai Elite i20 vs Maruti Suzuki Swift vs VW Polo vs Fiat Punto

Rohit Paradkar  /
13 Aug 2014 16:55:27 IST

The Maruti Suzuki Swift may have kick-started the premium hatchback segment in India, but the car that gave the segment its definition is the Hyundai i20. With a kit brimming with features and quality to match, the i20 became popular almost instantly. In fact, it's gained so much popularity in the country that the second-generation i20 made its global debut in India through a commercial launch in Delhi onAugust 11, 2014.

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The Elite i20's most notable natural rivals are the Maruti Suzuki Swift and the recently refreshed Fiat Punto and Volkswagen Polo. Out of this brigade, the Elite i20 is the only all-new car and therefore comes with the maximum number of advantages too.

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Design

The swept-back headlamps look stunning, but their design treatment will remind you of the Punto Evo's headlights.The swept-back headlamps look stunning, but their design treatment will remind you of the Punto Evo's headlights

Design has been Hyundai's forte in recent times and the i20 now sees the transition from the older Fluidic Design philosophy to the new storm-edge design direction that debuted with the Santa Fe. The result is a sharper looking car. The headlights, which sweep far back toward the A-pillar, could remind you of the similar treatment given to the new Punto Evo. These sport more complex detailing though. As do the taillights. The bean-shaped tail lamps have made way for elongated units, which have hints of Kia's design to it and look premium nevertheless. The Elite i20 features a blacked-out C-pillar to give the illusion of a floating roof. Though incorporated at the opposite end, the 'blacked-out pillar' theme seems to be borrowed from the Swift. The Elite i20 features 16-inch diamond cut alloys on the range topping trims and looks very similar to what you get on the Grand i10 and the updated Verna.

Interiors

Elite i20 8The Elite i20 sports the familiar black and beige colour scheme and the centre-console is driver-centric

The interiors of the Elite i20 follow the Grand i10's theme and have a conservative yet likeable design. There's the familiar black and beige colour scheme and the centre-console is driver-centric. It incorporates a 2-DIN audio system with a 1GB data storage capacity and the feature is standard on all but the base trim. Speaking of features, the Elite i20 very closely missed being segment first in incorporating the follow-me-home headlights and rear AC vents, as the Punto Evo introduced them just a few days back. Nevertheless, the Elite i20 gets two rear AC vents and the headlamps are also automated, meaning they're activated any time the surroundings go dark. The car also gets some useful features like a push-button starter, a cooled glove compartment, a driver's seat armrest and lighting for the boot. Carried over from the outgoing model are features like parking sensors with a reversing camera, electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, Bluetooth telephony and ORVM mounted turn blinkers. Like the new Polo, the Elite i20 also gets climate control. By improving on its already long list of features, the i20 now makes the likes of the Swift seem aeons behind their times. Unlike its rivals, most of the i20's features are available from the mid trim onward, making it an offering that brings in more value for money. A downer though is that the six-airbag kit available on the older i20 has gone for good. The Elite i20 only gets two airbags now and only on the top-spec Asta trim.

Elite i20 7The Elite i20 also gets some useful features like a push-button starter, a cooled glove compartment, a driver's seat armrest and lighting for the boot

Engines

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Under the hood, the Elite i20 has the same engine options as the outgoing i20 - a 1.2-litre Kappa2 petrol and the 1.4-litre CRDi diesel. Out of the four cars compared here, the Punto offers the largest petrol engine - a 1.4-litre FIRE mill that puts out 89PS and 115Nm. The Punto also comes with a 1.2-litre option though. Out of the four 1.2-litre petrol engines that can be compared, the Swift's K-series engine is the most powerful with an output of 87PS and 114Nm. The Elite i20's Kappa2 follows with 82PS / 115Nm, the Polo's 1.2 MPI with 75PS / 110Nm and the Punto 1.2 FIRE comes right at the end with a measly 68PS and 96Nm. Both, the Elite i20 and the Swift claim the highest fuel economy of the lot at 18.6kmpl. The Polo follows with 16.47kmpl and the Punto 1.2 claims 15.8kmpl.

On the diesel front, the tables turn in the Polo's favour with its new 1.5-litre TDI engine being the biggest and the meanest of the lot with an output of 90PS and 260Nm. The Elite i20 comes close with its 1.4 CRDi putting out 89PS and 220Nm. The Swift leads the Multijet brigade with its 1.3-litre engine producing 75PS and 190Nm. The Punto being more like a factory store, offers the same engine in two states of tune - 75PS / 197Nm and 90PS / 209Nm. Even for the diesel line-up, the Swift claims the title for best fuel economy with 22.9kmpl, followed by the Elite i20 at 22.54kmpl. The Punto 90PS claims 21.2, while the 75PS tune manages 20.5kmpl. The Polo is the least with 20.14kmpl. However, we believe that the new Polo is the benchmark for engine performance in this segment, so it would be interesting to see how the competition shapes up on the road.

Pricing

On the pricing front, the Maruti Suzuki Swift is the cheapest petrol car out of the four, starting at Rs 4.42 lakh. The Punto and the Elite i20 follow, with prices starting at Rs 4.56 lakh and 4.99 lakh respectively with the Polo's base model starting at almost Rs 5 lakh. For the top-spec trims though, the i20 is the priciest with a tag Rs 6.47 lakh, followed by the Punto at Rs 6.66 lakh, the Polo at 6.07 lakh and the Swift at 5.66 lakh.

For the diesels, the Punto starts the lowest at Rs 5.27 lakh, followed by the Swift at Rs 5.46 lakh, the i20 at Rs 6.10 lakh and the Polo being the priciest again at Rs 6.27 lakh. The top spec trims cost the most at the Hyundai camp with the i20 Asta priced at Rs 7.67 lakh, followed by the Polo at Rs 7.37 lakh, the Punto at Rs 7.2 lakh and the dated Swift at Rs 6.71 lakh.

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The Elite i20 seems to have got its pricing sorted pretty well again, while neatly maintaining its position as a premium offering. But whether it can justify the price with a real-world performance to match, remains to be seen. The Swift facelift is a few months away and so is the able all-new Jazz, which finally inherits the diesel from the City. The premium hatchback segment then, is about to getter hotter than ever.

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Hyundai Elite i20 Era Petrol
Engine model 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT
Displacement (cc) 1197
Cylinders 4
Cylinder config 16V
Maximum power (PS) 83
Maximum torque (Nm) 11.7
Gears 5
Transmission type Manual
Valve train DOHC
Bore (mm)
Stroke (mm)
Fuel type Petrol
Fuel system
Clutch type
Chassis type
Front suspension MacPherson strut with coil spring
Rear suspension Coupled torsion beam axle with coil spring
Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Drum
Tyres front 185/70 R14
Tyres rear 185/70 R14
Steering type Power
Price(ex-Delhi) Rs 4.89 lakh
  
Maruti Suzuki Swift LXi
Engine model KB12
Displacement (cc) 1200
Cylinders 4
Cylinder config Inline
Maximum power (PS) 85
Maximum torque (Nm) 113
Gears 5
Transmission type Manual
Valve train DOHC
Bore (mm) 73
Stroke (mm) 72
Fuel type Petrol
Fuel system Multi Point Fuel Injection
Clutch type Single
Chassis type Monocoque
Front suspension MacPherson strut
Rear suspension Torsion beam
Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Drum
Tyres front 165/80R14
Tyres rear 165/80R14
Steering type Power Steering with tilt
Price(ex-Delhi) Rs 4.48 lakh
  
Fiat Punto Evo 1.2 Active Petrol
Engine model 1.2-litre FIRE Petrol
Displacement (cc) 1172
Cylinders 4
Cylinder config
Maximum power (PS) 68
Maximum torque (Nm) 96
Gears 5
Transmission type Manual
Valve train SOHC
Bore (mm)
Stroke (mm)
Fuel type Petrol
Fuel system
Clutch type
Chassis type
Front suspension Independent wheel suspension with MacPherson struts, helical coil springs, double acting telescopic dampers and stabiliser bar
Rear suspension Torsion beam, helical coil springs and double acting telescopic dampers
Front brakes Ventilated disc
Rear brakes Drum
Tyres front 165/80 R 14
Tyres rear 165/80 R 15
Steering type Power
Price(ex-Delhi) Rs 4.55 lakh
  
Volkswagen Polo Comfortline Petrol
Engine model 1.2-litre MPI Engine
Displacement (cc) 1198
Cylinders 3
Cylinder config Inline
Maximum power (PS) 75
Maximum torque (Nm) 110
Gears 5
Transmission type Manual
Valve train
Bore (mm) 76.5
Stroke (mm) 86.9
Fuel type Petrol
Fuel system MPI
Clutch type
Chassis type
Front suspension MacPherson strut with stabiliser bar
Rear suspension Semi-independent trailing arm
Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Drum
Tyres front 185/60 R15
Tyres rear 185/60 R15
Steering type Electronic power steering
Price(ex-Delhi) Rs 5.57 lakh
  

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Volkswagen Polo 2014
Price (Delhi)
  • Rs. 10.11 Lakhs On Road
  • Rs. 9.07 Lakhs Ex-Showroom
Engine
  • TSI Model
  • 1197cc Displacement
Mileage
  • 17.21Kmpl Overall
Transmission
  • Automatic
Fiat Punto Evo 2014
Price (Delhi)
  • Rs. 8.87 Lakhs On Road
  • Rs. 7.71 Lakhs Ex-Showroom
Engine
  • Multijet Model
  • 1248cc Displacement
Mileage
  • 20.5Kmpl Overall
Transmission
  • Manual
Hyundai Elite i20 2014
Price (Delhi)
  • Rs. 9.49 Lakhs On Road
  • Rs. 8.42 Lakhs Ex-Showroom
Engine
  • U2 CDRi Model
  • 1396cc Displacement
Mileage
  • 22.54Kmpl Overall
Transmission
  • Manual
Maruti Suzuki Swift 2014
Price (Delhi)
  • Rs. 8.36 Lakhs On Road
  • Rs. 7.31 Lakhs Ex-Showroom
Engine
  • DDiS Model
  • 1248cc Displacement
Mileage
  • 25.2Kmpl Overall
Transmission
  • Manual

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