Car Expert, Editor at 91Wheels
12 Nov 2020
Ever since Tata launched the Altroz in January 2020, it has received immense love from the Indian market. The design, features and the most important part, the strong bodyshell. Yes, it is the only premium hatchback to receive 5 stars Global NCAP rating. But we are not showcasing why Tata Altroz is better but bringing you a spec comparison of two premium hatchbacks. Yes, the 2020 Hyundai i20 vs Tata Altroz comparison of their styling, features and most importantly how they look when they are together. Yes, we have the real images for that!
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|Dimensions||2020 Hyundai i20||Tata Altroz|
|Length||3995 mm||3990 mm|
|Width||1775 mm||1755 mm|
|Height||1505 mm||1523 mm|
|Ground Clearance||170 mm||165 mm|
|Wheelbase||2580 mm||2501 mm|
|Boot space||311 litres||345 litres|
As you can see from the image above, both the cars look astonishingly well on their own. Hyundai design language is sharper and packs in a more angular approach to the i20 while the Altroz retains the flamboyant style. However, it is when you look closer at the spec sheet and feel that the new i20 is better in legroom and provides a generous space inside the cabin, thanks to the longer wheelbase.
The new i20 is also wider thus providing more shoulder space and both the cars get the same wheel size of 195/55 R16. Where the Altroz gets a plus one is in the boot carrying capacity which is 34 litres more than the new i20. The new i20 is also shorter in height at 1505 mm whereas the Altroz stands tall at 1523 mm.
|Model||Hyundai i20||Tata Altroz|
|Petrol Engine||1.2-litre NA||1.2-litre NA|
|Number Of Cylinder||4||3|
|Max. Power||82 bhp - MT NA|
87 bhp - IVT NA
118 bhp - 1.0L Turbo
|Max. Torque||115 Nm|
|Manual Gearbox||5-speed MT||5-speed MT|
|Semi-Auto Gearbox||6-speed iMT||-|
|Automatic Gearbox||7-speed DCT||-|
Even though both the cars come with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, the extra cylinder in i20 really makes a difference. For the 5-speed manual, the 1.2L naturally aspirated petrol makes as much as 82 bhp while the Tata Altroz makes 85 bhp. For those looking for an automatic, i20 is the only option left which gets a CVT gearbox. Also, in its CVT, it makes as much as 87 bhp.
Hyundai also provides a turbo petrol option for those seeking performance. This 1.0L turbo petrol is the same unit which we see in Hyundai Venue and Verna. This unit generates 118 bhp with 172 Nm of peak torque. Hyundai is providing a 6-speed iMT and a 7-speed DCT for the higher variants. Surely, a 6-speed MT is missed but we are sure that the Indian market will accept the trend of semi-automatic now.
|Model||Hyundai i20 Turbo||Tata Altroz|
|Petrol Engine||1.5-litre turbocharged||1.5-litre turbocharged|
|Number Of Cylinder||4||4|
|Max. Power||99 bhp||89 bhp|
|Max. Torque||240 Nm||200 Nm|
|Fuel Economy||25.2 km/l||25.11 km/l|
|Manual Gearbox||5-speed MT||5-speed MT|
We have also driven the diesel i20 and needless to say, the 1.5-litre is surely a great replacement from the earlier 1.4-litre. This is the same engine which is used in Creta, Verna and Venue. However, for both Venue and i20, it is detuned to make 99 bhp and 240 Nm of peak torque. The engine is refined, enriched in performance and now gets a linear power delivery. So both the enthusiasts and people stuck in traffic are happy now! #likethevideoifyougotthepun
We have also tested the fuel economy of the new i20 and we achieved figures of above 30 kmpl which is far better than the claimed ARAI. For instance, we were driving on open highways and there we were cruising at 85 km/h and the RPM level was just at 1600 which is good. Also, the 6-speed MT helps than the 5-speed present in the Altroz. Tata Altroz packs in the detuned version of 1.5L diesel present in Nexon which makes 89 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque.
|Model||Petrol Prices||Diesel Prices|
|2020 Hyundai i20||Rs 6.80 lakh - Rs 11.18 lakh||Rs 8.20 lakh - Rs 10.74 lakh|
|Maruti Baleno||Rs 5.44 lakh - Rs 7.89 lakh||Rs 6.99 lakh - Rs 9.09 lakh|
Yes, the internet is harsh on the prices of the new i20 but you have to understand that Hyundai has now discontinued the Era variant and Magna is their base variant. It is the new i20 which packs in more segment features and also comfort and convenience list which the Altroz surely lacks.
If you are a price-conscious buyer and still want to looks for a premium hatchback then the Altroz will suit your style and deliver the need. However, if you are in the market to stand out and looking for a car with an updated design, multiple engines and transmission options along with top of the line features then i20 is the one for you. Of course, with the popularity of the latter, it will surely surpass the sales of the Tata Altroz which was the third best selling hatchback for the previous month.
So how do you like the video above and which one will you choose, the new i20 or the Altroz? Do let us know in the comment section below and make sure you have subscribed to our 91Wheels YouTube Channel where we share the latest two and four-wheeler videos.