Hyundai Elite i20 vs Maruti Swift petrol, diesel compare review
Hyundai Elite i20 launched just a few days back and just the pre-launch bookings (4,600 orders) show that it is up for a bigger game the i20 nameplate ever saw in India. Question that comes up here is, will second generation i20 premium hatchback beat the yet-unassailable Maruti Swift? Here is our comparison review.
Exteriors – Hyundai Elite i20 has the advantage of having a fresh face in the market, well not just face, new i20 is designed with European influence all around. Hyundai’s upgraded design language Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 has transformed i20’s image, giving it a combative look. Shape of headlamps, fog lamps, doors, pillars, tail lamps and alloys all together make the car look somewhat small and compact as opposed to what its dimensions on paper would prove. Every physical feature of Elite i20 would not only say its a premium car, but a cocktail of vogue and valour as well.
Maruti Swift was launched in India in 2005 and is now in its third generation since 2011. Exterior changes compared to 2005 model are prominent but when you see both cars side by side there are not much of difference in basic figure of the car or its elements, just stretch and pull here and there got the job done in 2011 Maruti Swift. Speaking of stretch and pull, despite new Swift retained original form by sight, chassis, suspension and equipment underwent significant changes. For starters, length and width were increased to offer extra cabin room and comfort.
On comparing Hyundai Elite i20 with Maruti Swift, the South Korean manufacturer does not easily win over the Japanese, as although we have seen the Swift for so long, its design and appeal has not faded out as old yet. The sense of friendliness of Maruti Swift is simply undeniable and it is not easy to ignore and turn to the more aggressive and fresh Elite i20.
Both cars have got character that you can talk about a lot. Maruti Swift can be easily suggested as sporty, with well defined and simple shaped headlamps, fog lamps, front grille, bonnet curve, athletic side body lines, A & B pillar black-out job, fashionable tail lamps and tall rear bumper. Every aforementioned components make the Swift look big, including the expansive front and rear windshield and steeping Day Light Opening (DLO). Maruti Suzuki Swift is not going to go out of style so easily and the sheer sales figure of over 15,000 units every month backs the theory.
Hyundai i20 used to be a charmer with a lot of curve and convexity right from front bumper to rear. Parts embedded onto exterior of earlier i20 were flamboyant, making the car look a little anime and amicable. Now, Hyundai is heading down a fierce path trying to materialise confidence, and it seems to be working in their favour in Indian market.
Functional features on exterior of Hyundai Elite i20 also include integrated turn indicators on Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVM), button on driver side door handle for smart key unlock and entry, rear wiper with washer, Ultrasonic parking sensors embedded onto rear bumper and reverse camera protruding from centre of boot lid.
Maruti Swift gets remote keyless entry, blinkers on ORVM, rear wiper & washer, and no aid for parking or reverse.
Interiors – This is where Hyundai Elite i20 makes a difference against Maruti Suzuki Swift. For starters, Elite i20 comes with dual tone black and beige interiors, and is loaded with a lot of features, some of which are new to the segment / cars in its price range.
Hyundai Elite i20 has got features like automatic headlamps, electrically adjustable, foldable and auto closing ORVM, smart key, push button for start/stop, clutch lock, auto door unlock function, tilt & telescopic leather wrapped steering wheel, height adjustable driver seat, advanced supervision cluster with steering position reminder, parking sensor display, service reminder, Instrument Console Backlight Adjustment (Rheostat), automatic air conditioning with cluster ioniser, rear AC vents, adjustable rear seat headrest, 60:40 rear split seat, two 12 Volt power outlets CD, Aux-in, USB & Bluetooth connectivity in music player with 4 speakers & 4 tweeters, seatbelt pretensioners for driver & passenger, and dual front airbags (driver & passenger).
Second generation i20 has got ample of utility features like bottle holders in door panels, map pockets on all four doors, two cup / bottle holders near hand brake lever, general purpose pocket / cubby hole ahead of gear shifter, ticket pocket beneath AC controls, sizeable storage area under driver arm rest, glove box compartment with cooling facility and a sunglass holder on top near to cabin light.
To learn features offered in each variant of Hyundai Elite i20, head here.
Maruti Swift has limited features compared to Hyundai Elite i20. Swift does not come with Bluetooth support in its integrated audio player, which means no handsfree chit chat on the phone or no listening to songs on your smartphone wire free. Hence, there is only limited controls on steering wheel, on one side (left spoke).
Swift does not have telescopic steering adjust, no reverse assist, no centre arm rest for driver, no rear AC vent and rear seat folds as single unit. Cup, cubby and bottle holes are limited, but the retractable cup holder beneath side AC vent is a smart touch. Notable features offered in Maruti Swift are commonly available ones across all models in segment; nothing stands out.
Here is the list of features in Maruti Suzuki Swift: