Volkswagen Polo Facelift vs Maruti Swift vs Hyundai i20 spec compare

In more premium hatchback space, we have limited contenders, Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Swift and Hyundai i10. As all of them are pretty outdated, respective companies had started working on facelifts and next generation upgrades. Out of which Volkswagen Polo facelift has rushed ahead to launch today.

Polo vs Swift vs i20 compareSince it would take sometime for Swift facelift and next gen i20 to launch, we go ahead and compare technical specifications of the trio. More competition will be seen later on in the form of Fiat Punto EVO and Tata Bolt hatchbacks.

First attraction to such hatchbacks come by way of looks. 2014 VW Polo is newest of lot not just be launch date, but also from the cosmetic upgrades it has received. Though not extensive, exterior enhancements do look distinctive from earlier model and poses with richer appeal than rivals.

vw polo facelift india launch (1)Features wise, these cars may share similar list, but interior styling, packaging and ergonomics help driver and passengers enjoy the most out of offered functionalities. New VW Polo gets silver trims on centre console and new piano black appliqué steering wheel. Audio control buttons are tweaked to make them more comfortable to find and use. Compared to Maruti Swift and Hyundai i20, interiors of Polo facelift are more refined and robust. Safety wise, Hyundai i20 beats with 6 airbags, while other two feature only a pair on front.

Considering engine spec, Volkswagen Polo facelift gets new 1.5 litre TDI diesel mill that produces 90 PS max. power @ 4,200 rpm and 230 Nm peak torque @ 1,500 – 2,500 rpm in regular variant. Hyundai i20 also delivers 90 PS, but earlier at 4,000 rpm, and 220 Nm @ 1,500 – 2,750 rpm, through 1.4 litre U2 CRDi diesel engine. Maruti Swift houses 1.3 litre power plant offering 75 PS @ 4000 rpm and 190 Nm @ 2,000 rpm.

maruti swift sales declinePetrol variant of VW Polo facelift uses same 1.2 litre MPI motor to give out 75 PS @ 5,400 rpm and 110 Nm @ 3,750 rpm. Maruti Swift petrol also has a 1.2 litre engine but produces more power of 87 PS @ 6,200 rpm and 114 Nm @ 4,000 rpm. Hyundai i20 has two petrol engines on offer. 1.2 litre Kappa Dual VTVT motor exerting 84 PS @ 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm @ 4,000 rpm, and a 1.4 litre Gamma VTVT power house blasting 100 PS @ 5,500 rpm and 136 Nm @ 4,200 rpm that comes mated only with a 4 speed auto gearbox.

To emerge on top, 2014 Polo facelift will be offered with same engines at higher state of tunes by end of August. Polo GT TSI will be capable of 105 PS max. power @ 5,000 rpm and 175 Nm torque @ 1,500 – 4,100 rpm. Polo GT TDI will push 105 PS @ 4,400 rpm and 250 Nm @ 1,500 – 2,500 rpm.

hyundai-i20-2Mileage of Maruti Swift is highest at 23.4 kmpl(ARAI certified) on diesel variant and 18.6 on petrol model. Swift is also the most affordable B segment hatchback out of the three, with starting price of Rs. 4.42 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) for petrol trim and Rs. 5.46 lakhs for diesel version. Price and mileage figures of rest of cars, variants can be found in tables below.

Also read – Volkswagen Polo facelift launch price Rs 4.99 lakhs, 2015 Hyundai i20 new spy shots from Delhi.

Specification chart of petrol variants:

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo

Maruti Swift

Hyundai i20

Hyundai i20

Specifications

MPI Petrol

GT TSI Petrol

K12 Petrol

1.2 Kappa Petrol

1.4 Gamma Petrol

Dimensions (mm)

Overall length

3971

3971

3850

3995

3995

Overall width

1682

1682

1695

1710

1710

Overall height

1469

1469

1530

1505

1505

Wheelbase

2469

2469

2430

2525

2525

Front track

1460

1460

1485 (14” wheel)

1475 (15” wheel)

1505

1505

Rear track

1456

1456

1495 (14” wheel)

1485 (15” wheel)

1503

1503

Ground clearance

165

165

170

165

165

Turning radius (m)

4.97

4.97

4.8

5.2

5.2

Engine

Type

1.2 litre MPI

1.2 litre GT TSI

K12 Petrol

1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT

1.4 Gamma VTVT

Displacement (cc)

1197 cc

1197 cc

1197 cc

1197

1396

Number of cylinders

4

4

4

4

4

Number of valves

16

16

16

16

16

Fuel distribution

MPI (Multi Point Injection)

TSI (Turbocharged Stratified Injection)

NA

NA

NA

Bore (mm) x Stroke (mm)

71 x 75.6 mm

71 x 75.6 mm

73 x 71.5 mm

NA

NA

Maximum power (PS@rpm)

75 @ 5400

105 @ 5000

87 @ 6200

84 @ 6000

100 @ 5500

Maximum torque (Nm@rpm)

110 @ 3750

175 @ 1500 – 4100

114 @ 4000

114 @ 4000

136 @ 4200

Milegae (kmpl)

16.47

17.21

18.6

18.5

15.04

Transmission

Shift Type

5 MT

7 DSG

5 MT

5 MT

4 AT

Clutch Type

NA

NA

DSD (Dry Single Disc)

NA

NA

Gear Ratio – 1st Gear

3.77

3.76

3.545

NA

NA

Gear Ratio – 2nd Gear

2.10

2.37

1.904

NA

NA

Gear Ratio – 3rd Gear

1.39

1.58

1.280

NA

NA

Gear Ratio – 4th Gear

1.03

1.11

0.914

NA

NA

Gear Ratio – 5th Gear

0.81

1.14

0.757

NA

NA

Gear Ratio – Reverse Gear

NA

0.94 (6th)

3.272

NA

NA

Final Drive Ratio

NA

0.78 (7th)

4.388

NA

NA

Weight

Kerb weight (Kg)

TL – 1033

CL – 1049

HL – 1053

1109

960(LXi)

970(VXi)

990(ZXi)

1415 (Gross)

NA

NA

Steering

Power steering type

EPS & Tilt

EPS & Tilt

EPS & Tilt

Tilt & Telescopic

Tilt & Telescopic

Brakes

Front

Disc

Disc

Ventilated Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear

Drum

Drum

Drum

Drum / Disc (ABS variant)

Disc

Suspension

Front

McPherson Strut

McPherson Strut

McPherson Strut

McPherson Strut

McPherson Strut

Rear

Semi Independent Trailing Arm

Semi Independent Trailing Arm

Torsion Beam

Coupled Torsion Beam Axle

Coupled Torsion Beam Axle

Tyre Size

Front / Rear

TL – 175/70 R14 (Steel)

CL – 185/60 R15 (Steel)

HL – 185/60 R15 (Alloy)

185/60 R15 (Alloy)

Steel(LXi,VXi):165/80R14

Alloy(ZXi):185/65R15

175 /70 R14 (Steel Rim)

185/65 R14 (Alloy Wheel)

175 /70 R14 (Steel Rim)

185/65 R14 (Alloy Wheel)

Capacity

Boot Volume (L)

280

280

210

295

295

Fuel tank capacity (L)

45

45

42

45

45

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Price  (ex-showroom Delhi)

Rs. 4.99 – 6.07 lakhs

Rs. 7.99 lakhs

Rs. 4.42 – 5.66 lakhs

Rs. 4.81 – 6.75 lakhs

Rs. 7.77 lakhs


Specification table of diesel models:

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo

Maruti Swift

Hyundai i20

Specifications

TDI Diesel

GT TDI Diesel

Diesel

Diesel

Dimensions (mm)

Overall length

3971

3971

3850

3995

Overall width

1682

1682

1695

1710

Overall height

1469

1469

1530

1505

Wheelbase

2469

2469

2430

2525

Front track

1460

1460

1485 (14” wheel)

1475 (15” wheel)

1505

Rear track

1456

1456

1495 (14” wheel)

1485 (15” wheel)

1503

Ground clearance

165

165

170

165

Turning radius (m)

4.97

4.97

4.8

5.2

Engine

Type

1.5 litre TDI

1.5 litre GT TDI

D13A DDiS

1.4 U2 CRDi

Displacement (cc)

1498 cc

1498 cc

1248

1396

Number of cylinders

4

4

4

4

Number of valves

16

16

16

16, DOHC

Fuel distribution

TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection)

TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection)

CRDI (Common Rail Direct Injection)

CRDI (Common Rail Direct Injection)

Bore (mm) x Stroke (mm)

77 x 80.5 mm

77 x 80.5 mm

69.6 x 82mm

NA

Maximum power (PS@rpm)

90 @ 4200

105 @ 4400

75 @ 4000

90 @ 4000

Maximum torque (Nm@rpm)

230 @ 1500 – 2500

250 @ 1500 – 2500

190 @ 2000

220 @ 1500 – 2750

Milegae (kmpl)

20.14

19.91

23.4

21.9

Transmission

Shift Type

5 MT

5 MT

5 MT

6 MT

Clutch Type

NA

NA

DSD (Dry Single Disc)

NA

Gear Ratio – 1st Gear

3.78

3.78

3.545

NA

Gear Ratio – 2nd Gear

2.12

2.12

1.904

NA

Gear Ratio – 3rd Gear

1.36

1.36

1.233

NA

Gear Ratio – 4th Gear

0.97

0.97

0.911

NA

Gear Ratio – 5th Gear

0.73

0.73

0.725

NA

Gear Ratio – Reverse Gear

NA

NA

3.250

NA

Final Drive Ratio

NA

NA

3.944

NA

Weight

Kerb weight (Kg)

TL – 1126

CL – 1142

HL – 1158

1148

1050 (LDi)

1060 (VDi)

1080 (ZDi)

1505 (Gross)

NA

Steering

Power steering type

EPS & Tilt

EPS & Tilt

EPS & Tilt

Tilt & Telescopic

Brakes

Front

Disc

Disc

Ventilated Disc

Disc

Rear

Drum

Drum

Drum

Drum / Disc (ABS variant)

Suspension

Front

McPherson Strut

McPherson Strut

McPherson Strut

McPherson Strut

Rear

Semi Independent Trailing Arm

Semi Independent Trailing Arm

Torsion Beam

Coupled Torsion Beam Axle

Tyre Size

Front / Rear

TL – 175/70 R14 (Steel)

CL – 185/60 R15 (Steel)

HL – 185/60 R15 (Alloy)

185/60 R15 (Alloy)

Steel(LDi,VDi):165/80R14

Alloy(ZDi):185/65R15

175 /70 R14 (Steel Rim)

185/65 R14 (Alloy Wheel)

Capacity

Boot Volume (L)

280

280

210

295

Fuel tank capacity (L)

45

45

42

45

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

Price  (ex-showroom Delhi)

Rs. 6.27 – 7.37 lakhs

Rs. 7.99 lakhs

Rs. 5.46 – 6.71 lakhs

Rs. 5.95 – 7.53 lakhs