Which is better? Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift vs All-New Maruti Swift 2018

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Which is better: Hyundai Elite i20 or Swift 2018?

Maruti just launched the all-new 2018 Swift at the recently culminated Indian Auto Expo. Another introduction to the premium hatchback segment is from Hyundai. The Elite i20 facelift is now available with updated styling. The Swift has an all-new platform, which is going to enhance the ride and handling characteristics. The car also comes with more cabin and boot space. Elite i20 also has a lot of things going for it. So, let’s see how these hatchbacks fair against one another.

Which is better: Hyundai Elite i20 or Swift 2018?

Dimension comparison

Hyundai Elite i20 is longer than the new Swift. It also happens to be shorter than as compared to the Japanese offering. This translates into more cabin space but also compromises on the headroom in the Elite i20. The Swift is built on Maruti’s Heartect platform and the shorter wheelbase means that the new underpinnings will enhance the handling characteristics of this hatchback. Elite i20 also comes with a higher ground clearance and this means that as compared to the Swift, i20 will offer a more comfortable ride.

Dimensions Hyundai i20 facelift Maruti Swift
Length 3985mm 3840mm
Width 1734mm 1735mm
Height 1505mm 1530mm
Wheelbase 2570mm 2450mm
Ground clearance 170mm 163mm

Engine comparison

Hyundai i20

Petrol engine comparison

Both cars get the same petrol engine options. The Hyundai Elite i20 and the 2018 Swift are offered with 1.2-litre petrol motors which produce 83PS of peak power output. Hyundai’s engine is torquier than that of the Swift and produces 115Nm of torque which is two more than the 113Nm that the Swift’s powerplant churns out. Maruti Swift petrol variants are offered with the option of CVT automatic transmission whereas Elite i20 only gets a manual gearbox. In terms of the fuel economy, Maruti Swift’s petrol variants are more frugal.

Petrol Hyundai i20 facelift Maruti Swift
Engines 1.2L 1.2L
Power 83PS 83PS
Torque 115Nm 113Nm
Transmission Manual Manual/Automatic
Mileage 18.6 kmpl 22 kmpl

Diesel engine comparison

The diesel Hyundai i20 facelift is more powerful and gets a 1.4-litre engine which produces 90PS of power and 220Nm of torque. Maruti Swift gets the same 75PS, 190Nm diesel engine which also finds its application in a wide range of other Maruti cars. This is the same DDiS motor which was offered in its predecessor and in the first-generation Swift. So, it has been around for a long while or as some would like to call it “is time-tested”. With the Heartect platform and shorter wheelbase, the new Swift will be able to keep up with the i20 facelift. Both engines are mated to manual transmissions but the Maruti’s diesel comes with a 28.4 kmpl fuel economy which is superior to i20’s 22.54kmpl.

Diesel Hyundai i20 facelift Maruti Swift
Engines 1.4L 1.3L
Power 90PS 75.05PS
Torque 220Nm 190Nm
Transmission Manual Manual
Mileage 22.54kmpl 28.4kmpl

Prices Comparison

The Hyundai i20 facelift is priced at a premium, which is why the 2018 Maruti Swift is Rs. 35,000 cheaper than the Korean carmaker’s offering. The case is opposite when we consider diesel variants of these two cars. Surprisingly, the price difference between the base diesel variants is much narrower. The more powerful base Hyundai Elite i20 is Rs. 14,000 cheaper than the base Swift diesel variant.

Hyundai i20 facelift Rs. 5.34 Lakh (Ex-Showroom)
Maruti Swift Rs. 4.99 Lakh (Ex-Showroom)

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