Here is our Hyundai Elite i20 vs Tata Altroz comparison article. Both the Hyundai i20 and Tata Altroz offer two engine options; a petrol and a diesel. Hyundai i20 is the only car here that offers an automatic transmission though, with Tata expected to roll-out Altroz AMT in the near future.
1. Hyundai Elite i20 vs Tata Altroz: Introduction
Hyundai i20 is one of the oldest premium hatchbacks in India. Introduced back in 2008, i20 quickly gained popularity among Indian buyers owing to its abundant interior space, premium looks, and ease of maintenance. The current generation Elite i20, which was introduced in 2014, is nearing the end of its run. The next-gen model has been spotted testing earlier and is expected to go on sale next year. The hot news right now, however, is the recently-launched Tata Altroz. If you have been following IndianAuto, you’d already be aware of Tata’s latest premium hatchback. Let's see how the two cars compare against each other.
Tata Altroz First Drive Review
Now, on to the obvious question; which car is better, the Hyundai i20 or the Tata Altroz? To answer this, we shall compare all the available specs of both these cars.
Let’s begin with the dimensions. The Hyundai i20 is smaller in dimensions than the Tata Altroz, although the wheelbase of the former is longer by 69mm. The Altroz is 5mm longer, 21mm wider, and 18mm taller than the Elite i20. The Altroz looks very well proportioned due to its bigger dimensions, although a slightly longer wheelbase would have been even better. As for the i20, it gets dwarfed by the Tata!
The design of the Hyundai i20 has remained the same since 2014, with a minor refresh in 2018. On the front, we get sleek headlamps and a vertically split front grille. The upper part of the grille is sharp and sleek, and connects both the headlamps. The lower portion of the grille is huge and carries the typical Hyundai-family-look. The side profile is simple and clean, without a lot of exciting details. The alloy wheels are quite pretty, and look every bit as premium as the rest of the car.
The rear-end is extremely simple as well. The tail-lamps are mounted quite high, and there is a vast expanse of emptiness on the tailgate. The rear bumper has a little detailing with a fake diffuser and reflectors though. Overall the car has a very understated and classy look which does justice to its ‘premium’ price tag.
In contrast, the Tata Altroz is fresh and new, with a lot of exciting design details to discuss. The Altroz is based on the same Impact 2.0 design theme as the Harrier. At the front, the car has a far sportier look than any hatchback available in India. The headlamps are sharp and sleek, with bulbous foglamps on the bumper. Even the bonnet has a few lines running front-to-back, lending pretty details to the car.
The side profile is also has a lot of interesting details. The windows are underlined by a plastic-cladding with a piano-black finish. The wing mirror is quite fancy, and the wheels have a very unique design, with machine-cut finish for added premium-ness. The rear has a wrap-around-taillamp design, reminiscent of the Harrier. The tailgate also has “ALTROZ” written in bold lettering, another popular design idea these days.
Interior Design Comparison
The interior of the Hyundai i20 has the same understated feel as the exterior. The dual-tone colour scheme is mostly bright, with more cream than grey. The touchscreen infotainment system is well integrated but quite small and not up to the mark. The instrument cluster has a traditional design, with an analogue speedometer, analogue tachometer, and a tiny digital driver-information screen.
As for the Altroz, the interior design is extremely eye-catchy. The dashboard has a very unique, shallow-dish-type design. The touchscreen infotainment juts out of the upper-side of the dashboard, which looks very neat. In fact, the design is extremely neat and clean, and even the steering wheel has an upmarket appeal, with volume and cruise control on the wheel.
Hyundai Elite i20 offers a plethora of standard safety features, like dual front airbags, antilock braking system, central locking, child safety locks, engine immobiliser, door-open warning, etc. The subsequent variants are better equipped with features like brake assist, anti-theft alarm, seatbelt warning, and crash sensors among many others. The top- trim also features four airbags and ISOFIX child seat mount. The car scores 3 out of 5 stars on Global NCAP safety tests, which is a moderate score for modern cars. Tata Altroz is a very safe car, just like the Nexon and Harrier before it. In fact, it has scored a 5-star safety rating for adult occupants in Global NCAP safety tests. It gets a lot of safety equipment as well, like ABS, EBD, central locking, door open warning, speed-sensing door locks, dual front airbags, and a lot more.
Comfort features comparison
There are plenty of comfort and premium features available on both these cars. On the Hyundai i20, you get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, two 12V power sockets, a USB, and an AUX port. On higher trim levels, you also get automatic climate control in the front and rear-AC vents, which adds to the creature comfort in the cabin. The Tata Altroz has a lot of equipment on-board as well. You get 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, auto climate control, auto lights, rain-sensing wipers, ambient lighting. With these premium additions, the Altroz trumps over the i20.
5. Hyundai Elite i20 vs Tata Altroz: Which car stands out in terms of performance?
Hyundai i20 vs Tata Altroz (Petrol)
Both the cars have a 1.2-litre petrol engine, but where the Hyundai i20 has a 4-cylinder engine, the Tata Altroz has a 3-cylinder engine. The power figure is nearly the same, with the Tata trumping Hyundai by a mere 3PS. In terms of torque though, the i20 inches ahead by 2Nm. Both cars offer 5-speed gearbox, and the Hyundai hatchback also has a CVT automatic transmission option available. There is no automatic on offer yet, but there will be one on offer soon.
Hyundai Elite i20
18.6 kmpl/17.4 kmpl
Hyundai i20 vs Tata Altroz (Diesel)
Tata Altroz has the bigger diesel engine here, 1.5-litre, although the 1.4-litre motor on the i20 offers similar power and higher torque (by 20 Nm). The Hyundai hatchback also gets a 6-speed manual transmission, whereas the Tata only gets a 5-speed manual unit. Just like for the petrol version, the automatic gearbox will be added to the diesel line-up later. The Elite i20, sadly, does not offer an automatic transmission on its diesel variants.
6. Hyundai Elite i20 vs Tata Altroz Price: Which car is cheaper?
The 2019 Hyundai i20 retails for around Rs. 5.5 lakh for the cheapest trim, going up to around Rs. 9.3 lakh for the top trim. The Altroz currently retails for a lower price range than the i20, between Rs. 5.29 lakh for the base variant to Rs. 9.29 lakh for the top trim. A complete breakdown of the trims and pricing is given below.
9. Verdict: Which model worth buying – Hyundai Elite i20 vs Tata Altroz
Short answer: both cars are worth buying. Long answer: Well, the Tata is not only a fresh, new car; it is also technologically loaded and well-built. Tata Motors has also been paying attention to the safety of their passenger cars, as evident by its crash test ratings.
Apart from that, the i20 is also due for a generation change next year. The next-gen i20 will feature new BS6-compliant engines, along with better tech onboard. If you prefer a Hyundai over a Tata, then its better you wait for the better Hyundai, right?