Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Vs Maruti Swift Comparison: The Perfect Hatchback Cars Face-off

by Harish Kumar | 20/08/2019
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It’s just a little while from the launch of the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios. The latest version of the Hyundai’s successor will take on the like of Maruti Suzuki’s great success, the Maruti Swift in the hatchback segment. Let’s take a look at Hyundai Grand i10 Nios vs Maruti Swift comparison

1. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios vs Maruti Swift: An Overview

The third-gen Hyundai Grand i10, which is announced to be called the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, has officially gone on sale in the country on the 22nd of August, 2019. The new hatchback will be sold alongside the 2017 Grand i10 that will continue to be available with a petrol engine option only. Bookings for the new Grand i10 Nios has been kicked off already across Hyundai’s dealerships and website for a token sum of Rs 11,000.

hyundai grand i10 nios front angle

With the “Nios” suffix, the South Korean carmaker has essentially signified the new hatch’s updated styling design and innovated interiors with added features. Through the first set of pictures released by Hyundai recently, we sport some ideas of the Nios’s fresh styling and interior upgrades, all the ways to make it in sync with the company’s latest design philosophy. Like the second-gen i10, the 2019 Grand i10 Nios will stack up against Maruti’s also popular hatchback, the Maruti Swift in the space. IndianAuto has pitted the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios against the Maruti Swift to see how the Hyundai new car will compare with its direct rival in our Hyundai Grand i10 Nios vs Maruti Swift comparison

2. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Vs Maruti Swift Dimensions: Which Is Bigger?

The Maruti Swift is essentially bigger than the Hyundai Nios regarding all dimensions by a small margin. Here is the dimensions sheet of these two vehicles.

  Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Vs Maruti Swift - Dimensions
Dimensions Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Maruti Swift
 Length  3805 mm  3840 mm
 Width  1680 mm  1735 mm
 Height  1520 mm  1530 mm
 Wheelbase  2450 mm  2450 mm
 Boot Capacity  260  268 litres
 Wheel Size  15-inch  15-inch

It is commonly known that the current-gen Hyundai Grand i10 is being on sale in two guises globally. While the Europe-spec Grand i10 is shorter in the wheelbase, the India-spec counterparts get the long-wheelbase version enabling the greater room and comfort. However, in its new-gen avatar, the new Grand i10 will be sold in a long-wheelbase guise only. The new Grand i10 Nios has been announced to get an increase in terms of dimension over the previous-gen model. However, it still falls short when compared to the Maruti Swift in this battle round. Currently, the Swift leads the segment with its width and height, measuring 1,735 mm and 1,530 mm, respectively, which boasts 55 mm wider and 10 mm higher than the Nios counterpart. Even with the length of 3,840 mm, the Maruti Swift also towers over the Grand i10 Nios’s 3,805 mm length. The two models share the same wheelbase of 2,450 mm. So, in this part of our Hyundai Grand i10 Nios vs Maruti Swift comparison, it's the latter that takes the crown

Also Read - Hyundai Grand i10 vs Maruti Suzuki Swift: Mature vs Chic Hatchback

3. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Vs Maruti Swift Design: Which is better looking?

Exterior Design Comparison

Hyundai has thoroughly redesigned the third-generation Grand i10. In line with Hyundai’s latest design language, the new Grand i10 Nios sports evolutionary changes on its exterior package. Said to be sportier and more premium, the new-gen Grand i10 comes up with a prominent fluidic design cascading grille which is taller and wider than that of the Hyundai Santro, and flanked by the distinctive boomerang-shaped daytime running lights.

2018 hyundai grand i10 nios maruti swift

This time around, the new Nios features a set of sweptback projector headlamps with follow-me-home functions, projector fog lamps, wraparound tail lamps, rising beltlines, roof rails, shark fin antenna, 15-inch  dual-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels along with sportier and curvier creases on the roof and hood. In a nutshell, the 2019 Hyundai Grand i10 Nios comes out like an angry newborn baby that is fairly attractive to create the hype amongst the auto enthusiasts.

hyundai grand i10 nios vs maruti swift

The Maruti Swift, on the other hands, also takes a huge evolutionary step from the previous-gen model to the latest one. While retaining the DNA from the older version, good enough to help the Swift loyalists identify the car at a glance, the new Swift sports a number of cosmetic changes. In comparison with the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, the Swift hatchback still looks sportier and comes with a more aggressive stance with flared fenders and protruding shoulder lines. The front fascia of the Swift seems bolder with lavish projector headlamps and LED DRLs, large hexagonal front grille housing the Suzuki logo with chrome inserts. The Swift looks a bit more muscular with lines and curves on the hood, over the side profile towards the rear. All in all, the hugely popular Maruti Swift is truly a head-turner on the go, so it's the winner of this part of our Hyundai Grand i10 Nios vs Maruti Swift comparison. 

Also Read - Maruti Swift vs Maruti Baleno: Which is the better option for you?

Interior Design Comparison

The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios sees a thoroughly-refreshed interior, all the ways to enhance its premium quotient on the inside. The dashboard layout is largely new, which are quite similar to what we’ve seen on some recently-launched Hyundai models. The new Hyundai car borrows the three-spoke steering from the all-new Hyundai Venue while the central AC vents design looks like that of the Hyundai Kona EV. The new Nios is likely to be packed with a stylish-looking cabin that generously uses high-quality materials and features a bunch of must-have electronic bits.

hyundai grand i10 nios interior look

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Interior - Dashboard

There must be some reason contributed to Swift’s roaring success and one of which is the premium all-black cabin. The dual-tone dashboard layout gives us a first-class feeling on the go while the leather-wrapped steering wheel looks pretty cool with a flat bottom and rounded Suzuki logo on the centre.

2018 maruti swift dashboard layout

Maruti Swift Interior - Dashboard

Also Read - Hyundai Venue- First-Drive Review

The temperature control is also well-executed, with the three dials placed under the touchscreen unit. The 2018 Maruti Swift offers a decent amount of headroom and legroom compared to the previous-gen model. While it might get a bit plain at the back, it still manages to offer a good amount of knee room and legroom for those who sit at the rear. The third-gen Swift now gives away no sense of being cramped, thanks to the slight enhancement of the wheelbase. Nevertheless, it would have been better if Maruti Suzuki could improve the backrest and limited under-thigh support. Further, rear AC vents are still sorely missed on the third-gen Swift. Still, the space at the rear is still fair enough and it is better than the current-gen Grand i10. Since we haven’t got a chance to get in the new Grand i10 Nios, it remains to be known how the new Hyundai car offer regarding the cabin space. So, for this part of our Hyundai Grand i10 Nios vs Maruti Swift comparison, it's the Swift that should be your pick if you need a slightly sporty ambience, while the i10 feels a tad more practical among the two.

4. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Vs Maruti Swift Features: Which is safer & more convenient?

Comfort Features Comparison

The new Grand i10 Nios will get a 5.3-inch semi-digital analogue instrument cluster and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is quite similar to the Hyundai Venue. The infotainment system of the Grand i10 Nios will get Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and especially, Hyundai’s Blue Link connectivity technology, something that we’ve recently seen on the new Venue. Then, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios will be the first-in-segment model to offer that range of connected features. The touchscreen unit itself, on the other hand, will be flanked by dials and buttons while the dashboard will feature a textured finish. For the improved upmarket feel as well as the greatest convenience and comfort, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios will more likely to offer plenty of space on the inside and see the inclusion of many features like steering-mounted controls, segment-first wireless charging, USB charger at the front, power outlet at the rear, auto climate control, rear parking camera along with plenty of storage spaces.

2019 Hyundai Grand i10 Nios vs Maruti Swift | Comparison | The Ultimate Hatchback Battle

The Swift’s infotainment system packs a 7-inch SmartPlay screen and is compatible with both Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Mirror Link connectivity tech. Furthermore, it also offers Aux system, built-in navigation and Bluetooth supports. The gloss silver detailing looks cool on the dashboard while the overall quality level is a step up from the previous one. The Maruti Swift is so good at keeping the outside noise at bay. On the drive, drivers will enjoy the seating position inside the Swift. The low dashboard and upright A-pillars give drivers a pretty nice frontal visibility.

Safety and Security Features Comparison

Both Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai offer a fair share of safety level on their vehicles. The new Grand i10 Nios and Maruti Swift come with a bare minimum of two airbags as standard across the variant range. Being a budget-end hatchback though, the Grand i10 Nios still manages to offer some essentials like anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, front-seatbelt pre-tensioner, rear parking sensors across the models. The top-spec variant is equipped with driver rearview monitor using the infotainment system's display. The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios complies with the new stricter crash test and safety norms.

Whereas the Maruti Swift offers dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, Isofix Child Seat Mounts, Reverse parking sensor and camera. To recap, the Swift is based on the solid Heartect platform that enables a stronger body structure yet lighter weight. The Swift's adjustable headrests all around are a big plus point.

5. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Vs Maruti Swift Specs: Which One Offers Higher Performance?

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Specs

As stated by Hyundai, the upcoming Grand i10 Nios will be BSVI compliant. The hatchback is likely to be equipped with BSVI 1.2-litre petrol and a BSIV diesel engine. From this, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios will be the first model in its class to meet the BSVI emission norms. The power and torque output of the new Nios should be similar to that of the existing model. That said, the 1.2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine will churn out 83 HP of max power and 114 Nm of peak torque while the 1.2-litre turbo-diesel mill can produce 75 HP and 190 Nm of torque. Transmission choices should include a 5-speed MT and an AMT option.

hyundai grand i10 nios front view

Also Read - Modified Maruti Swifts Come With Air Suspension And Valvetronic Exhaust

Maruti Swift Specs

Since Maruti Suzuki has announced its plan to discontinue all diesel cars before the BSVI’s roll-out, the Maruti Swift’s 1.3-litre diesel engine will see no exception, too. Whereas, the Maruti Swift petrol is already BSVI ready. The 1.2-litre 4-cylinder gasoline burner of the Swift is capable of generating 83 HP and 113 Nm of peak torque. It also comes coupled with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed AMT unit.

  Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Vs Maruti Swift - Engines and Transmissions
Petrol Engines Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Maruti Swift
 Engine Type   4-cyl  4-cyl
 Displacement  1.2-litre  1.2-litre
 Power  83 HP  83 HP
 Torque  114 Nm  113 Nm
 Transmission  5-speed MT/ 5-qspeed AMT  5-speed MT/ 5-speed AMT
 Emission Standard  BSVI  BSVI
Diesel Engines Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Maruti Swift
 Engine Type  3-cyl, turbocharged  4-cyl, turbocharged
 Displacement  1.2-litre  1.3-litre
 Power  75 HP  75 HP
 Torque  190 Nm  190 Nm
 Transmission  5-speed MT/ 5-speed AMT  5-speed MT/ 5-speed AMT
 Emission Standard  BSVI  BSIV
 Mileage  20.7 kmpl (MT), 20.5 kmpl (AMT)  26.2 kmpl

6. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Vs Maruti Swift Top Speed: Which Is Faster?

At 170 kmph, the Swift hatchback is much faster than the Hyundai car when talking about their top speeds. The Grand i10 Nios makes do with a maximum speed of 151 kmph.

Specs  Hyundai Grand i10 Nios  Maruti Swift 
 Top Speed  151 kmph  170 kmph
 Acceleration (0-100 kmph)  +10 seconds  12.38 Seconds

7. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios vs Maruti Swift Mileage: Which is more fuel-efficient?

Specs  Hyundai Grand i10 Nios  Maruti Swift
 Fuel Type  Petrol  Diesel  Petrol  Diesel
 Fuel Tank Capacity  37 litres  37 litres
 Fuel Mileage  20.7 kmpl  26.2 kmpl  20.0 kmpl  28.4 kmpl

8. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Vs Maruti Swift Price: Which is cheaper?

     Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Prices (Ex-showroom)
 Variants  Type  Era  Magna  Sportz  Asta
 1.2-litre Kappa Petrol  MT  499,000  584,610  638,350  713,950
   AMT    637,610  698,350  
   Dual-tone      668,350  
 1.2-litre U2 CRDi Diesel  MT    670,090    799,450
   AMT      785,350  

With increased sizes, refresh styling and extended feature lists, the all-new Hyundai Grand i10 Nios requires a slight premium of just Rs 1,000 over the previous-gen model that is currently priced at Rs 4.98 - 7.59 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). As recently, Hyundai achieved a major success with its new Venue compact SUV, the South Korean brand is also aiming to get something similar to the Nios. The final prices of the Grand i10 Nios have been revealed at the official launch event held today. The all-new car is now sitting at the starting price of Rs 4.99-7.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Meanwhile, the Maruti Swift is on sale at the price ranging from Rs 5.14 Lakh to 8.89 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

 Maruti Swift Prices In India (Ex-showroom)
 Variants  Prices
 Swift LXI  Rs 5.14 Lakh
 Swift VXI  Rs 6.14 Lakh
 Swift VXI AGS  Rs 6.61 Lakh
 Swift ZXI  Rs 6.73 Lakh
 Swift VDI  Rs 7.03 Lakh
 Swift ZXI AGS  Rs 7.20 Lakh
 Swift VDI AGS  Rs 7.50 Lakh
 Swift ZXI+  Rs 7.53 Lakh
 Swift ZDI  Rs 7.62 Lakh
 Swift ZXI AGS  Rs 7.97 Lakh
 Swift ZDI AGS  Rs 8.09 Lakh
 Swift ZDI+  Rs 8.43 Lakh
 Swift ZDI+ AGS  Rs 8.89 Lakh

9. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios: Other Competitors

Apart from the Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is competing against the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti S-Presso and other hatchback cars in the segment.

Other Competitors Compare with Hyundai Grand i10 Nios 
 Hyundai Elite i20  Hyundai Grand i10 Nios vs Hyundai Elite i20
 Maruti S-Presso  Hyundai Grand i10 Nios vs Maruti S-Presso

* Check out more expert comparisons of Hyundai Grand i10 Nios with other vehicles.

10. Maruti Swift: Other Competitors

Maruti Swift hatchback is rivalling with some models like Renault Triber, Maruti S-Presso, old Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo, Maruti WagonR, Maruti Baleno, etc. in the competition.

Other competitors  Maruti Swift 
 Renault Triber  Maruti Swift vs Renault Triber
 Maruti Baleno  Maruti Swift vs Maruti Baleno
 Ford Figo  Maruti Swift vs Ford Figo
 2017 Hyundai Grand i10  Maruti Swift vs Hyundai Grand i10

* Check out more comparison reviews of the Maruti Swift with other models.

11. Verdict: Which model is worth buying between Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Maruti Swift?

So, as you can see in our Hyundai Grand i10 Nios vs Maruti Swift comparison, the Indo-Japanese offering still holds some advantage over the i10, while the third-gen of the popular Korean model does outclass the Swift in some departments. Hence, we request buyers to choose as per your exact needs and wants.

IndianAuto provides you with a number of detailed car comparisons on our website. If you are interersted in comparing Hyundai car with its rivals or wondering how Maruti Suzuki cars compare with its competitor in the, we are here for you. Stay tuned and updated with more informative stories with!

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