The new Hyundai i20 gets a turbocharged petrol motor to woo the enthusiasts, but the ageing stalwart that is the VW Polo won't go away so easily. Full story below.
The third-generation Hyundai i20 was just launched a few days back as Hyundai wanted customers and had been a runaway success, having garnered over 20,000 bookings in less than a month of its launch. The people are loving the third-generation i20’s new Sensuous Sportiness design language with signature visual cues like the new jewel pattern grille is flanked by new Projector LED and LED DRLS, while the side profile gets new creases and wedge-shaped cuts and gets chrome side inserts on the windows which leads to a more aggressive stance. Brand new Z-shaped LED tail lamps are bridged by a chrome strip instead of the LED lightbar found on the international models. And now for the driving enthusiasts, Hyundai offers you the new i20 with a turbo-petrol engine mated to a DCT, and we have got one today to test how fast it can go.
Today we have a video in which we show 0-100 kmph acceleration tests of the new Hyundai i20 Turbo DCT pitted against the VW Polo. IndianAuto had already done an acceleration test of both the i20 Turbo DCT and the Diesel model, though, today, we have brought in the Polo TSI as a direct competitor to the Turbo DCT to show you how the two cars fare against each other. It will be a best of three runs for each vehicle.
VW POLO TSI
The Volkswagen Polo TSI starts things off with a 9.25-second 0-100 kmph first run. The second attempt is a bit slower at 9.73 seconds while the third run posts a strong figure again with 9.39 seconds. The Polo TSI is powered by a 1-litre TSI turbo-petrol that makes 110 PS/175 Nm of peak power and torque figures and is mated to a 6-speed manual.
Hyundai i20 Turbo DCT
It’s the new Hyundai i20 Turbo DCT’s turn now, with it posting a 0-100 kmph run of 11 seconds flat on the first run. The second run is two tenths quicker at 10.80 seconds and the i20 finishes with a 10.93-second final run. Powering the i20 Turbo is a 1-litre three-pot turbo petrol which churns out 120 PS/172 Nm of max power and torque, it's mated to a 7-speed DCT gearbox to send power to the wheels.
So, common knowledge says a DCT should be faster than a manual, as computers are much faster than a human’s hand to shift gears. Then why does the best time of the Hyundai i20 is over a second more than the VW Polo TSI’s worst time? It is mainly because the Polo TSI is tuned for better low-end grunt, and its sorted chassis means the car is better at transferring the power to the ground more efficiently compared to the i20 Turbo. The new Hyundai Turbo DCT is priced at Rs 11.32 lakh, while the Polo TSI comes in at Rs 9.67 lakh. Both prices are ex-showroom.