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2020 Hyundai i20 vs Maruti Baleno: Which Hatchback To Buy?

Published On Nov 16, 2020 12:01 PM By Saransh for Hyundai i20

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Is the newest hatchback a worthy replacement for the best-selling Baleno?

Hyundai recently launched the 2020 i20 at a starting price of Rs 6.80 lakh (ex-showroom India). It gets an all-new design, new features, and a set of new engines. But is it enough to make it a better choice over the Baleno? Let’s find out. 

Before diving into the details, let’s take a look at the dimensions of the two hatchbacks:

 

2020 Hyundai i20

Maruti Baleno

Difference

Length

3995mm

3995mm

-

Width

1775mm

1745mm

+30mm

Height

1505mm

1510mm

-5mm

Wheelbase

2580mm

2520mm

+60mm

While both are identical in length, the new i20 is wider and also has a longer wheelbase than the Baleno. In terms of height, the sporty-looking Hyundai sits slightly lower than the Baleno.

Now let’s talk about the engines. Where the new i20 is offered with two petrol and one diesel engine, the Baleno is available with two petrol engines. So, we will only compare the petrol engines here. 

Petrol Engines:

 

Hyundai i20

Maruti Baleno

Engine

1.2-litre

1.0-litre turbo

1.2-litre

1.2-litre mild-hybrid

Power

83PS/88PS

120PS

83PS

90PS

Torque

113Nm

172Nm

113Nm

113Nm

Transmission

5-speed MT/CVT

6-speed iMT/7-speed DCT

5-speed MT/ CVT

5-speed MT

  • The i20’s 1.0-litre turbo-petrol unit is the most powerful engine here. It also makes the most torque. 

  • While all the engines are offered with a 5-speed manual transmission, the 1.0-litre turbo petrol is available with two distinct two-pedal transmissions: the 6-speed iMT (clutchless manual) and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. 

  • Hyundai’s and Maruti’s 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engines have identical power and torque figures. Both get the choice of a CVT automatic. Hyundai’s 1.2-litre unit makes 5PS more with CVT than it does with the manual transmission.

  • Maruti’s 1.2-litre hybrid is the only engine to get a mild-hybrid system. It is also the second most powerful engine here. 

Price Comparison: We will only compare the closely priced petrol variants (within Rs 50,000 of each other) of both the cars. 

Hyundai i20

Maruti Baleno 

 

1.2L Sigma Rs 5.63 lakh

1.2L Magna Rs 6.80 lakh

1.2L Delta Rs 6.44 lakh

 

1.2L Zeta Rs 7.01 lakh

 

1.2L Delta Smart Hybrid Rs 7.33 lakh

1.2L Sportz Rs 7.60 lakh/ Rs 7.75 lakh (DT)

1.2L Alpha Rs 7.64 lakh

 

1.2L Zeta Smart Hybrid Rs 7.89 lakh

1.2L Asta Rs 8.70 lakh/ Rs 8.85 lakh (DT)

 

1.2L Asta (O) Rs 9.20 lakh/ Rs 9.35 lakh (DT)

 

Automatic

Automatic

 

1.2L Delta CVT Rs 7.76 lakh

1.2L Sportz CVT Rs 8.60 lakh/ Rs 8.75 lakh (DT)

1.2L Zeta CVT Rs 8.33 lakh

1.0L T Sportz iMT Rs 8.80 lakh/ Rs 8.95 lakh (DT)

1.2L Alpha CVT Rs 8.96 lakh

1.2L Asta CVT Rs 9.70 lakh/ Rs 9.85 lakh (DT)

 

1.0L T Asta iMT Rs 9.90 lakh/ Rs 10.05 lakh (DT)

 

1.0L T Asta DCT Rs 10.67 lakh/ Rs 10.82 lakh (DT)

 

1.0L T Asta (O) DCT Rs 11.18 lakh/ Rs 11.33 lakh (DT)

 

2020 Hyundai i20 Magna vs Maruti Baleno Delta

Hyundai i20 Magna

Rs 6.80 lakh

Maruti Baleno Delta

Rs 6.44 lakh

Difference

Rs 36,000 (i20 is more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Hyundai i20 Magna

Maruti Baleno Delta

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

No

Yes

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Manual

Fog lamps

Projector

No

Central locking

Yes with remote keyless entry

Yes with remote keyless entry

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

LED projectors

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

15-inch steel with wheel covers

15-inch steel with wheel covers

Rear washer and wiper

No

Yes

Defogger

No

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable

Electrically adjustable with auto fold

Interior

   

Height adjustable driver’s seat

No

No

AC

Manual

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Yes (front only)

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes (fixed)

No

60:40 split rear seats

No

Yes

Infotainment

2-din music system with Bluetooth

2-din music system with Bluetooth

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

No

Air purifier

No

No

Power windows

Front & rear

Front & rear

Adjustable steering

Tilt & Telescopic

Tilt 

Wireless Charging

No

No

Cooled glovebox

Yes

No

Verdict: The Baleno is our pick here. Despite being more affordable, it offers more useful features than the pricier i20 including auto AC, LED headlamps, rear washer and wiper with defogger, ISOFIX child seat anchors, and adjustable rear headrests. Sure, the Baleno misses out on features such as rear AC vents and projector fog lamps but that’s a fair trade-off in our opinion. 

2020 Hyundai i20 Magna vs Maruti Baleno Zeta

Hyundai i20 Magna

Rs 6.80 lakh

Maruti Baleno Delta

Rs 7.01 lakh

Difference

Rs 21,000 (Baleno is more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Hyundai i20 Magna

Maruti Baleno Zeta

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

No

Yes

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Auto-dimming

Fog lamps

Projector

Yes

Central locking

Yes with remote keyless entry

Yes with remote keyless entry

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

LED projectors

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

15-inch steel with wheel covers

16-inch alloys

Rear washer and wiper

No

Yes

Defogger

No

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable

Electrically adjustable with auto fold

Interior

   

Height adjustable driver’s seat

No

Yes

AC

Manual

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Yes (front only)

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes (fixed)

No

60:40 split rear seats

No

Yes

Infotainment

2-din music system with Bluetooth

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

No

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Push-button start

No

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

No

Air purifier

No

No

Power windows

Front & rear

Front & rear

Adjustable steering

Tilt & Telescopic

Tilt & telescopic

Wireless Charging

No

No

Cooled glovebox

Yes

No

Verdict:  The one below the top-spec Baleno is our pick here. It gets a lot more important features over the i20 including ISOFIX child seat anchors, LED projector headlamps, auto AC, auto-dimming IRVM, rear washer and wiper with defogger, and a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The premium of Rs 21,000 for these features is justified in our opinion. 

2020 Hyundai i20 Sportz vs Maruti Baleno Delta Smart Hybrid

Hyundai i20 Sportz

Rs 7.60 lakh

Maruti Baleno Delta Smart Hybrid

Rs 7.33 lakh

Difference

Rs 27,000 (i20 is more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Hyundai i20 Sportz

Maruti Baleno Delta Smart Hybrid

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

No

Yes

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Manual

Central locking

Yes with remote keyless entry

Yes with remote keyless entry

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Yes

No

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

LED projectors

Auto headlamps

Yes

No

Fog lamps

Projector

No

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

16-inch styled wheels

15-inch steel with wheel covers

Rear washer and wiper

No

Yes

Rear defogger

Yes

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable with auto fold

Electrically adjustable with auto fold

Interior

   

Digital instrument cluster

Yes

No

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

No

AC

Manual

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Yes (front only)

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes (fixed)

No

60:40 split rear seats

No

Yes

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth

2-din music system with Bluetooth

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Wireless

No

Parking camera

Yes with a rearview monitor

No

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

No

Air purifier

No

No

Power windows

Front & rear

Front & rear

Adjustable steering

Tilt & Telescopic

Tilt 

Wireless Charging

No

No

Cooled glovebox

Yes

No

Verdict: Both cars here are quite well-equipped. Where the Baleno features projector LED headlamps and auto AC, the i20 hits back with a touchscreen infotainment system, height-adjustable driver’s seat, parking camera, and a tyre pressure monitoring system. So, we recommend you go for the Hyundai i20. However, if you are someone who can live without a touchscreen and don’t really mind missing out on features such as a parking camera, you could go for the Baleno and save that extra amount. The Baleno also makes more sense if you have a kid in your house as it is the only one to offer ISOFIX child seat anchors.

2020 Hyundai i20 Sportz vs Maruti Baleno Zeta Smart Hybrid

Hyundai i20 Sportz

Rs 7.60 lakh

Maruti Baleno Zeta Smart Hybrid

Rs 7.89 lakh

Difference

Rs 29,000 (Baleno is more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Hyundai i20 Sportz

Maruti Baleno Zeta Smart Hybrid

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

No

Yes

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Auto-dimming

Central locking

Yes with remote keyless entry

Yes with remote keyless entry

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Yes

No

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

LED projectors

Auto headlamps

Yes

No

Fog lamps

Projector

Yes

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

16-inch styled wheels

16-inch alloys

Rear washer and wiper

No

Yes

Rear defogger

Yes

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable with auto fold

Electrically adjustable with auto fold

Interior

   

Digital instrument cluster

Yes

No

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

No

AC

Manual

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Yes (front only)

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes (fixed)

No

60:40 split rear seats

No

Yes

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Wireless

Yes

Parking camera

Yes with a rearview monitor

No

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Push-button start

No

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

No

Air purifier

No

No

Power windows

Front & rear

Front & rear

Adjustable steering

Tilt & Telescopic

Tilt & Telescopic

Wireless Charging

No

No

Cooled glovebox

Yes

No

Verdict: The i20 is our pick here as it offers more value for money. It offers various features over the Baleno including a larger touchscreen, rear AC vents, tyre pressure monitoring system and auto headlamps. The Baleno does get some additional important features such as ISOFIX child seat anchors, auto AC, engine-idle start-stop, and auto-dimming IRVM but the premium of Rs 29,000 is a tad high

However, it is also worth noting that the more expensive mild-hybrid Baleno claims an extra 3.5kmpl over the i20’s petrol unit. 

2020 Hyundai i20 Sportz vs Maruti Baleno Alpha

Hyundai i20 Sportz

Rs 7.60 lakh

Maruti Baleno Alpha

Rs 7.64 lakh

Difference

Rs 4,000 (Baleno is more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Hyundai i20 Sportz

Maruti Baleno Alpha

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

No

Yes

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Auto-dimming

Central locking

Yes with remote keyless entry

Yes with remote keyless entry

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Yes

No

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

LED projectors

Auto headlamps

Yes

Yes

Fog lamps

Projector

Yes

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

16-inch styled wheels

16-inch alloys

UV Cut glass

No

Yes

Rear washer and wiper

No

Yes

Rear defogger

Yes

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable with auto fold

Electrically adjustable with auto fold

Interior

   

Digital instrument cluster

Yes

No

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Manual

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Yes (front only)

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes (fixed)

Yes

60:40 split rear seats

No

Yes

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes (Wireless)

Yes

Parking camera

Yes with a rearview monitor

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Push-button start

No

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

No

Air purifier

No

No

Power windows

Front & rear

Front & rear

Adjustable steering

Tilt & Telescopic

Tilt & Telescopic

Wireless Charging

No

No

Cooled glovebox

Yes

No

Verdict: The Baleno is the clear pick here. It offers more safety features and conveniences than the i20 at very similar prices. It misses out on important features such as tyre pressure monitoring system and rear AC vents but it is a fair compromise.

Automatic:

2020 Hyundai i20 Sportz CVT vs Maruti Baleno Zeta CVT:

Hyundai i20 Sportz CVT

Rs 8.60 lakh

Maruti Baleno Zeta CVT

Rs 8.33 lakh

Difference

Rs 27,000 (i20 is more expensive)

Features

Safety 

Hyundai i20 Sportz CVT

Maruti Baleno Zeta CVT

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

No

Yes

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Auto-dimming

Central locking

Yes with remote keyless entry

Yes with remote keyless entry

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Yes

No

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

LED projectors

Auto headlamps

Yes

No

Fog lamps

Projector

Yes

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

16-inch styled wheels

16-inch alloys

Rear washer and wiper

No

Yes

Rear defogger

Yes

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable with auto fold

Electrically adjustable with auto fold

Interior

   

Digital instrument cluster

Yes

No

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Manual

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Yes (front only)

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes (fixed)

Yes

60:40 split rear seats

No

Yes

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes (Wireless)

Yes

Parking camera

Yes with a rearview monitor

No

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Push-button start

No

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

No

Air purifier

No

No

Power windows

Front & rear

Front & rear

Adjustable steering

Tilt & Telescopic

Tilt & Telescopic

Wireless Charging

No

No

Cooled glovebox

Yes

No

Verdict: The Baleno continues to be our pick here. Despite being more affordable, it offers a lot more useful features than the i20. Sure, it misses out on rear AC vents and a tyre pressure monitoring system, but it makes up for them with auto AC, ISOFIX anchorages, auto-dimming IRVM, and projector LED headlamps. 

2020 Hyundai i20 Sportz iMT vs Maruti Baleno Alpha CVT

Hyundai i20 Sportz 

Rs 8.80 lakh

Maruti Baleno Alpha

Rs 8.96 lakh

Difference

Rs 16,000 (Baleno is more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Hyundai i20 Sportz

Maruti Baleno Alpha

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

No

Yes

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Auto-dimming

Central locking

Yes with remote keyless entry

Yes with remote keyless entry

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Yes

No

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

LED projectors

Auto headlamps

Yes

Yes

Fog lamps

Projector

Yes

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

16-inch styled wheels

16-inch alloys

UV Cut glass

No

Yes

Rear washer and wiper

No

Yes

Rear defogger

Yes

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable with auto fold

Electrically adjustable with auto fold

Interior

   

Digital instrument cluster

Yes

No

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Manual

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Yes (front only)

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes (fixed)

Yes

60:40 split rear seats

No

Yes

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes (Wireless)

Yes

Parking camera

Yes with a rearview monitor

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Push-button start

No

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

No

Air purifier

No

No

Power windows

Front & rear

Front & rear

Adjustable steering

Tilt & Telescopic

Tilt & Telescopic

Wireless Charging

No

No

Cooled glovebox

Yes

No

Verdict: The Baleno is our pick here. It offers a lot more features than the i20 for a slight premium. It misses out on important features such as tyre pressure monitoring system and rear AC vents but it is a fair trade-off. It is to be noted that the i20 in this variant gets a more powerful turbocharged petrol engine with a first-in-segment clutchless manual gearbox. 

 

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