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2020 Hyundai i20 vs Tata Altroz: Which Premium Hatchback To Buy?

Published On Nov 21, 2020 01:47 PM By Saransh for Hyundai i20

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The i20 and the Altroz are the only ones in their segment to be offered with both petrol and diesel engine options

Hyundai has launched the 2020 i20 in India at an introductory starting price of Rs 6.80 lakh. It rivals the likes of the Maruti Baleno, Toyota Glanza, Tata Altroz, Volkswagen Polo and the Honda Jazz. While we have already compared the i20 with the Baleno, let’s pit it against the Tata Altroz today and find out which of these two hatchbacks better suits your requirements.

Before diving into the detailed comparison, let’s take a look at their dimensions:

 

Hyundai i20

Tata Altroz

Length

3995mm

3990mm

Width

1775mm

1755mm

Height

1505mm

1523mm

Wheelbase

2580mm

2501mm

The i20 is longer and wider than the Altroz. It also has a longer wheelbase. In terms of height, the Altroz is taller. 

Now let’s talk about engines. Both the hatchbacks are offered with both petrol and diesel engine options. While the i20 is available with two petrol engines to choose from, the Altroz is offered with a single petrol engine. 

Petrol :

 

2020 Hyundai i20

Tata Altroz

Engine

1.2-litre

1.0-litre turbo

1.2-litre

Power

83PS/88PS

120PS

86PS

Torque 

114Nm

172Nm

113Nm

Transmission

5-speed MT/CVT

6-speed iMT/ 7-speed DCT

5-speed MT

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

  • Where the i20 is offered with three automatic transmission options, the Altroz is available with a manual transmission only.

  • The i20 gets a CVT automatic with the 1.2-litre petrol engine where the 1.0-litre turbo is available with choice of a 6-speed iMT (clutchless manual) and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Hyundai is not offering an option of a manual transmission with the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. 

  • The 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engines have very similar power and torque numbers. While the i20 edges past the Altroz in terms of torque, the Altroz has an upper hand in terms of power output. That said, the i20 with CVT transmission makes 5PS more than its manual counterpart making it the second most powerful offering here. 

  • Tata is also expected to introduce a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine on the Altroz soon. It is expected to produce around 110PS of power.

  • The Altroz is the only car here to offer multiple driving modes.

Diesel:

 

2020 Hyundai i20

Tata Altroz

Engine

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Power

100PS

90PS

Torque 

240Nm

200Nm

Transmission

6-speed MT

5-speed MT

  • Both the hatchbacks are powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine.

  • The Hyundai i20, however, is the most powerful and also makes the highest torque.

  • While the i20 comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, the Altroz gets a 5-speed manual gearbox. Neither offers the option of a diesel-automatic.

  • The Altroz is the only car here to offer multiple driving modes.

Price Comparison: Here we will compare only the similarly priced variants of both cars, usually with a difference of upto Rs 50,000. 

Hyundai i20

Tata Altroz

 

XE Rs 5.44 lakh

 

XE Rhytm Rs 5.70 lakh

 

XM Rs 6.30 lakh

1.2L Magna Rs 6.80 lakh

XM+ Rs 6.60 lakh

 

XM Style Rs 6.64 lakh

 

XM Rhytm Rs 6.69 lakh

 

XM Rhytm+Style Rs 6.94 lakh

 

XT Rs 6.99 lakh

 

XT Luxe Rs 7.38 lakh

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

XZ Rs 7.59 lakh

 

XZ(O) Rs 7.75 lakh

 

XZ Urban Rs 7.89 lakh

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

 

1.0L Sports Turbo iMT Rs 8.80 lakh

 

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

 

1.0L Asta Turbo iMT Rs 9.90 lakh

 

Diesel

Diesel

 

XE Rs 6.99 lakh

 

XE Rhytm Rs 7.27 lakh

 

XM Rs 7.50 lakh

 

XM Style Rs 7.84 lakh

 

XM Rhytm 7.89 lakh

 

XM Rhytm+Style Rs 8.14 lakh

Magna Rs 8.20 lakh

XT Rs 8.19 lakh

 

XT Luxe Rs 8.58 lakh

Sportz 9.0 lakh/ Rs 9.15 lakh (DT)

XZ Rs 8.79 lakh

 

XZ(O) Rs 8.95 lakh

 

XZ Urban Rs 9.09 lakh

Asta (O) Rs 10.60 lakh/ 10.75 lakh (DT)

 

Hyundai i20 Magna vs Tata Altroz XM

Hyundai i20 Magna 

Rs 6.80 lakh

Tata Altroz XM 

Rs 6.30 lakh

Difference

Rs 50,000 (i20 is more expensive)

Features:

Safety 

Hyundai i20 Magna

Tata Altroz XM

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 

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

Halogen

DRLs

Yes

No

Wheels

15-inch steel with wheel covers

14-inch steel with wheel covers

Rear washer and wiper

No

No

Defogger

No

No

ORVM

Electrically adjustable

Electrically adjustable with auto fold

Interior

   

Height adjustable driver’s seat

No

No

AC

Manual

Manual

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Yes (front only)

Front (front only)

Front armrest

Yes (fixed)

No

Infotainment

2-din music system with Bluetooth

2-din music system with Bluetooth

Steering mounted controls

Yes

No

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 Altroz XM is our pick here. The i20 does get additional features over the Altroz in form of the front armrest, telescopic steering and rear AC vents but the premium it attracts for these features is not justified in our opinion.

Tata Altroz To Get New XM+ Variant Soon

Hyundai i20 Magna vs Tata Altroz XM+

Hyundai i20 Magna 

Rs 6.80 lakh

Tata Altroz XM+ 

Rs 6.60 lakh

Difference

Rs 20,000 (i20 is more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Hyundai i20 Magna

Tata Altroz XM+

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

Halogen

DRLs

Yes

No

Wheels

15-inch steel with wheel covers

16-inch steel with wheel covers

Rear washer and wiper

No

No

Defogger

No

No

ORVM

Electrically adjustable

Electrically adjustable with auto fold

Interior

   

Height adjustable driver’s seat

No

No

AC

Manual

Manual

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Yes (front only)

Front (front only)

Front armrest

Yes (fixed)

No

Infotainment

2-din music system with Bluetooth

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

No

Yes

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 newly introduced Altroz XM+ variant is our pick. Despite costing less, the Altroz offers more features than the i20. The i20 does get some useful features like rear AC vents and cooled glovebox over the Altroz but the premium for these features is not justified in our opinion. The Altroz also gets ISOFIX child seat anchors for added safety.

Tata Altroz To Get New XM+ Variant Soon

Hyundai i20 Magna vs Tata Altroz XT

Hyundai i20 Magna 

Rs 6.80 lakh

Tata Altroz XT 

Rs 6.99 lakh

Difference

Rs 19,000 (Altroz is more expensive)

Features:

Safety 

Hyundai i20 Magna

Tata Altroz XT

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

Halogen

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

15-inch steel with wheel covers

16-inch steel with wheel covers

Rear washer and wiper

No

No

Defogger

No

No

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 (front only)

Front armrest

Yes (fixed)

No

Infotainment

2-din music system with Bluetooth

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

No

Yes

Parking camera

No

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Push-button start

No

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

Yes

Air purifier

No

No

Power windows

Front & rear

Front & rear

Adjustable steering

Tilt & Telescopic

Tilt 

Wireless Charging

No

No

Cooled glovebox

Yes

Yes

Idle start/stop function

No

Yes

Verdict: The Altroz continues to be our pick here. It gets additional features like auto AC, auto-dimming IRVM, push-button start, a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and parking camera, among others. And the premium of Rs 20,000 it attracts for these features is justified in our opinion. 

Hyundai i20 Sportz vs Tata Altroz XZ

Hyundai i20 Sportz 

Rs 7.60 lakh

Tata Altroz XZ

Rs 7.59 lakh

Difference

Rs 1,000 (i20 is more expensive)

Features:

Safety 

Hyundai i20 Sportz

Tata Altroz XZ

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

Halogen

Auto headlamps

Yes

Yes

Rain sensing wipers

No

Yes

Fog lamps

Projector

Front and rear

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

Semi-digital with 7-inch display

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Manual

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

Yes

Push-button start

No

Yes

Adjustable headrest

Yes (front only)

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes (fixed)

Sliding

Rear centre armrest

No

Yes

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system 

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Wireless

Yes

Parking camera

Yes with a rearview monitor

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

Yes

Power windows

Front & rear

Front & rear

Adjustable steering

Tilt & Telescopic

Tilt 

Wireless Charging

No

No

Cooled glovebox

Yes

Yes

Idle start/stop

No

Yes

Verdict: Priced identically, the Altroz is our pick over the i20. The i20 does get some additional feature comforts over the Altroz but they are not as useful as the features offered by the Altroz over the i20. A glaring miss for the i20 is the absence of ISOFIX child seat anchors at this price.

Tata Altroz XM+ Petrol Launched At Rs 6.60 Lakh

Diesel: 

Hyundai i20 Magna vs Tata Altroz XT 

Hyundai i20 Magna 

Rs 8.20 lakh

Tata Altroz XM 

Rs 8.19 lakh

Difference

Rs 1,000 (i20 is more expensive)

Features:

Safety 

Hyundai i20 Magna

Tata Altroz XT

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

Halogen

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

15-inch steel with wheel covers

16-inch steel with wheel covers

Rear washer and wiper

No

No

Defogger

No

No

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 (front only)

Front armrest

Yes (fixed)

No

Infotainment

2-din music system with Bluetooth

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

No

Yes

Parking camera

No

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Push-button start

No

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

Yes

Air purifier

No

No

Power windows

Front & rear

Front & rear

Adjustable steering

Tilt & Telescopic

Tilt 

Wireless Charging

No

No

Cooled glovebox

Yes

Yes

Verdict: The Altroz continues to be our pick. At an identical price, the Altroz offers a lot more features over the i20.

Hyundai i20 Sportz vs Tata Altroz XZ

Hyundai i20 Sportz 

Rs 9 lakh

Tata Altroz XZ

Rs 8.79 lakh

Difference

Rs 21,000 (i20 is more expensive)

Features: 

Safety 

Hyundai i20 Sportz

Tata Altroz XZ

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

Halogen

Auto headlamps

Yes

Yes

Rain sensing wipers

No

Yes

Fog lamps

Projector

Front and rear

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

Semi-digital with 7-inch display

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Manual

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

Yes

Push-button start

No

Yes

Adjustable headrest

Yes (front only)

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes (fixed)

Sliding

Rear centre armrest

No

Yes

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system 

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Wireless

Yes

Parking camera

Yes with a rearview monitor

Yes

Steering mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

Cruise control

No

Yes

Power windows

Front & rear

Front & rear

Adjustable steering

Tilt & Telescopic

Tilt 

Wireless Charging

No

No

Cooled glovebox

Yes

Yes

Verdict: Both the cars are quite evenly equipped here, however, the Altroz is our pick here as it offers better value for money. The i20 does get some more features over the Altroz but the features offered by the latter seem more useful. And it also costs Rs 21,000 less than the i20.

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