Hyundai Elite i20 2018 vs Maruti Baleno – Specs Compared
With more features and cosmetic updates, the Elite i20 facelift revives its rivalry with the bestselling premium hatchback, the Maruti Baleno
The 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 is priced from Rs 5.43 lakh to Rs 9.23 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). At this price point the Hyundai hatchback is priced at a premium of upto Rs 70,00 over its arch-rival, the Baleno, which is priced from Rs 5.38 lakh to Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).For this extra premium, the Hyundai goes gets some extra features over the Maruti such as side and curtain airbags and rear AC vents. But, is the higher price justified? Here is a comparison to know how the Hyundai Elite i20 fares against the Maruti Baleno on paper.
While the Baleno gets an automatic transmission as an option, the Elite i20 facelift misses it this time around (Though Hyundai has confirmed that it’ll soon add CVT with the petrol motor). Available in a sportier avatar, the Baleno RS is powered by a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine which pumps 102PS of max power and 150Nm of max torque. It is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Although the 1.2-litre petrol engines seem to be neck and neck in terms of performance, generating almost similar power and torque figures, the Baleno has an edge over the i20 in the fuel efficiency department, turning out to be more pocket-friendly.
The i20 produces a healthy power figure of 90PS, a good 15PS more than the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, and a massive torque figure in excess of 200Nm. However, here as well, the Baleno triumphs over the Elite i20 in returning higher fuel economy figures of 27.39kmpl. Dimensions
The Hyundai Elite i20 facelift should have greater cabin space thanks to the longer wheelbase. However, the Baleno is wider and taller than the Korean hatchback. But there’s not much difference in the two hatchbacks and both appear to be quite spacious on the inside.
Features and price
The Baleno and the Elite i20 get dual airbags, ABS and central locking as standard. Prices for the Baleno start from Rs 5.38 lakh while those of the Elite i20 start from Rs 5.43 lakh (both ex-showroom Delhi).
The prices of the most feature-loaded diesel-manual variants of these cars stand at Rs 8.49 lakh and Rs 9.23 lakh for the Baleno and the Elite i20, respectively. The Elite i20 is more feature-loaded in its top variant as it gets side and curtain airbags, clutch lock, cornering lamps, and cooled glovebox that the Baleno doesn’t.
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