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Petrol Automatic Spec Comparison: Elite i20 Vs Baleno Vs Jazz Vs Polo GT TSI

Modified On Sep 12, 2016 12:12 PM By Raunak for Hyundai Elite i20

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The Elite i20 borrows the petrol automatic drivetrain from the first-generation model and we pitch it against the rest of the options available in the same price band. Hyundai Elite i20 vs Honda Jazz vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs VW Polo GT TSI

One of the premium hatchback segment’s best-sellers – the Elite i20 – is finally offering a long-awaited automatic option. Hyundai has launched the Elite i20 automatic with a 1.4-litre petrol engine at a price of Rs 9.01 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The 1.4-litre petrol engine in the i20 attracts more duties (in sub-4m vehicles, petrol engines that are 1.2 litres and lower attract lower taxes), which has landed the Hyundai in the price territory of the turbocharged Polo GT TSI, while making it more expensive than its direct rivals – the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Honda Jazz. Here’s what all the four petrol automatics have to offer. 

Prices (ex-showroom New Delhi)

Hyundai Elite i20 vs Honda Jazz vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs VW Polo GT TSI

Mechanicals 

Hyundai Elite i20 vs Honda Jazz vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno vs VW Polo GT TSI

The Volkswagen Polo GT TSI is the most powerful car in this comparison with its turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol motor. It also has a modern seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as against the CVT of the Jazz and the Baleno, while the Elite i20 offers an ancient four-speed unit. It is worth mentioning that the Honda Jazz also comes with segment-first steering-mounted paddle shifters (borrowed from the Honda City)! 

Features 

The Hyundai Elite i20 loses severely in terms of features, courtesy the fact that the automatic variant based on the trim that is second to the base – Magna. 

Maruti has recently introduced the automatic option in the Zeta trim of the Baleno, which is just below the range-topping Alpha variant. The Baleno Zeta comes with UV cut glasses, leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlamps, auto-dimming IRVM, rear wash-wipe and defogger, rear parking sensors, electrically foldable ORVMs, auto AC and push-button engine start-stop, among others. It offers a Bluetooth-enabled audio system featuring connectivity options such as AUX-in and USB, along with CD playback.  

The Honda Jazz V CVT is also one of the most feature-loaded cars here, like the Baleno Zeta. The Honda comes with a five-inch audio system (non-touch) featuring Bluetooth phone integration, along with AUX-in and USB connectivity. The unit also offers support for the rear-view camera and it comes with multiple camera views. The rest of the features include electrically foldable ORVMs, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, touch-based auto AC and rear wash-wipe and defogger. The Honda Jazz also offers class-leading 354 litres of boot space. 

The Polo GT TSI offers an audio system with Bluetooth phone integration, along with AUX-in, USB connectivity and SD card input. The rest of the features include rear parking sensors, auto-dimming IRVM, ambient lights, leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel and gearshift knob, auto AC, cruise control and aluminium pedal cluster.

The poorly equipped Elite i20 automatic offers an audio system with built-in one gigabyte of memory, along with Bluetooth phone integration, and AUX-in and USB connectivity. It also comes with manual AC with rear vents and electronically adjustable ORVMs.   

Except the Elite i20 that offers steel wheels, all the three cars come with alloy wheels. However, the Baleno offers 16-inchers as opposed to 15-inch wheels on the remaining two. The Baleno and the Jazz also come with LED tail lamps. The Polo features fog lamps with cornering lamps. 

Safety

All the four hatchbacks come with dual-front airbags and, with the exception of the Hyundai Elite i20, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) is also offered on the remaining cars. Besides this, the VW Polo GT TSI also comes with features such as Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) and hill-hold control. 

In a nutshell, the Hyundai Elite i20 clearly lacks in terms of equipment on offer as opposed to the Jazz, the Baleno, and even the GT. Though it has a more powerful engine than the Baleno and the Jazz, the equally priced Polo GT TSI outperforms the i20 in this department. The Elite i20 has borrowed the automatic drivetrain from the first-generation model and when the latter was on sale, there wasn’t much competition, but things are different now. Do let us know in the comments section what you think about the Elite i20 automatic. 

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SaSi MoUli Gudivada
Oct 4, 2016 8:35:03 AM

what is d correct milage of jazz vxmt and..is there any car available with magic seats like jazz..?

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CarDekho
Oct 7, 2016 7:26:30 AM

Please click on the link below to see the features, specifications and mileage figures of Honda Jazz. (https://www.cardekho.com/honda/honda-jazz-specifications.htm). It is that fuel economy which the brand claims. However, the actual mileage cannot be determined.It can vary, depending upon the factors like environmental conditions, way of driving etc. Magic seats in available only in Honda Jazz so far.

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    Sandeep Singh
    Sep 15, 2016 8:30:08 AM

    I am a proud owner of Honda Jazz from more then a year . In all terms thats the best like looks , milage , maintnance and other . i have been with my car in onst of hills stations and thats give average of 18 kmpl ( whole trip ) like delhi to Mussorie, or other . No disregards for other competiters as each one is having their oun advantage . POLO is th oldest in this segment and most power ful ... but Jazz is complete package .

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    CarDekho
    Sep 15, 2016 1:17:32 PM

    It's good to hear :-) There is a reason why there has been high anticipation for the Jazz. Just going by the powertrain options, space on offer and practicality of the car, it can worry the best of its rivals. The Jazz is easy to use and considering the tried and tested mechanicals, the Jazz is as reliable as Hondas are known to be.

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      Sunkara Kishore
      Sep 27, 2016 12:15:58 PM

      Mr.Sandeep, are you mentioning the mileage about Jazz CVT model ?? bcos the ARAI itself says 19.1. BTW, How is the city drive mileage. i m planning to buy for this festive season.

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        Sandeep Singh
        Sep 28, 2016 7:31:42 AM

        Dear Mr Kishore, I have S MT which gives me avarage of 14.5 to 15 KMPL in city drive and 17 to 18 on highway .

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          VS Okhde
          Sep 15, 2016 7:59:06 AM

          Can you please write something about Wagon-R VXi Automatic?

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          CarDekho
          Sep 15, 2016 1:20:29 PM

          This trim bestows impressive security for the occupants with high mounted stop lamp, child proof rear door locks and collapsible steering column. Under the hood, it is powered by a 998cc petrol engine based on a DOHC valve configuration, including three cylinders. This hatchback has a kerb weight of 885 Kilogram, while its gross weight stands at 1350 Kilogram. This car incorporates a 1.0-litre k10B petrol engine in order to churn out power of 67.06bhp at 6200rpm along with a torque of 90Nm at 3500rpm, which are quite decent. The output produced goes to its front wheels by a 5-speed automatic gearbox. It has a fuel tank capacity of 35-litres and displacement of 998cc. Its enthusiasts can avail truly impressive mileage of about 17.08 Kmpl in city and 20.51 Kmpl on highway. 152 Kmph of top speed can be attained and it does 0 to 100 Kmph in 18.6 seconds which is decent. This model incorporates a long list of comfy features, comprising of an electronic power steering with tilt adjustment facility, central door locking, air conditioner, heater, front as well as rear power windows.

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            VS Okhde
            Sep 15, 2016 2:21:30 PM

            Thanks a lot for such prompt and crisp reply to my query on Wagon-R VXi Automatic. Can you or other users please also provide the following inputs? 1. Where does it stand in comparison to the 4 cars compared above? 2. Considering that automatic cars are relatively recent in the Indian market, the long-term performance of automatic transmission is yet to be proven. Would be a safe bet to but a small automatic car like Wagon-R? 3. How does an automatic Wagon-R compare with a manual transmission Wagon-R in term of mileage, maintenance cost, longevity etc.? Thanks.

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              VS Okhde
              Sep 15, 2016 2:24:10 PM

              Kindly excuse some typos, which I noticed later, like a missing 'it' (Would it be a...), 'but' in place of 'buy' (... safe bet to buy....) etc.

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