Battle of hatches

Arun Changrani, Hindustan Times
New Delhi
First Published: 16:24 IST(16/7/2013)
Last Updated: 18:08 IST(17/7/2013)
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Curious to know which hatch to go in for in the diesel segment? We’ve made things simpler for you by comparing the top two contenders in B+ hatchback segment — Maruti Swift and Hyundai i20. Here’s what we feel.

Exteriors
Swift has an aggressive look, thanks to its front fascia features — large headlamps, a prominent front grille and fog lamps. The side profile has body-coloured door handles and flared wheel arches, while the rear, with its short overhang, caters to new tail lamp clusters, a sportier tail gate and a large bumper.

Hyundai i20 and the The Maruti Swift (right)

i20, on the other hand, follows Hyundai’s Fluidic Design Philosophy, which caters to a classic yet trendy look altogether. It looks elegant with a pointed nose catering to stretched-back headlamps, a plastic front grille and clear fog lamp clusters. Its sides are highlighted by a sharp line rising from the front, going all the way to its rear. The tailgate features stylish tail lamp clusters, and reflectors within the bumper.

Interiors
Both the cars have swish interiors. While Swift boasts of a chic centre console as its highlight, i20 has a more luxurious look. Also, it comes loaded with features like a start/stop button, panoramic sunroof (optional), and bluetooth connectivity.

Ride and handling
As for the on-road experience, there’s not much of a difference in both the hatches — the ride is smooth even on bumpy roads, the gear-shifts are jerk-free, and the handling is strong. Also, the cars are economical when it comes to fuel consumption. However, the engine noise and a bit of vibration are the areas where both  machines need some enhancements.

Specifications
Maruti Swift (ZDI) 
Engine Displacement (CC)- 1248 CC
No. Of Cylinders- 4
Power- 75 PS
Torque- 190 Nm
Transmission- 5 + Reverse
Price (Ex-showroom delhi)- Rs. 6,87,769

Hyundai i20 (Asta D)
Engine Displacement (CC)- 1396cc
No. Of Cylinders- 4
Power- 90 PS
Torque- 220 Nm
Transmission- 6 + Reverse
Price (Ex-showroom delhi)- Rs. 7,64,049

Verdict
Swift, being a Maruti product, has a brand image like no other, and has better resale value. It also requires low maintenance and gave us a good average of around 20kmpl.
Hyundai i20, on the other hand, may not have as good a resale value, but is equally low-maintenance. We got an average of around 18kmpl from this hatch that’s high on comfort and comes with luxurious features, the kind you would otherwise find in high-end cars. 


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