Hyundai Motors India Limited is the second largest car exporter of India. In the entry-level hatchback segment, they have the Hyundai i10 launched in 2007 and the i20 launched in 2012 competing for the top spot.
The Hyundai i10 is available in 4 petrol and 2 LPG variants priced between Rupees 3.66 and 4.70 lakh. The i10 Sportz variant has 5 gear automatic transmission. The Hyundai i20 comes in 6 petrol and 5 diesel models with prices varying from Rupees 4.8 to 7.77 lakh. The i20 Sportz AT edition has an automatic transmission.
The i10 has a hexagonal grille with a horizontal chrome slat, a wide air dam and rectangular headlamp fittings with a side profile enhanced with body matching waistline moldings on the sides. The exterior of the i20 has large number of longitudinal lines and curves with few running around doors and parallelogram shaped tail lamps making it more appealing.
In the cabin of the i10 a manual AC, fabric seats, an engine immobiliser, child lock and central locking facilities, a keyless entry, power steering and power windows are provided. Only higher trims possess a CD player, a rear defogger, airbags for driver and ABS. The beige and brown cabin of i20 is more spacious with more leg room, but less height. The i20 has an automatic AC, Bluetooth connectivity, ABS and EBD, a tilt and telescopic steering column and airbags for the driver. The i20 is the first in the segment to get a rear-parking sensor, rain-sensing wipers, auto adjustable headlights and electro chromic mirrors for anti glare vision in the night.
Both the models give average mileages. The 1086 cc, 68 bhp engine of the i10 gives a mileage of 19.81 kmpl with petrol and 19.2 km/kg with LPG. The 1.2 litre petrol engine of the i20 gives an efficiency of 18.15 kmpl and the 1.4 litre diesel 16.2 kmpl. The i20 AT version gives 15-kmpl mileage. The suspensions of both the models are similar. But steering and riding dynamics are better for i10.
The length, the ground clearance and the boot volume of the i10 are 3585 mm, 160 mm and 225 litres and that of the i20 are 3995 165 mm and 295 litres respectively. The rear seat of the i10 is bench folding and that of the i20 is 60:40 split.
The i10 is better considering the price, the steering and the ride comfort. The i20 scores in the cabin and cargo space, the safety and comfort features and the overall appearance. The rear seat of i20 can easily accommodate three. In the rear seat of the i10 three passengers have to squeeze- in a bit. Therefore, if you prefer a bit of luxury, go for the i20.