Hyundai has launched the facelifted version of their popular premium hatchback, the Elite i20, for a price tag almost similar to the existing one. With new looks and a few changes on the inside as well, the Elite i20 offers more value for the same price, boosting its arsenal in the premium hatchback segment fight, the segment that the i20 had created in the Indian car market when it was launched more than a decade ago. So here is a rundown on how it fares against the competition.
Until the advent of the Baleno, the i20 had a free run with no competition cars offering a proposition as good as its own. But with the lighter, more agile and ergo more efficient Baleno coming into picture, the Elite i20 soon got dislodged from the top of the sales charts. The i20 and the Baleno are neck-to-neck when it comes to specs and features and it really boils down to your preference in brand and looks.
The Honda Jazz is a mini-van, of sorts, in this premium hatchback segment and we say this because of the amount of space it offers. With generous cabin as well as boot space, the Honda trumps the Hyundai as well as the Maruti in terms of power output for both the diesel and petrol engines. But then, being a Honda, it is a bit on the pricier side and that is probably the only factor working against it.
The Volkswagen Polo has been around for a long time and in almost the same form since its launch in India. Despite making a few tweaks to the grille, the lighting and the diesel mill recently, the Polo still remains the pretty-looking simple hatchback that it has always been. Also, the Polo is still a winner when it comes to the ride and handling package. And add the dual-clutch gearbox in the GT TSI, you will run out of options for the German.