Elite i20 vs EcoSport, Elite i20 vs Amaze, Elite i20 vs Dzire, Elite i20 vs Xcent, Elite i20 vs Zest, Elite i20 vs Bolt, Eliteing i i20 vs Etios, Elite i20 vs Liva, Elite i20 vs Avventura, Elite i20 vs Punto Evo, Elite i20 vs Swift, Elite i20 vs Ritz, Elite i20 vs Figo, Elite i20 vs Grand i10, Elite i20 vs Polo, Elite i20 vs Micra, Elite i20 vs Pulse, Elite i20 vs Beat, Elite i20 vs Sail U-VA, Elite i20 vs Sail Sedan, Elite i20 vs Verito Vibe

1. Elite i20 vs Amaze
2. Elite i20 vs EcoSport
3. Elite i20 vs Polo
4. Elite i20 vs Figo
5. Elite i20 vs Ritz
6. Elite i20 vs Liva Etios
7. Elite i20 vs Etios
8. Elite i20 vs Micra
9. Elite i20 vs Punto Evo
10. Elite i20 vs Fiat Avventura
11. Elite i20 vs Dzire
12. Elite i20 vs Xcent
13. Elite i20 vs Grand i10
14. Elite i20 vs Zest
15. Elite i20 vs Swift
16. Elite i20 vs Pulse
17. Elite i20 vs Bolt
18. Elite i20 vs Sail U-VA Hatchback
19. Elite i20 vs Sail Sedan
20. Elote i20 vs Manza
21. Elite i20 vs Beat

[1] Hyundai Elite i20 vs Honda Amaze
Verdict: Amaze is better than Elite i20
Reliability and After Sales Service: Honda's products are inherently more reliable than Hyundai's, which makes the job easy for the Service Centres. Hyundais also are fairly trouble free, but they are still a long way from being as good as Honda. They still have small niggles which sometimes aren't completely sorted before their products hit the market. Hyundai also might have a wider network thanks to their mass market products like Santro and i10 helping them penetrate smaller towns. But judging by the demand for Honda's diesel cars off late, it won't be long before they catch up. And last but not the least Hyundai's servicing costs tend to be far higher than Honda's, even though their parts are cheaper. This is because in most cases Hyundai's parts need to be replaced earlier. Also recently their Service centres seem to have gotten into the habit of fleecing their customers for unnecessary additives and redundant tasks added to the servicing job cards.
Dynamics: There is a huge difference between these two cars, in terms of handling and stability, both at high speed and under hard braking. Amaze can tackle corners with much better poise and confidence compared to the heavily under-steering character typical of the Hyundai. Amaze's steering makes it even better with perfectly judged weight and excellent feedback, whereas the Elite's over servoed unit makes matters worse with its lifeless character. At high speeds the Elite wallows and pitches robbing the driver off the confidence that it badly needs. Amaze on the other hand tracks true like its on the proverbial rails.
Drivability & Performance:
Diesel: Elite i20 is tiresome to drive in city traffic due to excessive turbo lag, Amaze on the other hand has minimal turbo lag which makes it very easy to drive in city traffic. There is no need for frequent gear changes and sudden bursts of acceleration and braking as in the Elite i20. But that's not all. Amaze retains it's superiority on the highways as well. Not only does it have higher power to weight ratio, it also has a very potent mid-range which makes short work of overtaking trucks and trailer on the highway and also beats the Elite i20 in outright acceleration tests although not by a big margin. Sadly though instead of paying attention to all these advantages our fellow countrymen tend to focus more on the lack of enough sound deadening inside the Amaze and sacrifice years of a pleasurable driving experience for added layers of sound deadening cardboard that are fitted inside the Elite i20's engine bay.
Petrol: Both cars have the common problem of their engines not having adequate low-end torque. Hence both need to be revved quite generously to make any progress be it in the city or on the highways. But as the revs climb the Honda's iVTEC mill does get its act together and delivers decent performance along with the added bonus of a wonderful exhaust note. In the Elite, despite the Kappa 2 being an excellent engine it is just not big enough and struggles to pull the considerable bulk of the Elite i20 all the time.
Fuel Efficiency: Since Amaze is a lighter car than the Elite i20 and surprisingly in spite of its engine being bigger than the Elite's by 100 cc it consistently returned 1-2 kpl more in our back-to-back road tests.
Space & Comfort: Both cars have equally spacious cabins be it for the front occupants or the rear, but the Amaze has managed to liberate an extra 100 litres of boot-space in spite of having smaller external dimensions than the Elite i20.
Verdict: We sincerely urge you, the customer to look past the Elite's pretty face and attractive interior plastics and judge these two cars based on the strength and the weakness of the fundamentals (engine-gearbox-chassis-suspension) of the Amaze and the Elite i20 respectively.

[2] Hyundai Elite i20 vs Ford EcoSport
Verdict: EcoSport is better than Elite i20
Ground Clearance: We all know that even our city roads are no less challenging than the surface of the Moon. We also know that most of the hatchbacks and sedans that we drive on these roads sell twenty times as much in developed countries than in India and hence are not really developed for our roads. If all these cars had really been developed with Indian potholes in mind, they would atleast have 200 mm of ground clearance and 205mm wide tyres. And this basic requirement is what the EcoSport fulfills with aplomb. This is what makes it better suited to Indian roads than any other hatchback or sedan available in the market.
Performance & Driveability:
Diesel: Both cars are powered by 1.5 litre mills, but Ford has tuned it better than Hyundai. EcoSport has hardly any turbo lag at lower rpm making it a cinch to drive in the city. Whereas, the Elite has significant turbo lag at lower rpm making life miserable in the city. However thanks to a lower kerb weight Elite has a slightly better punch at higher revs than the EcoSport.
Petrol: Neither cars have good petrol engines. Hyundai's 1.2 litre engine is way too small for a car of this size, which more often than not is left breathless unable to cope the the Elite i20's heft. EcoSport has the option of 2 petrol engines. There is a 1.5 litre naturally aspirated engine option that is theoretically available but never practically available for any test drives or for that matter even available to customers as it is mysteriously always unavailable due to a huge waiting period. And then there is the much touted, tiny, little, 999cc, 3-cylinder novelty item. It may have won numerous engine of the year awards, but in reality its a big disappointment. It is worse than any diesel engine with the wort turbo lag. It has so much turbo lag that you may never once get the turbo spooling in a rush hour city commute. Once it get's spooling the promised power is surely there but it is largely academic than being accessible.
Fuel Efficiency: Both the diesels were more or less equally matched in our back-to-back tests. In petrols the EcoSport's award winning engine managed just 0.5 kpl more than the Elite, but then Elite itself returned one of the worst fuel efficiency numbers of all the hatchbacks available in the market.
Ride Quality & Handling: In spite of having a higher centre of gravity, the EcoSport handles better than the Elite i20. It is indeed a great achievement and an equally great failure for Ford and Hyundai respectively. The EcoSport also absorbs bumps much better than the Elite i20. Even though EcoSport's steering may not be as good as other Fords it is more precise and well weighted than the Elite's vague & overly light unit.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Over the past 15 years, Hyundai has proven that it makes more reliable and durable cars than Ford. We expect the same from the Elite & EcoSport. However, Ford has really managed to turn a leaf over it's horrible reputation for after sales service since the launch of the Figo. Although not quite as good as Hyundai it has managed to get pretty close to Japanese-Korean competition. Hyundai surely deserves credit for managing to churn out more reliable and durable cars than a manufacturer with over a century of experience in automotive research and manufacturing.
Space & Comfort: Both the EcoSport and the Elite i20 have spacious and comfortable cabins with decent boot-space. But the EcoSport's driving position makes all the difference. It's high set driving position gives a commanding feel along with added visibility in bumper to bumper traffic.

[3] Hyundai Elite i20 vs Volkswagen Polo
Verdict: Polo is better than Elite i20
Performance & Driveability:
Diesel: Polo is far better than the Elite i20, especially in city traffic. It has much lesser turbo-lag than the Elite i20 and hence requires less frequent gearshifts and does not tire you out on long commutes. Polo also has a slightly stronger mid-range and marginally better outright acceleration than the Elite i20.
Petrol: The Elite i20 and Polo are far too heavy than what their 1.2 litre naturally aspirated power-plants can handle. Polo's 3-cylinder configuration makes matters worse. It's saving grace though is the 1.2 TSI turbocharged engine which is just unbelievably good. It has a ballistic mid-range and is incredibly quick to rev. It is mated to the famous Dual clutch transmission, which is a pleasure to use albeit with a disclaimer about its reliability and the hole it will burn in your pocket if you need to replace it out of warranty.
Ride & Handling: Polo is one of the best handling hatchbacks in the country right now, while the Elite i20 is one of the worst. Polo has excellent grip around corners and a tight and feel-some steering making the deal even sweeter. Neither car's feel setup for Indian roads and have a stiff edge to their ride on bumpy roads, but not uncomfortably so.
Space & Comfort: Both the Polo and the Elite i20 have adequately spacious and comfortable cabins as well as a decent sized boot, which makes them the perfect companions of family outings.
Reliability & After Sales Service: This is where the Hyundai fights back with an excellent track record for reliability and after sales service as well as a widespread service network compared to Volkswagen. Volkswagen hasn't been able to keep their dealers on a leash in India which has really dented their reputation in the country. But that is not the only problem. The fact is that Volkswagen cars have never been better than the Japanese & Koreans in any of JD Power's durability studies in the World. The Germans always tend to make very capable but complex cars while the Japanese & Koreans somehow manage to extract great capability from simplicity! A good example is that while Volkswagen spent considerable amount of resources to further improve the ergonomics of its already quite ergonomical power window switches, Hyundai was busy sorting out its vehicles reliability in order to be able to provide a humungous 7 year, 100,000 mile warranty to it's customers. This fundamental difference in their ideologies can be seen filtered right down to the premium hatchbacks that they have launched in our market.

[4] Hyundai Elite i20 vs Ford Figo
Verdict: Figo is better than Elite i20
Handling & Ride Quality: The Figo is immensely more capable than the Elite i20 at tackling bumps as well as corners. The way it handles around bends with minimal body roll and excellent steering feedback and yet feels supple on the bumps and ruts is just unbelievable. The Elite i20 on the other hand is an epic fail at dynamics, it has a hard edge to its ride on bumpy roads, and yet is no good around corners. It has a overtly light steering and a dull, understeering chassis.
Drivability & Performance:
Diesel: Most hatchbacks tend to spend their lives in and around the city, where drivability matters much more than performance. Hyundai has sacrificed a lot on the driveability from in the Elite i20 by giving it a big ass turbocharger which takes its own sweet time to spool up and making matters worse is the tall gearing that Hyundai had to give the Elite in order to at least appear competitive amongst its competition. The Figo on the other hand is extremely well calibrated, Ford has sensibly bolted on a tiny little turbocharger onto their engine which spools up at just 1200 rpm. This results in zero tubo lag and outstanding drivability around tow. Just release the clutch and it starts marching forward. No more stalling at signals. It is also a good car to learn driving on. Elite does have better outright performance on the highways, but that is far outweighed by Figo's other talents.
Petrol: Both cars have pathetic petrol engines which are too tiny to have given the responsibility of propelling such bulky body shellss around.
Fuel Efficiency: Both diesel cars returned decent 17+ kpl overall and more or less similar efficiency be in the city as well as on highways. Both petrol cars also returned similar efficiency but overall both struggled to cross 13 kpl overall.
Space & Comfort: Both cars have spacious and comfortable cabins along with a generous boot. However, the Figo has a better driving position with a low-set dashboard and excellent all round visibility, which you realise is much more useful than the overdose of those expensive looking plastic panels abound in the Elite i20.
Reliability & After Sales Service: Hyundai has, in the last 15 years proven itself as being better than all other brands at After Sales Service except for Maruti. While Ford has been trying hard to shake of its tarnished image. However, with the Figo Ford has really made a turnaround and the Figo is no less reliable or easy to maintain than the Elite i20. Even parts pricing, which used to be Ford's Achilles heel has been duly addressed with the Figo's parts pricing now being lower than the segment average and significantly less than the Elite i20.

[5] Hyundai Elite i20 vs Maruti-Suzuki Ritz
Verdict: Ritz is better than Elite i20
Handling & Ride Quality: The Ritz has an excellent chassis-suspension setup. It grips well around corners and has a quick and precise steering which in spite of some body roll, is actually good fun on winding roads. The Elite i20 sucks! Its overtly light steering and uncommunicative chassis successfully manage to take all the fun out of cornering. Both cars have a slightly firm ride at low speeds but not to the point of being uncomfortable.
Space & Comfort: Elite's bigger dimensions might fool you into thinking that it is more spacious and comfortable than the Ritz, but in reality it is the exact opposite. Ritz has a higher set seating position which result in your knees being positioned perfectly in line with your hip, giving you unbelievably good under thigh support and fatigue free comfort even after hours in the back seat. Ritz's only caveat is its small boot which is not even big enough to carry the luggage of four people going on a weekend trip. The Elte i20's boot on the other hand is a decent 285 litres which is just about sufficient.
Reliability and After Sales Service: Hyundai has proven itself as being one of the best provider of After sales service in India, but it is still no match for Maruti's sheer spread of service network and neither a match for Suzuki's quality of workmanship or for that matter even the inherent product reliability.
Performance & Driveability:
Diesel: Both diesel cars face the common problem of having too much turbo lag making them a nightmare to pilot in the city. However, both cars are very similar when it comes to highway performance given that they are quite at overtaking thanks to their potent mid-range.
Petrol: Ritz's petrol however is a gem of an engine. It has a weak low-end but it is remarkable quick to spin and once it gets going it has a meaty mid-range and a fantastic top end. The Elite's engine is good enough for smaller cars like the i10 but it just struggles when asked to propel the one segment bigger Elite i20.
Fuel Efficiency: The Ritz managed to consistently eke out an extra couple of kpl. regardless of the choice of fuel as well as whether we were testing on city roads or highways.

[6] Hyundai Elite i20 vs Toyota Etios Liva
Verdict: Overall Liva is a slightly better car than tthe Elite i20

Reliability & After Sales Service: Both Hyundai and Toyota are well known for providing incredibly good after sales service in our country. But nowadays Hyundai's dealers have gotten into the habit of fleecing the customer by adding unnecessary additives and unrequired tasks to the service job card. Also the Elite i20 itself is not as reliable a product as the Liva in the first place. The Liva also has some unbelievably long service intervals on some of its parts which brings down servicing bills even further. And not to forget that in most dealerships Toyota completes even major (80,000 km) servicings in 59 minutes flat, right from entering the dealership to signing of the out-pass.
Drivability & Performance:
Diesel: In all probability, hatchbacks tend to spend most of their lives plying on city roads. Which is where drivability matters much more than the specified top-end performance which is mentioned in the brochures. This is where the Liva trumps the Elite i20, thanks to well controlled turbo lag and feels effortless to drive in the city. That said Liva's highway performance isn't too bad either thanks in no small measure to it's remarkably light kerb weight.
Petrol: In Petrols, the Liva is far superior to the Elite. It has better drivability in city, stronger mid-range on the highways and also better outright performance than the Elite i20. All thanks to an excellent power to weight ratio which overcomes all the inadequacies of its unexciting engine.
Dynamics: Neither of the cars are any good at hunting corners. But thanks to a lighter kerb weight, the Liva responds quicker to driver's inputs. Ride quality in both cars is nothing to write home about.
Space & Comfort: Both cars have spacious and comfortable cabins and reasonably good boot-space as well.
Fuel Efficiency: The petrol Liva consistently managed to return at least a couple of kpl more than the Elite i20. While the diesel Liva's advantage over the Elite i20 was just half a kpl in our back-toback fuel efficiency tests.

[7] Hyundai Elite i20 vs Toyota Etios
Verdict: Etios is better than Elite i20



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