Dzire vs Elite i20 Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Dzire vs Hyundai Elite i20 Comparison

Verdict: Dzire is better than Elite i20

Pricing & Features: The VDi is by far the most popular variant of the Dzire amongst its customers, which retails for 6.95 Lakh, Ex-showroom, Delhi. For the same amount of cash, retails the Magna variant of the Hyundai Elite i20 at a sticker price of 7.00 Lakh rupees, Ex-showroom, Delhi.
Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Tacho, Tilt Steering
Extra Features in Dzire: ABS, Fuel Computer, Fog Lamps, Electrically Folding Mirrors
Extra Features in Elite i20: Bluetooth, Steering Wheel Switches, Rear AC vents, Cooled Glove-box

Performance & Drivability:
Diesel: Both cars suffer from excessive turbo-lag below 2000 rpm, making them a pain to pilot around city streets. However, once the turbo spools up, both have excellent mid-range shove, making them well suited for pulling endless overtaking maneuvers on the highways. Both cars are remarkably refined and free revving for a diesel as well. If only they would have had slightly shorter gearing it wouldn’t have made them so inferior in terms of drivability compared to cars like the Jazz, Amaze, Figo & Aspire.
Power (PS@rpm):  Elite i20 – 90@4000, Dzire – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Elite i20 - 220@1500-2750, Dzire – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Elite i20 – 1170, Dzire – 1055
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Elite i20 – 77, Dzire – 71
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Elite i20 – 188, Dzire – 180

Petrol: Both cars have quite evenly matched petrol drive-trains with the Suzuki’s K12 and Hyundai’s Kappa series being evenly matched in terms of performance as well as refinement. However, the Elite’s hefty kerb weight of 1060 kg drags it down. The Dzire comfortably outperforms the Elite be it in terms of drivability around town or in terms of overtaking prowess on the highways. The absence of a turbo-charger is also starting to become an issue considering cheaper cars like Tata Bolt & Zest have already bolted on a blower to their petrol mill more than a year back.
Power (PS@rpm):  Elite i20 – 83@6000, Dzire – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Elite i20 - 115@4000, Dzire – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Elite i20 – 1060, Dzire – 945
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Elite i20 – 78, Dzire – 89
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Elite i20 – 108, Dzire – 122

Fuel Efficiency: Amongst the diesels, the Dzire has an ARAI certified mileage of 26.59 kmpl which is a whopping 4.05 kmpl more than diesel powered Elite i20’s fuel efficiency of 22.54 kmpl. In our real world tests the Dzire was consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the Elite i20. This means that the Elite i20 will consume around 40,000 Rs. worth of additional diesel at the pumps over a running of 75,000 km.
The manual geared petrol Dzire has an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 20.85 kmpl, which is 2.25 kmpl more than the manual geared petrol Elite i20’s mileage of 18.6 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Dzire was consistently 1 kmpl more fuel-efficient than the Elite i20. The automatic transmission equipped petrol Dzire has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.5 kmpl, which was 1 kmpl less fuel-efficient than the manual Elite i20 and 2 kmpl less efficient than the manual Dzire in our real world tests. The Elite i20 is not available with an automatic transmission as of now.

Space & Comfort: Both cars have excellent front seat comfort, but the rear seats are far from comfortable. Knee room and shoulder room is in short supply in the Dzire, where the little improvements made over the Swift, still fall short of other cars in the segment. The Elite i20 surprises by not being as spacious on the inside as the outside dimensions suggest. Seating 3 passengers in the back becomes quite claustrophobic made worse by the upswept windows and an extremely thick C-Pillar. Boot-space is generous enough in both the cars, with the Elite i20 having 285 litres of it and the Dzire an even better 315 litres. Interior quality is great in the Dzire with dual tone treatment and excellent fit and finish but still it is nowhere as good as the Elite i20, which really exudes luxury that would shame some of the cars like from many segments above it like the Etios, Sunny, Scorpio, Duster etc.

Ride Quality & Handling: The Elite i20 falls sorely short in terms of dynamics. It has an overtly soft suspension setup, which feels comfortable at low speeds, but as the speeds rise, there is excessive wallowing and loss of composure. It does not inspire any confidence at high speeds, nor during panic braking. There is excessive under-steer in the corners, with no feedback from the chassis whatsoever. What makes it even worse is the over-assisted, lifeless steering which is neither precise nor feel-some. The Dzire on the other hand is quite fun to drive, with slightly stiffer suspension setup and a quick steering, making it fun to chuck around the bends. However, ride quality is a bit uncomfortable and it feels skittish over a series of bumps. High speed stability could also have been better, but overall it is a far better package than the Elite i20.

Reliability and After Sales Service: Maruti remains the unchallenged leader, by a huge margin, when it comes to offering affordable and hassle free service experience in our country. Hyundai does make it to the runners up spot, but it still has a huge gap to cover up to put up a challenge to Maruti. Recently, Hyundai’s service costs have also shot through the roof, which means the Elite i20 won’t be light on the pocket to maintain. However, product reliability and service assistance is assured to be as good as Maruti. No wonder then that both these cars hold excellent residual value in the market and will continue to hold it over an usage of 5 to 7 years.  

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