Grand i10 vs Elite i20 Comparison

Hyundai Grand i10 vs Elite i20 Comparison
Verdict: Grand i10 petrol is better than petrol Elite i20, but Elite i20 diesel is better than Grand i10 diesel.

Pricing & Features: Prospective customers looking for a premium hatchback from Hyundai stables having a budget below 6 Lakhs are bound to get confused between the top-end variant of the Grand i10, the Asta (O) Petrol, which retails for 5.87 Lakh rupees, Ex-showroom Delhi or the Magna Petrol variant of the Elite i20, which retails for an identical 5.88 Lakh rupees. For the same asking price, you get numerous extra features in the Grand i10, crucial amongst them being ABS & Airbags as well as Parking Sensors and gimmicks like the Smart Key, Electrically Folding Mirrors etc. which are easily worth a Lakh rupees. This makes the Grand i10 around one lakh rupees cheaper than an equivalent Elite i20.
Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel switches, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Tacho, Rear AC Vents
Extra Features in Grand i10: Airbags-2, ABS, Parking Sensors, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Fog Lamps, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Tilt Steering, Alloys, and Cooled Glove-box.
Extra Features in Elite i20: 4 Tweeters

Performance & Drivability:
Diesel: The Elite i20 suffers from excessive turbo-lag below 2000 rpm, making it a pain to pilot around city streets. The Grand i10 fares slightly better in the city due to lesser turbo-lag. But on the Highway, the Elite’s 1400cc 4-cylinder engine comprehensively outperforms Grand i10’s 1120cc 3-cylinfder unit. The Grand i10 feels fairly gutless on the highways making overtaking maneuvers quite difficult to execute. Outright performance of the Grand i10 diesel is also no match for the Elite i20.
Power (PS@rpm):  Elite i20 – 90@4000, Grand i10 – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Elite i20 - 220@1500-2750, Grand i10 – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Elite i20 – 1170, Grand i10 – 1025
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Elite i20 – 77, Grand i10 – 71
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Elite i20 – 188, Grand i10 – 180

Petrol: Both cars use the same 1.2 liter Kappa unit, which is an excellent power-train. It is well suited for Grand i10 with excellent mid-range as well as decent drivability around town for a petrol engine. However, it gets seriously bogged down when asked to propel the considerable heft of the Elite i20. It needs to be given the beans to extract any semblance of performance from the Elite i20. A turbo-charge would have really helped the Elite’s cause, but disappointingly, Hyundai is yet to put a turbo even on the Elantra, considering rivals like Volkswagen, Tata & now Fiat have turbo powered hatchbacks in their portfolios.
Power (PS@rpm):  Elite i20 – 83@6000, Grand i10 – 83@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Elite i20 - 115@4000, Grand i10 – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Elite i20 – 1060, Grand i10 – 935
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Elite i20 – 78, Grand i10 – 89
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Elite i20 – 108, Grand i10 – 123

Fuel Efficiency: The Petrol powered, manual geared Grand i10 has an ARAI certified mileage of 18.9 kmpl, which is just 0.3 kmpl more than the petrol Elite i20’s mileage of 18.6 kmpl. However in our back-to-back tests, the Grand i10 was consistently around 1-2 kmpl more fuel efficient than the Elite i20. The diesel powered Grand i10 has an ARAI certified mileage of 24 kmpl, which is 1.46 kmpl better than the Elite i20’s mileage of 22.54 kmpl. In our real world tests too, the Grand i10 diesel was around 2 kmpl more efficient than the Elite i20. The automatic transmission equipped Grand i10 Petrol has an ARAI certified mileage of 16.95 kmpl and was 2 kmpl less efficient than it’s manual sibling while the Elite i20 is not available with an automatic transmission at all.

Space & Comfort: Both cars are reasonably spacious with more than adequate space for 4 full grown adults and an occasional fifth one as well. However, the Grand i10 is more comfortable and ergonomic of the two. Firstly because of the tall-boy design, occupants are seated higher than the elite i20 giving them better under thigh support and easier ingress egress. Secondly, the grand i10 has a more airy cabin making the occupants feel far less claustrophobic than the Elite i20. However, the Elite does have a marginal advantage in terms of boot-space, thanks to its 285 liters compared to the Grand i10’s 256 liters.

Ride Quality & Handling: Neither the Elite i20 nor the Grand i10 are any good at cornering. They have excessively light steering setups with no feedback through the steering rack coupled to softly sprung suspension setups which exacerbates body roll and reduces grip around the turns. Both cars have decent ride quality at low speeds but as the speeds rise, there is excessive body movement and the cars don’t inspire confidence while cruising at high speeds and panic braking situations. However, thanks to a larger footprint and more tyre width, the Elite i20 fares slightly better than the Grand i10. However, the Grand i10’s smaller track & wheelbase coupled to better outward visibility makes it easier to maneuver in city traffic.

Reliability and After Sales Service: Hyundai has firmly established itself as the second best Service provider in the country after Maruti. Hyundai has proven that it makes fairly reliable cars and backs them up with excellent service support over the last 15 odd years in our country. However, the service costs have been climbing off late, so be prepared to shell out large sums during trips to the service station. With robust demand and generally long-lasting nature of Hyundai’s products, expect both these cars to hold excellent resale value over the next 5 to 7 years.

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