Vitara Brezza vs Elite i20 Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs Hyundai Elite i20 Comparison

Vitara Brezza, not the Baleno, is Maruti’s real answer to Hyundai Elite i20’s dream run in our market. It is also our pick of this test, mainly because it turns out to be similar if not lesser than the Elite i20 in terms of Total Cost of Ownership. It is also slightly better suited to Indian road conditions than the Elite and more practical in terms of occupant comfort, boot-space and driver visibility. Going by Maruti’s stronger track record, it is also bound to be more reliable and easier to service even in the remotest places of the country. Apart from the only missing link of the AMT gearbox, it is arguably the most perfectly matched car to the Indian Car Buyer’s requirements bar none.

Elite i20 vs Vitara Brezza Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features: Elite’s top-trim, the ‘Asta’ diesel (manual) retails for 8.24 Lakh, Ex-showroom, Delhi, which is just 30,000 Rs cheaper than Vitara Brezza’s ‘ZDi’ diesel variant  costing 8.55 Lakh. However, Elite does have numerous extra features over the Vitrara Brezza like reverse camera, reach adjustable steering and others as listed below, which are worth Rs. 35,000. (Elite’s Petrol ‘Asta’ variant costs 7.12 lakh)

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, Climate Control, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Electric Tailgate Release, Fog Lamps, Alloys, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Steering Wheel Switches, Parking Sensors, Rear Defogger, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Auto Dimming IRVM
Extra Features in Vitara Brezza (ZDi): Projector Headlamps, LED DRLs
Extra Features in Elite i20 (Asta): Parking Camera, Push Button Start & Smart Key, 2 Tweeters, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Auto Headlamps, Telescopic Steering Adjust

Performance & Drivability: The diesel Elite i20 is a marginally stronger performer than the Vitara Brezza. Both cars are riddled with turbo-lag at lower rpm making them no less than a headache to drive around city traffic. As speeds rise the Elite’s 150 extra cubes and 20Nm of added torque gives it an edge over the Brezza on the highways. Both cars are remarkably refined for diesel car in their price range. The petrol Elite is simply outclassed compared to the powerhouse diesels. Firstly, the 1200cc Kappa 2 engine is just too small for propelling the hefty Elite. Secondly it has a weak low-end as well as a deficient mid-range making it a slouch inside the city as well as on the highways. We would earnestly recommend even the most hardcore petrol lovers to ditch the petrol elite for the smelly fuelled options of this test.

Power (PS@rpm): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 90@4000, Elite i20 (diesel) – 90@4000, Elite i20 (petrol) – 83@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 200@1750, Elite i20 (diesel) - 220@1500-2750, Elite i20 (petrol) – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 1185, Elite i20 (diesel) – 1170*, Elite i20 (petrol) – 1060*
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 76, Elite i20 (diesel) – 77, Elite i20 (petrol) - 78
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 169, Elite i20 (diesel) – 188, Elite i20 (petrol) - 108

Fuel Efficiency: In our back-to-back tests, the Vitara Brezza was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the diesel Elite i20. Petrol powered Elite i20 was consistently 2 kmpl less efficient than the diesel Brezza.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Vitara Brezza (diesel manual) – 24.3, Elite i20 – 22.54 (diesel manual), Elite i20 (petrol manual) – 18.6
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): Vitara Brezza (diesel manual) – 2.38, Elite i20 – 2.57 (diesel manual), Elite i20 (petrol manual) – 3.70

Space & Comfort: The Vitara Brezza’s cabin may not be as well appointed as the Elite i20’s, but it certainly is more hospitable than the Elite. Firstly it has a high-set seating position giving it excellent all-round visibility and better under thigh support to the seats. It also makes it easier to get in and out of compared to the Elite. Both cars have just about adequate space for 5 adults and decent boot-space with the Elite having 285 litres of capacity and the Vitara Brezza bettering it slightly with 328 litres.

Length (mm): Vitara Brezza - 3995, Elite i20 - 3995
Width (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1790, Elite i20 - 1695
Height (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1640, Elite i20 - 1555

Ride Quality & Handling: Neither of the cars is dynamically as sorted as you may like. It is understandable in the Brezza’s case due to its tall stance and high CG being governed by the laws of physics resulting in forgettable ride-handling. However, the Elite i20 has no excuse for messing up its road manners. Both cars have a reasonably stiff ride with sharp undulation making their way into the cabin and directly jolting the occupants. Straight line stability is quite decent and so is stability under hard braking of both the cars, but both cars are fraught with copious amounts of body roll around corners and are prone to early understeer. What makes matters worse is the utter absence of any steering feel or feedback.

Ground Clearance (mm): Vitara Brezza – 198, Elite i20 – 170
Tyre Size: Vitara Brezza - 215/60R16 (Z, Z+), 205/60R16 (L,V), Elite i20 - 185/70R14 (Era, Magna, Sportz), 195/55R16 (Sportz O, Asta)

Reliability and After Sales Service: Hyundai still has a long way to go to catch up to Maruti-Suzuki in terms of product reliability as well as service support and affordability in our country. But even then Hyundai remains the best-of-the-rest. Maruti’s incredibly widespread network of more than 2000+ touch points is still leagues ahead of Hyundai’s 800 odd outlets.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): Both the Vitara Brezza and the Elite i20 are bound to hold excellent residual value.
Vitara Brezza (Diesel manual) – 5.15, Elite i20 (Diesel manual) – 4.95, Elite i20 (Petrol manual) – 4.10

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Vitara Brezza (Diesel manual) – 5.80, Elite i20 (Diesel manual) – 5.85, Elite i20 (Petrol manual) – 6.75

Verdict: Vitara Brezza, not the Baleno, is Maruti’s real answer to Hyundai Elite i20’s dream run in our market. It is also our pick of this test, mainly because it turns out to be similar if not lesser than the Elite i20 in terms of Total Cost of Ownership. It is also slightly better suited to Indian road conditions than the Elite and more practical in terms of occupant comfort, boot-space and driver visibility. Going by Maruti’s stronger track record, it is also bound to be more reliable and easier to service even in the remotest places of the country. Apart from the only missing link of the AMT gearbox, it is arguably the most perfectly matched car to the Indian Car Buyer’s requirements, bar none.

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