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Compare Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Hyundai Elite i20

Snapshot: With the Elite i20, Hyundai intends to take down the King. We do a specification comparison and find out if it has what it takes to beat The King - Maruti Suzuki Swift

Maruti Suzuki Swift is one of the best selling hatchbacks in India and has been enjoying success ever since it has arrived. Other car makers, with their premium hatchbacks have given stiff competition to the Swift but none has come as close as the Hyundai’s i20. Recently, Hyundai launched the next generation i20. Not that the outgoing car had anything wrong with it but the new car looks nothing like the old one and seems as if it has been built from the ground up.

We bring you a specs comparison of Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Hyundai Elite i20 to help you choose better.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety vs. Hyundai Elite i20 Safety

  • Number of Airbags
    2
    2
  • Engine Immobilizer and Central Locking
    Yes
    Yes
  • Parking Assistance
    Yes, Rear sensors
    Yes, Rear sensors with camera
  • Child Safety Locks
    Yes
    Yes
  • Door Ajar Warning
    Yes
    Yes
  • Hill Assist
    No
    No
  • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)
    Yes
    Yes
  • ESP (Electronic Safety Program)
    No
    No
  • EBA (Electronic Brake Assist)
    Yes
    No
  • EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution)
    Yes
    No

Maruti Suzuki Swift Exterior vs. Hyundai Elite i20 Exterior

  • Headlights
    Halogen
    Halogen
  • Front Fog Lights
    Yes
    Yes
  • Rear Wash / Wiper
    Yes
    Yes
  • Rear Defogger
    Yes
    Yes
  • Wheels
    Alloy
    Alloy
  • ORVMs (Outside Rear-view Mirrors)
    Internal adjustment-Electric with folding
    Internal adjustment-Electric with folding
  • Turn Indicators on ORVMs
    Yes
    Yes

Maruti Suzuki Swift Interior vs. Hyundai Elite i20 Interior

  • Power Windows
    All Windows
    All Windows
  • Power Steering
    Yes, Electric Power
    Yes, Electric Power
  • Instrument Console
    Analog + Digital
    Analog + Digital
  • Multifunction Display
    Yes
    Yes
  • Adjustable Steering Column
    Yes, Rake
    Yes, Rake, Reach
  • Seats Material
    Fabric
    Fabric
  • Leather Wrapped Steering
    Yes
    Yes
  • Multifunction Steering Wheel
    Yes
    Yes
  • Sun Visor
    Driver & Front Passenger
    Driver & Front Passenger
  • Seat Height Adjustment
    Manual
    Manual
  • Start / Stop Button
    Yes
    Yes
  • Rear Center Armrest
    Yes, with storage
    No
  • Clock
    Yes, Digital
    Yes, Digital

Maruti Suzuki Swift Comfort vs. Hyundai Elite i20 Comfort

  • Navigation System
    Yes
    Yes
  • Ventilation System
    Yes, Fully automatic climate control
    Yes, Fully automatic climate control
  • Automatic Headlamps
    Yes
    Yes
  • Boot-lid Opener
    Internal, With Remote
    Internal, With Remote
  • Fuel-lid Opener
    Internal
    Internal, with remote
  • 12v Power Outlet
    Yes, 2
    Yes
  • Second Row AC Vents
    Yes
    Yes
  • Adjustable Headrests
    Yes, All Rows
    Yes, All Rows
  • CD / MP3 / DVD Player
    Yes
    Yes
  • FM Radio
    Yes
    Yes
  • Bluetooth
    Yes
    Yes
  • USB Compatibility
    Yes
    Yes
  • iPod Compatibility
    Yes
    Yes
  • Aux-in Compatibility
    Yes
    Yes
  • Cup Holders
    Yes, Front & Rear
    Yes, Front & Rear
  • Keyless Entry
    Yes, Smart Key
    Yes, Smart Key
  • Cooled Glovebox
    Yes
    Yes
  • Infotainment Screen
    Yes, Touch Sensitive
    Yes, Touch Sensitive

Maruti Suzuki Swift Instrumentation vs. Hyundai Elite i20 Instrumentation

  • Tachometer
    Yes, Analog
    Yes, Analog
  • Odometer
    Yes, Digital
    Yes, Digital
  • Average Fuel Consumption
    Yes
    No
  • Average Speed
    Yes
    Yes
  • Tripmeter
    Yes
    Yes
  • Distance to Empty
    Yes
    No
  • Fuel Gauge
    Yes, Digital
    Yes, Digital
  • Engine Malfunction Light
    Yes
    Yes
  • Speedometer
    Yes, Analog
    Yes, Analog
  • Key Off Reminder
    Not applicable
    Not applicable
  • Headlight Reminder
    Yes
    Yes
  • Low Fuel Warning
    Yes
    Yes
  • Fasten Seat Belt Warning
    Yes
    Yes

Maruti Suzuki Swift Dimensions and Weights vs. Hyundai Elite i20 Dimensions and Weights

  • Length
    3850 mm
    3985 mm
  • Width
    1695 mm
    1734 mm
  • Height
    1530 mm
    1505 mm
  • Wheelbase
    2430 mm
    2570 mm
  • Ground Clearance
    170 mm
    170 mm
  • Boot Space
    204 litres
    285 litres
  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    42 litres
    45 litres

Maruti Suzuki Swift Body vs. Hyundai Elite i20 Body

  • Seating Capacity
    5
    5
  • Body Type
    Hatchback
    Hatchback
  • Doors
    5
    5

Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine vs. Hyundai Elite i20 Engine

  • Cylinder Configuration
    In-line
    In-line
  • Cylinders
    4
    4
  • Displacement
    1197 cc (Petrol) / 1248 cc (Diesel)
    1197 cc (Petrol) / 1396 cc (Diesel)
  • Power (PS @ RPM)
    84.3@6000 (Petrol) / 75@4000 (Diesel)
    83@6000 (Petrol) / 90@4000 (Diesel)
  • Torque (Nm@RPM)
    115@4000(Petrol) / 190@2000 (Diesel)
    115@4000 (Petrol) / 220@1500-2750 (Diesel)
  • Engine Location
    Front, Transverse
    Front, Transverse
  • Fuel System
    Injection
    Injection
  • Emission Norm
    BS IV g/km
    BS IV g/km
  • Fuel Type
    Petrol / Diesel
    Petrol / Diesel
  • ARAI Certified Mileage
    20.4 km/litre (Petrol) / 25.2 km/litre (Diesel)
    18.6 km/litre (Petrol) / 22.54 km/litre (Diesel)

Maruti Suzuki Swift Transmission vs. Hyundai Elite i20 Transmission

  • Drivetrain
    FWD (Front Wheel Drive)
    FWD (Front Wheel Drive)
  • Type
    Manual
    Manual
  • Gears
    5
    5 (Petrol) / 6 (Diesel)

Maruti Suzuki Swift Brakes/Wheels and Tyres vs. Hyundai Elite i20 Brakes/Wheels and Tyres

  • Front Brakes
    Ventilated Disc
    Ventilated Disc
  • Rear Brakes
    Drum
    Drum
  • Front Tyre & Rim
    185/65R15
    195/55R16
  • Rear Tyre & Rim
    185/65R15
    195/55R16

The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing Elite i20 Asta Diesel with the Swift ZDi and Elite i20 Asta Petrol with the Swift ZXi. 

Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Hyundai i20 Elite (Design and Exterior)

The new i20 looks much sharper from all angles. From the side the car looks sleek, the C-pillar has been blackened which creates an impression of semi-floating roof. The nose of the car is much sharper has a new hexagonal grill with chrome accent and elongated swept back headlamps.

The new i20 has a 45mm longer wheelbase which helps boost the interior space. The rear end of vehicle has been designed interestingly too; the tail light cluster, stands out in terms of design with its boomerang shape.

The Swift on the other hand which received a facelift in 2012 has very pleasing design elements and is overall a very accomplished product. However, it now looks aged standing along side the new i20. The Swift’s wheelbase is 95 mm shorter than the i20 and this makes a significant difference in terms of overall cabin space of the car.   

Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Hyundai i20 Elite (Interior and Features)

The Swift comes with black interiors with silver accents at places. The cabin is overall very spacious and pleasing. Even with the front seats pulled back completely, there in sufficient leg-room in both the rows. The Hyundai i20 Elite with its class leading wheelbase offers the best cabin space. The interiors designed with Hyundai’s ‘Fludic Design 2.0’ philosophy are very pleasing and come in dual - black and beige tone.

The boot space of the i20 is much greater at 285 liters than the Swift which offers 232 liters of space. Even with almost same level of equipment that these cars offer, interiors of the Hyundai i20 are a clear winner for us due to their superior fit, finish and overall feel of the plastics.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Hyundai i20 Elite (Engine and Transmission)

Both the cars offer a petrol and a diesel engine. The petrol engines on both the cars are of same capacity (1197cc) and have similar figures in terms of power and torque. The diesel motor on the Hyundai is a more powerful (1.4 liter) in comparison to the Swift which comes with 1.3 liter unit. The diesel motor on Hyundai is mated with a  6-speed transmission unlike Swift which has a 5-speed transmission. While the petrol motors on both the cars use a 5-speed transmission.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Hyundai i20 Elite (Safety features and Mileage)

Both the cars come with all bells and whistles that are typical of the cars today and are equipped with safety features like ABS with EBD, engine immobilizer, central locking and parking assistance features. The Hyundai i20 Elite offers the parking assistance feature with a rear camera and can help guide while you are parking the car whereas the Swift does offer parking assistance feature but without the rear camera.

The Swift’s 1.2 liter petrol engine delivers a mileage of 20.4 kmpl and 1.3 liter diesel motor delivers 25.2 kmpl. In comparison, the 1.2 L petrol engine variant of Hyundai i20 Elite delivers fuel efficiency of 18.6 kmpl while the 1.4 liter diesel mill gives a mileage of 22.54 kmpl.

Verdict

The Swift has had its crown and glory when it deserved it. With the new i20, the Hyundai has really done a commendable job. No doubt, it deserves to sell like hot cakes as it has been selling right now. Maruti Suzuki would soon be out with the new Baleno which would compete with i20 more directly. However, till the time it is not here, it is the i20 that would have the lead.

You may want to watch a comprehensive comparison video of the cars below.

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