The i20 Active has been derived from the i20 and is the latest crossover that has been launched in the Indian market. The car tries to offer the features of an SUV in a very small size car. The segment has gained a lot of traction in recent times. The cars that are competing in this segment are – Toyota Etios Cross, Volkswagen Polo Cross, Fiat Avventura and Hyundai i20 Active.
We compare the specifications of the Toyota Etios Cross with the latest Hyundai i20 Active and see how they fare against each other.
The specification comparison sheet has been prepared by comparing the Hyundai i20 Active 1.4 SX (Diesel) with Toyota Etios Cross 1.4 L VD (Diesel) and Hyundai i20 Active 1.2 S (Diesel) with Toyota Etios Cross 1.5 L V (Petrol)
Hyundai i20 Active Vs Toyota Etios Cross (Design and Exteriors)
The i20 Active has increased ground clearance of 190mm, this is due to increased height of coil springs on the i20 Active. The i20 Active has a redesigned and beefier looking bumper at the front and the rear. The beefier looking bumper at the rear houses twin round brake lights and the front bumper houses fog lights which provides the car its distinct look. The side of the car has plastic moulding and cladding. Roof rails at the top, projector headlamps and LED DRLs at the front help make the car look distinctively different than the Hyundai i20. The car also carries alloy wheels which are chunkier and look sporty.
The Etios Cross has been derived by extensively modifying the Toyota Etios Liva. The plastic claddings on the sides are huge, there are more beefier bumpers, sturdy roofrails and bullbar at the front. All these enhancements make the car look more capable and make it standout in crowd. The ground clearance of the car has been increased too, although the increase is not very substantial and it is still car like at 174mm which would inhibit it from performing like an SUV.
Hyundai i20 Active Vs Toyota Etios Cross (Interiors and Features)
The i20 Active gets all features and the equipment level is just like the i20 Elite. There are aluminum pedals which make the car look very sporty. The interiors of the car have been modified slightly, the lighter exterior shades use a dual tone black and blue interior colours with blue inserts on the door trims and blue seats. The darker exterior shades like red and brown get an all-black dashboard with orange inserts on the gear knob, AC vents, music system, and seats.
The Etios Cross gets all black interiors unlike the Etios Liva which has beige interiors. The all black interiors look more sporty than the beige interiors. You get silver inserts on the steering wheel and audio controls too. The build quality of the interiors is indeed great. The cabin has enough place for knick knacks and comes with large, cooled glove box. The speedometer along with other information display system is at the centre which appears out-of-place.
Hyundai i20 Active Vs Toyota Etios Cross (Engine and Transmission)
The i20 Active offers two engine options – 1.4 litre diesel and 1.2 litre petrol. These are the same engine options that are available on the i20 Elite. The 1.4 litre diesel produces a maximum power of 88.73bhp at 4000rpm and peak torque of 220Nm between 1500-2750rpm. The petrol motor produces 81.86bhp at 6000rpm and peak torque of 114.73Nm at 4000rpm. The diesel engine is coupled with a 6 speed manual gearbox and the petrol motor uses a 5 speed manual transmission.
Toyota Etios Cross is being offered with two petrol and one diesel variant. The base 1.2 litre (1197cc) generate maximum power of 78.90bhp at 5600rpm and maximum torque of 104Nm at 3100rpm. The top-end petrol variant V comes with a 1.5 litre (1496cc) engine that produces power output of 88bhp at 5600rpm and a peak torque performance of 132Nm at 3000rpm. The CRDI diesel motor that the car comes with is of 1.4 litre (1346cc) capacity and produces a maximum power of 67bhp at 3800rpm and peak torque of 170Nm at 1800 - 2400rpm. All engines are coupled with a 5-speed gearbox.
Hyundai i20 Active Vs Toyota Etios Cross (Safety features and Mileage)
The diesel variant of the i20 Active delivers an impressive 21.19kmpl on highways and 17.25kmpl in the city. The petrol offers 17.19kmpl on highways and 13.5kmpl in city conditions. The 1.2 litre petrol engine on the Etios delivers 17.71kmpl on highways and 13.29kmpl in city conditions. The larger petrol engine (1.5 litre) delivers 16.78kmpl on highways and 12.04kmpl in city traffic conditions. The diesel variant of the car manages to deliver 23.59kmpl on highways and 18.04kmpl in city conditions.
The i20 active uses ventilated disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The top variants of the i20 Active carry all essential equipment like the ABS, airbags, ELR seatbelts, park assist sensors with rear camera, central door locking, power door locks, engine immobilizer etc.
The Etios Cross comes with ventilated disc brakes at front and drums brakes at rear. This braking system is complimented by Anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution. The top variants of the car also get dual front SRS airbags. Other features that you get on the car are immobilizer, keyless entry, driver seat belt, door ajar, parking brake, headlamp on indicator etc.
The crossover segment now has more choices of cars than ever before and with time the number of available choices of cars is only going to increase. The Toyota Etios Cross which has been derived from the Etios Liva is a decent car that offers most variety of engines. The car also looks more butch in comparison to the Hyundai i20 Active.
Although the Etios cross is marginally lower priced, the better equipment level of the Hyundai i20 Active justifies its marginally higher price and is a winner in this comparison.
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