Italian automaker Fiat rolled out the refreshed version of its flagship hatchback, the Punto Evo into the Indian market this week with prices starting at Rs 4.55 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi.) The new Punto Evo goes head to head with the current market leader Maruti Suzuki Swift, the Volkswagen Polo that was recently updated and the Hyundai i20 in the Indian market, which is also slated for a refresh as the ‘Elite i20’ on the 12th of August. We take a quick look at the variants, specs and technical details of all the four models that are fighting out in the lucrative hatchback segment.
Of all the four hatchbacks, the Fiat Punto Evo is the longest measuring 3,989mmm, while the Maruti Suzuki Swift is the shortest in the lot. Second and third spots get secured with the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Volkswagen Polo respectively. Though the Swift is shortest, it is also the most widest and tallest in comparison, measuring 1,695mm in width. Next comes Punto Evo, Volkswagen Polo and the Elite i20. In terms of wheelbase, the Hyundai Elite i20 rakes the top spot, followed by Punto Evo, Volkswagen Polo and the Maruti Suzuki Swift. Boot space of the i20 is the largest with a total capacity of 295 litres, while both the Punto Evo and the Polo have the same boot space of 280 litres. The Maruti Suzuki Swift features the smallest boot space of 210 litres.
Engine & Performance (Petrol)
The newly launched Fiat Punto Evo and the Hyundai i20 are both being powered by a 1.2-litre and a 1.4-litre petrol engine. The Volkswagen Polo too, gets two petrol engine options: a 1.2-litre and a 1.2-litre GT TSI unit. The Maruti Suzuki Swift on the other hand, is available with only one engine option, i.e. a 1.2-litre unit. All the four hatchbacks comes with a standard 5-Speed manual transmission, except for the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI, which gets a 7-Speed DSG automatic and the i20 1.4-litre variant, which is equipped with a 4-Speed automatic tranny.
Among the lot, is the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI that puts out the most power at 105PS, while the Punto Evo 1.2-litre produces the lowest power output of 68PS. In terms of torque, it is again the Polo GT TSI that is rated at the top with 175Nm at tap, while the Punto Evo’s engine produces the least amount of torque at 96Nm.
In terms of fuel efficiency, it is tough for any automaker to beat the mileage derived out of Maruti Suzuki cars. The ARAI claimed figure for the Swift hatchback stands at a class leading 18.6 kmpl, while the Punto Evo is able to return a mileage of 14.4 kmpl, making it least efficient in the lot.
Engine & Performance (Diesel)
The diesel variants of the Punto Evo and the Swift both employs the same 1.3-litre Multijet powerplant. However, Fiat has tuned the said engine in two states: one producing 78PS of max power and 197Nm of peak torque and the other, producing 90PS of max power and 209Nm of peak torque. The Volkswagen Polo too, uses the new 1.5-litre unit that is offered in two states of tune. Lastly, the i20 makes use of a 1.4-litre powerplant.
Among the lot, it is the brand new 1.5-litre unit equipped in the Volkswagen Polo that produces the highest power output at 105PS, while the Swift produces the least power at 73PS. In terms of torque, the Polo GT TDI once again, tops the chart at 205Nm, while the Swift hatchback comes in at the last position.
All the aforementioned engine have been coupled to a 5-Speed manual gearbox, except for the i20, which comes mated to a 6-Speed manual tranny. ARAI claimed fuel efficiency figures for the Swift, i20, Punto Evo and the Polo hatchback are 22.9 kmpl, 21.9 kmpl, 21.2 kmpl and the 19.9 kmpl respectively.
Among the four hatchbacks, the newly launched Fiat Punto Evo is the most economical model with prices starting at Rs 4.55 lakh and going up to Rs 7.19 lakh. However, the prices announced for the Punto Evo are introductory and are likely to see a hike in the coming months. The most expensive hatchback to own in the lot then, is the Volkswagen Polo with prices starting at Rs 6.27 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi.)
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