While Indian’s still love their sedans and SUVs, a new category of premium hatchbacks is slowly emerging. Two of the best hatchbacks on sale in India today are the Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Hyundai i20. The Swift has been a best seller, since the very time of its launch in 2005 and accounts for a major chunk of sales and profit for Maruti Suzuki. The i20 on the other hand is not far behind and has been doing decent numbers for Hyundai. Both these cars have been updated recently and are so good that deciding one amongst them can be confusing at times. We took them out on a Sunday morning to find out how they fare against each other.
Styling - Deciding one amongst them based on looks alone is a difficult task. Both the i20 and Swift look good in their own right. The Swift’s styling has not got a significant update in the latest generation model and Suzuki engineers decided to evolve the styling from the old car. The new Swift is larger in all dimensions and looks modern thanks to the headlight and tail light treatment. The i-Gen i20 on the other hand majorly retains the old car’s dimensions. The new bumpers have given it increased length but the overall shape is unaltered. The fluidic treatment to the front doesn’t give it drop dead gorgeous looks like the Verna and the front is a mixed bag. The side profile remains the same with new wheels, while the rear now gets new tail lights.
Head over to the next page to read about the interiors of the i20 and Swift.