Swift vs i20 Pricing – The i-Gen i20 does have more features than the Swift but is priced significantly higher too. While Maruti Suzuki offers the Swift in 6 variants, powered by 2 engines, Hyundai offers 12 variants of the i20, powered by 3 engines. The Swift’s pricing starts at Rs. 5.18 lakhs for the base LXi variants, while the top end ZDi retails at Rs. 7.84 lakhs. The Hyundai i20 on the other hand starts at Rs. 5.53 lakhs for the base Era 1.2 and goes all the way upto Rs. 8.98 lakhs for the top end Sportz Automatic (all prices on-road, Mumbai). The i20 might be costlier but there is an i20 at every price of the Swift and with similar features to boot.
Fuel Efficiency – Both Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai have tweaked their cars for fuel efficiency. The petrol Swift returns 18.6 km/l, while the petrol i20 returns 18.5 km/l. The petrol automatic i20 which uses a 1.4-litre engine producing 100 BHP of power at 5500 RPM and 139 Nm of torque at 4200 RPM returns 15 km/l. The diesel Swift returns 22.9 km/l while the diesel i20 returns 21.9 km/l. All these figures are ARAI certified and in real world conditions, both the i20 and Swift will return more or less the same mileage.
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The i20 is the best hatchback for the city, period.
Conclusion – Both the Hyundai i20 and Maruti Suzuki Swift are the best hatchbacks that you can buy today. Both offer strong performance, good fuel efficiency and class leading features. Both cost roughly the same too (the i20 might be more expensive but offers a whole lot more. The mid variants of the i20 are priced similar to the Swift and offer similar equipment). But it is the i20 which emerges as the winner here thanks to better built quality, better list of equipment, shorter waiting period and a wider variant range. The Swift is still the better car for the highway, but for most the i20 is the more practical option.
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