It’s a tough choice to make, actually. Both the Hyundai i20 and
the Volkswagen Polo are high quality, premium hatchbacks.
Somehow, their advantages and disadvantages seem to cancel each other.
For instance, when you want performance, the i20 wins, but when you want
great road dynamics, the Polo wins.
If you want space, the i20 gives you that, but if you want clean European
looks, it has to be the Veedub.
And so on and so forth, almost like a yin-and-yang of sorts. We pitted both the
cars and drove them extensively to put together this quick reckoner.
For more detailed car comparison between the two, you can visit
Car Comparison- Polo Vs i20
We Indians have taken a huge liking to the i20’s lines and the prominent snout
and muscular curves are a big hit.
It looks funky and youthful, all right. The i20 looks like a premium, expensive
hatchback, which means the design has worked.
The new Hyundai i20 also offers a whole lot of other things, such as new
electronic safety features, including the new Vehicle Stability Management
active safety system that combines traction control, stability control and the
new active steering system together to improve the directional stability of the
Price Range: Rs 4.85 to 7.64 Lakhs.
An Italian Volkswagen! There is no grey area with the Polo’s looks. Except for
the tame and unassuming rear end, the Polo is a very good looking car.
In red, with the 15-inch alloys, it really looks smashing. The aggressive
Scirocco front end that has now become a hallmark of all the new-gen VWs,
The architecture of the Polo is a bit more traditional compared to the taller i20,
so it looks like a conventional hatchback. But it’s a good looking car for sure.
Releasing the hatch by depressing the VW badge is a neat effect too.
Price Range: Rs 5.05 to 7.11 Lakhs.
Overview i20 Polo
Fuel Type Petrol Diesel
Mileage-City(kmpl) 11.0 13.3
Mileage-Highway(kmpl) 15.0 19.7
Available Colors 6 4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Engine Description 1.4L Gamma Petrol
1.6-litre 103.6bhp 16V
TDI Diesel Engine
Engine Displacement(cc) 1396 1598
Maximum Power 98.6bhp@5500rpm 103.6bhp@4400rpm
Maximum Torque 136.3Nm@4200rpm 250Nm@1500-
Overview i20 Polo
Air Conditioner Yes Yes
CD Player Yes Yes
Power Steering Yes Yes
Power Windows Yes Yes
Leather Seats No No
Central Locking Yes Yes