Tata Altroz vs Maruti Baleno vs Hyundai i20 – Premium Hatchback Tussle

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Here’s the comparison of Tata Altroz, Maruti Baleno and Hyundai i20 on the basis of looks, dimensions, interior, engine & specs and features.  

Baleno vs i20 vs Altroz

The premium hatchback battle was going on calmly between Hyundai i20 and Maruti Suzuki Baleno until Tata stunned the auto enthusiasts with its Altroz. With a starting price of Rs 5.29 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Tata Altroz comes in direct rivalry with the segment leader Baleno and ex-segment leader Hyundai i20. Let’s compare the three and weigh their specs to know which one is the best of the lot in this short spec comparison.

Design

Tata Altroz vs Baleno vs i20

Tata Altroz does not deviate much from the 45X concept it is based on. There are interesting elements such as black sill running across the waistline, glossy black shade on the front grille and at the rear which give it a distinct appeal. Overall, the surface is filled with cuts and creases lending it a sharp, edgy design.

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Maruti Baleno vs i20

Juxtaposed to the Altroz, Maruti Baleno embraces a curvaceous design. It comes with the chrome-lined front grille with 3D detailing. A redesigned bumper in the 2019 update helped amplify the sportier essence of the Baleno. The 16-inch precision-cut alloys make it look bolder.

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hyundai i20 vs maruti baleno

Just like the Baleno, the mild-refreshes haven’t been radical for the Hyundai Elite i20 either. It continues to retain the fluidic design language with a sleeker grille. However, when it comes to premium-ness, the Elite i20 falls short compared to its rivals, especially the Altroz.

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Dimensions

In their bid to remain within the sub-4m mark to enjoy excise benefits, the premium hatchbacks are more or less similar in length. The Altroz is the widest and the tallest, followed by the Baleno and Elite i20. However, the Hyundai beats the two by having the longest wheelbase which should translate into a better leg and knee room for occupants. This has shrunken the boot space by a fair amount though. The Altroz trumps the other two with the maximum boot capacity.

Have a look at the dimensions:

 Cars Tata Altroz  Hyundai Elite i20 Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Length 3990 mm 3985 mm 3995 mm
Width 1755 mm 1734 mm 1745 mm
Height 1523 mm 1505 mm 1510 mm
Wheelbase 2501 mm 2570 mm 2520 mm
Boot Space 345-litres 285-litres 339-litres

 

Interior

In the first glance, the Tata Altroz interiors appear premium with floating touchscreen infotainment system and neatly aligned sections on the dashboard. However, the plastic quality is a bit rough, which should have been smooth considering it’s a premium hatch. The intelligent storage spaces, comfortable and spacious seating enhance its visual appeal.

Maruti Baleno gets a clutter-free dashboard with hints of the curvaceous design outside. The cabin does look premium and ergonomics are nicely set to suit most occupants. Compared to its last update, the changes have been subtle. Missing out on wireless smartphone charging, it gets power adjustable ORVMs, auto-dimming IRVMs and rear AC vents.

You get two interior themes to choose in the Elite i20 – all-black and dual tone beige-black. Although the cabin looks dated compared to the competition, it scores high on the fit and finish levels. It gets cooled glove box and wireless charging as practical features. It offers good leg and shoulder room but falls short of the Altroz and Baleno.

Engine & Specifications

 Car Models Tata Altroz  Maruti Suzuki Baleno Hyundai Elite i20
Engine 1.2L petrol/1.5L diesel 1.2L petrol /1.2L petrol (mild hybrid) 1.2L petrol
Emission Compliance BS6/BS6 BS6/BS6 BS6
Power 86 PS/90 PS 83 PS/90 PS 83 PS
Torque 113 Nm/200 Nm 113 Nm/113 Nm 115 Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual with both 5-speed manual, CVT/5-speed manual 5-speed manual

 

The mild-hybrid motor of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno takes the lead with the best in the competition power figures of 90 PS in the petrol engine. While all engines are BS6 compliant, the Baleno carries the advantage of a CVT transmission which is missed in its counterparts. The Altroz is the only car in its segment to have a BS6 diesel engine to its name. Although the Baleno gets a 1.2L diesel, it would be soon out of production as it is BS4. The Altroz and Elite i20 will be getting the automatic gearbox options with their petrol motors soon.

Features

Being a premium hatchback segment, all the cars are laden with features. The Tata Altroz gets cruise control, parking camera, rear fog lamps, multiple driving modes, semi-digital instrument cluster, rear AC vents, wearable key and rain-sensing wipers.

Whereas the Maruti Baleno gets LED headlamps, auto-dimming IRVM, telescopic steering and 60:40 split seats which are absent in the Altroz and Elite i20.

Among the three, the Hyundai Elite i20 is the safest as it gets side and curtain airbags as well.

Common features shared by the three include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, ISOFIX child seat anchors, central locking, power windows, touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, idle start/stop, front fog lamps, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, steering-mounted controls, projector headlamps, keyless entry, Daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, auto AC, push-button start, height-adjustable driver seat and rear washer wiper and defogger.

Verdict

If you are looking for a diesel car, your only option is the Tata Altroz which is available with BS6 compliant diesel motor (Baleno is available with BS4 diesel till March 31; however, you won’t be able to buy as the lockdown continues till March 31 unless the government postpones the imposition of BS6 norms). Among the three, the Altroz appears to be a more rounded package with contemporary looks, potent engines and host of features. While the Baleno is the second good option, the Hyundai i20 has started to show its age and loses the battle in spec comparison.

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