NEW SWIFT VS HYUNDAI iGen i20: REVOLUTIONIZING DIESELS
Success like Swift is every car manufacturers dream. Whatever be the market
condition Swift from Maruti just refuses to relent is dominating command over
the Indian car market. Success cam earlt to Swift, as a matter of fact it’s
successful journey started right from its launch. Hyundai i20 is another worthy
contender that seems to have followe dth Swift’s success path quite admirably
and made cash counter ring with green bucks since its launch. Both these cars
got diesel under their hood early in their life which in turn helped these cars
to re-cement their market standing when the diesel juggernaut hit the Indian
car market. Both Swift and I20 have another thing in common and that is both of
them did not rest on their old laurels and refreshed themselves with new
avatars over time. We at ecardlr decided to put the diesel version of New Swift
2011 and iGen i20 head to head to decide who gets to wear the Winners crown.
Both New Swift 2011 and iGen i20 are no less than super models in their own
right. Aesthetically both the cars looks stylish and contemporary; iGen i20
though leads in style department by a small margin over the New Swift 2011.
Swift is the evolution of its predecessor model but new iGen i20 got heavy
revamping especially on its front face. New Swift has now more road
presence thanks to its grown dimensions while iGen i20 retains its
identity as a big hatch.
Front face of Swift is instantly recognizable while iGen i20 nose and eyes
incorporated the fluidic design language in its new avatar. In case of Swift,
side profile remains same as of previous model except for increased wheelbase
while iGen i20 has sharp creases running across the profile merging towards the
rear end of the car. Strong shoulder line along with blacked out pillars give
Swift a distinct identity whereas iGen i20’s paint quality along with fit&
finish continues to impress us.
Swift has adopted a more rounded theme in rear profile while iGen i20
chooses to have pronounced bumper. Both have wrap around and clear lens tail
Interiors of the New Swift have undergone a radical change. The cabin now feels
more up-market, thanks to the use of high quality grains as well as inserts of
Chrome. In comparison i20 cabin feels a little bit of low standards especially
the way the whole thing has been assembled inside. Centre console lacks flair
and air con vents are odd in shape.
While the Swift has definitely more flair, iGen i20 fights back with its
equipment levels with its start-stop button, Eco Drive and reverse guiding
system. Both cars however feature the multi information display with the
utility of aux-in and USB, adjustable steering wheel column along with driver
height adjust feature are also common in both the cars.
Space is proposition where iGen i20 dominates heavily on New Swift 2011. Though
New Swift 2011 now comes with addition of 40 mm in wheelbase, it still far from
being a roomy and spacious cabin. In comparison, iGen i20’s 2525 mm of
wheelbase will provides a roomier and relaxed drive. Also the support in case
of iGen i20 is more on the back bench and family will feel happier in iGen i20
than in Swift. On the other hand, Swift with its low-window lines along with
small size windows still make you feel cooped up inside the cabin.
New Swift 2011 continues to sport Fiat’s acclaimed multi-jet diesel technology;
rebadged as DDIS under its hood. Engine displaces 1248 cc and capable of
producing 75 PS of power & 190 NM of torque. Hyundai iGen i20, on the other
hand makes 90 PS of raw power with 224 NM of torque through the engine
displacing 1396 cc.
Swift’s engine is punchy, responsive and offers great drivability though a
little bit of lag is present at the bottom end rig. In case of iGen i20
this lag is more evident which however continues right up to the point where
the turbo kicks in, however refinement is better than that of Swift. iGen i20
feels more sluggish Vs the New Swift 2011 in low speeds and one wants to change
the gear more often to give it some pulling power.
Part-throttle responses are sharper in the New Swift 2011 than in iGen i20,
but the mid range of iGen i20 is more gratifying than that of new Swift2011. In fact new Swift comes with tuning of the engine that makes the delivery
of power more linear than ever before. This means that you will always miss
that strong push-back that old Swift was known once turbo kicks in. Same
feeling you can enjoy now in iGen i20 which has strong mid range with plenty of
torque to appease your senses.
New 2011 Swift’s engine is mated with 5-Speed manual transmission while iGen
i20 employs 6-speed manual transmission. Gear shifting is smoother and positive
in case of New Swift than in iGen i20. There won’t be much difference in
mileage as Swift claims 22.9 Km/l in comparison to 21.9 km/l of i20.
In the matter of the heart (engine) New swift 2011 scores over iGen i20thansk
to its linear power delivery which makes it really apt city run about as both
these cars will rarely see highways.
New Swift 2011 features the underpinnings of McPherson and torsion beam while I
Gen i20 uses McPherson strut upfront and coupled torsion beam at rear to
suspend the wheels. Ride is more comfortable in iGen i20 even though Swift
suspension now comes with more comfort than previous model. iGen i20 isolates
you better from the road’s undulations than that of New 2011 Swift’s. New Swift
though has shown a big improvement thanks to than bigger 15” alloy wheels which
car now comes with, making ride more comfortable though in comparison, it still
feel a little bit choppy in nature.
There is little change in the New Swift 2011 in its handling department, though
some ride improvements have taken their toll on handling capability of car;
still it remains a benchmark in handling department. Hyundai’s iGen i20
struggles to resist rolling; a part of the poor performance can be attributed
to soft setting and long wheelbase.
iGen i20 loses to Swift in Ride & handling mainly for one reason and that
is it’s R14 tyres which are a tad too smallfor a car of this size. This in turn
effects the cars driving dynamic almost negating everything its great
suspension manages to deliver.
VALUE FOR MONEY
New Swift 2011 diesel range starts from 5.64 lakh while iGen i20’s retailing
range starts at 5.96 lakh. Top model is where Swift leads the tally with
considerable margin (Rs. 50,000 more over iGen i20). A more sensible pricing of
i20 would have impacted the sale of Swift which, at the time, shows no signs of
slowing down. The average waiting period of Swift is now approaching to 5
months with more and more people queuing outside the showroom to book another
one. Hyundai, on other hand, need to come out with one or more distinctive
competencies of iGen i20 which, in fact, is a very good culmination of all the
qualities. iGen I20 seems to be an all rounder rather than excelling in one
department. Tangible price difference in favor of the New Swift 2011 makes it
do better in VFM department over the iGen i20,