India is a country where value for money really matters. People like to have a lot of bang for their buck. So if the vehicle costs Rs 10 lakhs, they would expect it to make them feel like a Rs 10 lakh car. More than outright usefulness, some people want to have the ability to show-off with additional features. So if you are buying a premium hatchback and want the most feature-loaded one, which one should you go for? Well we did an in-depth analysis to tell you just that.
Without much ado, the winner is: Hyundai i20 Elite Asta (o) variant. And the runner-up? Maruti Baleno Alpha variant. How exactly did we come to this conclusion? We shall give you a detailed description.
The Elite i20 is only one of two vehicles to offer side and curtain airbags as standard on the top of the line version, the other being the Ford Figo. Since this offers the most airbags along with ABS, rear parking sensors, reverse camera, auto head lamps, seat belt pre-tensioners and height adjustment, this vehicle deserves to be on top.
The Baleno on the other hand offers dual airbags, ABS with EBD, auto headlamps, seat belts with force limiters and pre-tensioners, rear parking sensors and camera as well.
Infotainment and instruments
The i20 comes with a 7.0′ touch screen infotainment system with navigation, has bluetooth, USB, AUX, steering mounted audio controls. The instrument cluster also has a lot of details like parking sensor display, service reminder, steering position reminder and the usual trip meters and distance to empty.
The Baleno in addition to that gets Apple Car play which enables you to link you Apple phone to the car system. While this is a plus for those who have Apple phones, it is mainly a gimick for the rest. The instrument binacle is more cooler on the Baleno though as it offers power/torque meters and other such cool displays that make the driving experience better.
The i20 comes with climate control and a inozer cluster which purifies the air, a must given how polluted our country is getting. It also gets rear AC vents, cooled glove box, tilt and telescopic steering, push button start with key less entry and auto folding mirrors (when you lock the car)
While the Baleno comes really close, it misses out on rear AC vents, cooled glove box and the automatically shutting mirrors once the car is locked.
Both the i20 and the Baleno are really well loaded for the price they are at. It is only when you dig down deep that you realize that the i20 just edges out ahead of the Baleno with the help of a few small touches. Yes, there are a few things in the Baleno (Apple Car play) that are missing in the i20, but looking at the other features, the i20 comes up first and the Baleno a really close second.
This article has been limited to only the budged hatchbacks. We didn’t include the high end hatchbacks like the Volvo V40, the Mercedes A Class, the Mini Cooper or the BMW 1 Series since they are out of the budget of many people.
*All details have been taken from the brochures of the respecitve car manufacturers