The all-new Hyundai i20 has gained massive popularity in the Indian market. Launched in the Indian market last year, the all-new premium hatchback has sure caught a lot of attention on the roads because of its sharp design and a detailed features list. With the all-new i20, Hyundai has introduced three engine options – 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol, 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel to target a wider range of customers. But how well does it do against the Maruti Suzuki Baleno? Well, here is a drag race video that shows the Maruti Suzuki Baleno against the all-new i20. Here are the results.
The video by Arun Pawar shows the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai i20 drag race. Since the Baleno is not available with a diesel engine, this drag race is done between the petrol models only. Also, Hyundai offers turbocharged petrol and a regular naturally-aspirated petrol engine option with the i20. This video shows the drag race between only the naturally-aspirated petrol engine options available in both vehicles.
The i20 here seems to be in a brand-new condition. There is not even a permanent plate on the vehicle. The Baleno looks like it has been driven around for a long time now. We are not sure if this is the DualJet version or the standard VTVT engine. The DualJet engine is 7 PS more powerful but produces a similar amount of torque as the VTVT.
The drag races
There are a total of three rounds in this video. After the first two rounds, they even change the driver to ensure that the drag races are fair and to the point. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno passes the i20 within a few seconds of the start of the races. The Baleno remains ahead and even gains more gap on the way during the race. This happens in all three rounds and the Baleno comes out as a winner in all three rounds. Even after changing the drivers in the last round and racing again, the Baleno comes out as a winner.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno here gets powered by a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine. The VTVT variant produces a maximum of 83 PS and a peak torque of 113 Nm. The DualJet engine produces a maximum of 90 PS and the torque output remains the same. The Hyundai i20 1.2 Kappa produces a similar 83 PS and peak torque of 115 Nm. Both of them get a five-speed manual transmission.
When it comes to weight, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is much lighter compared to the Hyundai i20. This is why it has a better power-to-weight ratio and that is why it is much quicker off the mark. Hyundai i20’s most powerful variant, which is powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is much more powerful when compared to the naturally-aspirated engine. It produces a maximum power of 120 PS but that is only available with 7-speed DCT and 6-speed IMT.