What does it take to dethrone a car that has been at the top of the sales chart for 15 years? Simple, be Swift in your actions. And that is what the hot hatch from India’s largest carmaker, the Swift has done. Meanwhile, there is a hatchback that has been trying to take on the leader every then and now. It is the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios. So, if you are in the market looking for a hatchback, which one should you go for? Let’s find out.

Which of the two is more fun to drive?

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios

Engine and Transmission comparison

Maruti Suzuki Swift Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
Engine 1.2-litre  Petrol 1.2-litre Kappa Petrol U2 CRDi 1.2-litre 1.0-litre Turbo-petrol
Power@rpm 82.93ps@6,000  83ps@6,000 75ps@4,000 100ps@6,000
Torque@rpm 113Nm@4,200 113.7Nm@4,000 190.24Nm@1,750-2,250 171.61Nm@1,500-4,000
Transmission 5MT / AMT 5MT / AMT Manual (5-speed)
Fuel Mileage 21.21kmpl 20kmpl 25kmpl 20.7kmpl

Grand i10 Nios offers multiple options when it comes to engines. You get to choose between diesel, petrol and turbo petrol. Swift on the other hand has one engine option only. The turbo mill at i10 Nios is the most powerful in the comparison. But, Maruti Suzuki is going to upgrade the Swift with a more powerful engine and some minor tweaks. Take a look: 2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift | Here’s What We Can Expect!

Dimensions Comparison

Maruti Suzuki Swift Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
Length (mm) 3,840 3,805
Width (mm) 1,735 1,680
Height (mm) 1,530 1,520
Wheelbase (mm) 2,450 2,450
Boot Space (Litres) 268 260

Swift is lengthier, wider and taller than the Nios. The extra 10 mm of height offers extra headroom, the extra 55mm of width offers better shoulder room and the extra length… Well, the wheelbase is the same. Swift also offers 8 litres of extra boot space!

Which of the hatchbacks offer better features?

Maruti Suzuki Swift | Hatchbacks with LED Headlamps
Maruti Suzuki Swift | Hatchbacks with LED Headlamps

Comfort and Convenience Features Comparison

Maruti Suzuki Swift  Hyundai Grand i10 Nios 
Wireless Phone Charger
Tilt Steering
Fully Automatic AC
Rear parcel tray
Cooled Glove Box
Infotainment System 8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment 7-inch SmartPlay Studio
Apple Carplay and Android Auto Support
Steering Mounted Controls
Digital Instrument Cluster Partial
Engine Push Start/Stop Button
Rear Defogger
Auto Headlamps
Electrically adjustable ORVMs
60:40 Split Rear Seat

NOTE: WE HAVE COMPARED THE TOP-SPEC VARIANTS OF BOTH THE CARS FOR COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE FEATURES. 

Except a few features such as wireless charger and cooled glovebox at the Nios, both the hatchbacks offer a good package of features. Now let’s take a look at the safety features offered by the cars. 

Maruti Suzuki Swift vs Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
Maruti Suzuki Swift vs Hyundai Grand i10 Nios

Safety Features Comparison

Maruti Suzuki Swift Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
Dual Front Airbags
ABS with EBD
Reverse Parking Sensors
Speed Sensing Door Lock
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors
High-Speed Alarm

NOTE: FEATURES MENTIONED IN THE TABLE ARE FOR BASE VARIANTS. HIGHER VARIANTS MIGHT OFFER THE MISSING FEATURES. 

But, Grand i10 Nios does not offer ISOFIX, even in the top-spec variant. The higher variants of both the cars offer additional safety features such as reverse parking camera, speed-sensing door lock, impact sensing door unlock and so on.

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Price Comparison | Maruti Suzuki Swift vs Hyundai Grand i10 Nios

Variant-wise Price Comparison

Cars Variants Price
Maruti Suzuki Swift LXI ₹5,49,000
VXI ₹6,19,000
VXI AGS ₹6,66,000
ZXI ₹6,78,000
ZXI AGS ₹7,25,000
ZXI+ ₹7,58,000
ZXI+ AGS ₹8,02,000
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Era (Base) ₹5,12,690
Magna AMT ₹6,50,310
Sportz Turbo ₹7,75,750
Diesel Magna ₹7,05,810
Asta (Diesel) ₹8,35,150

If the base variant is what you seek, Grand i10 Nios offers better pricing. As for the top-spec, Swift offers a petrol engine only, whereas i10 offers a diesel option too.

Verdict | Should you choose Maruti Suzuki Swift or Hyundai Grand i10 Nios? 

2020 Maruti Suzuki Swift Electric Blue
2020 Maruti Suzuki Swift Electric Blue

Swift overall seems to be a better package, be it the peppy engine or the features although there are a few missing such as the wireless charger. Grand i10 Nios on the other hand offers a turbo-petrol engine, which is a whole new level. What do you think? Which hatch is better? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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