Tata has finally unveiled the turbo version of their gold standard hatchback, Altroz. Not much new on the inside as well as the outside, this Altroz, that Tata calls iTurbo is a whole new game under the hood. But, iTurbo is going to be put against the segment leader from a long time, the Hyundai i20. And the premium hatchback also comes with a turbocharged petrol unit. So, does it have what it takes to dethrone a king in its turbo avatar? Let’s find out.

Power Comparison | 2 Turbos, One Aim, To Perform!

Tata Altroz iTurbo vs Hyundai i20 Turbo
Tata Altroz iTurbo vs Hyundai i20 Turbo

Engine Comparison

Tata Altroz iTurbo Hyundai i20 
Engine 1.2-litre iTurbo Petrol 1.0-litre T-GDi Petrol
Power 110ps@5,500rpm 120ps@6,000rpm
Torque 140Nm@1,500-5,500rpm 172Nm@1,500-4,000rpm
Transmission 5-speed MT 6-speed iMT / 7-speed DCT
Fuel Mileage 18.3kmpl 20.28kmpl
0-100kmph 11.9 seconds 12.56 seconds

So, the Hyundai i20 is a clear winner here as there is no figure in the comparison that an beat the premium hatchback. But wait, that 0 to 100 seems to dictate a whole different story, right? Although the Altroz is heavier and less powerful than the i20, when it comes to time taken for 0 to 100 sprint, Altroz iTurbo does it better.

Hyundai i20 DCT
Hyundai i20 DCT

There’s one thing worth noticing, the transmission options as Tata has given no automatic, yet again whereas, when it comes to i20, there is no fully manual transmission. Also, the DCT offered at the i20 is the best of automatics you can get. Overall, the Hyundai i20 seems to be a better performing car in the comparo. But, there’s much more to the comparison.

Features Comparison | Tata Altroz iTurbo vs Hyundai i20

Tata Altroz iTurbo
Tata Altroz iTurbo

Being a premium segment, one would consider a hatchback that can offer comfort as well as convenience features. So, let’s see which of the ‘i’s will offer a better deal in this arena.

NOTE: WE ARE COMPARING ALTROZ iTUBRO XT, HYUNDAI i20 SPORTZ and ASTA MODELS BECAUSE THESE ARE THE PARTICULAR BASE VARIANTS WITH TURBO ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION OPTIONS.

Comfort and Convenience Comparison

Tata Altroz iTurbo Hyundai i20 Turbo
Features⬇                          Transmission➡ 5-speed MT iMT DCT
Push-button Start / Stop
Cruise Control
Infotainment System 7″ Floating Dashtop 10.24″ Touchscreen 10.24″ Touchscreen
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Support
Remote Keyless Entry
Electrically Adjustable ORVMs
Fully Automatic Climate Control
Follow me home and Find me Function
Tilt Steering
Telescopic Steering
Glovebox Cooling
Rear Defogger
Wireless Charging Pad
Rear AC Vents
Rear Wiper and Washer

So, Tata Altroz in its XT variant offers cruise control, a feature that i20 offers in the Asta(O) variant only. On the other hand, Hyundai offers bigger infotainment, wireless charger, rear AC vents, rear defogger and such features that are missing on the base variant of Altroz offering iTurbo.

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Now, It’s time for a Safety Test! 

Tata Altroz Global NCAP
Tata Altroz Global NCAP

Tata Altroz has scored a 5-star rating at the Global NCAP crash testing whereas Hyundai i20 2020 is yet to be tested. So, what we can do is compare the two for the variants that offer the turbocharged petrol engines.

Also, read 10 Safest Cars in India for Children and the Elderly

NOTE: WE ARE COMPARING ALTROZ iTUBRO XT, HYUNDAI i20 SPORTZ and ASTA MODELS BECAUSE THESE ARE THE PARTICULAR BASE VARIANTS WITH TURBO ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION OPTIONS.

Safety Features Comparison

Tata Altroz iTurbo Hyundai i20 Turbo 
Safety Features⬇                                Transmission➡ 5-speed MT iMT DCT
Dual-front Airbags
TPMS
ABS  with EBD
ESC
Reverse Parking Sensors
Reverse Parking Camera with Display
Hill Assist Control
Emergency Stop Signal
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorage
Auto Headlamps

Hyundai i20 seems to offer a better safety package overall. But, i20 misses on ISOFIX child seat anchors which are only offered in the top-spec. On the other hand, i20 offers HAC, ESS, ESC and TPMS, which Altroz lacks.

Verdict | Which ‘i” to choose?

Well, we are not done with the comparison yet because Tata Altroz is yet to reveal the pricing of iTurbo Altroz. The current XT variant of Altroz is priced at ₹6,99,000 and even if the iTurbo variant comes at an extra premium of ₹1,00,000, it still around ₹60,000 shy of the base model of i20 offering turbo engine. So, this might make a good selling point for Altroz iTurbo. Rest, the time will tell.

Take a look: Tata Altroz i-Turbo Finally Unveiled. Bookings Open At ₹11,000

So, what do you think about the Tata Altroz iTurbo? Do let us know in the comments section below about your ‘i’ choice!

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