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Tata Altroz vs Hyundai i20 | The Premium Hatch Battle

We all know that SUVs are among the best-selling car segment. Well, the best-selling segment still is the hatchback. And what’s better than a premium hatchback that offers the best of many worlds? One, is performance, the next features and lastly fuel efficiency. And in the premium hatchback category, the two best-selling hatchbacks are the Tata Altroz and the Hyundai i20. That said, if you are in the market for one and are confused between the two, let us make it a little easy for you to decide. So, before further ado, let’s get straight in.

Hyundai i20 Black edition
Hyundai i20 / Image For representation only

The Dimensions | Which has better real estate?

Let’s start with the looks. Well, the looks are subjective, some will prefer one over the other. So, considering the looks, you tell us in the comment section, which one you like the most. Moving on.

Tata Altroz DCA Opera Blue
Tata Altroz / Image for Representation Only

When buying a hatchback, it is necessary for the car to have ample space so that all the passengers are in comfort. In addition, the car is ought to have more than enough room for luggage. Hence here, the size does matter.


Tata Altroz Hyundai i20
Length (mm) 3990 3995
Width (mm) 1755 1775
Height (mm) 1523 1505
Wheelbase (mm) 2501 2580
Ground Clearance (mm) 165 170
Boot Space (Litres) 345 311

With the digits in front, clearly, it is the Hyundai that is winning this battle as of now. Well, in almost all aspects Hyundai i20 has higher values. For instance, the wheelbase of Hyundai is considerably higher than that of Altroz. This means, that the Hyundai i20 will have better interior space at least for the people sitting in the rear seats. But the Altroz takes wins the boot space card. Compared to i20, Altroz is miles ahead.

Which has the better interior of the lot?

Tata Altroz launched | The Interior
Tata Altroz / The Interior / Image of the top end trim

Well, to keep the competition fair and square we are comparing the base trim of both the cars. Hence it all comes down to the basic features that these car offer.


Tata Altroz Hyundai i20
Infotainment System 2-DIN audio system
Speakers 0 4
Rear AC Vents
Vanity Mirrors
Day and Night IRVM
Steering Adjustment Tilt Tilt and Telescopic
Front Armrest
Sunglass Holder
Cooled Glovebox
Power Windows Front Only Front and Rear
ORVMs Black body-coloured
Crash Test Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐
Airbags 2 2

Well, the base trim of Tata Altroz is lacking some basic features. So, it all boils down to the fact which of the two will you be happier with. Also, there are some features that cannot be installed as aftermarket. Just saying. Here is a complete list, if you want to know more about it.

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With that in typical Tata fashion, Altroz is among the safest cars in the country as it is scored full 5 stars in the global NCAP crash test rating. Talking about i20, it only has 3 stars in the crash test rating. But never the less, both cars come with basic safety features that include, 2 standard airbags as standard ABS+EBD and others. However, the child seat anchor points are only available with the Hyundai i20.

Which vehicles offer Power and Fuel economy?


Both the cars, Tata Altroz and Hyundai i20 both come with two petrol engine options, a conventional naturally aspirated and turbo petrol. In addition to that, both i20 Altroz also comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine if anyone is interested in it. But both the cars in their base trim offer only a naturally aspirated petrol as well as diesel

Engine And Transmission

Tata Altroz
Hyundai i20
Fuel Type Petrol Diesel Petrol Diesel
Engine 1199 cc, I3 1497 cc, I4 1197 cc, I4 1493 cc, I4
Power 85 bhp @ 6000 rpm 89 bhp @ 4000 rpm 82 bhp @ 6000 rpm 99 bhp @ 4000 rpm
Torque 113 Nm @ 3300 rpm 200 Nm @ 1250 rpm 115 Nm @ 4200 rpm 240 Nm @ 1500 rpm
Claimed Mileage (kmpl) (ARAI) 18.5 23 20.3 25.2
Fuel Tank Capacity Litres 37 37 37 37

In both situations, it is the Hyundai that is more fuel efficient. And additionally, for the petrol trim, the i20 comes with a 4-cylinder engine. This means it offers better NVH levels.

Price and the final verdict

As said, the vehicles we compared were the base trim for both the respective vehicles. And considering the price, i20 starts at a little bit higher than that of the Tata Altroz. But then, Hyundai also comes with more features in the base trim than the Altroz. But here is the price for both vehicles.

Prices (Ex-Showroom)

Tata Altroz
Hyundai i20
Fuel Type Petrol (XE) Diesel (XE Plus) Petrol (Magna) Diesel (Magna)
Price Rs. 6.29 Lakh
Rs. 7.85 Lakh
Rs. 7.07 Lakh
Rs. 8.42 Lakh

Let us know in the comment section which of the two will you pick.

Utkarsh Bhardwaj
Utkarsh Bhardwaj
Technical Content Strategist at GoMechanic | Big Time Petrolhead with the passion for building cars and driving those beauties.


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