Recently, India has become obsessed with high powered engines in smaller machines. The premium hatchback segment has some great turbo petrol cars in the form of Polo and new i20. However expensive pricing may seem a barrier. Turbocharged petrol engines provide more power as well as efficiency for Indian roads. Find out below how the Hyundai i20 Turbo vs. Volkswagen Polo Turbo shapes up.

Price and Engine

NameHyundai i20 TurboVolkswagen Polo TSI
PriceRs. 10.25 lakhRs. 9.38 lakh
Engine Type1.0-litre Turbo GDi1.0-litre TSI Petrol
Displacement998cc999cc
Max. Power118.36bhp/6000rpm108.62bhp/5000-5500rpm
Max. Torque171.62Nm/1500-4000rpm175Nm/1750-4000rpm
Fuel efficiency20.25 km/l18.24 km/l
Fuel tank capacity37 litres45 litres
Transmission Option6-speed iMT/7-speed DCT6-speed manual/6-speed torque converter

We can clearly see that the Volkswagen TSI is less priced but comes with less performance too. While the torque figures are pretty close, the Hyundai i20 Turbo wins clearly in the max power department. The large fuel tank capacity of the Polo is also quite beneficial for long road trips. The Hyundai i20 Turbo also provides more fuel efficiency at 20.25 km/l.  The Volkswagen Polo is the only turbo car in its segment with authentic manual transmission where you also get clutch control.

More about Hyundai i20 Turbo

Hyundai has recently launched the third-generation i20. It has been received very well by the customers, with over 30,000 bookings within 45 days of its launch. Part of its appeal is the wide variety of engine and transmission options that it offers. Naturally, being a Hyundai means a ton of features, to begin with.

The new car is offered with either an iMT gearbox or a DCT unit. Both of these transmissions makes it an engaging experience for the driver. Driving enthusiasts prefer to have full control of the car and hence, the iMT gearbox allows that. Although there is no clutch, the driver can shift gears manually to drive according to his wish.

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Hyundai’s 1.0 Turbo GDI engine isn’t the liveliest engine at low revs but the DCT does help here. The gearbox does a good job of masking the engine’s weak bottom end and keeps the i20 in the right gear, so you won’t have any problem maintaining momentum or keeping up with the flow of traffic. Part-throttle responses are good and you’ll also like the low engine noise levels in town.

More about Volkswagen Polo

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Volkswagen is a brand that has always produced driver-oriented cars. They have always engineered their cars to offer maximum driving pleasure. Although some might argue, that they do it at the cost of convenience features, at least with their products in India.

Hyundai i20 turbo Polo

The handling of a Volkswagen just can not be underestimated. They always come up with a balanced suspension setup which allows a tremendous amount of agility to the car. The jump from 3,000rpm to around 6,000rpm delivers a strong push in the small of your back, and shift up a gear and there’s not much of a let-up in performance.

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Acceleration is so strong, the 1.0-litre does the 0-100kph sprint in just 9.97sec, making it one of the fastest hatchbacks around. Only Fiat’s Abarth Punto was quicker but with most of the hot hatches discontinued, the Polo 1.0 TSI stands unchallenged.  Also, find the right road and the 1.0 TSI will hit a maximum speed of 192kph – gives you an idea of just how much grunt there is in the motor.

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