If you have a budget of Rs 13 lakhs then you are faced with the question of whether to buy a comfortable sedan or a feature-packed premium hatchback – Maruti Ciaz vs Hyundai i20. Today we are going to run you through all the pros and cons of both these vehicles as well as what is offered on them at Rs 13 lakhs. For now, we are comparing the Asta (O) 1.5 diesel variant on the Hyundai i20 and the Zeta 1.5 AT on the Maruti Ciaz. But we are also going through mention some pros of buying the other lower variants too.

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Maruti Ciaz vs Hyundai i20 Engines

Hyundai i20 Diesel

If you compare prices to engine, the Hyundai i20 at Rs 13.01 lakhs comes with a diesel engine on offer which is quite good for its size. On the Maruti Ciaz, you get a 1.5-litre petrol engine with smart hybrid technology. The Maruti petrol engine is quite refined and gives a good mileage. On the other hand, the diesel engine has a lot of torque on offer which makes it easy to drive and also gives good mileage. Both these engines make about 100 bhp and there isn’t much power difference. The size of the Hyundai i20 is small and yes, it smaller than the Maruti Ciaz. Other engines that are offered on the Hyundai are petrol engines. One is a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine and a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. The turbo petrol engine comes with DCT as well as CVT transmission. There is no automatic transmission available for the diesel variant of the Hyundai i20.

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Maruti Ciaz vs Hyundai i20 Dimensions

The Hyundai i20 is a sub-four metre premium hatchback whereas the Maruti Ciaz at 4490mm is a long sedan. In terms of width, the Hyundai i20 has a width of 1775 mm whereas the Ciaz is smaller at 1730 mm. The Hyundai also offers more headroom as it is taller at 1505 mm and the Maruti Ciaz at 1485 mm. Both have the same ground clearance of 170 mm. The legroom in the Maruti Ciaz is more as the sedan has a wheelbase of 2650 mm and the hatchback has a wheelbase of 2580 mm. But the i20 for its size does well in terms of rear seat comfort. The only place it is truly trumped by the Ciaz is bootspace.

The Hyundai i20 has a fuel capacity of 37 litres whereas the Maruti Ciaz has a capacity of 43 litres. The boot as mentioned before between the two is bigger on the Ciaz at 510 litres whereas it is just 311 litres on the Hyundai i20.

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Maruti Ciaz vs Hyundai i20 Safety

Maruti Ciaz has a 4-star rating from the ASEAN NCAP. The Ciaz is comparatively well built than other Maruti cars. Both these cars get drum and disc setup but the Maruti gets a ventilated disc at the front. There are 6 airbags on offer for the variant that we are looking at on the Hyundai i20. The Maruti Ciaz gets only 2 airbags. Both of them have ABS with EBD and ESP. There hill hold and traction control on both. The Hyundai i20 gets passive cornering lights which the Maruti Ciaz does not get even on the top variant.

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Hyundai i20 gets many features from the base variant onwards, which the Maruti Ciaz will not have on its top variant. The biggest advantage is the connected car system in the form of Hyundai BlueLink. It gets OTA updates and inbuilt maps. There are Geofencing and remote mobile operations.

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Also, the Hyundai has better storage inside the cabin in the form of a cooled glove box etc. The seats are comfortable on both but the Hyundai gets leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob adding to its appeal. You get a 60 40 spilt for the rear seat on the Ciaz which is missing on the Hyundai. There is no sunroof on the Maruti which is a cool feature to have nowadays. The Hyundai i20 gets a completely digital instrument cluster whereas the Maruti Ciaz gets regular analogue cluster with a MID setup. 

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Which to consider?

Both these vehicles have their pros and cons. The Hyundai i20 is targeted to a buyer who wants a great looking car and features to boast. It is a smart pick as it offers a lot for the money. The Maruti Ciaz has targeted more simple users. The driving comfort for the driver and rear passengers is far better than the Hyundai i20. The i20 is adequetly comfortable, has a more involving driving character and the diesel engine is good for mileage and smooth driving. The interior, touchscreen and other features also feel more premium.  This brings us to the conclusion that the Hyundai is a better pick as it is more versatile in terms of catering to its customers. The Ciaz is the most value for money sedan in the market.

Finally pricing, the top variant of the i20 will cost you Rs 13.68 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai). The cost of the Ciaz top variant will be slightly higher at Rs 13.78 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai). So given the choice – Maruti Ciaz vs Hyundai i20, what will be your pick.

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