Hyundai i20 1.4 auto vs VW Polo GT TSI
Now to the crucial part. The gearbox. The Koreans have stuck with the old-school method of giving you the convenience of an auto ’box. It’s a regular torque converter with only four ratios to play with. It even has ‘L’ and ‘2’ slots (apart from the regular ‘D’, ‘N’, ‘R’ and ‘P’) that come handy in case you want to stick to lower ratios, say on an incline. The first three gears are short, the fourth being on the taller side. The tranny won’t upset you when you’re driving in the city, but take it out on the highway, and you may end up fuming over it. It takes its own sweet time to upshift and downshift. The larger gap between third and fourth gear means it pulls all the way through the rev range in third and then upshifts, if you’ve buried the throttle, making the engine rather noisy. It does get irritating.
In the Polo GT TSI, the silky smooth engine has been mated to an equally smooth gearbox. It’s no torque converter; it’s a modrn, dual-clutch gearbox with seven cogs to work with. It gets a Sport mode and Manual mode to solve all your problems in case of a red-light drag race. And the briskness in terms of shifting, you ask? Well, look at it this way; it’s like Usain Bolt against school-level sprinters. Get the gist? Good. It’ll never ever keep you in a wrong gear or leave you thirsty for power. And if you’re easy on the pedal, it’ll shift to the sixth gear before you’d even know.