Hyundai i20 1.4 auto vs VW Polo GT TSI

Both these automatic hatches are not cheap by hatchback standards and the i20 auto is pegged at Rs 7.87 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is one and half lakh more expensive than the similarly specced 1.2 litre i20. That’s because the government doesn’t extend its excise benefits to that bigger engine. But it’s still cheaper than the Polo GT TSI, which will set you back by Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

In spite of having similar power ratings and price tags, both these hatches have a completely different approach to having an auto ’box. The i20 is more of city dweller while the GT is out there to have fun on open roads. But although the GT misses out on some features, it packs in a lot more tech than the i20. It marks the beginning of a new era for hatches, or hot hatches if I may call it that, in India.

These premium hatches have fought hard one more time with their own upgrades and an auto ’box, but things are about to change in Round 2 of TG’s shootout of premium hatchbacks. With a superb small-capacity-high-power engine, super-sleek DSG and sufficient features, the Polo GT TSI has a clear edge over the i20 1.4 auto.

(Words: Agasti Kaulgi, Photos: Gagan Gupta & Nitin Rose)