Toyota Etios Liva Vs Hyundai i20 – Which is Better And Why?


Toyota Etios Liva, the recently launched small car by Toyota India is clocking good initial booking for Toyota. Toyota is a major automobile maker in the world and is known for its no-nonsense cars. Etios Liva starting at Rs. 3.99 Lakhs ex-showroom price has created a lot of buzz in this segment and is posing a strong competition small hatchback cars and premium hatchbacks in India. We have already compared Etios Liva with Ford Figo, Maruti Wagon R and Hyundai i10; In this post we will compare it with one of the most popular hatchback in premium segment, the Hyundai i20 which has been giving strong competition to the segment leader Maruti Swift for quite some time now.


Toyota Etios Liva Exteriors Vs Hyundai i20 Exteriors

Exteriors of Hyundai i20 are sharp, modern and very sporty. I personally like it in black which makes it look even more sporty. The design of Hyundai i20 makes it a low driving height car with compact looks. The headlamps, front grille and front fascia with slight touches of chrome makes it look very attractive. Slightly wrapped around rear tail lamps also look good. The rounded corners at large gives it a very pleasing to eyes look and also make it look aerodynamic.

Hyundai i20 Dimensions:

Length = 3940mm; Width = 1710mm; Height = 1505mm;

Etios Liva has also been designed well but it is not as impressive from front as it is from side and rear profile. The rear profile with spoiler makes it look very attractive and pleasing to eyes. The front is almost identical to the Toyota Etios Sedan and has the same simple looks. Although there us some chrome around the front grill to give it some elegance, but it looks bit too simple from front. The strange thing about Liva is that although it looks simple form front, yet it looks very sporty from the rear.

Etios Liva Dimension:

Length = 3775mm; Width = 1695mm; Height = 1510mm;

If I have to pick one car among i20 and Liva based on the exteriors, I would go for i20 as it looks more appealing to me. This doesn’t mean Liva looks bad, its just that i20 looks smarter and sportier, and I prefer sporty looks.

Toyota Etios Liva Interiors Vs Hyundai i20 Interiors

image- Toyota Etios Liva Interiors

The Interiors of Toyota Etios Liva are neat, good quality and well placed. The space has been intelligently used and packaged to provide comfortable seating for 5 adults. The dual tone interiors give it a graceful look with good plastic quality. Although there is not much of chrome or silver finishing inside the Etios Liva, yet to gives a pleasing as well as elegant feel on the inside.


image- Hyundai i20 Interiors

The Interiors of Hyundai i20 are pleasing with colour tones of brown and beige. You will also get a lot of chrome and silver finish which you can observe around the steering wheel, gear knob, inside door handles etc.. The use of good quality materials and neat finish gives you a more pleasing feel on the Interiors when competed with the interiors of Liva. The front seats are better contoured in i20 and the overall feel of rich interiors is provided in the i20.

However Liva scores better when comparing some of the useful points like instrument console placing in the middle of the dashboard, better placement of AC vents for better airflow to rear passenger etc.. If I have to pick a car based on the Interiors feel and quality, it will  be a tough call, but I will pick Hyundai i20 for the more pleasing interiors.

Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Engine Vs Hyundai i20 Petrol Engine

Engine Specifications of Toyota Etios Liva:

  • 4 Cylinder 3NR-FE Engine
  • 1.2 Litre / 4 Cylinder / 16 Valve DOHC
  • Max Power output of 79 BHP @ 5600 RPM
  • 104 Nm Torque @ 3100 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • ARAI Certified Mileage of 18.31 KMPL
  • Kerb Weight 890 Kg to 920 Kg

Engine Specifications of Hyundai i20 Petrol:

  • 4 Cylinder Kappa Engine
  • 1.2 Litre / 4 Cylinder / 16 Valve DOHC
  • Max Power output of 79 BHP @ 6000 RPM
  • 111 Nm Torque @ 4000 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • ARAI Certified Mileage of 18.50 KMPL
  • Kerb Weight nearly 1065 Kg

Considering the engine specifications of the Hyundai i20 1.2 Litre Petrol and Etios Liva 1.2 Litre petrol, it is evident that Liva delivers peak power and torque at lower RPM compared with the i20, but i20 has overall higher torque rating. But considering the additional weight of 140 Kg of i20 over Liva, it makes i20 slower in terms of acceleration which is quite evident in first gear. In terms of engine performance, I would consider Etios Liva better than Hyundai i20.

Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Price Vs Hyundai i20 Petrol Price

Toyota Etios Liva Hatchback Ex-showroom prices in Delhi are as follows:

  • Toyota Etios Liva J is priced at Rs. 3.99 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva G is priced at Rs. 4.59 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva G (SP)* is priced at Rs. 5.05Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva V is priced at Rs. 5.49 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva VX is priced at Rs. 5.99 Lakhs

Hyundai i20 Petrol Variants With Manual transmission Ex-showroom prices in Delhi are as follows:

  • Hyundai i20 Era (BS IV) is priced at Rs. 4.58 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i20 Magna (BS IV) is priced at Rs. 4.98 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i20 Sportz Option (BS IV) is priced at Rs. 5.27 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i20 Sportz (BS IV) is priced at Rs. 5.42 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i20 Asta (BS IV) is priced at Rs. 5.83 Lakhs

If we looks at the prices of Hyundai i20 and Etios Liva, they are almost placed in the over-lapping price brackets, but the most inexpensive variant of the Liva J is priced significantly lower compared with the Hyundai i20 Era, but if you look closely, the price of Hyundai i20 Asta variant with manual transmission is quite close to the price of top end variant Vx of Liva. But the point worth considering here is that there is a big difference in the quality of interiors and safety features of these two cars. While Hyundai i20 is more luxurious and classy from inside, it lacks the safety features like ABS, EBD and Airbags in all the variants lower than the top variant Asta. On the other hand side, Etios Liva offers ABS, EBD and Airbags in all the variants including and above G(SP) which starts at Rs. 5.05 Lakhs.

Car Blog India verdict – Toyota Etios Liva Vs Hyundai i20

This is a tough comparison and verdict is also bit tough.

If you are looking for a spacious car with peppy performance, high safety, good interior space and exteriors looks are not your first priority you can go with Etios Liva G(SP) or higher variant.

If you want a sporty looking car with classy interiors and lots of gadgetry and you can do without the safety features, you can go for Magna or Sportz variant of Hyundai i20, however we recommend to go for the higher variants (Asta) with additional safety features if you can afford to increase your budget.

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  1. I test drove the i20 and sat in the Etios sedan (which has the same width as the Liva). The latter is definitely wider though i20 looks real wide from the outside. But if you are spending lakhs on a new car, you should personally sit in all cars you are looking at. Etios offers good thigh support. i20 has a slightly larger boot at 295 litres, versus Liva’s 251 litres. It could be a tough call, but if you are not much into gizmos, then Liva should be the obvious choice. The new Liva, i think, does not have a rear seat hump, which makes seating 3 adults easier than in the i20 (which, I think has a hump). Before you decide, make a checklist and take it with you to the showroom and on the test drive. Actually, make an excel sheet and keep adding notes t the respective columns. I say this from my experience. After test driving all cars, it should be much easier to compare them all on different parameters and make your final decision.