2012 Hyundai i20 iGen Petrol Vs Volkswagen Polo Petrol–Which Petrol Hatchback Is Better And Why?


For our readers we have already compared the diesel versions of 2012 i20 and Polo and now we would be comparing the petrol versions of the two. Although there are less petrol car buyers as compared to diesel car buyers, the petrol i20 and petrol Polo are quite popular. So in continuation to our car comparison series on Car Blog India, here is the comparison of the two for all you readers.

Hyundai iGen i20 Vs Volkswagen Polo

image – New Hyundai iGen i20 (left), Volkswagen Polo(right)

New Hyundai iGen i20 Exteriors Vs Volkswagen Polo Exteriors

In our Petrol comparison post we have mentioned that the new i20 is a little longer than its predecessor. It is feature rich and also offers more space. The Polo still lacks on features but is a good car. If I had to make a choice between the two I would go with the i20 not only because of the new looks, but also the features, space and comfort. For detailed exterior comparison read here.

New Hyundai iGen i20 Dimensions

  • Length = 3995mm
  • Width = 1710mm
  • Height = 1505mm
  • Wheelbase = 2525mm

Volkswagen Polo Dimensions:

  • Length: 3970mm
  • Width: 1682mm
  • Height:1453mm
  • Wheelbase:2456mm

Be it’s the length, width, height or wheelbase, the new i20 is definitely ahead. This means it offers more legroom, headroom and shoulder room. For detailed exterior comparison read here.

New Hyundai iGen i20 Interiors Vs Volkswagen Polo Interiors

Hyundai iGen i20 2012 New Model (5)

image – Hyundai iGen i20 2012 Interiors

The i20 is new and definitely better in terms of features. Some of the features are automatic A/C, cluster ionizer, cooled glovebox, tilt and telescopic steering, push button start/stop engine, rear wiper and washer, 60:40 split seats, adjustable driver seat, electric sunroof, auto light control, fog lamps,ABS and EBD, parking assist, airbags etc.


image -Volkswagen Polo Interiors

Polo is solid and simple and offers a couple of feature, not as many as i20 does. The list includes disc brakes, height adjustable headsets, engine immobilizer, ABS, airbags, fog lamps, tilt and telescopic steering, and many more.

The i20 is spacious, feature rich and also good looking and therefore it gets our vote. For detailed interior comparison read here.

New Hyundai iGen i20 Petrol Engine Vs Volkswagen Polo Petrol Engine

New Hyundai iGen i20 Petrol Engine Specifications

  • 4 Cylinder VTVT Kappa Engine
  • 1.2 Litre / 4 Cylinder / 16 Valve DOHC
  • Max Power output of 83 BHP @ 6000 RPM
  • 114 Nm Torque @ 4000 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • ARAI Certified Mileage of 18.50 KMPL
  • Kerb Weight nearly 1000 Kg
  • Power to weight ratio of 83 BHP per 1000 Kg

1.4 Litre Gamma Engine Automatic Variant Specifications

  • 4 Cylinder DOHC Gamma Engine With VTVT
  • 1.4 Litre / 4 Cylinder / 16 Valve DOHC
  • Max Power output of 99 BHP @ 5500 RPM
  • 136Nm Torque @ 4200 RPM
  • 4 Speed Automatic Transmission
  • ARAI Certified Mileage of 15 KMPL
  • Kerb Weight nearly 1000 Kg
  • Power to weight ratio of 99 BHP per 1000 Kg

Volkswagen Polo Engine / Transmission :

  • 3 Cylinder Inline Engine
  • 1198 CC MPFI Petrol engine
  • Max Power – 74 BHP @ 5400 RPM
  • Max Torque – 110 Nm @ 3750 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual transmission
  • ARAI Certified mileage of 17.2 KMPL
  • Power To weight ratio of 70.2 BHP per 1000 kg

The specifications of New Volkswagen Polo 1.6 Petrol are:

  • 1.6 Litre MPFI Engine
  • 4 Cylinder BS4 compatible
  • Max Power – 105 PS @ 5250 RPM
  • Max Torque – 153 Nm @ 3750 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • Fuel Mileage of 15.96 KMPL
  • 0 to 100 KMPH in 11.1 Seconds

Both i20 and Polo are available in two engine options. The base models come with 1.2 litre engines and if you go through the outputs of the two engines, you would notice that i20’s 1.2 litre VTVT Kappa is better as it offers 83 BHP of power and 114 Nm of torque. Whereas the Polo’s engine, not lagging much behind, offers 74 BHP of power and 110 Nm of torque. Even in terms of mileage i20 is better at 18.5 kmpl against Polo’s 17.2 kmpl.

If you opt for the Automatic i20, you will get a better 1.4 litre engine which is less fuel efficient but delivers more power and torque. Similarly if you want to own a little more powerful Polo, Volkswagen offers the same with a 1.6 litre engine.

Hyundai iGen i20 Petrol Performance & Handling Vs Volkswagen Polo Petrol Performance & Handling

Polo does have a better suspension which gives it more confidence over sharp turns and also makes it stable when speeding, though it is less comfortable than the i20. The i20 has a softer suspension which makes it comfortable but not as stable as the Polo. So for ride and handling the Polo is a better choice.

New Hyundai iGen i20 Petrol Price Vs Volkswagen Polo Petrol Price

Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Petrol Price In India

  • Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Era Petrol is priced at Rs. 4,73,400
  • Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Magna Petrol is priced at Rs. 4,97,310
  • Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Magna (O) Petrol is priced at Rs. 5,27,278
  • Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Sportz Petrol is priced at Rs. 5,75,247
  • Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Asta Petrol is priced at Rs. 6,21,082
  • Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Asta (O) With Sunroof Petrol is priced at Rs. 6,65,894
  • Hyundai i20 iGen 2012 Sportz AT Petrol is priced at Rs. 7,67,405

Volkswagen Polo Petrol Price In India

  • Polo MPFI Petrol Trendline 1.2 Litre – Rs. 4.57 Lakh
  • Polo MPFI Petrol Comfortline 1.2 Litre – Rs. 5.3 Lakh
  • Polo MPFI Petrol Highline 1.2 Litre – Rs. 6.23 Lakh

Hyundai i20 iGen Era Vs Volkswagen Polo Trendline

The most basic models with basic features are i20 Era and Polo Trendline. The i20 Era and Polo Trendline are at par in terms of features but have a price difference of Rs. 16,000 which is not much. So if you are looking for a basic comfortable car with better mileage go for the i20 iGen. In case you want a better-to-ride car then Polo Trendline is definitely there.

Hyundai i20 iGen Magna(O) Vs Volkswagen Polo Comfortline

There is also a Magna(O) model priced at Rs. 5.27 lakhs and comes with optional features which are not available in Magna. The extra features are rear defogger, ORVM mounted turn indicators, 2-DIN radio with MP3 player,AUX and USB connectivity, electrically adjustable outside mirrors etc. Compared to Magna(O), Polo Comfortline comes with less features at a comparable price. So once again the i20 wins.

Hyundai i20 iGen Asta Vs Volkswagen Polo Highline

The i20 Asta and the Polo Highline are quite close to each other in terms of pricing. There is a difference of Rs. 2,000 only but there is a remarkable difference in the number of features offered. The Asta is the top end variant with loads of features way better than those offered with Polo highline. On top of that it is a little cheaper as well. Yet again the i20 seems to be a better choice over Polo.

If you want Sunroof as a feature then you can opt for i20 Asta (O) which is priced at Rs. 6.65 lakhs. And if you wish to drive an automatic i20, Hyundai does offer the same at Rs. 7.67 lakhs, whereas Polo does not come in an automatic version.

Car Blog India Verdict– New Hyundai i20 iGen Petrol Vs Volkswagen Polo Petrol

As always we advice you to test drive both (some test drive tips here) the cars personally so as to differentiate better. Now coming to the verdict, i20 petrol offers better mileage, is extra powerful, is less pricier and more comfortable than Polo. Contrastingly Polo has better handling and is quite solidly built but lacks on features. So now it is up to you which manufacturer you prefer, the German Volkswagen or the Korean Hyundai. As far as our verdict is concerned and I am sure many of you will agree, the i20 is a better choice considering all the above mentioned plus points. Undoubtedly Polo is a good car, but i20 is slightly better.

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