Toyota Etios Liva Vs Hyundai i10 Kappa – Which Is Better And Why?


Toyota has recently unveiled its small car Toyota Etios Liva hatchback in India which looks like a promising car. We have already reviewed this car’s interiors and exteriors at the launch of the car. You can check out the details about Etios Liva at the following links:

Toyota Etios Liva Official Price List, Details, Specifications, Features

Toyota Etios Liva Interiors & Exteriors Video Review- First Impression

The Etios Liva has been priced aggressively with its base variant starting at Rs. 3.99 Lakhs which makes its compete in the price segment of a large number of B-Segment cars in India. In this article we will compare Etios Liva with popular small car Hyundai i10 from Korean auto major Hyundai in India. Hyundai i10 is one of the best sellers of B-Segment and is a strong competitor for Etios Liva.


Toyota Etios Liva Exteriors Vs Hyundai i10 Exteriors

On the exteriors, Hyundai i10 has a very modern especially the facelift model which was launched in September 2010. The i10 is very attractive from front with decent side profile and a nice sporty rear with rear spoiler giving it a nice look. All in all, Hyundai i10 looks nice from outside.

Hyundai i10 Dimensions :

Length = 3595mm; Width = 1595mm; Height = 1550mm;

Toyota Etios Liva looks good from front but not as attractive as i10. The side profile however looks very smart and the rear of the Toyota Etios makes it stand apart. I really like the side and rear styling however there is a scope of improvement on the font fascia which is kind of plain. Besides its simple front looks, Etios Liva looks elegant and smart overall.

Etios Liva Dimension:

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

But if you compare the dimensions of the two cars, it is evident that the Liva is longer and Wider which is evident from the first moment you will get inside it. Also the increased length is intelligently used to provide high leg-space and boot space in the Liva.

If I have to pick one car based on the exterior looks only, I would probably go for i10, however, for a family car or car with more space, I would go in favour of Liva as Liva combines decent looks with usable space on the inside. Also Hyundai i10 comes with 13 inch tubeless tyres as standard while Etios Liva comes with 14 and 15 inch tubeless tyres which delivers more comfortable ride quality.

Toyota Etios Liva Interiors Vs Hyundai i10 Interiors

On the interiors side, I have been inside both of these cars and both look good from inside. The Etios Liva comes with dual tome interiors which comprise of gray black, while the top end variant comes with sporty red-black combo. The Hyundai i10 comes with brown beige interiors with light colors and brighter cabin which gives feeling of larger space.

image- Toyota Etios Liva Interiors

Both Hyundai i10 and Etios Liva feature manual air conditioning with fairly large vents. On the air conditioning, the Liva has an advantage of AC vents placed offset from the steering wheel in such a way which maximizes the airflow without restriction to the rear seats. Also the glove box of Etios Liva is cooled and you can keep your water bottles and drinks inside on hot summer days to cool them.


image- Hyundai i10 Interiors

On the inside, Hyundai i10 also has pleasing looks and good space, but when it comes to legroom and rear space for three passengers, Etios Liva is better. The leg room in Etios Liva is more compared to i10 because Liva is longer and wider. The rear seat width of the Liva is also more wide and can accommodate three health adults more comfortably as compared to the Hyundai i10.

Based on the Interiors, I would pick Etios Liva for a comfortable seating space for 5, large AC vents and AC vents location, chilled glove-box and good space in cabin. However, for a small family of four or less, Hyundai i10 is also a good option as the colour tone and interior quality is good.

Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Engine Vs Hyundai i10 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

Engine Specifications of Hyundai i10:

  • 4 Cylinder Kappa2 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 20.36 KMPL

If we compare the engine performance of Toyota Etios Liva and Hyundai i10, both have same peak power however the torque rating is more for Hyundai i10. But one interesting thing here is that Etios Delivers its peak torque as well as peak power at lower RPM levels compared to Hyundai i10 which makes its an easier to drive engine in city traffic.

If I have to pick between Liva and i10 based on the engine performance, it is certainly a tough choice, but I would go for Hyundai i10 for its higher fuel economy and higher torque ratings.

Toyota Etios Liva Price Vs Hyundai i10 Price

Price of Toyota Etios Liva ex-showroom Delhi

  • 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

Price of Hyundai i10 Kappa2 with (manual transmission models only) ex-showroom Delhi

  • Hyundai i10 Magna (Solid) is priced at Rs. 4.19 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i10 Magna (Metallic) is priced at Rs.4.22 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i10 Sportz GLS(Solid) is priced at Rs.4.49 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i10 Sportz GLS(Metallic) is priced at Rs.4.52 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i10 Sportz Option(Solid) is priced at Rs. 4.79 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i10 Sportz Option(Metallic) is priced at Rs.4.82 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i10 Asta GLS (Solid) is priced at Rs.5.22 Lakhs
  • Hyundai i10 Asta GLS (Metallic) is priced at Rs.5.26 Lakhs

Considering the features and price of the car, Hyundai i10 seems to be more economical considering the fully loaded model of Hyundai i10 comes at Rs. 5.26 ex-showroom loaded with all the safety features like ABS and Dual airbags. However if you compare it with Etios Liva V, it has most of the safety features which Hyundai i10 Asta provides. On value for money front, Hyundai i10 seems more attractive on the higher variants with its pricing. But keeping in mind the larger interior space, larger wheels, cooled glove box, better positioning of AC vents, more legroom and more space at rear seats, the price of the Liva justifies itself.

Car Blog India verdict – Toyota Etios Liva Vs Hyundai i10

While Hyundai i10 does score more on the engine specs, front fascia design, better mileage n and pleasing Interiors, Liva scored more on the practical factored like more leg space, comfortable seating for three adults at rear, better Air conditioning, and larger boot space.

Both cars are very well in their place, but If you are not restricted on budget, I would suggest you to go for Etios Liva as it offers better value for the money in terms of space and safety. However, If you want a car for small family of four or less and don’t require a very spacious car, Hyundai i10 can give you a equivalent safety features, comfort and value more vibrant design.

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  1. Nice Comparison Rohit, But what about the after sale service and availibility of Spare parts then which one should be considered.
    Also what about i20 and Liva comparison and which one would be better value of money.

  2. Hi,

    I had a Palio, which offered a lot more value at the Price of Santro. I was burnt when I had to sell it and there were no takers despite car being in great shape. I test drove the Ritz, Beat, Polo, Punto and I20 also but now I have closed on the I10 Sportz.

    Please suggest, considering Resale as the consideration after 3 years, was I10 a good decision or any other car could have fetched me higher resale value? Also, please suggest how would the Liva’s resale turn out to be??


  3. @Suchint
    Best way would be to find out some seller of a 3 year old i10 and enquire the price, this way you will get a better idea. Do share the same with us also. Thanks

  4. I guess Maruti will have the best resale value.

    Fiat has a bad history of changing models frequently and not providing spares for old models. This is India, not Italy. An average Indian does not sell off his car as scrap every 2-3 years. We expect the car to be used for at least 10 years (by single owner or including second or even third owner). I dont know when Fiat (India) is going to realise this. Their diesel engines are among the best in the world and used in cars of most of the Indian manufacturers but still their own cars never sell well because of their poor after sales policy.

    Toyota is likely to have good resale value considering their product quality and track record.

    Hyundai – resale value should be less than Maruti (but definitely better than Fiat). We can only make guesses at this point in time, but I think Toyota will have better resale value than Hyundai. Hyundai is viewed as a low quality car in most of the other countries – it sells well only in Korea and India (and probably some other Asian countries).

  5. Which car has got more mileage in actual use??huyndai i10 magna or toyota liva G (petrol) ?? pls answer?
    alos i want to know by compairing these factors…
    1. maintainance
    2.maintainance cost

  6. @mathews , I think you should go for I10 if you are looking for mileage and maintainance . If your prefrence is outer look and space the definitly go for LIVA which is the best.


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