Tata Altroz Racer R1 vs Hyundai i20 N Line N6: Entry-level Hot Hatch Variants Compared

  • Jun 19, 2024
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With similar pricing, let’s find out how the entry-level variants of the two hot hatchbacks fare against each other

Altroz Racer vs i20 N Line

The Tata Altroz Racer is the newest entrant in the hot hatchback segment, featuring not just cosmetic upgrades over the standard Altroz, but also gets a more powerful engine. The Altroz Racer’s only direct rival in the segment is the Hyundai i20 N Line, which was enjoying zero competition for a while now in the Indian car market. In this article, we will be comparing the entry-level variants of both these sporty hatchbacks. 

Let’s get started with the prices: 

Tata Altroz Racer R1 

Hyundai i20 N Line N6 

Price Difference 

Rs 9.49 lakh

Rs 9.99 lakh 

Rs 50,000

With a difference of Rs 50,000, let’s find out what the two hatchbacks come packed with and if the extra money for the i20 N Line is worth it or not. A point to note is that the i20 N Line is also available with an automatic variant, which is priced at a premium of Rs 1.15 lakh. 

Hyundai i20 N Line

Design and Dimension

The sportier iterations of the Tata Altroz and i20 are quite evidently sportier looking than the standard versions of both the cars. The i20 N Line sports red inserts on the bumper and side skirts that accentuate the sporty appeal. The Altroz Racer features white stripes which resonate with the “Racer” moniker. 

Both the hot hatchbacks come with a dual-tip exhaust adding to the sporty quotient. But the i20 N Line looks more unique, courtesy of its bespoke wheels while the Altroz Racer gets a dark finish for the existing rims. 

Altroz Racer

Let’s take a look at the dimensions: 

Dimensions 

Tata Altroz Racer 

Hyundai i20 N Line

Length 

3990 mm

3995 mm

Width 

1755 mm

1775 mm

Height

1523 mm

1505 mm

Wheelbase

2501 mm

2580 mm

Boot Space

345 litres

311 litres

In the real world, there is not a lot separating the two in terms of outright size and the difference cannot be pointed out. However, if you compare the numbers, the i20 N Line is slightly longer and also has a longer wheelbase, while being wider. The Altroz Racer excels in offering a larger boot space and also stands out taller. 

i20 N Line

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Features

Being entry-level variants, both Altroz Racer and i20 N Line miss out on a couple of features here and there, but still offer plenty of useful features. Let’s find out what these features are and which hatch packs more equipment: 

Features

Hyundai i20 N Line N6

Altroz Racer R1

Headlights

Halogen headlamps

Projector halogen headlamps with LED DRLs

Wheels

16-inch alloys

16-inch alloys

Infotainment System

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Instrument Cluster

Semi-digital with multi-information display

Analogue dials with multi-info display

Climate Control

Yes

Yes 

Wireless Android Auto And Apple CarPlay

Yes

Yes

Reverse Parking Camera

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

Yes

Yes

Rear AC vents

Yes

Yes

Airbags

6

6

Smart Key with Push Button Start Stop

No

Yes

Speakers

6

8

Rear Defogger

Yes 

Yes

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs With Auto Fold

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Tyre Pressure Monitor

Yes

No

Tata Altroz Racer

Entry-level variants of both the hatchacks are well-equipped and offer good comfort and convenience. The Altroz Racer is slightly more attractive here, due to the presence of a larger touchscreen infotainment system and more speakers on offer. But, the i20 N Line offers a tyre pressure monitoring system which is a very useful safety feature. 

Powertrain 

 

Tata Altroz Racer

Hyundai i20 N Line

Engine

1.2-litre turbo petrol 

1-litre turbo petrol

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual and 7-speed DCT

Power

120 PS

120 PS 

Torque

170 Nm

172 Nm

The Altroz Racer gets the bigger engine here with a 1.2-litre unit compared to the 1-litre unit of the i20 N Line. There is hardly anything separating these two in terms of power figures. The Altroz Racer is offered with a manual gearbox only, while the i20 N Line comes with the option of a 7-speed dual clutch transmission with paddle shifters to take control of things manually. 

i20 N Line

Verdict

Tata Altroz Racer

Both the hatchbacks are interesting options if you are looking for something sporty and compact while catching a bit of attention on the road. Our pick here would be the Tata Altroz Racer, which is slightly better equipped and is also more affordable than the i20 N Line. However, you won’t go wrong with either of them as both these hatchbacks offer good value for the money and has enough potential to keep you smiling behind the wheel.  

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. Which one do you prefer? And why? 

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