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Nissan Magnite vs Premium Hatchbacks Compared


The Nissan Magnite is priced right in the ballpark of premium hatchbacks. Is it worthy enough to be considered over them?

 

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Nissan has launched the Magnite in the country with prices starting from Rs 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom), undercutting all its rivals and nudging premium hatchback territory. Is this attractive pricing enough for you to consider the Nissan SUV over well established models such as the Baleno, Altroz and i20? We also have the practical Jazz and the fun-to-drive Polo adding fire to the test. Let the game begin:

Price

 

Nissan Magnite

Tata Altroz

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Toyota Glanza

Hyundai Elite i20

Honda Jazz

VW Polo

Prices (ex-showroom)

Rs 4.99 lakh to Rs 9.59 lakh

Rs 5.44 lakh to Rs 9.09 lakh

Rs 5.64 lakh to Rs 8.96 lakh

Rs 7.01 lakh to Rs 8.96 lakh

Rs 6.80 lakh to Rs 11.33 lakh

Rs 7.50 lakh to Rs 9.74 lakh

Rs 5.88 lakh to Rs 9.67 lakh 

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At Rs 4.99 lakh, the Magnite’s entry-level variant is the most affordable model in this test. It’s a whopping Rs 2.51 lakh less expensive than the Jazz, which has the most expensive base-spec variant, but the Honda packs in a lot more equipment for the price. Even the Magnite’s top-spec variant is fairly priced at Rs 9.59 lakh and is Rs 1.74 lakh cheaper than the i20’s top-end variant, the most expensive car in this list.

Dimensions

 

Nissan Magnite

Tata Altroz

Maruti Suzuki Baleno / Toyota Glanza

Hyundai Elite i20

Honda Jazz

VW Polo

Length (mm)

3994mm

3990mm

3995mm

3995mm

3989mm

3971mm

Width (mm)

1758mm

1755mm

1745mm

1775mm

1694mm

1682mm

Height (mm)

1572mm

1523mm

1510mm

1505mm

1544mm

1469mm

Wheelbase (mm)

2500mm

2501mm

2520mm

2580mm

2530mm

2470mm

Boot Space

336 litres

345 litres

339 litres

NA

354 litres

NA

  • The Magnite is just a whisker shorter than the i20 and Baleno, and the Nissan is the tallest car in this test. 

  • Even the Magnite’s wheelbase isn’t as long as the i20, which has the longest wheelbase in this test.  

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  • The Volkswagen Polo is the smallest car in this test in all aspects.

  • In terms of boot space, the Magnite’s 336-litre boot is the smallest in this test. The Honda Jazz has the largest boot at 354 litres. 

Features

 

Nissan Magnite

Tata Altroz

Maruti Suzuki Baleno / Toyota Glanza

Hyundai Elite i20

Honda Jazz

VW Polo

Infotainment System

8-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

10.25-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

6.5-inch touchscreen

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes (Wireless)

Yes

Yes

Yes (Wireless)

Yes

Yes

Connected Car Tech

Yes (In XV Premium O)

No

No

Yes

No

No

Climate Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multi-info Display

Yes 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Keyless Entry With Push Button Start

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sunroof

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Wireless Phone Charger

Optional

No

No

Yes

No

No

Ambient Lighting

Optional

Yes

No

No

No

No

Automatic Headlamps

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Automatic Wipers

No

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

  • Common features in all these cars include a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, climate control, a multi-info display and keyless entry with push button start. 

  • All models except the Baleno and Glanza feature cruise control which is a useful feature for those long highway drives. 

  • The i20 and Magnite are the only models in this test to come with a connected car suite. 

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  • The i20 is the most well equipped car in this test, packing unique features such as a wireless phone charger. 

  • The Magnite offers this feature as a part of an optional Tech Pack which costs Rs 38,698. It also adds ambient lighting, an air purifier, a JBL sound system, and puddle lamps. 

  • Tata Altroz is the only car to come with ambient lighting as standard. 

Safety Features

 

Nissan Magnite

Tata Altroz

Maruti Suzuki Baleno / Toyota Glanza

Hyundai Elite i20

Honda Jazz

VW Polo

Airbags

2

2

2

6

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Sensors

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Parking Camera

360-degree

Rear

Rear

Rear

Rear

No

Electronic Stability Control

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

AT variants only

Tyre Pressure Monitor

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

No

  • All models come with a minimum of dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors. However, the i20 is the only car here to feature side and curtain airbags. 

  • All models except the Polo come with a rear parking camera. The Magnite goes a step ahead and features a 360-degree parking camera.  

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  • Electronic stability control is offered in the Magnite, i20 and Polo.

  • Tyre pressure monitors are limited to the Nissan and Hyundai offerings. 

NA Petrol Engine

 

Nissan Magnite

Tata Altroz

Maruti Suzuki Baleno / Toyota Glanza

Hyundai Elite i20

Honda Jazz

VW Polo

Engine

1.0-litre

1.2-litre

1.2-litre

1.2-litre

1.2-litre

1.0-litre

Power
(PS)

72PS

86PS

83PS / 90PS

83PS / 88PS

90PS

76PS

Torque (Nm)

96Nm

113Nm

113Nm

115Nm

110Nm

95Nm

Transmission Option

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

5-speed manual / CVT

5-speed manual / CVT

5-speed manual / CVT

5-speed manual

Fuel Efficiency

18.75kmpl

19.05kmpl

21.01kmpl / 19.56kmpl (CVT) / 23.87kmpl (Dualjet)

21kmpl / 19.65kmpl

17.1kmpl / 16.6kmpl

17.75kmpl

  • Except for the Magnite and Polo, all models here come with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. 

  • The Magnite’s 1.0-litre petrol engine is the least powerful while the Polo’s unit develops the least amount of torque. 

  • The Jazz as well as the Glanza and Baleno Dualjet have the most powerful naturally aspirated engine in this test. The i20’s unit develops the most amount of torque. 

  • All models come with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard; however, the i20, Baleno, Glanza, and Jazz can be specced with a CVT. 

  • The Baleno and Glanza also feature a more powerful Dualjet motor that comes with a mild hybrid system for improved fuel efficiency and mild torque assist. 

Turbo Petrol Engine

 

Nissan Magnite

Hyundai Elite i20

VW Polo

Engine

1.0-litre

1.0-litre

1.0-litre

Power
(PS)

100PS

120PS

110PS

Torque (Nm)

160Nm / 152Nm (CVT)

172Nm

175Nm

Transmission Option

5-speed manual / CVT

6-speed iMT / 7-speed DCT

6-speed manual / 6-speed torque converter

Fuel Efficiency

20kmpl / 17.7kmpl (CVT)

20kmpl / 20.28kmpl (DCT)

18.24kmpl / 16.47kmpl (AT)

  • All three models come with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. 

  • The Nissan’s unit is the least powerful while the Hyundai’s engine is the most powerful. The VW’s unit is the torquiest engine in this test. 

  • The i20 Turbo can’t be specced with a manual gearbox unlike the other two models. It rather utilises a clutchless manual gearbox.  

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  • The i20 iMT and Magnite Turbo MT deliver the same fuel efficiency. However the automatic variant of the i20 is more fuel efficient than the Nissan. 

  • The VW Polo TSI is the least fuel efficient car in this bunch. 

Verdict

The Magnite isn’t the class leading model in this list. Its naturally aspirated petrol engine is the least powerful here and niceties such as a sunroof are missing. But the Nissan's brownie point is offering more bang for your buck. It comes from a segment above and is packed with all the equipment one would ever need. And since SUVs are trending worldwide, the Magnite can be considered instead of these premium hatchbacks if you’re on a budget and looking for a high rider. 

 

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