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How Does The Tata Altroz Size Up Against The Baleno and Elite i20?


Tata’s newest arrival has its sights set on the premium hatch segment

The Altroz hatchback was unveiled by Tata Motors on December 3 and will be launched in January 2020. Read our first impressions from the drive here. But how will it be received in the Indian market? What makes it special in the small pool of large hatchbacks? We couldn’t wait to find out, so we dusted off the spec sheets of the segment leaders. Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20 have maintained their position among the best-selling cars in India for several years. Here’s how the Altroz stacks up against them:

Dimensions

 

Tata Altroz 

Hyundai Elite i20

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Length (mm)

3990

3985

3995

Width (mm)

1755

1734

1745

Height (mm)

1523

1505

1510

Wheelbase (mm)

2501

2570

2520

Boot Space (L)

345

285

339

The difference between the sizes of the three cars is mere millimetres, with each coming as close as possible to the 4-metre mark. The Baleno is the longest, but the i20 has the largest wheelbase. The Altroz is the widest of the lot and also has the biggest boot, beating the Baleno by 6 litres. 

Engines

Petrol engine

Tata Altroz 

Hyundai Elite i20

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Displacement (cc)

1199

1197

1197 (VVT OR Dual VVT)

Power (PS) @ rpm

86@6000

83@6000

83 OR 89.7 @6000

Torque (Nm) @ rpm

113@3300

114.7@4000

113 @4200 OR 4400

Transmission

5MT

5MT/CVT

5MT/CVT OR 5MT

Emissions Compliance

BS6

BS4

BS6

One criterion for the sub-4-metre regulation is engine size. That’s why all these cars have exactly 1.2 litres of engine displacement. The compromise between natural aspiration and emissions means that power figures are similar, too. On paper, the Tata Altroz has a 3PS advantage. But it also makes its torque lower down than either the Hyundai or the Maruti. Could that possibly translate to better acceleration times? We don’t know because the Altroz isn’t the heaviest or the lightest of the lot. Wait for our road test for a verdict. For now, let’s see how the diesels compare:

Diesel engine

Tata Altroz 

Hyundai Elite i20

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Displacement (cc)

1497

1396

1248

Power (PS) @ rpm

90@4000

90@4000

75@5500

Torque (Nm) @ rpm

200@1250-3000

220@1500-2750

190@4000

Transmission

5MT

6MT

5MT@2000

Emissions Compliance

BS6

BS4

BS4

Maruti Baleno’s smaller engine lags behind the other two. Interestingly, the i20 trumps the Altroz despite its less capacity. The Hyundai’s mile-munching capabilities are enhanced by its 6-speed transmission. But beware, for only the Altroz’s motor will survive the April 2020 BS6 deadline.  

Features 

All three cars come with a range of convenience features. Here they are:

 

Features

Tata Altroz 

Hyundai Elite i20

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Keyless entry and push button start

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Cornering headlamps

Yes 

Yes 

No 

Automatic headlamps

Yes 

Yes

Yes

Rain sensing wipers

Yes

No

No

Rear wash and wipe

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear air vents

Yes

Yes

No

Rear armrest

Yes

Yes

No 

Rear fog lamps 

Yes

No

No

The Hyundai Elite i20 has a comprehensive features list, but the Altroz is a tech package. It seems to have its bases covered with cruise control, automatic headlamps and wipers, rear fog lamps, and front and rear armrests. The Tata has one shortcoming:

Safety Features

Tata Altroz 

Hyundai Elite i20

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Dual airbags

Yes

Yes

Yes

Side and curtain airbags

No 

Yes

No

Reversing camera

Yes

Yes

Yes

The i20 is made safer than the other two with its side and curtain airbags. The Altroz misses out on this crucial safety feature. 

Price

 

Ex-showroom Price 

Tata Altroz 

Hyundai Elite i20

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Base Price

Rs 5.5 lakh (expected)

Rs 5.53 lakh 

Rs 5.59 lakh

Top-spec price

Rs 8.5 lakh (expected)

Rs 9.34 lakh

Rs 8.90 lakh

Tata will launch the Altroz in January 2020. We expect it to be priced between Rs 5.5 and 8.5 lakh, although given its features, it could be priced closer to the Elite i20. Since most of the discussed features are only in the top trims of the respective cars, the top-spec i20 is more expensive than the Baleno. We expect the XZ(O) trim of the Altroz to be priced closer to the Hyundai considering the number of features.

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