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Toyota Glanza vs Rivals: Premium Hatchbacks Put Through Their Paces


The updated 2022 Glanza is the latest arrival in the premium hatchback space and we pitch it against the Tata Altroz and Hyundai i20 to find out if it’s as fun to drive

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Premium hatchbacks promise a superior package when it comes to their overall ownership experience. The competition, though, has become stiff, and Toyota has updated the Glanza with a more premium outfit to keep it up with the times. In this report, we pitch this car against two important competitors – the Tata Altroz and the Hyundai i20 – to find out which one is fun to drive.

Specifications And Performance  

Hyundai i20

Parameters

1.2-litre Petrol

1-litre Turbo-petrol

1.5-litre Diesel

1-litre Turbo-petrol N-Line

Engine 

1.2-litre four-cylinder NA petrol

1-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder 

1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel

1-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder 

Power (PS)

83PS (MT) / 88PS (CVT)

120PS

100PS

120PS

Torque (Nm)

114.7Nm

172Nm

240Nm

172Nm

Transmission Options

5-speed MT / CVT

6-speed clutchless manual / 7-speed DCT

6-speed manual

6-speed clutchless manual / 7-speed DCT

0-100kmph*

Not tested 

10.88 seconds (DCT)

10.76 seconds

11.21 seconds (iMT)

*Our tested figures  

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  • The i20 is the one that offers a wide menu in this buffet. You get a choice of three engines and three transmission options. 

  • Surprisingly, it’s the diesel i20 that is the quickest in our test, as the 6-speed manual gearbox allowed a better launch. 

  • The turbo-petrol DCT and iMT (N Line) are faster, no doubt. But they don’t allow a hard launch to protect their clutch packs. 

Tata Altroz 

Parameters

1.2-litre Petrol

1.2-litre Turbo-petrol

1.5-litre Diesel

Engine 

1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol

1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol

1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel

Power (PS)

86PS 

110PS

90PS

Torque (Nm)

113Nm

140Nm

200Nm

Transmission Options

5-speed manual / 6-speed DCA

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

0-100kmph*

18.25 seconds (DCA)

13.39 seconds 

12.9 seconds

*Our tested figures 

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  • The Altroz, like the i20, offers you a broad choice of engines. That said, the 6-speed DCT automatic is limited to the naturally aspirated petrol engine. 

  • When it comes to performance, the diesel Altroz is the quickest powertrain. That said, the turbo-petrol engine comes close. 

  • The Altroz DCT is the slowest one here as the naturally aspirated engine runs out of breath, one of the main reasons we wished Tata considered matching the DCA transmission with the i-Turbo engine

Toyota Glanza

 

Toyota Glanza

Engine 

1.2-litre NA petrol four-cylinder

Power (PS)

89PS

Torque (Nm)

113Nm

Transmission 

5-speed MT / 5-speed AMT

0-100kmph*

13.54 seconds (MT) / 14.81 seconds (AMT)

*Our tested figures 

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  • If you pick the Glanza, you have no choice but to pick the 1.2-litre petrol engine, which can be specced with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT. 

  • Nought to 100kmph comes up in 13.54 and 14.81 seconds for the manual and AMT versions respectively.

Braking Test

The i20 has the better hardware with discs on all four corners, while the other two rely on a disc/drum setup. And thankfully, the better braking system does translate to better stopping power as the i20 managed to beat the Altroz by a smidge, both from 80kmph and 100kmph. The Glanza, on the other hand, comes third in this test, with the other two cars beating it by a significant margin. 

 

Hyundai i20 

Tata Altroz

Toyota Glanza

80-0kmph

24.73 metres

25.17 metres

26.91 metres

100-0kmph

40.84 metres

41.05 metres

43.4 metres

All three models offer good brake pedal feel and they are easy to modulate with a reassuring feel when you stomp on them. 

Cornering Test

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The Altroz is the reigning champion in our cornering test, with the diesel model knocking just one cone at 70kmph. On the day of this test, the track was partially damp and things could have turned in favour of the Glanza or the i20.

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Starting off at 65kmph with the three cars there was not too much drama. They all managed to hold a tight line with just a hint of understeer beginning to kick in. The Altroz feels the most confidence inspiring, the Glanza does well for its first time at the corner, and the i20 N-Line, with its updated suspension and weightier steering, feels surprisingly similar to the stock car we tested here a while back.

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Since none of them had knocked a cone, we decided to push it to the limit at 70kmph. The Altroz retained its crown again, knocking over just a single cone. There was more understeer, but not as much as the other two cars. The Glanza was the next best, understeering wide mid corner into the 1st cone and then oversteering a little, with the tail just brushing the 2nd cone over here as well. The i20 was the widest of the three. It started to understeer early and ploughed through the first and second cones. It also ran a much wider line than the Glanza and that’s why it finished 3rd in the cornering test. 

Water Test 

ZW-i20-Glanza-Altroz 

In the water test we ran the first car at our usual 30kmph over a really bad road. This turned out to be too slow, and barely any water spilled. So, we had to up the ante by increasing speeds to 35kmph. Still the Altroz and the i20 N-Line impressed us, spilling just 20ml of water each. The Glanza is much softer sprung and was unable to take the really rough stuff and ended up spilling 50ml of water.

 

Toyota Glanza

Tata Altroz i-Turbo

Hyundai i20 N Line

Water Spilled

50ml

20ml

20ml

On Road Ride And Handling 

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If you want a plush riding car, look no further than the Glanza. The soft suspension is the most comfortable at city speed and undulations, and even speed bumps are gobbled with ease. Plus, the suspension is the quietest of the three here. But over really bad roads it starts to get out of its comfort zone. Big bumps can unsettle the cabin, and go too fast, and the suspension will bottom out. At highway speeds it’s again comfortable, but the cabin does take a couple of moments to settle down after larger undulations.  

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The i20 really surprised us while traversing over bad roads. Hyundai has basically taken the suspension from the standard car and beefed up the dampers’ stiffness by 30 percent. So, while going over really bad roads this prevents side to side body movement. So there you go – real-world proof of how the sporty i20 managed to spill less water. 

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You can hear the suspension work at times though, especially over reflectors on the road and expansion joints; and it’s the more sportier riding car at city speeds, too. But get it out on the highway and it rides the most stable of the three. 

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At slow speeds, the Altroz’s suspension is at its best, giving a flat ride quality over undulating surfaces. But up the pace, and you would feel and start to hear the imperfections creep in. Over really broken roads it rides as compliantly as the i20. On the highway, the Altroz is just as good as the i20 N-Line, and overall it still offers the best balance of the three. 

Price Talk 

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When it comes to price, the Altroz regains a point here as it has the lowest starting price. Also, the Rs 10.15 lakh sticker price for the top-spec diesel isn’t too far off from the Glanza. So, it makes more sense if your usage is going to be on the higher side. The Glanza plays middle ground here, while the i20 is the priciest of the lot. 

 

Toyota Glanza

Tata Altroz i-Turbo

Hyundai i20 N Line

Ex-showroom Price 

Rs 6.53 lakh to Rs 9.91 lakh 

Rs 6.2 lakh to Rs 10.15 lakh

Rs 7.03 lakh to Rs 12.02 lakh 

Verdict 

The Altroz ends up being the winner of this test by virtue of acing the cornering test again and still having the best overall ride quality. The i20 was a close second, and while we were surprised that the sporty version of the i20 N-Line didn't fare better in the corner test, it still offers a lot in terms of driving experience, powertrain options and overall ride quality. The Glanza fell behind against this competition. Its strength lies in a spacious and practical cabin, comfortable city manners and a refined and efficient petrol engine.  

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