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2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Baleno – Comparison

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Baleno

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Baleno – Here is a specifications based comparison between the two premium hatchbacks.

With the launch of Baleno, the Hyundai Elite i20 got a genuine rival and since then, it has been a tug of war between the two. The competition gets fiercer with the arrival of the Hyundai Elite i20 facelift that made its entry at the Auto Expo 2018. Addressing issues of the old model, the facelifted i20 witnessed subtle cosmetic and feature upgrades. It is rather confusing for buyers to choose the best out of these two cars. So to help you, we have come up with a specifications-based comparison between these two segment leaders (2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Baleno). Have a look –

Video – 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Baleno Comparison

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Baleno Price

Model Ex-showroom, Delhi
Maruti Baleno Rs 5.35 lakh to Rs 8.49 lakh
New Hyundai Elite i20 Rs 5.34 lakh to Rs 9.15 lakh

– Price of Hyundai Elite i20 petrol starts at Rs 5.34 lakh, and it goes all the way up to Rs 7.90 lakh. Whereas the diesel trims are available between Rs 6.73 lakh to Rs 9.15 lakh (all, ex-showroom Delhi). The updated version of the hatchback is slightly more expensive than its predecessor.

– The Maruti Baleno petrol line-up is priced in the range of Rs 5.35 lakh to Rs 8.40 lakh and the diesel variants cost between Rs 6.51 lakh – Rs 8.49 lakh (all, ex-showroom, Delhi).

– The petrol base model of the Baleno is around Rs 1,000 pricier than the new Elite i20 facelift. Though, the range-topping Baleno petrol is about Rs 65,000 cheaper than its rival. On the contrary, the entry-level and top-spec Baleno diesel models are about Rs 22,000 and Rs 66,000 less expensive than the new Elite i20 respectively.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Baleno Specifications

Specifications 2018 Hyundai i20 Maruti Baleno
Petrol Engine 1.2-litre Kappa & 1.4-litre Dual VTVT 1.2-litre K-Series
Power 81.83bhp & 98.5bhp 83.1bhp
Torque 114Nm & 132Nm 115Nm
Diesel Engine 1.4-litre CRDi 1.3L MJD 
Power 88.73bhp 74bhp
Torque 220Nm 190Nm
Transmission 5-Speed MT & 6-speed MT 5-speed manual & CVT

– Mechanically, the new Hyundai Elite i20 remains unchanged. It continues to use the 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine that’s good enough for 82bhp and 114Nm. The diesel line-up, on the other hand, derives its power from a 1.4-litre CRDi motor churning out 88.73bhp and 219Nm of torque.

– Transmission options on the new i20 include a 5-speed and a 6-speed manual gearbox.

– Maruti Suzuki Baleno is available with a 1.2-litre VVT petrol and a 1.3-litre DDiS oil burner in a 5-speed manual and CVT transmission options.  The petrol unit delivers 84bhp with 115Nm of torque, and the diesel mill offers 73.9bhp with 190Nm of torque.

– While the petrol engine of the Baleno is slightly more powerful than the i20, it’s Hyundai’s hatchback that offers more powerful with diesel motor. The South Korean carmaker will soon introduce a CVT gearbox on the Elite i20. Read More – Maruti Baleno Vs Tata Tigor

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Features

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Baleno Mileage

Model Petrol  Diesel 
New Hyundai i20 20.3kmpl 22.5kmpl
Maruti Baleno 21.4kmpl 27.39kmpl

– In terms of fuel economy, it’s the Maruti Suzuki Baleno that takes a lead over the new Elite i20.

– The Elite i20’s petrol engine is claimed to deliver 18.6kmpl and the diesel powered model is rated at 22.5kmpl.

– Maruti Baleno powered by the petrol engine promises a mileage of 21.4kmpl and the diesel version delivers 27.39kmpl.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Baleno Dimensions

Dimensions Maruti Baleno 2018 Hyundai Elite i20
Length 3,995mm 3,985mm
Width 1,745mm 1,734mm
Height 1,500mm 1,505mm
Wheelbase 2,520mm 2,570mm
Ground Clearance 165mm 170mm
Boot Space 339-litres 285-litres

– Maruti Baleno is bigger in dimensions than the new Elite i20.

– Similar to the old model, the 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 offers 50mm longer wheelbase compared to Maruti Baleno.

– In terms of luggage compartment, Maruti Baleno offers 44L more space as against new Hyundai i20. Read More- Maruti Baleno Vs Honda Jazz

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Details

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Baleno Features

Key Features 2018 Hyundai i20 Maruti Baleno
Rear AC Vents Yes No
Touchscreen Infotainment system Yes Yes
Height adj. driver seat Yes Yes
Power-operated ORVMs Yes Yes
Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes
Steering mounted audio & calling controls Yes Yes
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Yes Apple CarPlay
Navigation system Yes Yes
Rear wiper & washer Yes Yes
Push start/stop Yes Yes

– Interior of the new Hyundai i20 has been revised with minor updates.

– The car now gets a new larger touchscreen infotainment system with inbuilt navigation and smartphone connectivity like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Though, it is offered only on the range-topping variants.

-Infotainment features are missing on the base variants in i20’s line-up.

– The instrument cluster is slightly revised too.

– Except for the base variant, Hyundai i20 gets rear air con vents across line-up.

– The base variants get front power windows with timelag, manual AC, electric power steering, clutch footrest, power outlet etc.

– While the fully-loaded top-spec variant packs in push button start/stop, auto up-down & pinch guard for driver side, rear wiper & washer, luggage lamp and welcome function on wing mirrors.

-On the Maruti Baleno line-up, the base Sigma trims miss out on infotainment features.

-The top-spec Alpha variants come with Maruti’s SmartPlay infotainment system, navigation system, voice command, Apple CarPlay & remote control through smartphone App.

-Steering mounted audio controls, Bluetooth and AUX &USB are available from Delta onwards.

-Maruti’s Smartplay system is available with a software update for Android Auto & new maps for navigation system.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Interior

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Baleno Safety Features

Key Features 2018 Hyundai i20 Maruti Baleno
Dual Front Airbags Yes Yes
ABS with EBD Yes Yes
Rear Parking Camera Yes Yes
Rear Defogger Yes Yes
Speed Sensing Auto Door lock Yes No
Reverse parking sensor Yes Yes
Day/Night IRVM Yes Yes
All Disc brakes No No
NCAP Ratings NA 4-STAR (EURO NCAP 2015)

– 2018 Hyundai i20 range gets standard dual front airbags, while side & curtain airbags are available only with the range topping trim.

– ABS is missing in the Era, Magna and Magna AT variants.

– Other standard features include central locking, smart pedal, impact sensing auto door unlock & seat belt pretensioners for front seats.

– Features such as automatic headlamps, reverse parking camera and sensors, speed sensing auto door lock, clutch lock, dead pedal, keyless entry with smart key and height adjustable front seatbelts are specific to the top-of-the-line Asta (O) variant.

– The Baleno carline comes with standard dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, seat belt pre-tensioners with force safe limiters, ISOFIX child seat anchorages and pedestrian protection.

– Reverse parking camera is restricted to the top-spec Alpha trim.

– Maruti Suzuki Baleno was crash tested by EURO NCAP in 2016 wherein it scored 3-star rating.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Picture Gallery

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Baleno Exterior & Interior

Designed on Hyundai’s new Fluidic V2.0 design theme, the new Elite i20 looks more refreshing and sportier than the previous model. It gets a new black cascading grille, newly-designed headlamps with new LED daytime running lights and revised front bumper with integrated new arrowhead fog lamps. The car also features bold shoulder lines and bonnet creases, a floating roof new sculpted hatch door, new taillamp cluster, all-new rear bumper with large matte black insert and reflectors and other design elements. The 2018 Elite i20 has been assembled with diamond cut alloy wheels. Hyundai also introduced a new Flame Orange shade on the carline along with the regular colour schemes.

The Maruti Baleno, on the other hand, is more spacious and feature-loaded than the new Swift. The hatchback offers an excellent legroom and headroom for both front and rear occupants, thanks to its 2,520mm long wheelbase.

The top-end variant is equipped with the segment first 7-inch SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, while LCD display on instrument panel, 2-DIN audio system, navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, etc come as standard features. Safety features like dual airbags (Driver & Co-Driver) and ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution) come as standard across all variants of the hatchback.

Talking about 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 interiors, the vehicle is quite practical and well-equipped from inside. The new model continues to feature the dashboard in dual-tone black-beige scheme. The seats are comfortable, and offer ample under-thigh and neck support. As mentioned above, the new i20 gets new infotainment cluster with a larger touchscreen panel. It has inbuilt navigation system and supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other feature on offer are steering adaptive parking assist, rear air-con vents, multi-functional steering wheel, height adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, 2-DIN audio system with 1GB internal memory, etc.

Latest Video – 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Review 



  1. KING

    October 27, 2015 at 8:10 PMOct


    • Mr.A

      October 28, 2015 at 8:10 AMOct


  2. Sadan Amin

    November 8, 2015 at 8:10 PMNov

    Having Elite i20 in your backyard is an ultimate pleasure. Proud owner of Elitei20.

    • MILIND

      April 24, 2016 at 8:10 AMApr


  3. Shariq

    February 6, 2016 at 8:10 PMFeb

    baleno is surely better.

  4. Azad Bhardwaj

    February 9, 2016 at 8:10 AMFeb

    Elite i20 is still look better then Baleno

    • MILIND

      April 24, 2016 at 8:10 AMApr

      i 100% agree with u elit i 20 is the best looking car

  5. Akshay

    May 9, 2016 at 8:10 AMMay

    I own elite…. but i feel the projector headlamp that baleno is equipped with is much better… if hyundai can introduce that type of projector headlamp it surely can bring more joy to i20 owners…

  6. vivek

    May 10, 2016 at 8:10 AMMay

    Which car should I bought help me?

    • Editorial Team

      May 10, 2016 at 8:10 PMMay

      Hi Vivek

      It solely depends upon you. We suggest you to go for Baleno as it is cheaper and has low maintenance cost compared to Elite i20.

  7. santosh kumar

    May 22, 2016 at 8:10 AMMay

    Which is better than the two cars baleno or elite i20 pl help me

    • Editorial Team

      May 22, 2016 at 8:10 AMMay

      Hi Santosh

      We found Baleno slightly better than the Elite i20 when it comes to performance or driveability. On the other hand, the i20 offered more premium and better equipped interiors and stylish exterior.

  8. Mukhtar Surti

    May 22, 2016 at 8:10 PMMay

    which is the better car
    baleno or i20?

    • Editorial Team

      May 25, 2016 at 8:10 AMMay

      Hi Mukhtar

      While Baleno is fuel efficient and cheaper, the Elite i20 is feature loaded. We suggest you to go for Baleno.

  9. shek

    June 8, 2016 at 8:10 PMJun

    i am struck between baleno and elite i20…… nowadays people comment baleno is a flop vehicle. kindly advice which one should i go for.

    • Editorial Team

      June 10, 2016 at 8:10 AMJun

      Baleno is quite a successful car, it’s in fact equal in terms of sales unit. You can go for either of these two cars, both are good and are among top-selling models.

  10. Prajwal raja

    June 10, 2016 at 8:10 PMJun

    Handling in elite i20 is damn cool. I learnt car driving in one week with my elite i20.


    June 11, 2016 at 8:10 AMJun

    Overall which car is best

    • Editorial Team

      June 11, 2016 at 8:10 AMJun

      While the looks are quite subjective, we won’t comment on that. In terms of fuel efficiency and value-for-money proposition, the Baleno has an upper hand. While in terms of power, the Elite i20 has an edge. As far as features are concerned, both the cars come loaded with several of them.

  12. Sammy

    June 23, 2016 at 8:10 PMJun

    The Baleno is about 100 kgs less than the i20. Although it will improve FE, there is no safety in sitting in a tin can, is there? It also looks like a typical run of the mill hatchback, nothing eye-catching with the design. The all black interiors look pretty drab and very similar to other Maruti models. The i20 on the other hand looks more fresh and premium. Heck, I would buy it for the looks alone. If you prefer to buy lower variants and make a few mods then don’t look beyond the i20. Check out the modified i20s on FB. They are just awesome.

    • Editorial Team

      June 26, 2016 at 8:10 PMJun

      Weight isn’t the only parameter that makes a car safe. The overall structural integrity of a car depends upon the material used. There are hyper cars in the world with weight just around 800-900Kgs, but the kind of material that their makers have used to build them is top-notch. The Baleno is as safe as the i20 and has secured 4 star rating in Euro-NCAP. And for your information, the same model is being sold in India as well.

  13. Ravi

    June 26, 2016 at 8:10 PMJun

    Hi..I also got stuck between these two cars. Budget is 7.25 L. Need Suggestions? Which car and which variant.

    • Editorial Team

      June 27, 2016 at 8:10 PMJun

      Please tell us your daily run (Kms)

  14. Gangadhar

    July 5, 2016 at 8:10 PMJul

    I use the car occasionally… tell me which car should i take

    • Editorial Team

      July 6, 2016 at 8:10 PMJul

      You can buy either of these two cars even if you drive it occasionally.

  15. chetan

    July 6, 2016 at 8:10 PMJul

    sir i am struck between baleno 1.3 alpha and i20 asta please tell me the final verdict which car to buy overall baleno is my choice but due to less engine power and 5 gear i am looking at i20 help me out

    • Editorial Team

      July 6, 2016 at 8:10 PMJul

      If you need a car that offers you a great pickup and more fun to drive, the Baleno petrol should be your pick. The Elite i20 doesn’t feel as exciting as the Baleno due to heavier weight.

  16. Utkarsh

    July 6, 2016 at 8:10 PMJul

    I am really confused in b/w the two,which one to take,i20 Elite (p) or baleno(p).
    I have seen many people saying elite a under powered car(p).
    Is this true ?

    • Editorial Team

      July 6, 2016 at 8:10 PMJul

      Though on papers the Elite i20 petrol looks powerful enough, but it doesn’t accelerate as fast as the Baleno. Take a test drive of both the cars to decide which one you like more.

  17. Utkarsh

    July 6, 2016 at 8:10 PMJul

    I own a wagon r (2007).
    The interior quality is really disappointing ….i think it will be not in baleno.
    Thank u for your previous reply.

    • Editorial Team

      July 6, 2016 at 8:10 PMJul

      The Baleno being a premium offering from Maruti Suzuki gets good quality material. It’s in fact one of the best Maruti Suzuki in terms of interior quality.

  18. Dr Saurabh Kumar

    July 20, 2016 at 8:10 PMJul

    Sir, I m confused between i20 era n baleno sigma petrol. Please sagase which is value for money, less mentanance, best resale value, n more comfortable.

    • Editorial Team

      July 21, 2016 at 8:10 PMJul

      In comfort, value-for-money and resale value, both the cars score equal. But in terms of maintenance, the Baleno surely has an upper hand.

  19. rashid

    July 20, 2016 at 8:10 PMJul

    I am really confused in b/w the two,which one to take,i20 Elite sportz (d) or baleno(d).

    • Editorial Team

      July 21, 2016 at 8:10 PMJul

      Both the cars that you mentioned are good. The i20 is slightly more powerful than the Baleno, but the Baleno is more fun-to-drive. In terms of fuel efficiency and maintenance, the Baleno surely is a lot better than the i20.

  20. Appu

    February 13, 2017 at 8:10 PMFeb

    Hi, as I heard that i20 elite sportz (petrol) has some suspension and mileage problems. Please suggest

    • Editorial Team

      February 13, 2017 at 8:10 PMFeb

      Fuel efficiency of a car depends upon several factors including the regular maintenance of a car, road condition and driving habits. In city the Elite i20 diesel returns around 15kmpl. As far as the suspension is concerned, it’s a city-focused to offer good ride quality. And it’s because of this, the car feels bouncy at times when drive on really bad roads. We won’t say it has a bad suspension, but this could have been a little stiffer.

  21. H K Sharma

    April 25, 2017 at 8:10 PMApr

    my budget is 6-7 Lac and run the car 1500 km in a year.Want to buy my 1st car. kindly advice to choose car amongst suzuki swift dezire, Baheno, Etios of hundai and other car of segment. I prefer to buy sedan.
    kindly advice which one to buy considering fuel economy, after sale service and maintenance, resale value and over all satisfaction. People say Baleno is flopped.

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