Comparing Swift Dzire VXI and i20 Magna

Hello to all those Indian car lovers who admire Hyundai i20 Magna as well as Swift Dzire VXI. Though for the price, nothing beats Maruti Swift Dzire for value of money, serviceability, overall performance, design, resale value, and sheer joy of driving, and overall it is a better buy than i20 but then also one of our visitor, Mr. Harpreet Singh, requested me to compare a Swift Dzire VXI with i20 Magna which I will do here as requested.

Interiors

Many Hyundai lovers say that i20 has rich interiors and I agree, but friends Hyundai is also charging extra for that. As you may know that it is much more expensive than Swift, so giving better interior at a really high price is no achievement because it is the easiest one and any manufacturer can do that. Point would have been there if Hyundai had been shelling everything better than Maruti at the same price so no comparison of interiors. Also Hyundai i20 is a new design as compared to Swift, which got launched worldwide in 2004, so a 2009 car's interior cannot be compared to a 2004 car. Also Suzuki Swift Next Gen has is coming to India in 2011, so then we can compare the Swift Next Gen and i20 Magna for the interiors.

Performance

It is a true fact that the diesel engine of Swift has been borrowed from Fiat but then Hyundai is also a licensed user of CRDI tech from Mercedes. It did not invent it on its own. Now performance wise, Hyundai i20 has better top speed and Swift has better acceleration, so it is a close call and also rightly depending on the driver, but go through the Overdrive January issue in which they took all the small cars to Rohtang and following is their comment who are experts: “We found that in plains, i20 is a beast with powerful acceleration but as you come to some inclines, Ritz by Maruti (same engine) has no match. The i20 simply refuses to build up rapid momentum and has irritating turbo lag but on the other hand, Ritz simply outshines all others as it has the best gearing and torque spread and less downshifting is required to keep going” so according to me performance wise, they rated the Maruti engine better than others (including the original maker, Fiat) as despite sharing the same engine (Tata Indica, Palio, and Punto), Maruti has tuned this engine the best.

Handling

Now let us come to handling: Here, Swift wins because no Hyundai has ever been able to show good dynamics. It rolls the most and has the least stability on highway, right from Santro to Sonata (that is why it never participates in any kind of rally or racing competition world over). On the other hand, Swift has been one of the most successful car in world rallying (including Raid De Himalaya 2009 of our own and also will be in Raid De Himalaya 2010 from October 8 to October 17, 2009) so here also Swift wins the game.

Resale Value, Maintenance Cost, and Serviceability

When it comes to resale value, cost of maintenance, and serviceability, nothing beats Maruti in its class. Suzuki is world number one in small cars and if people talk about the petrol, the K series petrol from Maruti is more powerful with more fuel efficiency than Kappa. You can look at the figures online to confirm. In fact, only Honda Jazz 1.2 petrol beats it on power and mileage, but then a Honda is a Honda, so no comparison, so according to the above, Swift Dzire VXI is a better option than Hyundai i20, but then also I would say that the decision in your hands. Why not have a test drive of both cars to confirm that. By saying test drive, I not mean checking drivability only but also you can compare, price, boot space, and each and every thing. I think for any car buyer, price and trust are the two main factors when it comes to comparisons like these.

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Madama 6 years ago from Harrisburg PA

When we bought our Swift Vxi (not Dezire) we also had an option to choose between i10 and i20. We eliminated both i10 & i20 as they are charging too much and when it comes to fuel efficiency neither of them could be compared to Swift.


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot Madama for comparing Swift Vxi with i20 and i10. Afterall Swift is the best car in its segment.


Pankaj Arya  6 years ago

Swift dezire vxi is much more better than i20 magna because it gives better power,better milege in the same time low maintenance, good resale valu, good pickup so many other features so go blindly with swift dezire. It will be urs intelligent decision


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks for sharing your views on buying Swift Dzire Vxi.


mahesh 6 years ago

Nice review.....But power, mileage are not only things to compare bro... As ur saying Resale value will be pretty good for swift.........(i cant go through this) swift looks like future ambassador car(when ever stop in an signal at least i will find 7-10 swifts......

Ya its a Very good car with all segments like power not in milage(petol version not diesal).....My Brother using Vxi BS 4.he is getting 10 kmpl in city ....

Even i have same doubt In i20 and Swift Vxi....i already look out ur review on Vxi and Vdi....

I drive both the cars (Test drive) The Thing Which i like in I20 is Interiors and Boot Space ....as I am 6.1 Its very good for me and in swift it lacks....

the Rear Boot space in Swift should Improve...and the Main Thing i hate in Swift is interiors........i dont feel the difference of Dash board in maruthi 800 and Swift.......from past 15 years Maruthi Using The same Type of interiors it should be New in look......

All my family Members are Using Maruthi Only(swift.wagnor,and recently my Aunt got ritz)....i cant feel the difference if i sit in all the vehicals....

I20 Though the cost is high (45k+ than vxi)...u will get 13 kmpl in city...with A/c On(My friend is using this and i checked it on my self).... very good...mileage and speed.... so my choice is i20 and i am going to book this........

If any one want a different look and Feel like Luxury ..in hatchback series then choose i20....

This is My opinion.....as Soni always Say .....have test drive of these cars and u can see the difference.....

Yours...

Mahesh


MANISH GOLA 5 years ago

i HAD PAID BOOKING AMOUNT TO DD MOTORS PIRA GARHI DELHI BOFORE FIVE MONTH BUT I AM STILL WAITING FOR MY SWIFT VXI. IS THIS GOOD DEALING, I THINK THEY ARE MAKING ME FOOL.


coolllllllsss 5 years ago

i20 is far much better than swift in terms of interiors , exteriors , stablity in drive. it has a very responsive engine . just press the peddle and vroom away. no comparisons with swift . maruti is charging for almost everything like some of the basic features like power windows is not provided in its base model while for hyundai in era model you will get power windows and many such things. sogo for i20 than swift


Sud 5 years ago

I am a recent buyer of Hyundai I20..I feel I20 is in a seperate class of its own..Maruti cars are worth a buy for its price except for SX4 which was a failure. I20 diesel version on highways are much better than VDI engines and mileage on city & highway are better. I feel the only competitor for I20 in the new market is Polo which is defenitely a car to try. Ford Figo in hatch back is good too...If safety,mileage & quality are considered, then its Polo, i20, figo & then swift.however Swift is a winner due to the service availabilty and maruti's cheap parts (since they are the DON for many decades in India).But over a time I am sure, India will start to accept the european\Japanese class & standard.Though I wish to see an Indian car Company outshine them.


puneet 5 years ago

Swift is a car on which u can rely apon but hyundai is just irritating


ms khan 5 years ago

hi soni do you have any idea about launching swift new gen.is it will launch this year(2011)


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes, Mr. Khan Swift GenX will launch this year only.


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

@all friends, I am not a promoter of any car, as some people have written in comments on my hubs. I just share my views. It is up to the buyer to purchase the car or not. I am not selling any car. I am not sending anyone to any link, nothing. Even, I am not getting any money from these car companies, so please don't misunderstand me as a PROMOTER of any car.

Regarding i20, I agree a lot has changed since I wrote this article. I don't own an i20 but would like to buy one, as I have fallen in love with it. Swift has its own advantages but i20 especially CRDi is best right now. I got a chance to drive i20 for an extended period of time while on a trip. I have to agree now that i20 is stylish and powerful than Swift. It has nice interiors and more boot space than Swift.


abhishek 5 years ago

is the comparison done by a salesman of maruti?? hw can u evn think of comaparing i20 with swift??

this is to acknowledge all those people who havent taken a ride of i20. go ahead u will feel the huge difference. i20 diesel engine is the most refined and powerful engine which none of the maruti , fiat , tata can ever provide. although the crdi technology is licensed by mercedez but hyundai developed according to the indian roads and it is a development. maruti is just a borrower of fiat. has maruti developed evn a single diesel engine??? drive sx4 diesel u wil nevr evn think of looking at tht car. and ant swift it became so popular bcoz its price cost cutting can be seen evrywher as soon as u sit in the car. moreover swift diesel was an early hatchback rather than i20. i20 is not for those who actually think price is evrythng while buying a car.


Divya 5 years ago

I wonder why maruti is given prefrence everytime..swift is utterly useless..stabilty u mean how difft the drvn is..and maruti may have cheap servcing..it is also the most altered.. Parts and rest are demanded to chnge so often..we had maruti since ages n all it demands is a chnge..in parts lest it costs less so ppl ignre it..maruti has bcme filty..i neithr use maruti nor hyundai..i bought polo..bt wad concrdin I 20..swft was nvr an option..the revw seems fabrctd..all I see is maruti loyalist


ajay 4 years ago

i wanted to buy honda jazz after price reduction by the company.my only issue is the ground clearance and the torque problem, otherwise all the features and looks are noncompareble.pls suggest me whether i will go for this or you have any other choice compare to this car with better ride,handling,pleasure etc....


Anand 4 years ago

I wanted to buy car i am confused in between New swift VXI and i20 Magana(1.2 Kappa engine). sone pros and cons are in both car. cau any one please suggest me which one is good to buy in terms of all features including technical and interiors , resale value, maintenance , mileage etc?


jagz W 4 years ago

i20 is much better than maruti swift.


Raman 4 years ago

SIMPLY INCOMPARABLE!!

swift & i20 are two diffrnt beasts & to be honest i20 wins..bt again its a close call..

i have both the cars now,the i20 magna & the new swift vxi..

at almost the same price,i20 offers more features than swift,good performnce,best in class styling,exteriors & is nt at all undrpwrd!!

Swift on othr hand sells just coz its brand name,low maintenance costs and good resale value..still i20 has managed to stay in the market and give a good fightback more recently..

in terms of looks nt very appealing nt even close to i20 though the driving experience is good and almost the same as i20 bt nt as such very high in comparison to i20 as claimed..


Akshdeep Singh 4 years ago

Hi Soni,

I am from chandigarh, planning to buy hatcback diesel car, i can't get an oppotunity to test drive any of it coz i m working overseas, i m really confused among Swift diesel & i20 era disel.

Can u plz suggest me ...?? which one can work for me, as well their current prices if you know.

Thanks in advance.


mathew 4 years ago

i am aslo faceing the same problem i20 or swift, pls give a good sugstion


Mubarak 4 years ago

Hi Brother,

I am planning to buy Car (Diesel) bet 6-6.5 Lac, already have shift(old version) petrol. Which is the best one Either to go Shift New Gen or Figo or Shift Dzire. Pleae advice.


Vinod 4 years ago

Hi this is vinod, I think i2o far better than swift.


Kumar 4 years ago

Lol... You seems to be a employee of Maruti company the way You have written the article. I20 is far far better than Swift. Come out of Tata-Indica mentality ... enjoy new nature with I20,Figo,polo etc.


ASHU 4 years ago

HEY MEN WHATEVER I HAVE HEARD JUST I M GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL ABT I20..MR.SONI SPEAK MUCH ABT SWIFT ,SWIFT AND SWIFT..DEAR MR. SONI MY FEW OF FRIENDS ARE HAVING I20 & SWIFT TOO BUT WHEN I/WE GET RIDE WITH I20, WE ALL FEEL PLEASURE WHILE DRIVING THE CAR WHICH IS HAVING AWESOME PICKUP. BEST INTERIOR WHICH IS VERY SUPERB(NO COMPARISON WITH ANY SEDAN IN THAT PARTICULAR SEGMENT),IF YOU TALK ABOUT THE EXTERIOR WHICH IS QUIT GOOD AND ITS LOOK LIKE A GIANT FROM OUTSIDE HAVING THE GOOD CURVES AND BEAUTIFUL STYLING..WE ARE YOUTH AND WANT TO MOVE WITH TIME AND I20 GIVE US THAT FREEDOM WITH ITS GREAT DESIGN..SO MY VOTE ALWAYS WITH HYUNDAI I20 :)


biplab 4 years ago

Are you kidding ? i20 is far better. Full Stop.

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