Which Car Is Better To Buy: Compare Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai I20

Compared and reviewed service network, parts availability, customer service, cost of parts, power and performance, reliability, service intervals, cost, features, inside cabin space,  boot space, and exteriors between VW Polo and I20 and I have found that I20 is the clear winner.

I20 is worth every penny spent on it – why, read here:

Space: It’s roomy and can be compared with a sedan.

Features: Some features are first time in any Indian hatchback

Boot Space: Huge compared to Polo. Ford Figo < Maruti Swift.

Looks: Personally I like Polo looks but it’s subjective.

Engine: 4 cylinder 90 PS in Hyundai i20 proven as compared to loud 3 cylinder some odd 70 PS in Polo.

Maintenance Cost: Admit that Hyundai is not cheap when compared to Maruti but it is certainly cheaper to maintain against Volkswagen. It looks and feels bigger.

VW Polo’s plus point: European car manufacturer plus good appearance.

Hyundai i20 exteriors
Hyundai i20 exteriors | Source

Polo is better car than the i20 only in the pricing. If you come down to service cost, it only asks for 8k for every service. It has 3 cylinder 75 BHP which is less underpowered and engine sounds like a truck. There are little features inside the car if compared with Hyundai i20. Except for build, quality, and handling, i20 is far better than Polo in virtually all the areas, right from space, features, engine, cost of ownership, resale value, safety features, etc. I20 simply pips Polo in most areas and is a better car.

Hyundai i20 interiors
Hyundai i20 interiors | Source

So if you are still confused between buying Volkswagen Polo or Hyundai I20, then here is my advice for you:

  1. If you have deep pockets and can spend 10k or more on every service for first 3 and after that may be 5k around per month for just maintenance only, then you can buy Volkswagen Polo.
  2. If you will fit anything even just a fog lamp or a music system from outside the company, VW will void your car warranty.
  3. Performance wise, Polo only has 3-cylinder engine and 75 BHP but if you are a kind of a person who don’t need the car to get sluggish or bottleneck in between or feels like to race in the weekend with the friends, then you will be disappointed every time. In straight or on a track, i20 will anytime pawn Polo, Fabia, Swift, and Punto.

I am not giving this advice because I am a diehard fan of Hyundai but what I am telling you is a reviewed fact. I have test driven i20 and VW Polo and compared everything and just found Hyundai i20 winning the race. If you will ask anyone to compare Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai I20 for you, most people will say to buy i20 without any single thought. Test drive both cars and you will get to know it by yourself and then decide which car is better to buy.

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Ancillotti 5 years ago from Brasil, Vitoria - ES

Good Hub, soni! This tip is very important to me since I'm currently choosing my car model. Now the Polo out of my list. Thanks for sharing! Cheers!


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

It's my pleasure that I was able to help you choose the best car to buy.


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Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

Many thanks for the comparison, Soni. My daughter is looking to exchange her Maruti Zen for an i20 or a Polo.I needed this before making the purchase,and I will definitely go for the i20 now.


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes Purple Perl, you can blindly go for i20 as it has proved to be a good car. In my previous hubs, I favored Swift over i20 but now my outlook has changed regarding i20 when I drove it for an extended period of time while on a recent excursion. This car is awesome. One more thing, if your daughter will buy i20 crdi that will be better.


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Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

Thanks Soni,will check out i20 crdi.Swift is good but as you say, i20 is better.I recently read a comparison on Ford Figo, Maruti Swift, Volkswagon Polo and the Hyundai i20. But the review picked the VW Polo as clear winner. But, I take your decision based on driving experience and having used the i20 for an excursion.

Meanwhile, I am getting a new Tata Indica Vista Aura Quadrajet tomorrow.


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

That's amazing Purple Perl. Congrats for buying two new cars. After buying and driving it for some days, write a personal review of New Tata Indica Vista. There are a lot of people online who are looking out for Indian car reviews, especially economical ones. I always get an immediate boost in traffic with car comparisons.

Best of luck.


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Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

Thanks for your review,Soni. Will sure write a review on the Vista. Since fuel costs have hit the roof, most are looking for economical cars. And the mid-size cars are always in demand, since parking space while out,is at a premium.


SK6 5 years ago

Hi Soni! Nice review! I am considering swift 2011 and i20 petrol versions. Pl. help me on following-

1. Is swift 2011 worth waiting for or is i20 is a better choice?

2. What is the difference between i20 sportz (O) and i20 sports (BSIV)? I am confused.

Thanks and good day!


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

@Purple Perl, Ditto. Just two days ago, petrol costs went up from 58 rs to 63 rs and these rising fuel prices have made it difficult for an average person to maintain the vehicle.

@SK6, your two questions and my answers:

1. Is swift 2011 worth waiting for or is i20 is a better choice?

I think Hyundai i20 CRDI is the best choice till now. If Maruti increases the boot space, change interiors, and change the outside looks of Swift, then I think it will also be a good option but I don't think that Maruti will be able to do this in the 2011 Swift model, only slight change here and there will be done whereas Swift needs some major changes, as people have quire bored of seeing the old Swift now whereas i20 still looks trendy and hot. Actually it's appealing to eyes, which is just one positive point.

2. What is the difference between i20 sportz (O) and i20 sports (BSIV)? I am confused.

Brother, i20 sportz (O) means i20 sportz option and i20 sportz (BSIV) means Bharat Stage IV which are the latest emission norms or standards for latest cars in India.

From what I have learned regarding the option variant is that with this model we get an option of having wheel covers rather than alloy wheels making the car 15000k cheaper and same with other features here and there so actually option can save you money if you want some features or not. For more information, I recommend you to call Hyundai India or visit their showroom on your own. Best of luck.


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Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

Soni, in Bangalore,petrol is Rs. 71/litre.


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

OMG, I didn't knew that. That's terrific. Where our government is taking us? I think to hell. If they will keep on raising prices like this, one day will not be far when an average person will not able to survive.


Sam T 5 years ago

I like the overall features of I20 too but being an average person I am looking for a TATA NANO. I am not sure if that is recommended, coz I heard it had major problems after it was used for some hundred Kilometers. Is that correct? Can you please let me know what your suggestion is?

Thanks


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

I will never recommend a Tata Nano to anyone, it's totally a waste of money, instead of this if one does not have enough money to buy, then he/she should go for a used Maruti car from True Value or a used Hyundai car. I don't have any words to say for Tata Nano.


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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

That's an informative comparison. I'll never know if Hyundai is better than VW Polo if I didn't read this hub. Thank you Soni2006.


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

It's my pleasure agusfanani. Thanks for going through this hub.


rideshare ppl 5 years ago

@SONI: Thanks for the note on NANO. I will make sure I don't waste time thinking about buying NANO again.


Akhil Mittal 5 years ago

Hi Soni,

I reached this article while I was just googling around. I must say I found this article very innformative, unbiased and truly useful.

Good work!! Keep it up!!

Thanks,

Akhil Mittal


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot rideshre ppl and Akhil Mittal for your visit and commments.


Rushmeet 5 years ago

Hi Soni2006,

i have been reading ur reviews, must say they r really good and unbaised. Iam really confused between i20 sportz petrol, swift vdi new model, fiesta classic - clxi. As fiesta has also reduced price (5.8 on road).

my buying decision strongly depends on driving pleasure, comfort on long drives, and decent mileage

my driving per day is approx 1500kms per month.


ajay kumar agarwal 5 years ago

hi soni2006,

thanks for ur reviews, i was too confused between swift and i20, now i got the answer. i have booked hyundai i20 crdi asta abs.

regards

ajay kumar agarwal


fashion 5 years ago

Great hub.Great information.


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much Rushmeet, Ajay, and fashion for your visit and comments. I am ill with fever and will definitely answer your questions.


Param 5 years ago

Hi Soni, Thanks for a really useful post. I would like to buy i20 Crdi Era model, but the dealers here are saying that it is not available in production. It us strange as the info is available on Hyundai website. They also said that Hyundai is again shifting the number of gears from 6 to 5. Don't know the reason why so, could you please advise. I also found on internet that a facelift version will come in October. Is that worth too wait? Thanks.


Ashtamoorthy k 4 years ago

Can you give a review about the beat diesel car


sushil mishra jodhpur 4 years ago

hi mr.soni i think you have done a great exercise on polo and i20 but can you give me the details because the features and looks are not sufficient for me

1. service intervel of polo and i20 i mean to say that at what km polo need the first service or every service and same as i20?

2. Built up quality of polo and i20 i mean to say that which is the safest because JAAN HAI TO JAHAN HAI ?

3 is there any warrenty on paint or body in polo and same as i20?

4. what type of welding use for body joints in polo and i20 i mean to say that which car is having best finish in joint welding and safest ?

kindly suggest me as soon as possible.


Rahul 4 years ago

No Comparison of Polo with I20...

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