Here are two recently launched rivals who will continue to lock horns this festive season to grab the top spot as an affordable performance-spec hatchback- Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo and the Volkswagen Polo TSI.
Not much to talk about look and feel since both the hatchbacks have been exciting the customers for years now. One thing we are sure about is the fact that VW Polo is better in built quality while feature-packed Nios Turbo will appeal to the modern tech-savvy crowd.
To find the exact differences between the hatchbacks, we directly compare the prices first. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo Sportz trim which packs the punchy 1.0-litre TGDi engine is priced between Rs 7.75 lakh – Rs 7.81 lakh (ex-showroom). On the other hand, Highline Plus trim of Polo TSI starts at Rs 8.08 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Grand i10 Nios Turbo Sportz is powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbo GDI petrol engine. The 998cc engine manages to produce a maximum power of 100 PS and generates a peak torque of 171.6 Nm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed MT that transmits power to the front wheels.
On the other hand, the Polo 1.0 TSI Highline Plus is powered by a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine. The 999cc engine generates a maximum power of 110 PS and offers a peak torque of 175 Nm. Polo offers both manual and automatic transmission options.
The BS6-compliant engine of the Grand i10 Nios Turbo Sportz manages to achieve a top speed of 165 kmph and offers a mileage of 20.7 kmpl. On the open straights, the turbo Nios can clock 0-100 kmph in less than 10 seconds. Nios Turbo is quick, zippy and compact, making it a fun car to drive.
The BS6-compliant engine of the Polo TSI achieves a top speed of around 190 kmph and offers a mileage of 18.24 kmpl. The surprising bit here is that, there is handily anything to differentiate in 0-100 kmph dash, with the Polo one-tenth of a second quicker than the Nios despite producing 10 more horses.
Polo has stood its ground for long, earning the tag of a driver’s car. It’s now under a treat, Hyundai’s attempt to inject pure thrill into the entry-segment with Nios Turbo, we think, hasn’t been a bad attempt after all.