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Car India
Car India
Date: 01/05/2015
Page No: 48
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The Hyundai i20 Active is the latest kid on the
hatchback-turned-compact-crossover block
and it's a good product. But how does it fare
against the competition? Read on to find out
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Story: Aninda Sardar
Photography: Sanjay Raikar
SHOOTOUT i2Q Active vEtios Cross
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SHOOTOUT iZO Active v Etios Cross
THE PATHFINDER IN THE
izo Active (obviously) and the Toyota
Etios looks better in the Cross form
hatchback-turned-compact-crossover
Etios Cross. In both cases, the
than in its Liva manifestation.
segment was the Volkswagen Polo
vehicles we used were the absolute
when VW launched the Cross Polo.
Some time later, Japanese giant
range-toppers with their respective
diesel engines. So, here goes...
Visually, the Hyundai drives away
Toyota decided to create their own
and turned it into a more macho
it's a repeat story. The Hyundai's
and not just the Toyota alone. The
crossover product, calling it the Etios ! new-generation Elite i2C, is a much
I better-looking car. The design
I
bandwagon is Hyundai with the'izc
| catching. The subtle changes like the
a segment that hasn't really taken off
language is contemporary and eyenew alloy wheel design, the
Active. Now, in an ideal world we
three against the other? ro see which
of them will get to keep the crown in
j understated cladding, the round foglamps (both up front and at the rear),
J
the roof-rails, and the boot spoiler
! only add to the Hyundai's appeal. In
as well as the manufacturers would
the (ooks department, the Toyota
have hoped. However, for the -
clearly follows where the Hyundai
purpose of this test we will keep
ourselves restricted to the Hyundai
solid and reassuring. Get inside and
j even started their engine. The izo
Active, given that it's based on the
Cross (somewhat unimaginatively).
The latest manufacturer to join this
would have loved to piLeach of the
feel that the i20 Active feels more
with the prize before Toyota have
| version" of the compact crossover.
Naturally, |they chose the Etios Liva
Open the doors of each of these
two cars here and you'll instantly
leads. Of course, with the addition of
i the cladding and the roof-rails the
interior is way ahead of the pack,
quality, fit-and-finish and even the
visual appeal is top-notch. This is a
cabin where you enjoy. The Toyota's
interior, despite the upgrade in
materials from the first Etios Liva
that was introduced, looks
outclassed compared to the i20
Active. Where the Etios Cross hits
back is in space for the rear
passengers. It does feel roomier than
the Hyundai, which again wrestles
the Etios Cross back into its place
with a much bigger boot. •
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SHOOTOUT i2Q Active v Etios Cross
Hyundai 120 Active SX CRDi (Rs 10.11 lakh, OTR, Purie) ••••*• car Road Test 397
TEST RESULTS
$
IN-GEAR SPEEDS (km/h)
Gear
Indicated
True
1st
39
36.7
2nd
71
3rd
119
107.2
4th
145
140.2
5th
160
152.2
6th
168
158.3
67.8
TOP SPEED
Achieved
Wheelbase 2570mm
158.3 km/h
Overall length 3985mm
OVERTAKING ACCELERATION
Roll-ons
Width (excluding mirrors) 1734mm Front track 1514mm
Speed
3rd
4th
40-60
3.13
6.64
SUSPENSION
60-80
3.25
3.71
5.46
Front
80-100
5.03
4.33
6.12
NA
5.78
9.33
Rear track 1513mm Kerb weight 1213 kg
SPECIFICATIONS
Independent MacPherson
strut with coil spring
ENGINE
Cylinders
Rear
Four, in-line
Engine Layout
Turbocharged, Dl
Fuel
Diesel
Bore x stroke
with coll spring
ACCOMMODATION
Power peak (rpm)
4000
Red line (rpm)
4750
Torque peak (rpm)
m
Power/litre (PS/Utre)
Knee Room R (max/min) 840/600
Torque/litre (Nm/litre)
326 litres
DRIVER AIDS
ABS, EBD, impact-sensing auto
1500-2750
74.19
64.47
157.59
1300
45 litres
Boot space
220
Power/mass (PS/tonne)
Knee Room F (max/min) 850/610
Fuel tank
90
PERFORMANCE FACTORS
1230/990
Shoulder space
ENGINE OUTPUT
Max torque (Nm)
980/950
Leg Room F (max/mln)
DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
Max power (PS)
5
Head Room, F/R
17.0:1
2.40s, 26.80m
From 100 - 0 km/h 2.97s, 41.22m
Seating
1.396cc
Compression ratio
BRAKING TEST
From 80 - 0 km/h
75.0 x 79.0
Capacity
Valvegear
Coupled torsion beam
Front, transverse
Type
100-120
5th
8.19
door lock, reverse camera, alrbags
1
FUEL CONSUMPTION
City
18.0
Highway
24.0
Overall*
19.5
* Overall Is 25% highway and 75%
city driving
TRANSMISSION
Six-speed, manual
1st gear
3.644
2nd gear
1.967
3rd gear
1.258
4th gear
0.907
5th gear
0.725
6th gear
0.634
Reverse gear
3.591
Final drive
4.180
Drive wheels
PERFORMANCE
TEST CONDITIONS
Altitude
550m above MSL
Weather
Warm, windless, dry
HIGHLIGHTS
O Equipment
O Fuel Efficiency
O Styling
O Space
FWD
STEERING
Type
Rack and pinion, electric
O Turbo lag
power assisted, speed-sensitive
Lock to lock
2.9 turns
WHEELS AND TYRES
Wheel size
Tyre size
16"
195/55 R16
BRAKES
©•
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
10
12
14
16
18
20
22
0-400m sprint:
lkm sprint:
20.18 s
36.94 s
Terminal speed:
Terminal speed:
110.96 km/h
142.44 km/h
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CAR RATINGS
Design & Style:
*****
Space:
*****
Suspension:
****':",•
Powertrain:
*****
Creature Comforts:
*****
Ride Quality:
*****
Performance:
****,'.;
Driver Appeal:
****-;",'
Handling:
****•
Fuel Efficiency:
*****
Safety:
*****
Steering:
****•
Dynamic Ability:
****•;:
Interiors:
*****
Braking:
*****'
CAR INDIA'S test and performance data Is the sole copyright of Nest Gen Publishing Ltd. No part of the data or text can be used in any form for any purpose
or promotion or advertisement without the explicit written permission of the editor. (Performance testing by Aspi Bhathena)
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Thus far it would appear that the
and 170 Nm — the Hyundai posts a
Hyundai will run away with the
marginally quicker 0-100 km/h dash,
prize. However, the real test of a car
which it accomplishes in 16.17
can only happen once you've got past
seconds compared to the Toyota's
its exterior and interior and have
16.18 seconds. The Hyundai engine
actually driven it. Start the engines
is more fuel-efficient as well.
simultaneously and you'll realise that
Some of the aforementioned turbo
a shade less noisy than the Etios
lag can, of course, be remedied by
judicious use of gears and the i20
Cross' 1.4-litre D-4D unit. Get
Active's six-speed transmission is
going, though, and the balance
actually quite good. It has short
throws and slots in with a nice and
the i20 Active's 1.4-litre CRDi unit is
swings in the Toyota's favour almost
Q Toyota interiors
have improved since
the early days of the
Etios...
• ••• But the
Hyundai interiors
are quite a bit more
premium and well
put together
• Rear room in i20
Active is less than in
the Etios Cross but
a-c vents are a plus
immediately. Right from the get go,
positive click. Ratios are well spaced
O Rear kneeroom is
the Etios Cross feels the sprightlier of
too. However, switch places with the
definitely more but
there are no a-c
vents at the rear
the two. Apart from the fact that the
Etios Cross and the Toyota comes up
Etios Cross is lighter than the izo
on top. Its five-speed gearbox offers
Active, its engine also suffers from
even shorter throws and is as precise
less turbo lag. While in the Toyota,
as the Hyundai 'box.
the turbo has spooled up by the time
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NEED
TO KNOW
In the handling department, the
the engine had gathered 1,500 revs,
in the izo Active you will find
Toyota edges ahead. However, not by
yourself waiting for another 250-300
Cross is marginally better than what
RPM, because in the latter the turbo
lag exists until nearly 1,800 RPM.
though the dynamic abilities of the
Before that, the Hyundai seems to
new-generation i20 platform are
lack purpose in its progress. The test
quite a bit superior to what used to
much. The handling of the Etios
the iao Active is capable of, even
figures, however, tell a slightly
be in the old car. Both steering units
different story. Thanks to the higher
are equally quick and provide an
output of the 1.4-litre CRDi unit in
equal level of feedback, but the i20
the i20 Active — 90 PS and 220 Nm
Active's unit feels lighter at city
as opposed to the Etios Cross' 68 PS
speeds. The ride quality is equally •
TOYOTA
ETIOS
CROSS
PRICE
Rs8.51 (OTR, Pune)
ENGINE
1,364 cc, In-line four,
16-valve,turbo-diesel
TRANSMISSION
Five-speed hianual
MAX POWER
68 [email protected],800 RPM
MAX TORQUE
170 [email protected]
1,800-2,400 RPM
The real test of a car can
only happen once you've
got past its exterior
and interior and have
actually driven it
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SHOOTOUT i2Q Active irEtios Cross
E3 The Etios Cross
gets a visibly
smaller boot. It also
doesn't get a 60:40
split-folding seat
• The i20 Active's
boot is not only
larger but also gets
the benefit of 60:40
split rear seats,
making it flexible
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sorted in both the cars here and you'll
be hard pressed to pick one from the
other. Both cars will iron out bumps
and ruts to roughly the same degree,
isolating your posterior from the
irregularities of the road beneath the
wheels.
Under braking, you realise that the
Toyota offers better bite and
progression, which is a good thing.
However, stomp on the brakes really
hard and you'll feel that the i20
Active is a bit more stable under
harsh braking than the Toyota.
Finally, once you've driven both, you
get down to the list of features that
are available in each of the two
range-toppers from the respective
manufacturers. The Hyundai's
equipment list is endless. From rearview camera, to rear a-c vents to
keyless Start/Stop to a fully automatic
driver's side window to automatic
projector headlamps with cornering
and follow-me-home function, the
ho Active
has everything covered.
The Toyota's list is far more modest
and will only cover the basics of
creature comfort. , .
So, at the end of the battle, here's
the score. The Hyundai
ho Active
beats the Toyota hands down in the
following areas: styling and visual
appeal, build quality, quality of the
interior, fit-and-finish. boot space,
and the sheer number of features. It
is also the quicker of the two cars
here. In the Toyota's favour, there's
more room at the rear and better
handling. It also feels sprightlier and
has an engine that doesn't suffer as
much from turbo lag, which makes it
a lot easier to drive.
Overall then, the scales are loaded
in favour of the ho Active, which
CS Hyundai's 1.4-litre CRDi
unit is faster in the run up to 100 km/h and is
marginally more fuel efficient too, but suffers from significant lag
• The Toyota 1.4-litre D-4D engine is a refined unit that produces a more
linear power delivery with turbo lag disappearing by 1,500 RPM
comes across as a more rounded off
package. But then there's always the
tricky issue of pricing, for between
the Toyota Etios Cross, which retails
at Rs 8.51 lakh, and the Hyundai Ho
Active, which retails at Rs 10.11 lakh,
there's a Rs 1.6 lakh gap. So, if you're
looking for value then we'd have to
say that you should stick to the Etios
Cross. As a vehicle it's a fine one and
feels better to drive. It'll also save you
quite a tidy sum. However, if you're
the kind who likes the premium feel,
the stylish looks and the gizmos, then
the Hyundai showroom is where you
should be headed by now.
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