Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

By Sukesh

Hyundai has recently launched the Elite i20 CVT in the Indian market with a starting price of Rs 7.04 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi). The Hyundai Elite i20 CVT features the same design and mechanical components as the manual variant.

The Hyundai Elite i20 CVT is based on the facelifted version of the hatchback which was launched at the Auto Expo 2018. The facelifted Hyundai Elite i20 features subtle changes to the design to keep the hatchback refreshed.

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

Planning to buy the newly launched Hyundai Elite i20 CVT? Are you confused between the Hyundai Elite i20 CVT, Maruti Baleno CVT and Honda Jazz CVT? To make your life easier, we bring you the detailed comparison between the Hyundai Elite i20 CVT, Maruti Baleno CVT and Honda Jazz CVT on design, specifications, features, mileage and price.

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

Design

The Hyundai Elite i20 CVT features a slightly updated design with the addition of the signature cascading grille up front with black mesh treatment. Other prominent changes include revamped headlamps with LED daytime running lights, redesigned front bumper and a new arrow-head-shaped fog lamps with black housing.

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

On the side profile, the Hyundai Elite i20 CVT sports new sportier alloy wheels and redesigned Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs) with integrated turn indicators. The rear of the hatchback features new tail light cluster, high mounted brake lights, revised rear bumper with black inserts.

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

The front fascia of the Maruti Baleno CVT features a smaller grille as compared to the Elite i20, with the chrome strip on the lower part. Other highlights include swept back headlamps with LED daytime running lights and circular fog lamps. The side profile sports alloy wheels, ORVMs with turn indicators, and chrome door handle.

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

At the rear, the Maruti Baleno CVT gets a stylish LED tail light cluster, a chrome slat just below the windshield, and muscular rear bumper. Compared to the i20, the Baleno looks much sportier from the rear.

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

Coming to the Honda Jazz CVT, the front fascia has a close resemblance to the Honda City. The hatchback features Honda's wing design philosophy with a chrome strip running between the headlamps, wraparound headlamps and circular fog lamps.

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

The side profile of the Honda Jazz sports thick shoulder line which integrates with the tail light cluster. At the rear, the Jazz gets trendy LED tail lamps, chrome garnish above the registration plate and sporty bumper. The Jazz is the sportiest looking hatchback when compared with the i20 and Baleno.

Overall Design Rating

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT 8/10
Maruti Baleno CVT 8/10
Honda Jazz CVT 8.5/10

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

Features

The Hyundai Elite i20 CVT comes loaded with features such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control and rear AC vents. Other features include electrically adjustable ORVMs, steering wheel-mounted controls, front central armrest, smart key and engine start/stop button.

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

The Maruti Baleno CVT also comes with SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, steering mounted controls, keyless entry and engine start/stop button. The Baleno misses out on rear AC vents.

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

The Honda Jazz CVT is also equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted controls, automatic climate controls, electrically adjustable ORVMs, paddle shifters, 60:40 rear split seats and keyless entry. The Jazz is the only hatchback to get paddle shifters.

Overall Features Rating

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT 8/10
Maruti Baleno CVT 8/10
Honda Jazz CVT 8/10

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

Safety

The Hyundai Elite i20 CVT comes with standard safety features such as dual airbags, ABS and EBD and ISOFIX child seat mounts. The top-spec model also gets other safety features such as six airbags (side + curtain), reverse parking camera and sensors, automatic headlamps and dead pedal.

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

The Maruti Baleno CVT also comes with ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard across the variants. Other safety features include rear parking sensor and camera, auto headlamps, rear defogger and anti-pinch feature for driver side window.

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

On the other hand, the Honda Jazz CVT comes with dual front airbags as standard. The top-spec models are equipped with safety equipment such as ABS, EBD, rear parking camera, day/night IRVM, driver seatbelt reminder and engine immobiliser.

Overall Safety Rating

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT 8/10
Maruti Baleno CVT 8/10
Honda Jazz CVT 7.5/10

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

Engine Specifications, Gearbox And Mileage

The Hyundai Elite i20 CVT draws power from the existing 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 83bhp and 114Nm of torque. The manual variant of the hatchback delivers a mileage of 18.6kpl while the CVT mileage figures are not revealed yet.

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

Powering the Maruti Baleno CVT is a 1.2-litre petrol engine producing 83bhp and 115Nm of torque. The Baleno CVT returns a claimed mileage of 21.4kpl.

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

The Honda Jazz CVT draws power from a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine producing 89bhp and 110Nm of torque. The mileage of the Honda Jazz CVT is 19.0 kpl as per ARAI ratings.

Overall Engine Rating

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT 8/10
Maruti Baleno CVT 8/10
Honda Jazz CVT 8/10

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

Pricing

The Hyundai Elite i20 CVT is offered in two variants: Magna and Asta. The Magna variant is priced at Rs 7.04 lakh and the top-spec Asta variant is priced at Rs 8.16 lakh. Both prices are ex-showroom (Delhi).

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

The Maruti Baleno CVT is available in three variants: Delta, Zeta and Alpha. The Baleno CVT is priced between Rs 7.09 lakh and 8.40 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi).

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

The Honda Jazz CVT is available in two variants: S and V. The S trim carries a price tag of Rs 7.70 lakh and the V trim is priced at Rs 8.46 lakh. Both prices are ex-showroom (Delhi).

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

Verdict

With the launch of the Hyundai Elite CVT, the battle of automatic hatchbacks has spiced up in the Indian market. The Elite i20 CVT is an excellent package for the price it demands.

The Maruti Baleno CVT also offers a host of features and it is also a value for money buy. But the Honda Jazz is slightly expensive, and the car has been in the market for quite some time.

Hyundai Elite i20 CVT Vs Maruti Baleno CVT Vs Honda Jazz CVT Comparison: Which Is The Best CVT Hatchback?

If you are planning to buy a CVT hatchback, we recommend you to go for the Hyundai Elite i20 as it gets few additional features. Maruti Baleno is an equally good car with a host of features. If you are looking for a sporty hatchback with a refined engine, then Honda Jazz CVT should be your choice.

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