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VW Polo TSI vs Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo: Price, specifications comparison

12th May 2020 6:00 am

Which has the more enticing specifications, the VW Polo TSI or the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo.

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A hatchback with a turbo-petrol engine is a recipe for fun. But as things stand, only two mass-market hatchbacks presently offer the added oomph of a force-fed petrol engine. There’s the original warm hatch by VW, the Polo, that’s just got a new 1.0 TSI engine for the BS6 era, and Hyundai has also just joined the fray with the Grand i10 Nios Turbo. Which one offers more bang for your buck? Let’s break it down.

How do the Polo TSI and Nios Turbo compare on size?

Polo TSI vs Grand i10 Nios Turbo: Dimensions
Grand i10 Nios TurboPolo TSI
Length3805mm3971mm
Width1680mm1682mm
Height1520mm1469mm
Wheelbase2450mm2469mm
Boot capacity260 litres294 litres
Fuel capacity37 litres45 litres
Tyre size175/60 R15195/55 R16

The Polo is a bit larger overall than the Grand i10 Nios in length, width and even wheelbase, but it’s actually the Hyundai with the roomier cabin. The Hyundai is significantly taller and makes greater use of vertical space. On the flipside, the Hyundai’s higher centre of gravity could result in more roll in the corners. The Polo wears thicker rubber, which should equate to better grip.

How do the Polo TSI and Nios Turbo compare on power?

Polo TSI vs Grand i10 Nios Turbo: Powertrain
Grand i10 Nios TurboPolo TSI
Engine998cc, 3 cyl, turbo-petrol999cc, 3 cyl, turbo-petrol
Power100hp at 6000rpm110hp at 5000-5500rpm
Torque172Nm at 1500-4000rpm175Nm at 1750-4000rpm
Manual gearbox5-speed6-speed
Automatic gearbox-6-speed torque convertor
ARAI mileage (MT/AT)20.3kpl18.24kpl/-
Range751.1km820.8km

In terms of peak outputs, the Polo again seems to just edge ahead. It’s got a 10hp and 3Nm advantage but does trail the Grand i10 Nios on economy by 2.06kpl. The Volkswagen’s significantly larger fuel tank does mean it has a greater overall range. The Polo TSI also one-ups the Hyundai by providing an automatic transmission option, though how this unit compares to the slick, quick-shifting DSG of old is still something to be ascertained. 

How do the Polo TSI and Nios Turbo compare on safety kit?

Polo TSI vs Grand i10 Nios Turbo: Safety kit
Grand i10 Nios TurboPolo TSI
Airbags22
ABS/EBD/Brake assistYes/Yes/YesYes/No/No
Anti-pinch power windowsNoYes
Front fog lightsYesYes
Automatic wipersNoYes
Rear defogger/wipersYes/NoYes/Yes
Day/night inside rearview mirrorManualAutomatic
Rear cameraYesNo

First, a disclaimer. The Polo TSI is only on offer in the top-spec Highline Plus and GT variants (they’re only differentiated by cosmetic changes). Meanwhile, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo is only offered in the higher-spec Sportz variant, which means it misses out on kit like a rear wiper, adjustable rear headrests, a cooled glovebox and keyless entry and go available on the top-spec Asta.

On the safety front, both hatchbacks make a compelling case for themselves, though there are omissions. The Polo misses out on a rear parking camera, while the Grand i10 Nios Turbo does not get automatic wipers. While the previous Polo TSI came with hill-start assist, traction control and electronic stability control, the current car misses out on these safety features.

How do the Polo TSI and Nios Turbo compare on features?

Polo TSI vs Grand i10 Nios Turbo: Features
Grand i10 Nios TurboPolo TSI
LED DRLsYesNo
Dual-tone exteriorOptionalOptional
Leather steering/gear knobYes/NoYes/Yes
Driver’s seat adjust6-way manual6-way manual
Adjustable headrests (F/R)No/NoYes/Yes
Rear seat split/foldingNo/YesNo/Yes
Cruise controlNoYes
Cooled gloveboxNoYes
Touchscreen infotainment8.0-inch6.5-inch
Android Auto/Apple CarPlayYes/YesYes/Yes
Bluetooth/USB/AuxYes/Yes/NoYes/Yes/Yes
Wireless smartphone chargingYesNo
One-touch up/down power windowsDriver’s side, down onlyAll four, up & down
ORVM Power folding/adjustYes/YesYes/Yes
ACAutomatic (1-zone)Automatic (1-zone)
Rear AC ventsYesYes
Rear power outletYesNo
Instrument cluster5.3-inch digital speedometer & MID with analogue tachoAnalogue dials with digital MID

Like with the safety features, these two hatchbacks are neck and neck in terms of the creature comforts and tech on offer. However, the Hyundai does seem more modern, holding the edge in terms of infotainment, smartphone charging and even the part-digital instrument cluster. Still, the Volkswagen offers adjustable headrests for the front and rear passengers and seems to be the more convenient offering, thanks to kit like cruise control, a cooled glovebox and a one-touch up and down function for all four powered windows.

How do the Polo TSI and Nios Turbo compare on price?

Polo TSI vs Grand i10 Nios Turbo: Price
Grand i10 Nios Turbo*Polo TSI^
MTRs 7.68 lakhRs 8.02 lakh
AT-Rs 9.13-9.60 lakh

*Price, ex-showroom, Delhi
^Price, ex-showroom, pan-India

From the price table, it is obvious that the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is quite a bit more affordable – the Polo 1.0 TSI Highline Plus in manual form costs a whole Rs 34,000 more. The Polo GT variant – only available in automatic form – is nearly Rs 2 lakh costlier than the Hyundai. For a limited period, Volkswagen is offering the Polo TSI Edition, which is essentially the Polo Highline Plus variant with a few cosmetic additions, at Rs 7.89 lakh. 

On paper, it’s much too difficult to choose a winner. Hyundai’s Grand i10 Nios Turbo comes across as the better value-for-money package, thanks to its price tag and the features on offer. The Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI is the more powerful option and also the only one available with an automatic. 

Only a proper comparison will decide which one of the two hatchbacks will satiate your need for affordable performance. Stay tuned.

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