Comparison of Tata Bolt vs Hyundai Elite i20

Tata Bolt vs Hyundai Elite i20
Tata Bolt vs Hyundai Elite i20

In our second phase of comparison we are going to compare Tata Bolt with Hyundai’s Elite i20, the car of the year. Hyundai Elite i20 is certainly a benchmark car in the segment when it comes to design and features. Bolt on the other hand is different from Tata’s conventional design and gets more modernized design. Hyundai Elite i20 is a feature rich car with great design and good drivability while Tata Bolt is based on company’s HORIZONEXT philosophy that includes DriveNext, connectNext. Elite i20 is a game changer for Hyundai selling over 9000 units a month since its launch while Bolt can be game changer for Tata with various new and better features. Let’s compare these two cars:-

Also See : Visit Our  Tata Bolt FAQ section containing all small-yet-useful info altogether for your convenience


In pricing department Tata bolt is clearly more affordable than Elite i20 with price range of Rs. 4.44-6.99 lakh with 8 variants. Hyundai Elite i20 comes with 10 variants at a price range of Rs. 5.23-7.98 lakhs. The difference between on road price of Petrol and diesel variants is nearly 1.2 lakhs which is quite higher as compared to Bolt and other competitors.

Engine and Performance:

Under the hood both cars offer two set of engines Tata Bolt is equipped with 1.2L turbocharged Revotron petrol engine with 89bhp power and 140Nm torque and the USP of Revotron engine is its three drive modes like Zest sedan. Hyundai Elite i20 on the other hand is powered by 1.2L VTVT Kappa petrol mill producing 82bhp power and 115Nm torque.

On the diesel front Hyundai Elite i20 redeem itself with 1.4L CRDI diesel box that gives 89bhp power and 220Nm torque against Bolt’s 74bhp power and 190Nm torque. Tata Bolt is certainly the most powerful car in petrol variants of Elite i20 and other competitors at least on Paper.

All the engines are coupled to a 5 speed manual gearboxes except the I20’s diesel mill which comes with a 6 speed manual gearbox a big plus for Elite i20.

In ride and handling department Bolt petrol is peppy with good low-end to medium drivability same is the case with 1.2L VTVT Kappa of i20. Both the cars delivers mediocre highway throttle as per premium hatchback standard until unless you drive it over legal speeds.

As far as diesel engines are concerned Hyundai offers greater power and better refinement levels whereas Bolt diesel lacks playful aptitudes of i20. Elite i20 has excellent drivability, performance, comfortable ride and neutral handling.

In fuel efficiency department it’s even Stevens for both these cars Elite i20 outscores Bolt in petrol mill efficiency of 18.6 KPL over Bolt’s 17.5 KPL while Bolt redeem itself just by a whisker in Diesel department with 22.95 KPL against Elite i20’s 22.54 KPL. Overall Bolt gives stiff competition in Petrol engine drivability while Elite i20 is the ultimate winner in diesel engine drivability.

Dimensions and Safety:

In the space segment both cars give stiff competition to each other as Bolt is closest rival of Elite i20 when it comes to overall length. Dimensionally Tata bolt measures at 3825 x 1695 x 1562 mm while Elite i20 stands at 3985 x 1734 x 1505 mm. Wheelbase of Elite i20 is good 100mm longer than Tata Bolt complimented by better boot space of 280 liters against Bolt’s 210 liters. Even in ground clearance Elite i20 outshines Bolt with 170mm over Bolt’s 165mm.

In safety department Tata Bolt is equipped with various features such as two airbags, ABS, EBD, CSC, fog lamps, speed sensing auto door locks etc. while Elite i20 offers two airbags, smart pedal, crash sensor, ABS, EBD, automatic headlamps, clutch lock, reverse parking sensors, central lock etc.

Hyundai Elite i20 scores more over Tata bolt because 3 out of 5 variants of i20 is equipped with airbags and ABS while only the top variants of Bolt are equipped with Airbags. Bolt misses out on features like reverse parking sensors etc.

Also See : Visit Our Hyundai Elite i20 FAQ section containing all small-yet-useful info altogether for your convenience

Exteriors and Interiors:

The thing which made Elite i20 car of the year is its futuristic design which is based on Hyundai’s new fluidic 2.0 design technology. Build quality is supreme with an excellent paint quality accolade by fit and finish. New Elite i20 looks more mature than the older one with swept back headlamps with silver accents and unique diamond grille pattern while side profile of Elite i20 makes the overall profile sporty with long bonnet and sloping roofline. Rear side is the most eye-catching one with BMW inspired tail lights,

Tata has done a terrific job to make Bolt distinct from Vista and aggressive, front side looks identical to Zest sedan while overall frame chassis still reminds you of Vista. Starting from the front Bolt has muscular bonnet with V shape creases, Projector headlamps, fog lamps. Side profile of Bolt is clean and crease-free while sloping roofline with Blackened C pillars looks good. Rear side is quite unique from Tata’s other cars with flame shaped halogen headlamps and long chrome line on the boot lid.

In the interior segment Bolt is taking on one of the best feature rich car in the segment so it will face tough competition from Elite i20. Get inside the cabin of Bolt you will be surprise to see the stylish dashboard design which you may not found in Tata cars. The design of Dashboard is identical to Zest but Bolt gets Java black theme instead of beige scheme like Zest which goes well with interior color scheme. Fit and finish is good, quality wise it is as good as other cars of this segment but still cannot match Hyundai. Seats are comfortable but less cushy than the Zest especially the front seats.

When First GEN i20 was launched it was quite impressive and better than rival cars at that time. New Elite i20 has taken this too different level with its premiumness. Dual tone dashboard is more appealing than first Gen i20 and Bolt hatchback. Fit and finish and quality of materials used have always been Hyundai’s strength and Elite i20 justifies it.

In terms of features Hyundai Elite i20 have a 2 DIN audio system with 1GB internal memory, USB, AUX-in etc while Bolt scores more with Harmon Kardon touchscreen system with SD card support, USB, Smart phone enable navigation etc. Both have steering mounted controls but i20 has more control buttons than Bolt.

In terms of Space, comfort and audio system Bolt has slight edge over i20 but when it comes to fit, finish, quality, color scheme Elite i20 is on different level.

Pros and Cons Tata Bolt:

Pros- Cons:
  • Harmon Kardon infotainment system with 8 speakers and navigation
  • Spacious cabin and cane easily fit in 5 adults
  • Impressive 1.2L Revotron engine with decent low end to mid range drivability
  • Three driving modes
  • Impractical boot space of 210 liters plus poor in cabin storage capacity
  • Overall shape of Bolt still reminds of Indica Vista.
  • Misses some equipments of Zest like DRLs, height adjustable seat belts and most importantly an AMT gearbox.
  • Long term durability and after sales services.

Hyundai Elite i20:Pros and Cons-Pros:-

Pros- Cons:
  • Eye pleasing design technology
  • Long list of features
  • Excellent drivability of 1.4L CRDI diesel engine
  • Quality of materials and fit, finish are of top notch  
  • Not a driver’s enthusiastic car
  • High pricing
  • Soft suspension