Hyundai i20 versus Skoda Fabia

  • Nov 19, 2012

Hyundai i20 is one of the hottest hatchbacks in the Indian market today. It has been a successful product for Hyundai in the market and has created waves due to its styling, features and performance. We compare it with Skoda’s hot hatch the Fabia and see how the German car fares against its rival from Korea. Skoda Fabia is a fantastic car and brings its own list of goodies to the segment.

Looks and design:


Hyundai has brought their trademark fluidic design to the updated Hyundai i20 and made it one of the finest looking hot hatchbacks in the segment today. It has sweeping back headlamp and stylish exteriors. It has 8 spoke alloy wheels and an overall sporty looks to it. It has been well built and the build quality, fit and finish are excellent.


Skoda Fabia brings top notch build quality as expected from a German hatchback in the premium segment. It has clear lens headlamps and sporty chromed grille. The front end has an aggressive look to it and the car looks quite sport from the exteriors. The rear is just as well designed as the front end and looks great. It has been extremely well built and the fit, finish and paint quality is fantastic.

Looks overall – Hyundai i20 – 8/10
Looks overall – Skoda Fabia – 8/10

Interiors – design, space and features:


Hyundai i20 brings plenty of features with good interiors and comfortable seats and plenty of leg room and head rom inside. It has other features such as six airbags, seatbelt warning lights, fully automatic temperature control, and integrated stereo music system with CD, MP3, Aux-in and USB compatibilities with steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls. It also has space for your luggage with its 295 liters of boot space.


Skoda Fabia brings excellent interiors with spacious cabin area and very comfortable seats. It has plenty of leg room and head room. It comes with air bags, music system, adjustable driver seat and steering, good air conditioning amongst others. It has a dual tone dashboard which is elegant and functional instrument panel with MID. It also brings 480 liters of boot space in its cavernous boot.

Interiors overall – Hyundai i20 – 8/10
Interiors overall –
Skoda Fabia – 8.5/10

Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:


Hyundai i20 comes with the 1.4 litre Gamma petrol engine that produces 98 BHP at 5500 RPM and 13.9 kg-m of torque at 4200 RPM and is available in 4 speed auto-transmission. It delivers 15kmpl as certified by ARAI. Hyundai i20 with the 1.2 litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine produces 84 PS of power and comes with a 5 speed manual transmission and as per ARAI it is rated to deliver a mileage of 17 kmpl. There is also a diesel variant which is a 1.4 litre CRDI diesel engine with a 6 speed manual transmission gearbox producing 90PS of power and 22.4 kgm of torque and is rated by ARAI to give a maximum fuel efficiency of 21.9 kmpl.


Skoda Fabia comes with a 1.2 liter petrol engine which produces 75 BHP at 5400 RPM and 110 NM of torque at 3750 RPM and has been rated by ARAI to deliver 16.4 kmpl. The 1.6 liter petrol engine is a an excellent performer with 105 BHP at 5550 RPM and 153 NM of torque at 3800 RPM and has been rated by ARAI to deliver 14.83 kmpl. The diesel Skoda Fabia has a 1.2 liter 3 cylinder engine which produced 75 BHP at 4200 RPM and 180 NM of torque at 2000 RPM and delivers a fuel efficiency of 20.9 kmpl as rated by ARAI.

Engine overall – Hyundai i20 – 8/10
Engine overall –
Skoda Fabia – 8/10

Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:


Hyundai i20 has a finely tuned suspension which gives ensures you have a comfortable drive as it absorbs all the bumps and undulations on the road. The body roll is well controlled and the steering gives good feedback and remains light weighted and easy to turn. It comes with good brakes and the package is further improved thanks to the inclusion of ABS + EBD.


Skoda Fabia brings enthusiasts something to look forward to with its impeccable performance. It has a finely tuned suspension setup which enables you to drive it fast around curves and gives it excellent highway manners. The steering provides excellent feedback and makes it a fun to drive hatchback in the segment. ABS + EBD are present to further improve the braking performance.

Suspension overall – Hyundai i20 – 8/10

overall – Skoda Fabia – 8.5/10

Value for money – sticker price, standard features:

Hyundai i20 is priced (ex-showroom Delhi) from 4.73 lakhs for the base model Hyundai i20 Era and top petrol variant is priced at 7.67 lakhs for the Hyundai i20 Sports AT 1.4. Hyundai i20 Asta 1.2 Petrol is priced at 6.21 lakhs. The diesel variant is priced from 5.96 lakhs for the Hyundai i20 1.4 Era diesel going up to 7.44 lakhs for the top variant i20 1.4 Asta Diesel. The pricing makes it an excellent competitor in the market and good value for your money.

Skoda Fabia is priced from (ex-showroom Delhi) 4.63 lakhs for Fabia 1.2 MPI Active Plus, 4.85 lakhs for Fabia 1.2 Ambiente Petrol, 5.85 lakhs for the Skoda Fabia 1.2 MPI Elegance and the 1.6 liter engine variant Skoda Fabia 1.6 MPI Elegance is priced at 6.17 lakhs and is only available in one trim level option. Skoda Fabia Diesel is priced from 6.45 lakhs for Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI Ambition Plus, 7.25 lakhs for Skoda Fabia 1.2 Diesel Elegance and top diesel variant is priced at 8.10 lakhs for Skoda Fabia 1.2 Scout. The pricing given all the features and performances makes it good value for money for a German premium hatchback.

Value for money overall – Hyundai i20 – 8.5/10
Value for money
overall – Skoda Fabia – 8/10


Hyundai has a vast service network and this works to its advantage very well. Hyundai i20 has been a very popular hatchback and continues to sell very well in its new avatar. Skoda Fabia is one of the finer cars in the premium B segment and has been a very well accepted car in the market. However, it hasn’t sold in excellent numbers. Skoda needs to improve its after sales back up which has ensured that the competition rakes in good numbers with their products. Overall two excellent cars, which one of these two would you go in for?


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