Hyundai i20 Preview
Hyundai has launched the facelift of the i20 at the Auto Expo 2018. Prices for the car start from Rs 5.34 lakh for the base petrol trim and goes up till Rs 7.90 lakh for the top end variant. While the diesel version starts at Rs 6.73 lakh for the base variant and goes up to Rs 9.15 lakh for the top end. These price are, however, only introductory. The company has already updated the rest of its products and it was the i20, i20 Active and the Creta that were remaining. The i20 has finally got the facelift and though a neat job, it’s not as extensive as we thought they would be. However, the change in the face is quite evident.
Hyundai Elite i20 Exterior
Sporting Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 philosophy, i20 has been crafted aesthetically. Compared to the previous generation model, the hatchback gets a string of new elements such as the chrome finished hexagonal radiator grille in front, wrap-around automatic head lamps, sporty fog lamps in front and rear combination lamps at the back. From the side, it looks modish with sharp beltline, flared wheel arches and supporting character lines. The slightly protrude wrap-around tail lamps at the back adds to the elegance.
Hyundai Elite i20 Interior
The 2017 updated Hyundai Elite i20 also gets updates on the interior. The facelifted car gets a slightly more colourful interior with orange accents akin to the one available on the i20 Active, which was received very well by customers. The dashboard too gets orange accent pieces on the AC vents that helps add some colour to the cabin. The Hyundai i20 set the benchmark in terms of how much gadgetry and features a hatchback in this category needs to get straight out of the factory and through the years, the touchscreen infotainment system has been upgraded and improved with the likes of inbuilt navigation. Now though, Hyundai has upgraded the 7 inch touchscreen even further with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Mirror link setup.
Hyundai Elite i20 Engine Specifications
Engine set up includes a 1.2 litre, Kappa dual VTVT four cylinder engine featuring four valves for each cylinder. The petrol engine develops 82bhp of max power at 6000rpm along with 11.7 kgm of torque at 4000rpm. Diesel variants plonk a 1.4 litre, U2 CRDi, DOHC, four cylinder engine producing 89bhp at 4000rpm along with 22.4 kgm torque between 1500rpm to 2750rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox is mated to the petrol engine and diesel variants come paired to a six-speed manual tranny.
Hyundai Elite i20 Features
On the outside, i20 gets ORVMS with integrated turn indicators, dual tone rear bumper and chrome treated front grille. Inside the cabin, it dons leather wrapped steering wheel, door map pockets, front passenger seat back pockets, adjustable head rests in front & rear, height adjuster for driver’s seat, 60:40 split rear seat and dual 12 V sockets.
Hyundai Elite i20 Performance & Mileage
Performance may not be the best in the segment but it is decent, the engine is more responsive at low speed. The 0 to 100 kmph mark is achieved within 16 seconds approximately. Petrol powered variants are claime to return ARAI rated fuel economy of 18.6 km/l and diesel variants are tuned to deliver slightly more at 22.5 km/l.
Hyundai Elite i20 Accessories & Infotainment
A touchscreen audio video navigation system is integrated in the top-spec variant while rest of the trims get 2-DIN radio and MP3 player. Other provisions include a CD player on audio with 1 GB internal memory, Bluetooth connectivity, speakers and tweeters in front and rear, AUX-In, USB ports, steering mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth.
Hyundai Elite i20 Braking & Handling
Stopping power is provided by disc brakes at front and drum brakes at rear axle. Braking force on the whole is not very impressive, hence there is still some room for improvement. Handling isn’t impressive, steering is light in the petrol variant. Ride quality is fairly good like in all other Hyundai cars. Suspension balances well on normal as well as irregular surfaces.
Hyundai Elite i20 Safety & Security
Airbags are equipped in front for driver and co-passenger, for an adept braking experience, the vehicle comes with anti-lock-braking system. Other than the aforementioned features, the hatchback comes equipped with front fog lamps, rear parking sensor, rear parking camera, central locking, smart pedal, clutch lock, reverse view camera display, keyless entry with smart key, rear defogger with timer, immobilizer, dual horn, seat belt pretensioners for driver and co-passenger.
Hyundai Elite i20 Comfort & Convenience
Plethora of comfort features are integrated in the vehicle like the power-operated outside rear view mirrors with retractable fucntion. Power windows are provided in front & rear and auto up down is present only on driver’s side along with pinch guard. Automatic air conditioner, electric power steering, rear AC vents, glovebox cooling, tilt and telescopic steering etc are some of the other eminent comfort goodies aboard.
Hyundai Elite i20 Wheels & Tyres
Lower variants get 185/70 R14 steel wheels and high-end variants get 190/55 R16 alloy wheels.