Check out Hyundai i20 detailed review, variant wise price list, mileage, specifications, exterior, interior, features and other details.
Almost a decade ago, when the Indian automotive scenario was beginning to evolve from the prehistoric era of Ambassadors, Fiats and entry level Maruti offerings, there comes a car which literally changed the way Indians perceived about the category of hatchbacks. Hyundai, the then relatively new name for India, which was gradually setting its foothold in the country, came up with a premium hatchback which offered the luxuries, features and comfort of a sedan from one segment above, at a price a bit premium from an entry level hatchback. This car was the Hyundai i20, which brought a sort of European flair to an otherwise monotonous segment.
With the i20, Hyundai set a benchmark in the premium hatchback category and has been a genuine choice which cannot be ignored if someone is looking for buying a new car from the segment of premium hatchbacks. Yes, there is an array of premium hatchbacks now available in the market, with the offerings of Maruti Suzuki, Honda, Volkswagen and Fiat, but still, the game changer, which the i20 is, is still going strong with consistent sales numbers which have never taken a sharp dip in its entire decade long life span till date here in India.
So, what makes the Hyundai i20 this special? Let’s find out.
The Hyundai i20 is available in six different variants in both petrol as well as diesel, with a single variant of petrol automatic as well, the ex-showroom (Delhi) prices of which are mentioned below:-
|Variant (Petrol)||Ex-showroom Price (New Delhi)|
|Era||Rs. 5.29 lakh|
|Magna executive||Rs. 5.99 lakh|
|Sportz||Rs. 6.46 lakh|
|Asta||Rs. 6.98 lakh|
|Asta (dual tone)||Rs. 7.22 lakh|
|Asta (O)||Rs. 7.79 lakh|
|Magna AT||Rs. 9.15 lakh|
|Variant (Diesel)||Ex-showroom Price (New Delhi)|
|Era||Rs. 6.67 lakh|
|Magna executive||Rs. 7.21 lakh|
|Sportz||Rs. 7.67 lakh|
|Asta||Rs. 8.24 lakh|
|Asta (dual tone)||Rs. 8.49 lakh|
|Asta (O)||Rs. 9.03 lakh|
All the generations of i20 have been a poser to look at, with the current generation model being the best looking one in the lineage. The Elite i20 is one perfect evolution of what Hyundai claims to be its ‘Fluidic design concept’, with the creases and lines being at the perfect position. The design is a bit extrovert, but not overdone to say the least.
At the front, you get a wide grille with sleek sweptback headlamps and mild chrome garnish, which make the front face very elegant and premium. At the sides, the large 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels (limited to the top end Asta (O) variant) look very elegant, and so do the chrome door handles, making this car look the most premium when talked about the side profile. At the rear, the thing which makes the i20 unique in its segment are the sleek horizontal LED tail lamps as well as blackened C-pillar, making the car look wider than what it actually is.
The Hyundai Elite i20 might not be the biggest car in its class anymore, but that has not taken away the fact that it is quite a big and spacious car to live with. The car falls under the sub-four meter category perfectly, and does offer the space and comfort equivalent to an entry level executive sedan.
|Ground clearance||170 mm|
|Boot space||285 litres|
The current generation i20 might have grown old in the face of competition, but that doesn’t mean that it has a dated or dull cabin to sit in. Step inside the i20, and you immediately feel that this car has the most premium, most well-built and best laid out cabin in its class, even after it has now existed almost unchanged for the past three years.
With a nice mix of black and beige inside, the i20 welcomes you with a wide dashboard, with large centrally placed 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control buttons and a large good-to-hold steering wheel with control switches on either side. The MID screen behind the steering wheel might not be the most informative one around in this segment, but still offers you a good set of crucial data. As mentioned above, the i20 doesn’t feel short on space anywhere, and being a premium hatchback, is stuffed with a number of features, more of which will be talked later on below.
Engine and Transmission
The Hyundai i20 offers you a set of three engines, each of which has got their own corresponding different gearbox option. Let’s talk about the petrol manual, which comes integrated with a four-cylinder 1.2 liter petrol engine, pumping out 83PS of power and 115 Nm of torque and mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The diesel manual comes fitted to a four-cylinder 1.4 liter oil burner, which is coupled to a 6-speed manual and is capable of belting out 90PS of power and 220 Nm of torque. The most powerful of the lot, petrol automatic, has a four-cylinder 1.4 liter gasoline engine, which oozes out 100PS of power and 132 Nm of torque, and is paired to a 4-speed torque converter.
|Engine||Petrol manual||Diesel manual||Petrol automatic|
|Type||1.2 liter, 4-cylinder petrol||1.4 liter, 4-cylinder diesel||1.4 liter, 4-cylinder petrol|
|Power||83 PS||90 PS||100 PS|
|Torque||114.7 Nm||220 Nm||132 Nm|
|Transmission||5-speed manual||6-speed manual||4-speed automatic|
The cars from Hyundai’s stable aren’t the segment best when it comes to fuel efficiency, and so is the i20, but yes, it does return respectable figures in all of its three different guises, good enough to not dig a big hole in your pocket.
|Variant||Petrol manual||Diesel manual||Petrol automatic|
|Fuel efficiency||18.6 kmpl||22.54 kmpl||17 kmpl|
No other manufacturer can beat Hyundai when it comes to loading their cars with features, with the i20 being the flag bearer in this segment of premium hatchbacks. The top-spec Asta (O) is loaded with kit like projector headlamps with daytime running LEDs, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, Android Auto and Apple Carplay, steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, push button start with keyless entry, 6-airbags, ABS with EBD, automatic climate control, 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, reverse camera, rear AC, cooled glove box, and many more small knick-knacks.
Safety and Security
Thanks to the advent of Baleno, which standardized dual airbags right from the base variant, Hyundai took up the initiative to do the same with the Hyundai i20 as well, with the top-spec Asta (O) having six airbags – the only car in its class to have this feature. However, the Era and Magna Executive variants do miss out on ABS with EBD, which somewhat dulls the appeal of these lower variants even more.
The i20 is being offered with a choice of five different color options, with two separate dual tone color options as well. While the standard color options are Red Passion, Sleek Silver, Polar White, Stardust and Marina Blue, the dual tone color options are Red Passion with black roof and Polar White with black roof.
- Looks, build quality and fit and finish
- Long list of features
- Spacious cabin
- No ABS and EBD in lower variants
- Automatic variant too pricey
- Diesel variant a bit less fuel efficient