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Hyundai i20 - Introduction

With an all new-fluidic styling and first-in-segment features that should help in prolonging the shelf life of this premium hatchback in India, the new Hyundai i-Gen i20 has been launched in 12 variants (seven petrol and five diesel) and six colour options. The price of the petrol variants range from Rs 473,400 to Rs 665,894, the diesel variants range from Rs 596,334 to Rs 744,013 and the automatic variant is priced at Rs 767,405. All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi. Autojunction test drove the Hyundai iGen i20 Magna (O).

 

Not too many people gave the i20 much of a chance when it was first launched in the market. But one glance at Hyundai’s sales charts reveals just how well the i20 has done since the time it was launched.  

 

Let’s take a look at the changes and upgrades Hyundai has implemented in the iGen i20.

Hyundai i20 - Design & Engineering

hyundai igen i20 fluidic design

In recent memory, all the Hyundai launches (Verna, Eon and Sonata) have witnessed their cars getting the fluidic design. So it comes as no surprise that the company’s globally successful premium hatch received that very delectable ‘fluidic’ design treatment, which it now has very proudly adorned.

The hexagonal black radiator grille, wraparound headlamps and trapezoidal fog lamps on the front lends a sporty look to the car. But take a walk along the side of the car and you are likely to see almost no changes barring turn indicators incorporated into the ORVMs and chrome door handles in some of the variants. The rear too has hardly changed apart from new clear lens tail lamps, a slightly different looking bumper and a new spoiler to differentiate the iGen i20 from its older avatar. The facelift though has increased the length of the car to 3995mm, up 55mm; however, the height (1505mm), width (1710mm) and wheelbase (2525mm) remain identical to the older i20.

hyundai igen i20 exterior design details

The high gloss black radiator grille, clear lens tail lamp, body coloured bumpers and tailgate handle and roof antenna come as standard features in all the variants.

The Magna (O), Sportz, Asta and Asta (O) variants get the turn indicators on ORVMs, while the 8-spoke alloy wheels comes factory fitted only in the Sportz, Asta and Asta (O). The rear spoiler with integrated stop lamp and auto headlamps is available in the Asta and Asta (O). Overall, the iGen i20 is definitely a smart looking car and should appeal to the young and old alike.

Hyundai i20 - Interiors & Comfort

hyundai igen i20 interiors

There are no major changes on the inside in comparison to the older i20. Although, the basic layout of the dashboard is the same, however, Hyundai has changed the colour of the dashboard from dark brown to dark grey, which in my opinion is a good change. The two-tone beige and brown colour interior and upholstery looks good. The part leather part fabric seats not only look nice but also provide good all round support and comfort. The instrument cluster has a clear layout, easy-to-read dials with a blue and white illumination.

Front door map pockets, front passenger back seat pocket, chrome finish inside door handles, metal finish centre fascia and AC vents, central room lamp, theatre dimming, tachometer, digital clock, clutch footrest and power steering come as standard features in all the variants.

The Magna (O), Sportz, Asta and Asta (O) come with glovebox cooling, in-built cluster ionizer, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, 2-DIN audio system with four speakers, two tweeters along with AUX-in and USB. Features like Bluetooth connectivity, tilt and telescopic steering, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob are available in the Sportz, Asta and Asta (O) variants. The top-of-the-line Asta (O) also boasts of an electric sunroof with slide and tilt function.  

hyundai i gen i 20 cooled glovebox

Cooled glovebox is a handy feature on all variants of the iGen i20, except the base Era variant.

The spacious passenger compartment and the decently sized boot ensure that the iGen i20 will continue to remain a smart choice for those weekend trips. Although, the Magna (O) that we drove came with a bench folding rear seat, however, a 60:40 seat split arrangement with a cushion pop-up facility is available on Sportz, Asta and Asta (O).

Hyundai i20 - Performance & Handling

hyundai igen i20 handling

The iGen i20 rides well over broken tarmac, but the soft suspension set-up means that it is not a keen handler.

The i20 Magna (O) we drove had 1.2 Kappa 4 cylinders, 16 valves, DOHC dual VTVT (variable timing valve train) petrol engine mated to 5-speed manual transmission which churned out 84PS @ 6000 and 114 Nm @ 4000rpm.  Mind you, one has to dip in the clutch and turn the ignition in order to start the car since the iGen i20 has a clutch lock system in place in order to prevent accidental starts. Hyundai has slightly tweaked the engine which results in the 1.2 Kappa delivering a 4PS increase in power from the old engine (80PS), but the torque remains almost identical (114Nm).

There is no real difference in performance, although the engine seemed smoother and quieter. What also helps this feeling of refinement is the car’s suspension. The new i20 has McPherson struts with coil spring and stabilizer bars at the front and coupled torsion beam axle with coil spring at the rear with gas type shock absorbers which enables a smooth ride even over bumps and distressed roads. The braking system is good with the front brakes being discs and drums on the rear.

The Hyundai iGen i20 is easy to drive and maneuver in the city traffic, due to its light steering, easy gearshift and light clutch. The 1.2 Kappa engine although responsive to part throttle felt slightly underpowered and is likely to feel out of breath on long open stretches of road, especially with the AC on and four passengers inside it.    

The Hyundai iGen i20 also available in two other engine options. There is 1.4 U2 CRDi diesel 4 cylinders, 16 valves, DOHC engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission which pumps 90PS @ 4000rpm and 220 Nm @ 1500-2750rpm and the 1.4 Gamma 4 cylinders, 16 valves, DOHC with VTVT and mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission which produces 100PS @ 5500rpm and 136Nm @ 4200rpm. 

Hyundai i20 - Fuel Efficiency

hyundai igen i20 mileage and fuel efficiency

The iGen i20 1.2 Kappa is reasonably fuel efficient in city traffic, but the small engine struggles on the highway to deliver good mileage.

The Hyundai i-Gen i20 boasts of ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) ratified figures of 18.5 kmpl (1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT petrol), 21.9 kmpl (1.4 CRDi diesel) and the automatic transmission variant (1.4 litre petrol) delivers 15 kmpl, though we didn’t get an opportunity to evaluate the claim. The iGen i20 also comes with a gear shift indicator as a standard option on all manual transmission variants. This enables the driver to promptly shift to the right gear to achieve optimum mileage. Despite the slight increase in power, the fuel efficiency remains unchanged in comparison to the earlier i20.

Hyundai i20 - Safety

In terms of safety the all new Hyundai i20 comes with central locking (door and tailgate), a smart pedal system (in the event of panic braking, the brake pedal overrides the accelerator), impact sensing auto door unlocking (in the unfortunate event of a collision), clutch lock system (to prevent accidental starts), dual horn, immobilizer, rear fog lamps and lane change indicator (one touch triple turn) as standard features in all the variants. Barring the Era, all the variants also has rear parking audible sensors enabling convenient parking.  

 

The Sportz, Asta and Asta (O) also gets ABS with EBD, front fog lamps, rain sensing wipers, parking assist rear camera, parking assist display on ECM, and driver seat airbags. While the Asta and Asta (O) also comes with auto headlamps control (it switched on and off as per outside visibility conditions for convenient and safe driving), however, only the Asta (O) boasts of six airbags and speed sensing auto door lock.

 

Surprisingly, in an expensive hatchback like the i20, bare minimum necessity like the rear wiper is only available on the Asta and Asta (O). So Hyundai definitely scores a negative in this respect.

Hyundai i20 - Verdict

hyundai igen i20 verdict expert review

There is no denying that the Hyundai i20 is an expensive hatchback. The top-of-the-line i20 Asta (O) priced at Rs 6.65 (ex-showroom, New Delhi) is almost a lakh costlier than the top variant of the Maruti Swift ZXI (Rs 5.68, ex-showroom New Delhi). So in order to justify the high price of the iGen i20, Hyundai has packed the car with a number of first-in-segment features like rear parking camera with display in the cabin mirror, electro chromic mirror which offers anti-glare vision during night time driving, clean air-cluster ionizer, auto headlight control function, six airbags, rear disc brakes, supervision cluster, an electric sunroof with slide and tilt function and rain sensing wipers.

Although, the i20 Magna (O) (Rs 5.27, ex-showroom, New Delhi) might attract the price sensitive buyers, however, in my opinion it will be a smart choice to buy the Sportz variant simply because for just Rs48000 more than the Magna (O) one can get many additional features like electrochromic inside rear view mirror (ECM), parking assist rear camera and ECM display, ABS with EBD, driver airbags, rain sensing wipers, front fog lamps, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, chrome finish gear knob, tilt and telescopic steering, steering mounted audio and Bluetooth control, Bluetooth connectivity and front map lamp which is absent in the Magna (O).      

The Hyundai iGen i20 with its light clutch, easy gearshift, light steering, easy maneuverability and good engine responses is easy to drive within the city. A strong spread of variants, three different powertrain options and a spacious well-appointed cabin together will make the i20 a very appealing car to own.

Hyundai i20 - Competition Check

Honda Jazz, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Grande Punto, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Skoda Fabia

 

Specifications

Dimensions
Length x Width x Height (mm) 3995X1710X1505
Wheelbase (mm) 2525
Ground clearance (mm) 165
Fuel tank capacity (lt) 45
Engine & Transmission
No of cylinder & configuration 4 in line
Valvetrain 16 valves, DOHC
Capacity (cc) 1197 (1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT Petrol), 1396 (1.4 U2 CRDi Dieseland 1.4 Gamma VTVT Petrol
Power (PS @ rpm) 84 @ 6000 (1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT Petrol), 90 @ 4000 (1.4 U2 CRDi Diesel), 100 @ 5500 (1.4 Gamma VTVT Petrol)
Torque (Nm @ rpm) 113.75 (1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT Petrol), 219.7 @ 1500-2750 ( (1.4 U2 CRDi Diesel), 136.3 (1.4 Gamma VTVT Petrol)
Gearbox 5-Speed Manual (1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT Petrol), 6-Speed Manual (1.4 U2 CRDi Diesel), 4-Speed Automatic (1.4 Gamma VTVT Petrol)
Suspension & Brakes
Front suspension Mc Pherson Strut with Gas shock absorber
Rear suspension Couple Torsion Beam Axle with Gas shock absorber
Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Drum (1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT Petrol), Drum / Disc (with ABS only) (1.4 U2 CRDi Diesel), Disc (1.4 Gamma VTVT Petrol)
Wheels & Tyres
Tyre size and type Tubeless
Wheel size and type 175/70 R14 Steel Wheel [Era, Magna, Magna (O); 185/65 R14 Steel Wheel Sportz, Asta, Asta (O)]






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Hyundai i20 Alternatives

Looking for other cars in the same segment and price range? Your choices are many. Click on any model of your choice to go directly to that page, so you can have a quick and easy reference of the specifications and features of competing vehicles in the same segment.


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  Fiat Grande Punto
Rs. 5 Lacs. - Rs. 7.4 Lacs.
  Skoda Fabia
Rs. 4.9 Lacs. - Rs. 7.4 Lacs.
  Fiat Palio Stile
Rs. 4.4 Lacs. - Rs. 4.7 Lacs.
  Fiat 500
Rs. 14.8 Lacs. - Rs. 14.8 Lacs.
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Rs. 3.9 Lacs. - Rs. 7.1 Lacs.
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Rs. 4 Lacs. - Rs. 5 Lacs.
  Honda Jazz
Rs. 5.8 Lacs. - Rs. 6.3 Lacs.
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Rs. 4.4 Lacs. - Rs. 6.2 Lacs.
  Volkswagen New Beetle
Rs. 20.4 Lacs. - Rs. 20.4 Lacs.
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Rs. 4.9 Lacs. - Rs. 8.1 Lacs.
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Rs. 3.9 Lacs. - Rs. 6.1 Lacs.
  Nissan Micra
Rs. 4.8 Lacs. - Rs. 7.1 Lacs.
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Rs. 4.3 Lacs. - Rs. 6.3 Lacs.
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Hyundai i20 Review

Recent User Review

5.0/10
by Sri teja kumar samudrala, 01

What you'll like: A thoroughly premium feeling supermini inside and out Improved Air conditioning and marginally stiffer suspension packed with gizmos and equipment akin to high end luxury sedans Best in class diesel engine refinement and straight line acceleration wide variety of engine, transmission options and variants catering to all target groups Hyundai's wide spread after sales service network What you won't: facelifted design divides opinions artificial steering feel and clunky rear suspension petrol motor feels sluggish and underpowered on open road driveability in diesel just about average costly mid and high end diesel variants Hyundai's expensive maintenance costs and dwindling after sales service quality

7.1/10
by VIPIN BANSAL, 18

AC effectiveness is very poor. Maintenance cost is on higher side. Dealer experience is very poor and technical staff has no proper training.

5.0/10
by Ashish Goyal, 21

This is the best car I had ever drive the engine is fantastic the milege the ac and over all comfort for me it is a power packed version

7.8/10
by shivdas Gaikwad, 25

Using i 20 Megna from lasrt 3 years Excellent Car ,Value for Money, Good Space ,No major service cost( 3 years 55,000 KM) avarage 12 KM/lit in city 14 Km/Lit Highway, car loos the control above 110 Km/hr as dose not have ABS or EBD to Megna Model..

5.0/10
by Asish Kumar Panda, 19

I bought my dream car hyundai i20 crdi Asta ABS in january 2012. now it has clocked 17000 kms.at first i thought i20 was too pricey compared to its rival cars. but now after having driven the car for 1.5 years, I am very much satisfied with my baby.. Its definitely worth the money..i love my i20 for its space, comfort, looks and powerful mid range..till now no maintenance issues.. My i20 is returning fuel efficiency of 17kmpl(with AC) .. I clocked a top speed of 170 kmph!!! after 2000 rpm, car goes like a rocket & will pleasantly cruise at speeds of 140 kmph..well, the only cons i felt are i20 is reluctant to pull in the 2nd gear and the steering is a little too light for high speeds..any way i would recommend this car to anyone who want a space(large boot), comfort, dashing looks..

9.2/10
by Debasis Mohapatra, 08

I bought i20 even though there were entry level sedans are available with a lower price tag and the only reason is the excellent high end features available which are rare in most of the mid sized sedans available in Indian market. You get all premium features in a hatch back. It is spacious then almost all entry level sedans. With good ride quality and trouble free running experience, it is the best hatch back available in India.

7.0/10
by Ravneet kaur, 03

My dad give me this car as a gift...and i love it ..hyundai i20 has lot seat space in interior maximum five can sit comfortable and go for long journey..Pick up needs an improvement...

7.9/10
by Srinivas, 01

This is the best car I have ever owned in this segment, this car had styling, features and performance. And the best of all is the ease of drive within city. Clutch & steering are so soft that we don't feel the strain on us. So are the cosmetic features, like auto adjustment of side mirrors, climatizer etc.

5.0/10
by shyam chandwani, 26

I have nothing to write against this vehicle it is really a gem with full space full power and what to talk about the looks all majestic

5.7/10
by navin jain, 25

great vehicle with sporty look and interiors are dashing good loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooook

8.1/10
by HARITASWA MEHER, 25

One of the Best premium hatchback in India. Best Style, Best handling and Killer LOOK. The front profile is fantastic. As the wheel base is more we get more space inside. Comfortable for 3 people in rare bench. The seats are well cushioned and good thigh support.

7.9/10
by RM SHANMUGAM, 20

Hyundai i20 is one of the best car for me.. hyundai i20 has lot seat space in interior maximum five can sit comfortable and go for long journey.. this give very decent fuel efficiency.. and also good pick in hundai i20 petrol.. old hyundai i20 style has nice look and old hyundai i20 has a very good resale value also... thank you sir....

5.0/10
by Pritish Guha, 05

Highly impressed with my i20 sports version. This hatchback offers several quality fatures of a Sedan. Its exterior and interior outlooks are unmatched. Attractive festures like rain sensing wipers are quite sophisticated.

5.0/10
by Motilal Kowla, 01

I am a proud owner of i20. To say the lkeast it is a champion car with unique looks and sufficient space. Sporty characteristics and bold looks along with comfortable ride form its USP.

7.1/10
by Raju Kundu, 17

i20 is really a great, albeit a bit costly. In riding comfort factor and leg-space issue it is simply champion car. Only drawback is not-so-good mileage.

6.7/10
by Dhiraj Kapoor, 26

1. Styling Fit & Finish : Good styling , Fit & finish is poor. Flashes on Plastic parts like steering Cover Trim covers finish not very good Noise from Trims and suspenssion 2. Music System : Very Good w.r.t the value of car 3. AC effectiveness : Sometime ACC does not work properly, AC is otherwise effective if kept in manual mode 4. Brakes & Steering Wheel : Good except for finish of steering cover 5. Pick Up & Power : Pick up disappoints need improvement 6. Seat , Space & ride Comfort : V. Good 7. Fuel efficiency : Good in city condition & Highway 8. Safety : Good 9. Value for Money : Good if fit / Finish & Customer Care improved 10. Sales & service : Good at sales, After Sales Services very bad, no replies to mails from Hyundai Customer Care Service (Delhi Office) ASS should need Improvement

7.2/10
by satyajit Maity, 09

Its a good stylish Car for New age.Enjoy the driving comfort. Mileage is around 7-8 Km/l. Boot space is good. Music system is great. Pick up needs an improvement.

7.9/10
by Pankaj Kr Ojha, 09

Car is good in terms of spacing, comfort, interiors, boot space. Except AC and mileage (~10km/ltr city ride wit ac)

5.0/10
by Bidhu Bhusan Samantaray, 02

i20 Magna (O) : i have purchased this car a month ago, driving this everyday to my office, 5 days a week. the control, and performance is awsome. it doesn`t have some safty features like ABS, airbag etc. but I feel I dont need it, as in mumbai trafic its of hardly of any use. I miss the rear wiper, as for mumbai trafic it should have there. the space inside is as good as a sedan car. Music system is ok for everyday use if you are not die hard fan of hard rock etc.

7.4/10
by murali krishna, 06

i have purchaged asta crdi i20 last month 6th in kurnool.sales exe srinivas is very cooperative and nice boy.but i am not satisfied in my car 1st service in kunhyudai kurnool

5.0/10
by Debojit Sil, 21

The Hyundai iGen i20 with its light clutch, easy gearshift, light steering, easy maneuverability and good engine responses is easy to drive within the city. A strong spread of variants, three different powertrain options and a spacious well-appointed cabin together makes the i20 a very appealing car to own.

8.9/10
by shital amate, 17

Just wonderful for long driving experience.Feel cool and relaxed.You can drive car smoothly.You can enjoy sitting inside car.

8.9/10
by Anand, 15

After a lot of search and research about hatchbacks, me and my wife finalised on Hyundai i20 petrol model. We calculated effectively the price difference between the car models of petrol and diesel, can concluded that we need a petrol car. But now seeing the constantly increasing petrol prices, a diesel car would have been a better choice.... :( Generally, it is assumed that, if you are driving more than 60-70 km per day, you should go for a diesel car. Hyundai i20 is a very good car being stylish, powerful and comfortwise. When we purchased this model, competetors were Swift, Polo, Beat, Jazz and Figo. Swift being toooo common, maintainance of WV card is probably more than the other brands. Shape is a bit odd for Beat. Jazz being costly in hatchback range, Ford Figo was a better deal having a fully loaded car in a base prise of other brands. But we liked the looks of i20 and maintainnace is not much.. Also mileage is good when used judiciously. One can still consider Maruti Swift and Tata cars being our Indian products and most important, pocket friendly vehicles.

8.8/10
by Shyam, 06

Its the best car.Have more features than its competitor but have to spend little more money.Have the style and look