Can Hyundai Elite i20 Keep Fighting against Its Rivals?

Review

 

We are wondering why the Korean car manufacturer can defeat the international competitors even the local car manufacturer in India and become the top second car manufacturer when we reverse back the history of Hyundai in India. Just like Elite i20 which is one of the most popular cars of Hyundai with its design style and the combination of comfortability and performance, it still attracts the consumers even though there are new competitors entered the market. The new Elite i20 has no much improvement since the last generation is already aggressive but did offer the even better and rich feature list. However, there was no announcement about the equipped automatic transmission into diesel engines while release the new car and the top-spec Swift is relatively cheap 85k. So, let's test the attractiveness of Elite i20 now. 

Driving Performance

 

Engine and Transmission

Hyundai Elite i20 offers a 1.2L 4-cylinder Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine with a 5-Speed manual gearbox for all variants or a CVT for Sportz+ and Asta (O). And a 1.4 U2 CRDi diesel engine is only paired with a manual transmission.

Steering and Handling

Hyundai has made an adjustment to the new i20's suspension and helps to improve in many other ways, such as the car became more stable when driving in high-speed. It's great to say that the Elite i20 maintains the advanced driving experience with little car noise and the silence suspension underneath the bad road conditions, and the lightweight of control is allowed to travel easily in the city. Plus, the rear's McPherson Strut with Coil Spring can nicely absorb pits and various bumps. So, with the improved suspension and great driving experience from overall make the Elite i20 suitable to daily use in the city. 

Mileage

 

From ARAI data, the mileage of the petrol engine with an automatic transmission is 17.4 km/l, while the manual engine is 18.6 km/l. The mileage for the diesel engine which only equipped with manual transmission is 22.54 km/l.

Exterior

 

Dimensions

※Overall Length (mm): 3985

※Overall Width (mm): 1734

※Overall Height (mm): 1505

※Wheelbase (mm): 2570

Design

First of all, its appearance looks sporty especially the rear headlights with a sharp line which looks aggressive like an animal staring ferociously at you. In addition, science fiction looks appeared for the honeycomb-shaped grille at the front and the personality design style of the front bumper makes the Elite i20's front contour more perfect and looks like a European car.

Tyres

※Rear Tyres: 185/70 R14 Steel, 185/65 R15 Gun Metal Alloy, 195/55 R16 Diamond-cut Alloy

※Front Tyres: 185/70 R14 Steel, 185/65 R15 Gun Metal Alloy, 195/55 R16 Diamond-cut Alloy

※Spare Tyre: 185/70 R14 Steel

※Tyre Type: Tubeless

Interior

 

Dashboard

Leather-wrapped steering and transmission handle and the metal door handles increased the sense of elegance. Besides, the driver will have a multi-function steering wheel, multi-information display, height-adjustable seat, clutch footrest and keyless entry with push-button to start/stop. The dashboard is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay, and an Arkamys Sound system is for the connection with the car's voice recognition.

Space

The black-and-beige theme not only makes the i20’s interior look premium but also make the cabin more spacious. Although there aren’t so much room for you, it can satisfy your basic need.

Specifications and Features

Safety

※Driver & Passenger Airbags

※ABS, Central locking (Door & Tailgate), ISOFIX, Immobilizer

※Reverse Parking Sensors, Rear Camera w/ Display on AVN (Sportz+ Asta (O))

Infotainment

※17.77 cm Touch Screen with IPS Display Audio Video Navigation System (Sportz+ Asta (O)), Apple CarPlay, Android Auto & Mirror Link (Sportz+ Asta (O)), Arkamys Sound (Sportz+ Asta (O))

※Aux & USB Ports (except Era), Bluetooth Connectivity (except Era), Steering Wheel with Audio & Bluetooth Controls (except Era)

※Voice Recognition (Sportz+ Asta (O)), i-Blue (Audio remote application) (except Era)

Conclusion

Overall, although Hyundai's models' options are lesser, Elite i20 is claimed to be a cost-effective car and still one of the best in the Indian hatchbacks market, which the consumers are willing to buy if slightly expensive. In summary, with an affordable price and better driving experience, improved appearance, and luxurious but elegant interior, rich colorful choice and the 4-star comment by Euro NCAP in which the Elite i20 should be put into your Indian hatchback purchasing list.

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