Can the Hyundai Elite i20 continue to Hold Its Position?

Introduction

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. 

Ride Quality

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. 

On-Road Price in New Delhi

Hyundai Elite i20: ₹ 7.37-9.38 Lakhs

Maruti Suzuki Swift: ₹ 5.67-10.21 Lakhs

※Tata Altroz: ₹ 5.87-10.62 Lakhs

Volkswagen Polo: ₹ 6.43-11.38 Lakhs

The price of Elite i20 is highest for the standard-spec and the lowest for the top-spec. As the versions, Elite i20 is relatively inferior to the three listed competitors which provided the customer with more variant options. However, it is understandable for the brand premium of Elite i20 because it is the leader of the Indian hatchback market and people will prefer to purchase it for good quality and good reputation.

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.

Dimensions

※Overall Length (mm): 3985

※Overall Width (mm): 1734

※Overall Height (mm): 1505

※Wheelbase (mm): 2570

With a length of 4m and width of 1.7m for car body, it's not small and very cost-effective for the hatchback which valued this kind of price. In addition, you will have enough space like this size and also can travel around the street. 

Exterior

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. Nice-looking of 16-inch alloy tires have provided by Hyundai, a slightly tilted C-pillar gives a better streamline overall and eye-catching LED taillights at night. Absolutely, It's still one of the best-looking hatchbacks although the new Elite i20's appearance has not much adjustment.

Interior

Hyundai has given the Elite i20 the two tones interior, black and beige, which looks more advanced comfortable than its competitors and you can also have the option of red or orange for the other two tones versions. Besides, the 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 and also the air-conditioner is provided for the rear passengers.

Colour

Hyundai has provided lots of rich color mixture selections for consumers, such as Marina Blue,Typhoon Silver,Fiery Red - Dual Tone,Polar White,Polar White - Dual Tone,Fiery Red,Passion Orange,Passion Orange - Dual Tone and Star Dust.

Safety

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal offset test. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and front passenger. Hyundai showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different statures and those sat in different positions. In the full-width rigid barrier test, the restraint systems provided adequate protection to the driver's chest and the rear passenger's neck and chest, and good protection to other body regions. In both the side impact barrier test and the side pole test, dummy readings showed good protection for all critical body areas.

However, during both tests, the rear edge of the curtain airbag was trapped by part of the interior trim so it did not fully deploy as intended. This was penalized and the protection of the head was rated as adequate. Hyundai is investigating the cause of the unintended airbag deployment behavior. Tests showed that good protection against whiplash injuries would be provided to front-seat occupants. A geometric assessment of the rear seats indicated a marginal level of protection against whiplash injuries. The i20 does not have an autonomous emergency braking system.

Specifications and Features (Asta (O) CRDi)

※Engine Type: 1.4l U2 CRDi

※Displacement(cc): 1396

※Max. Power(ps/rpm): 90/4,000

※Max. Torque(kg.m/ rpm): 22.4/ 1,500-2,750

※Transmission Type: 6-Speed Manual

※Fuel Type: Diesel

※Fuel Tank Capacity: 40

※Tyres: 185/65 R15 Gun Metal Alloy

※Spare Tyre: 185/65 R15 Steel

※Tyre Type: Tubeless

※Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

※Automatic Headlamps

※Headlamp Escort Function

※ISOFIX

※Height Adjustable Seat Belt - Driver & Passenger

※Headlamps Projector Type

※Day Time Running Lamp

※Waistline Moulding (Black)

※Chrome Outside Door Handles

※Rear Parcel Tray

※Leather-wrapped Gear Knob

※Sunglass holder

※Service Reminder

※Parking Sensor Display

※Auto Unlock Function

※Rear Seat Armrest with Cup Holder

※Arkamys Sound

※Auto Link (Connected Car Technology)

※Push Button Start/Stop

※Auto Up-Down (Driver only)

Review

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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