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Hyundai Elite i20 Hatchback First Look Review

Hyundai Elite I20 Test Drive in Chennai

Hyundai Elite i20 Overview

The next-generation Hyundai i20 have surfaced online, and this time around we get a glimpse of the car’s interior as well. While we do not get to see the entire cabin, one of the spy photos confirms that the new-gen i20 will come with a digital instrument cluster. Mind you, this particular test mule is the European-spec model, and right now there is no way to confirm whether the India-spec Hyundai i20 will also get this feature or not. Currently, Hyundai is also testing the car in India, which was spotted testing only last month.

The image of the cabin also reveals a new multi-functional steering wheel, along with a new touchscreen infotainment system. However, the car will not exactly get a button-less as we also get to see a couple of dials and multiple buttons for in-car controls.

As for the exterior, the new-gen Hyundai i20 is still heavily camouflaged, but we see a sleeker silhouette with sharper proportions. Upfront, we get a glimpse of the new cascading grille with mesh pattern, which is flanked by the new headlamps, which appears to get LED lights. The car also seems to get a new bumper. The car also comes with new ORVMs with integrated turn indicators, a sharp fin antenna, and new 5-spoke alloy wheels that look identical to the ones that come with the Verna. The rear section is completely disguised, giving us only a small glimpse of the LED taillamps.

The engine details are still unknown, however, the India-spec Hyundai i20 is expected to come with BS6 compliant 1.2-liter petrol engine at the time of its launch. Hyundai could replace the existing 1.4-litre CRDI engine with the BS6 compliant 1.5-liter diesel engine offered with the Kia Seltos, which is also set to be introduced in the Hyundai Venue.

Hyundai Elite i20 Appearance

Now, before we answer that, let’s talk styling. The Elite i20 might run on juicy looking 16in wheels, but as you can tell, it’s no SUV. It is, nonetheless, a good looking large hatchback, we will give it that.The Elite i20 now follows what Hyundai calls its Fluidic Sculpture 2 design, which to you and me means a car that’s less flamboyant and in-your-face, and more palatable than the likes of the Hyundai Verna and Elantra. It still has Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille and pulled back head lamps, but the mesh that integrates the fog lamps as part of the bumper is a new addition; and it looks good. The bonnet has more creases now and daytime running lights, interestingly, have been given a miss. Hyundai says customers weren’t willing to pay for it.In profile, the increase in wheelbase of the Hyundai Elite i20 is obvious. What isn’t as clear is the reduction in length.

The new i20 is 10mm shorter. But with its stronger shoulder line that runs from the front fender all the way into the tail lamps; the sloping down roofline; and the blackened C-pillar, the Elite i20 looks sportier and has a larger than class road presence. It is the rear where the Elite i20 looks very unlike the previous generation car. Its large LED tail lamps that run into the hatch dominate, and they look beautiful. But then on, it lacks the same styling flair the Elite i20 displays upfront and in profile. It has this ugly protrusion under the Hyundai badge (for the reversing camera) and the bumper though flowing in design, lacks character.View offers on Hyundai Elite i20 in Mumbai at Autozhop.

Hyundai Elite i20 Cabin

Hyundai Elite i20 has been liked by buyers a lot for its interiors and I’ve said it earlier as well that the Elite i20’s interiors are reminiscent of German luxury cars from a generation back. The new model doesn’t spoil the successful formula and simply builds on it. The infotainment system has a 17.77 cm touchscreen and comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Navigation is supported through SD card and there’s USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity as well.Adding to the comfort quotient is a fully-automatic climate control, which features a rear AC vent for faster and effective cooling. A sliding front armrest and a wide armrest at the rear seat make the cabin comfortable for occupants in both rows.

Space hasn’t changed but that isn’t an issue as the Elite i20 offers good legroom and headroom. The seats themselves are quite good at the front and the rear seat too is one of the better ones in the segment with impressive under-thigh support and a comfortable incline angle of the backrest. Material and fitment quality is impressive and easily the best in its segment.

Hyundai Elite i20 Engine

Being offered with petrol as well as diesel guises, the hatchback retains its engine options with requisite fuel trims. However, the heavier 1.4 L petrol motor, which used to come with the automatic variant in the previous generation i20, has been phased out from this latest version. The petrol variants house a 1.2 L Kappa dual VTVT engine.This 1197 cc, 4-cylinder, 16-valve power train develops a power output of 81.8 bhp at 6000 rpm and torque performance of 114 Nm at 4000 rpm. It is paired with the company’s traditional 5-speed manual gearbox.For more details on Hyundai Elite i20 check Jsrr

On the other hand, the diesel variants come loaded with a 1.4 L U2 CRDi motor, which is also a 4-cylinder and 16-valve motor. This 1396 cc engine musters out a maximum power of 88.7 bhp at 4000 rpm in accordance with a peak torque of 220 Nm at 1500-2750 rpm. It is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission to maximize fuel efficiency and performance. So, this time, there is no place for an auto transmission, but the company is hinting at its launch at some later stage.

Despite being touted as a premium hatchback and an elite member of B+ segment of cars in India, the Elite i20’s legacy in this aspect is unmatched. The new Elite i20 offers best-in-class fuel economy with both the power trains. The petrol variants yield a promising fuel economy of 18.60 kmpl while the diesel variants deliver 22.54 kmpl; however, the aforementioned mileage figures are with base (Era) and mid (Magna) variants as the higher end variants offer 18.24 kmpl and 21.76 kmpl in petrol and diesel trims, respectively.All these mileage figures are ARAI Certified under normal conditions and mileage may go down by 4-5 kmpl while driving in heavy city traffic.

Hyundai Elite i20 Driving

Hyundai has worked towards improving the ride and handling on the Elite i20 and it shows on the move. Though the suspension has been carried over from the older car in theory, the geometry as well as the damping characterisers have been revised significantly. The setup is slightly firmer than the older i20. Surprisingly, it hasn’t affected the ride and the i20 rides quite well; it feels plaint, absorbent and well judged.The improvement in handling on the other hand is more than obvious. Te body roll, the pitch and the waywardness under quick direction changes have all been tied giving the i20 a more confident, stable and exploitable handling character. We would have liked a less artificial steering response though; the current setup fails to connect the driver with the happenings. Braking on the other hand, even though Hyundai has ditched rear disc brake in favour of a drum setup, stable and strong.

Hyundai Elite i20 Safety

Hyundai was the first carmaker in India to offer six airbags in a hatchback with the first i20. The company has maintained its focus on safety since then and the new Elite i20 continues to be one of the safest cars in its segment. Front-dual airbags with ABS are standard offering and one can opt for six airbags on top variants. ISOFIX mounts are a well-thought inclusion and along with reverse parking camera, the Elite i20 offers a safe and convenient experience to its occupants.Check car loan interest calculator for Hyundai Elite i20 at Fincarz.

Hyundai Elite i20 Price in Mumbai

Hyundai Elite i20 On Road Price is 6,35,433/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,42,900/- in Mumbai. Hyundai Elite i20 comes in 8 colours, namely Red Passion,Star Dust,Pristine Blue,Sleek Silver,Phantom Black,Polar White Dual Tone,Polar White,Red passion Dual Tone. Hyundai Elite i20 comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 115 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 13.2 seconds . Hyundai Elite i20 comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Hyundai Elite i20 Verdict

Hyundai Elite i20 is quite high on style quotient due to the European touch in the exterior designing, which is definitely benefiting the company. It is said, “First impression is the last impression”; the same holds true in case of cars. What further justifies the association of this proverb with cars, especially with Elite i20, is the fact that it received a thumping response from the customers and registered around 5000 advance bookings in just a week prior to its launch. Under the hood are the same tried and tested engines, but Hyundai’s move on cutting down the safety features still remains an intriguing and mysterious one!

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