Hyundai has refreshed the popular i20 premium entry-level hatchback for 2017. The Hyundai i20 Elite now gets some exterior and interior upgrades along with even more added features that make it an even more compelling package. The updated i20 on the exterior front now gets a two-tone paint job option i.e. red or white with a gloss black roof option. Although the two-tone trend was popularised by the Vitara Brezza and then is available in the Ignis too, many i20 owners in the past have chosen to paint or wrap their cars in the same way that Hyundai is now offering straight out of the factory. Hyundai has also added yet another shade of blue for the 2017 model year. Blue incidentally has been an extremely popular colour for the premium entry level hatchback.
Sporting Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 philosophy, i20 has been crafted aesthetically. Compared to the previous generation model, the hatchback gets a string of new elements such as the chrome finished hexagonal radiator grille in front, wrap-around automatic head lamps, sporty fog lamps in front and rear combination lamps at the back. From the side, it looks modish with sharp beltline, flared wheel arches and supporting character lines. The slightly protrude wrap-around tail lamps at the back adds to the elegance.
Hyundai Elite i20 Engine Specifications
Engine set up includes a 1.2 litre, Kappa dual VTVT four cylinder engine featuring four valves for each cylinder. The petrol engine develops 82bhp of max power at 6000rpm along with 11.7 kgm of torque at 4000rpm. Diesel variants plonk a 1.4 litre, U2 CRDi, DOHC, four cylinder engine producing 89bhp at 4000rpm along with 22.4 kgm torque between 1500rpm to 2750rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox is mated to the petrol engine and diesel variants come paired to a six-speed manual tranny. Hyundai has added a new 1.4 litre VTVT petrol engine to the line-up good for 98bhp. The engine is linked to four speed automatic unit.
|Hyundai Elite i20 Specifications
||1.2 Kappa Petrol
||1.4 CRDi Diesel
||1.4 Dual VTVT Petrol
||82 bhp @ 6000 rpm
||89 bhp @ 4000 rpm
||99 bhp @ 6000 rpm
||115 Nm @ 4000 rpm
||220 Nm @ 1500-2750 rpm
||132 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Hyundai Elite i20 Features
On the outside, i20 gets ORVMS with integrated turn indicators, dual tone rear bumper and chrome treated front grille. Inside the cabin, it dons leather wrapped steering wheel, door map pockets, front passenger seat back pockets, adjustable head rests in front & rear, height adjuster for driver’s seat, 60:40 split rear seat and dual 12 V sockets.
Hyundai Elite i20 Performance & Mileage
Performance may not be the best in the segment but it is decent, the engine is more responsive at low speed. The 0 to 100 kmph mark is achieved within 16 seconds approximately. Petrol powered variants are claimed to return ARAI rated fuel economy of 18.6 km/l and diesel variants are tuned to deliver slightly more at 22.5 km/l.
Hyundai Elite i20 Accessories & Infotainment
A touchscreen audio video navigation system is integrated in the top-spec variant while rest of the trims get 2-DIN radio and MP3 player. Other provisions include a CD player on audio with 1 GB internal memory, Bluetooth connectivity, speakers and tweeters in front and rear, AUX-In, USB ports, steering mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth.
Hyundai Elite i20 Braking & Handling
Stopping power is provided by disc brakes at front and drum brakes at rear axle. Braking force on the whole is not very impressive, hence there is still some room for improvement. Handling isn’t impressive, steering is light in the petrol variant. Ride quality is fairly good like in all other Hyundai cars. Suspension balances well on normal as well as irregular surfaces.
Hyundai Elite i20 Safety & Security
Airbags are equipped in front for driver and co-passenger, for an adept braking experience, the vehicle comes with anti-lock-braking system. Other than the aforementioned features, the hatchback comes equipped with front fog lamps, rear parking sensor, rear parking camera, central locking, smart pedal, clutch lock, reverse view camera display, keyless entry with smart key, rear defogger with timer, immobilizer, dual horn, seat belt pretensioners for driver and co-passenger.
Hyundai Elite i20 Comfort & Convenience
Plethora of comfort features are integrated in the vehicle like the power-operated outside rear view mirrors with retractable fucntion. Power windows are provided in front & rear and auto up down is present only on driver’s side along with pinch guard. Automatic air conditioner, electric power steering, rear AC vents, glovebox cooling, tilt and telescopic steering etc are some of the other eminent comfort goodies aboard.
Hyundai Elite i20 Wheels & Tyres
Lower variants get 185/70 R14 steel wheels and high-end variants get 190/55 R16 alloy wheels.
Hyundai Elite i20 Competition
Hyundai Elite i20 crosses swords with some of the most popular models in this space including Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Jazz.