Hyundai Elite i20 Review: Petrol and Diesel variants

While major players in category B premium hatchback segment spent time in makeup room to woo customers through facelift launches, south Korean automaker Hyundai was busy developing a strategically smart move in the race, at Design Center in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Product of which is new Elite i20, launched in impeccable timing too.

Hyundai Elite i20-018 coverIntroduction of next generation product not only guarantees new model, looks and features, but also ample of attention from audience. Not to mention better resale value (at least according to general ideology). So the very outline of this launch is to elevate the company’s presence and to raise the bar in one of most important passenger vehicle segments in India. Lets see what the new arrival has thrown on the table.

Hyundai Elite i20-027 rearExteriors – Hyundai cars were always lookers, with a balance in figure that appealed to most in the diverse populace. Foundation of Fluidic Sculpture design language made their cars kind of charming. Now, as Hyundai is apparently in attack mode, new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design DNA shows it in the face of Elite i20.

Hyundai has changed the identity of i20 from glamour to gallant, by way of new front fascia that can be best described as bold. Large trapezium front grille of Elite i20 grabs first glimpse most of the time. Two more air dams, constructed as slits with same coarse mesh, are key to rounding up the daring pose of Elite i20′s front. Sporty fog lamps and mighty headlamps with sleek eyebrows add fashion to serious looking snout. Final touches are laid by chrome finished Hyundai badge and chrome bordering on centre grille, making new i20 look more premium than its predecessor.

Hyundai Elite i20-023 headlightIntegrated indicators on wing mirrors, chrome coated door handles and most importantly the blackened C pillar supporting the sportily sloping roofline are slick touchups making Elite i20 desirable. Thats not all, rear end is probably the most attractive section of new Euro style hatchback, with bulges and curves as seen in old i20. New elements, chiefly the tail lamps, designed similar to those in high priced sports cars, work magic in Elite i20.

In short, Hyundai Elite i20 has a very efficient blend of sporty, elegant and upmarket looks, that will easily attract buyers of all age group.

Hyundai Elite i20-024 taillampInteriors – Hyundai seemingly decided to go in functional route than fashion when it comes to interior design and layout. Equipment and button are neatly arranged enabling easy and precise access. Controls in centre console and on steering wheel are large enough not to miss while driving and are very tactile. Instrument cluster is also sprucely designed. Everything inside second generation i20 is clear cut.

Elite i20 deserves a pinch of sportiness inside cabin, more premium trims as well, to match with hype the exteriors present. Nevertheless, build quality, fit and finish of Elite i20′s interiors need to be praised. Hard plastics, comfy fabrics and elaborate list of features offered in second generation i20 justify its slightly hefty price tag.

Hyundai Elite i20-051 interiorsTop end Asta variant of Elite i20 gets automatic headlamps, advanced supervision cluster with steering position reminder, parking sensor display, service reminder, auto unlock function, IC Light Adjustment (Rheostat), adjustable rear seat headrest, 60:40 rear split seat, rear windshield wiper & washer, two 12 Volt power outlets and dual front airbags (driver & passenger).

These are features in top of line variant in addition to those seen in lower variants, like 16 inch diamond cut alloy wheels (4 nos.), smart key, push button for start/stop, clutch lock, seatbelt pretensioners for driver & passenger, chrome door handles on outside, electrically adjustable, foldable and auto closing ORVM, tilt & telescopic steering wheel, automatic air conditioning with cluster ioniser, height adjustable driver seat, leather wrapped steering wheel, CD, Aux-in, USB & Bluetooth supported music player with 4 speakers & 4 tweeters, and the like.

Hyundai Elite i20-059 arm restThere are a lot of utility features in Elite i20 like map pockets on all four doors, bottle holders in door panels, two cup / bottle holders near hand brake lever, key or general purpose pocket / cubby hole beneath AC controls, big storage area under driver arm rest, sizeable glove box compartment with cooling facility and a sunglass holder on top next to cabin light.

Speaking of which, there is a dual light on front for driver and shotgun, a centre light unit for rear occupants and a light in boot section as well. Now you see how feature rich new Elite i20 is.

Hyundai Elite i20-061 driver seatTo know about features offered in each variant of Hyundai Elite i20, head here.

Hyundai Elite i20 has longest wheelbase in segment (increased by 45 mm from earlier i20), and also stands widest. This gives abundant cabin room, enabling three people to sit somewhat comfortably in backseat. Legroom is not a problem in new i20, even with rear AC tower. (Photo below shows rear legroom with front seats pulled fully backwards). Thigh support is just fine.

Hyundai Elite i20-062 rear legroomEngine – Hyundai Elite i20 is launched with two engines, 1.2 litre Dual VTVT Kappa petrol engine producing 83 PS max. power @ 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm peak torque @ 4,000 rpm, and 1.4 litre U2 CRDi diesel mill generating 90 PS @ 4,000 rpm and 220 Nm @ 1500 – 2750 rpm. Former is mated to 5 speed manual transmission while latter is coupled with 6 speed MT. Four speed automatic variant of Hyundai Elite i20, with 1.4 litre Dual VTVT Gamma engine that churns out 100 PS @ 5,500 rpm and 136 Nm @ 4,200 rpm will come out soon.

Hyundai Elite i20-041 IndiaMinor tweaks in engines used in older i20 have improved NVH levels and accessibility of power and torque. Both engines are responsive and enjoyable. Hyundai claims 18.5 kmpl mileage in petrol variant (manual) and 22 kmpl in diesel version. Earlier generation Hyundai i20 automatic delivered mileage of 15.04 kmpl.

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