Hyundai i20 Active first impression from media drive

Hyundai i20 Active is the South Korean automaker’s response to emerging segment of pseudo crossovers in the country. i20 Active is the fourth car in this class, after Volkswagen Cross Polo, Toyota Etios Cross and Fiat Avventura.

Hyundai i20 Active unveil India
What appears to be the fate of this segment, alternate products starting second sees success, though it is too soon to tell.
So, according to our Editor, Sagar Patel, the new Hyundai i20 Active looks very modern and sporty, with projector headlamps (with cornering function) and integrated LED DRLs. The car has improved NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness), but the petrol version feels a bit underpowered. Diesel model is comparatively a lot better and offers good drivability. Between the two, the smooth and silent diesel variant is recommended over the petrol variant with sluggish low end. Even gear shift quality is better in diesel trim.

Surprisingly, even with increased ground clearance (by 20 mm from Elite i20) of 190 mm, there is hardly any body roll, and the highway / high speed stability is impeccable. The car irons out rough patches and potholes to an appreciable extent.

What’s disappointing is that petrol version of Hyundai i20 Active has no top end variant. Hence, it misses out on leather wrapped steering wheel, fancy gear knob, automatic climate control, tilt and telescopic steering and the like. And the regular plastic steering wheel and gear knob do not feel good. Moreover, both versions of i20 Active do not show real time mileage and distance to empty in instrument cluster, which is a bummer.

Hyundai i20 Active first impression verdict: Overall, the car is impressive to drive and to show off as a rugged machine.