Hyundai’s philosophy of providing quality and style in their hatchback offerings took a bold new step with the launch of the i20. Initially criticized for its high sticker price, Indians soon realized the overall package that this car offers. Its styling is modern, very European and certainly makes the car look classier than its rivals. Dimension wise too, the i20 is pretty big and commands road presence. Size does matter and on the inside, the i20 really excels. It is more spacious than some of the similar priced sedans and this surely is a selling point for the car. Even with tall adults up front, there is enough space for three at the back. Next, the quality of plastics used is terrific and the i20 certainly feels like a more expensive vehicle.
Ride quality is great and the light steering along with the smooth gearbox makes life easy in congested city traffic.
Hyundai currently offers the i20 in two engine options. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is same one that powers the i10 and is known for its smooth operation and good performance at low engine speeds. There is also a 1.4-litre petrol engine that comes only with an automatic transmission. The third engine option is the 1.4-litre diesel motor that is in a world of its own! It loves being revved and can be a hoot to push hard when required and comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. The Hyundai i20 diesel has the best performance among all the diesel hatchbacks on sale in India. It is supremely fuel efficient as well. The only flaw with the diesel version is its high sticker price. The i20 is sold in fourteen different versions including two with automatic transmission system.Less
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Hyundai i20 2008 - 2012 Specifications
Dimension & Weights
|Overall Length||3940 mm|
|Overall Width||1710 mm|
|Overall Height||1505 mm|
|No of Cylinders||4|
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Hyundai i20 2008 - 2012 Features
|Hyundai i20 2008 - 2012||1.4 CRDi Era||1.4 CRDi Magna||1.4 CRDi Sportz (O)||1.4 CRDi Sportz||1.4 CRDi Asta|
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Hyundai i20 2008 - 2012 Colors
- Black Diamond
- Sparkle Blue
- Berry Red
- Silky Biege
- Sleek Silver
- Crystal White
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The i20 has the longest wheelbase in its class and is also the widest. This surely means that space on the inside is easily up there with the best, ie, the Honda Jazz. Step inside and you are greeted with top quality plastics. The overall feel of the cabin is of the highest order and cars like the i20 really do create a benchmark in the segment. Even though the car is now three years old, the design of the fascia doesn’t disappoint you at all. There is ample space for five well-built adults with good head, knee and shoulder room. Up front, the meaty steering wheel with controls (for Sportz and Asta versions) looks nice and so does the blue backlit speedometer console at night. The central console is finished in silver and houses soft touch buttons for the fantastic audio system (with four speakers and two tweeters, USB compatible) while the air-con sits below it. Only the base Era model gets manual controls for the air-con while all the other variants get a cool fully automatic climate control system. Above the central console is the small display which shows the current audio track, outside temperature, date, time, two trip meters and a trip time.
The i20 also scores very high as far as practicality goes. There are half a dozen odd places to keep your knick knacks and you also get a chilled glove box! The boot space is again something that most rivals can’t match upto at all.
The top end model also comes with an industry first in-built navigational system. A sun-roof is also available as an option. To summarize, the i20’s interiors probably the best in the segment when it comes to the best combination of design, quality and space.
The i20 is a very big car for its segment. Infact, at 3940mm in length, it is longer than rivals like the Honda Jazz, Tata Indica Vista and Maruti Swift. It also is the widest of the lot with the longest wheelbase too. The i20 was designed at Hyundai\\\'s European headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany and followed in the stylish European footsteps of the acclaimed i10 and i30 models at that time. Even today, with hardly any makeover, the car still looks fresh, modern and appealing. The front end for example is typical European with huge headlamps extending backwards and multiple design lines on the bonnet. The two part grille is beautifully designed with the upper housing a horizontally running chrome plate with the Hyundai logo. On either sides of the lower grille are the beautiful recesses around which the round fog lamps sit. Infact, the i20 seems to have been designed carefully, keeping in mind that the car will sold various world market, in competition with some of the best brands in the business and hence the beautiful, sporty and sculpted exterior design.
The side profile is sporty with a crisp shoulder line that runs all the way back, to the top of the rear muscular wheel arch. The i20 has flared arches that further add to the sportiness of the car. At the back, the i20 gets chic tail lamps which blend into the shoulder line pretty well, and you also notice the single huge rear bumper. The Hyundai logo sits cleverly over the rear boot opening handle. Another noteworthy aspect is the positioning of the roof mounted antenna – at the rear of the car with an angle.
All the versions come with either 14-inch steel rims or 14-inch alloy wheels and the i20 is sold in seven color options.
The Hyundai i20 comes with a choice of three engines – two petrol and one diesel. The petrol range includes the 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre units. The latter is available only with the automatic transmission and offers decent power (100PS) and torque output. However, it does suffer from fuel economy (ARAI certified 15.04kmpl) and given the fact that it is an automatic transmission, expect no more than 10-11kmpl in city conditions. The 1.2-litre petrol engine though is in a league of its own. Not only is this one of the smoothest engines in its category, it is also very peppy and responds to driver’s inputs pretty well – this is also due to shorter gearing. Even given the stick, this 80PS engine performs very well and can propel the i20 to higher speeds easily. It is quite efficient with an ARAI certified fuel economy of 18.15kmpl, translating into 13-14kmpl in city conditions.
The diesel unit offered on the i20 is simply put, way ahead of the competition. This 1.4-litre engine develops 90PS of power, is refined, very punchy and offers excellent fuel economy as well. Earlier mated to a 6-speed gearbox, the diesel i20 now comes with a 5-speed manual ‘box which is slick to use. The engine does have a slight turbo lag but once above 2000rpm, the diesel i20 is hard to catch. It likes cruising on the highways and can easily hold 120-130km/h all day long without a sweat!
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|Hyundai i20 2008 - 2012 1.4 CRDi Magna||21.93 kmpl|
|Hyundai i20 2008 - 2012 1.4 CRDi Asta||21.93 kmpl|
Like most Hyundai offerings, the i20 too offers good comfort. The MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear axle is, without a surprise, tuned more for comfort. In day to day driving, you won’t have a reason to complain at all. Infact, the light steering, light clutch and slick gearbox, all go a long way in making your daily commutes hassle free. The trouble starts when you hit sharp undulations like broken roads or small and sharp angled speed-breakers. This is where the i20 shows its weakness – these undulations are easily transmitted onto the passengers and you get the feeling that the suspension is unable to compress and release in quick successions. The diesel version has more weight on the front tyres and driving this car on hilly roads at high speeds isn’t really very encouraging. We do know that the i20 is a family car and will seldom be driven rashly or in a spirited manner but done so, the car doesn’t really feel very eager. High speed stability at highway speeds is of a high order and the i20 feels very planted. This is due to a wide track and best in class wheelbase. The higher versions of the i20 come with standard ABS and this combined with excellent brakes adds to the overall confidence.