Hyundai launched the new i-Gen i20 on March 28th 2012. The new car which was designed on the lines of Hyundai’s new ‘Fluidic’ design language replaced the first generation i20 which was being sold in India. The exterior dimensions of the car are similar to the outgoing model. The fluidic family design from Hyundai has given the car a fresh new look, doing away with the more dated design of the old version. With the i20, most of the Hyundai cars available in India now have the corporate fluidic look. The new i20 is loaded as the top-of-the-line Asta (O) which comes packed with all the creature comforts that a modern petrol-head needs. A digital read out on the dashboard and in the instrument cluster, a fully-automatic climate control system and in-car-entertainment with USB, i-pod connectivity.The new i20’s best-in-class wheelbase allows for an airy cabin with ample space for the average urban family.
When it comes to engines, the i20 has two engine options, the petrol is a 1.2 litre Kappa petrol engine under its bonnet. The in-line 4-cylinder engine with Dual VTVT puts out 82 bhp of maximum power, for which you need to rev the engine to 6000 rpm while 113 Nm of torque tops out at 4000 rpm. Being a petrol engine, you do need to rev it up as it lacks low-end grunt. That said, work the smooth shifting 5-speed manual gearbox as well as your right foot and you will be greeted with a very refined four-pot orchestra emanating of course from the engine bay. The other petrol is the 1.4litre Gamma with 4-speed automatic transmission which gives 100 bhp.
The i-Gen i20 with its 1200 cc petrol engine would do 16.1 kmpl as per ARAI specifications, although in real world condition this is expected to drop by at least 5 kmpl. The car should return a mileage of 11 kmpl depending upon individual driving styles. The diesel with 1.4l CRDI gives a mileag of 20 kmpl combined. As far as handling is concerned, the i-Gen i20 isn’t the best car to throw around corners at a high rate of speed. The i20 prices start at Rs 4.7 lakh for base petrol to Rs 7.7 lakh for top end petrol. The diesel variant start at rs 6 lakh to Rs 7 lakh for the top diesel. The i20 is an spacious and refined small car. For a detailed review of the i20 read below.