Editorial Test Drive Review of Hyundai i20 2008 - 2012 1.4 CRDi Asta
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.
Pros: Looks, space, value
Cons: Soft suspension for full load, low end punch (diesel)
By V Posted on Nov,11,11 2:39 PM
Pros Good looks, good pick-up, classy interiors
Cons somewhat overpriced
I am looking to upgrade from my current Santro to something bigger. Since i drive 60kms every day I decided it would be better to go for a diesel vehicle. I took a test-drive of the i20 CRDi ASTA last weekend. The i20 has a reasonably attractive and sporty exterior. I liked it straight away but my wife found it just about ok. Once we stepped inside, it was a whole new story. The interiors are very classy. My favourite parts are the steering wheel and the gear lever. The steering is a replica of the Honda Civic and has the audio controls mounted on it. The gear lever looks very stylish. The leg space up front was very comfortable. The rear leg space is a little tight since this is a hatchback but my wife finds it comfy enough. Rear seat is very wide and can seat 3 regular size adults in comfort. Coming to the driving experience, I was surprised at the pick-up the diesel engine has. All I had to do was put it in 1st and gently ease my leg off the clutch and the car lurched forward without needing any push on the accelerator. The gearbox shifts very smoothly and I was driving comfortably in 5 minutes. I couldnt take it beyond 3rd gear in the short distance that I drove. But that was enough to convince me that this is the car I should go for. Highway trips are going to be pure bliss in the i20 since it can apparently go upto 175 kmph comfortably. Plus it has ABS & Airbags along with a 5 star safety rating from the UK. The pricing is a little steep at 8 lakhs on the road but since it comes with every possible accessory, I felt it was worth it.
By sanjay Posted on Jul,07,28 4:19 PM
Pros styling, Safety, Interiors, High on features, Quiet engine
Cons Price, slightly poor ride on broken tarmac
This is one pretty car that has the GO and the Show unlike the Fiat Punto. test drove the i-20 diesel - Asta without sunroof. First impressions - great styling unlike earlier Hyundais which neccessarily dont tickle you in the right places if you know what i mean. This is one gorgeous looking atuo, the European styling shows. Pretty headlamps and overall external treatment. Once inside the story continues, nicely sculpted dashboard with excellent materials used adds to the feel good factor. The one thing that strikes you as you start the engine (diesel) is the noise or lack of it, having owned a few diesels in the past i realised that noise levels are very low inside. Pick up is pretty good, loads of torque, a little bit of turbo lag in 2nd and 1000 rpm but otherwise very good. blew past quite a few cars on the highway, excellent brakes , 1st and reverse gear will need some getting used to, all others good, auto aircon excellent, music system - acceptable ..all in all a nice complete package . Its priced a tad high - but overall a winner, will India bite time will tell..
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