Hyundai i20 Review & Ratings

Introduction

Set to replace the Hyundai Getz, the Hyundai i20 debuted in the 2008 Paris Motor Show. The three and five-door versions both have a front-wheel drive engine. This model was developed in Rüsselsheim, Germany, in the South Korean company's European research center.

The Hyundai Motorsport team, the company's performance division, put the Hyundai i20 WRC on display in the 2012 Paris Motor Show. It was developed in order to compete in the 2014 World Rally Championship. To further the research on the i20 WRC, the company plans on competing in parts of the 2013 season.

North America, The Philippines, and South Korea do not have the i20 available in their markets, as these countries offer the Hyundai Accent hatchback, in its stead.

The 2nd generation i20 is set to be launched this year and will debut on the Paris Motor Show for its European market.

Design

Hyundai i20 has come a long way from its initial release, which was based on a 'fluidic sculpture' concept. With the stylishly aggressive look that the i20 has, driving one would give you confidence in not just how it looks, but also in how it performs.

The front grilles are colored high gloss black. The electronic side mirrors have turn indicators to provide for a safer drive.

Engine

The i20 runs on the following engines:

  • 1.2L Kappa dual VTVT – This engine is for people who want the most out of their petrol, without doing too much harm to the environment. It was built with a goals of reducing emissions, increased performance, and mileage in mind. The transmission on this is a 5-speed manual transmission.

  • 1.4L Gamma – This 4-speed automatic transmission was built for speed. Light aluminum alloy was used in its construction in order to provide better mileage and power.

  • 1.4L U2 CRDi – This responsive, quiet, and clean U2 diesel engine has a 6-speed manual transmission. It will give the driving aficionado a smooth, pleasing, and refined driving experience they look to have.

Additional Features

The latest Hyundai i20 has two variants available at the moment: the Active and the Elite variants.

The Hyundai i20 Active offers a 14-inch steel wheel, electric folding side mirrors (5 door only), body colored rear and front bumpers, side mirrors, and door handles. It has a 4-speaker system, including tweeters, that has an MP3/WMA/CD player as well as AUX and USB jacks, and even Bluetooth capability on its radio. The glove compartment can keep things cool via the air-conditioning of the car.

The higher end Hyundai i20 Elite, meanwhile, has 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, a bigger 6-speaker system, steering wheel, and gear knobs wrapped in premium leather. It also has audio controls mounted on the steering wheel for safety and ease of access.

Both variants, however, have almost the same safety features available, such as airbags, 4-channel ABS and EBD braking features, high mounted stop lights, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and a Traction Control System (TCS) for a safer and better driving experience. The rigid chassis on the i20 is also designed on crumble zones and comes equipped with side impact intrusion bars.

You can even call this car “smart” because it does a few things on its own or when triggered: the rear view mirror dims whenever you are backing to a parking space, in order to show a video of the rear camera to assist you in parking properly; the wiper also automatically activates when sensors recognize a few drops of rain; and the stylish headlights on the i20 will turn on when it gets dark.

With all the technological advancements that are happening, the Hyundai i20 is one that isn't just advanced, but highly stylish as well.

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