We’ve been waiting long enough for the launch of the new, third-generation Hyundai i20, and it’s finally here, starting at a price range of ₹ 6.79 lakh for the base petrol model, going all the way up to ₹ 11.17 lakh for the turbo petrol model with the DCT gearbox.
The new i20 comes with two petrol and one diesel engine for India. One of them is a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine that makes 81bhp and 115Nm of torque. Plus, you get a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol motor that produces 118bhp and 172Nm of torque. The 1.2-litre engine comes with a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox, while the 1.0-litre turbo petrol gets a 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox and an iMT gearbox. It also comes with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 98bhp and comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The Hyundai cars looks sportier and sharper than the outgoing model. You can see the ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design in the details. Up-front, it sports a cascading grille, angular headlights with a new DRL design and sleek looking tail lights at the rear with Z-shaped LED inserts. It is being sold in six colour options: Typhoon Silver, Starry Night, Polar White, Fiery Red, Metallic Copper and Titan Grey. There are dual-tone options too.
The new i20 is brimming with the best features possible. It includes a digital instrument cluster, a 7 speaker Bose sound system, ambient lighting, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Hyundai’s ‘BlueLink’ connected car tech, sunroof, a wireless phone charger, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, 6 airbags, hill start assist and vehicle stability management. The car also comes with a 5-year warranty package with 3 years of roadside assistance and a 3-year subscription to its BlueLink tech.
The i20’s cabin feels more at par with a midsize sedan at the front, while the driving position is low and the driver’s seat adjusts quite a bit, and the leatherette seats are well bolstered. Visibility from the driver’s seat is goo. There are loads of stowage spaces, including a big cooled glovebox. Thanks to the long wheelbase and good width, the cabin feels very roomy, with space for three occupants at the rear. And because of the scooped-out roof, headroom at the back is excellent. The seats are supportive and the backrest is well reclined. The boot, at 311-litres however, is a bit tight on room.
The new i20 will take on contenders like the Maruti Baleno, Tata Altroz, Honda Jazz and Toyota Glanza. Also, read the latest car comparisons, only at autoX.