Hyundai Elite i20 Review

By   |  January 2, 2015

Overview

The curtains have been raised finally as Hyundai has launched Elite i20 in India. The car gets a new name and a new identity as well. Hyundai has spent a good amount of time in preparing the new i20 which surely takes the game further. With new pricing, this i20 also becomes a real premium car which only expects real premium hatch lovers who can think beyond a sub four metre sedan. What is this new hatch all about? Let's find out.


Powertrain & Performance

The Elite i20 carries forward the engine line up from its previous generation which includes one engine each of petrol and diesel. However, Hyundai has removed the 1.4L, 99 bhp, Gamma unit from the line up. Now, the Elite i20 features the smooth and refined 1.4L U2 CRDI diesel engine with an utmost power and torque output of 89bhp and 220Nm@1500 RPM. This engine comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox which offers nice gearshifts and makes overtaking quite enjoyable on highways as you dont often need to downshift to get the power on tap. Hyundai claims a fuel efficiency of 22.54 kpl for the Era and Magna diesels. The Sportz, Sportz(O) and Asta variants of the diesel Elite i20 returns 21.76 kpl. The engine performs similar as before, does not have too much turbo lag and gives you a powerful mid range to play with.

The second unit is the reliable 1.2L 4-cylinder VTVT Kappa petrol engine which churns out a maximum power output of 82bhp. The maximum torque output of engine also remains the same 115Nm which can be achieved at 4000RPM. Looking the current interest of Indian buyers in manual gearboxes, Hyundai has decided to not offer an automatic transmission in the Elite i20 to keep the costs low. The petrol version comes equipped with the regular five-speed manual gearbox. Hyundai claims this engine will return a fuel efficiency of 18.6 km/ltr in the Era and Magna variants. The petrol Sportz, Sportz(O) and Asta variants have a fuel efficiency of 18.24 km/ltr.


Build & Styling

Things have changed for all good reasons. The new Elite i20 follows the fluidic design version 2.0 of Hyundai and features complete new front and rear profile. At the front, you will notice elongated headlights with a swept back design which gives it an aggressive face along with its new hexagonal front grille with chrome surrounding and a new sharp bumper. The bumper now houses horizontally placed fog lights which look quite sporty along with the third layer of the airdam. The car looks extremely sporty when seen from either side thanks to its new and bigger diamond cut 16 inch alloy wheels, floating roof and noticeable sharp body lines. At the back also, the new car gets a wraparound design for its rear windshield and tail gate with tail lights stretched till its blackened C-pillar; which makes it look fresh and appealing. The redesigned rear bumper and new wiper also add to the sporty character of this car. The car looks wider than its actual length thanks to the wise rear styling.

The Elite i20 also gets new and bright dual tone beige and brown colored interiors with fresh design layout. The hexagonal shaped central console looks sporty with the blue backlight at night. The quality of buttons, fabric and switches has improved from before. The new three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and instrument cluster display also add to its fresh appeal. The car retains all of its premium features from its previous generation such as the automatic AC, rear parking sensors with camera, push button start, smart key, steering mounted controls, auto folding mirrors, auto headlights and wipers, adjustable steering wheel and power windows. In addition, the Elite i20 gets a 2nd power outlet, a 2-Din music system with aux-in USB compatibility and 1GB storage as seen in the Grand i10, bluetooth connectivity and rear AC vents. The list of safety features in the top variant includes dual front airbags, ABS, clutch lock, crash-sensing door lock and central locking.


Verdict

The Elite i20 has been launched with a starting price of INR 4.89 lakhs and INR 6.09 lakhs for the base Era variant of its petrol and diesel versions respectively. The range topping diesel variant, the Asta, comes at a price of INR 7.66 lakhs (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). Overall the car certainly looks good plus the engine line-up is capable enough and the list of features is also the longest in class. Another winner from Hyundai.