Hyundai Elite i20 Overview
Hyundai India, the country’s second-largest automaker, has finally taken the wraps off its latest iteration of premium hatchback i20, which has been re-christened as ‘Elite’ i20. Along with its keenly-awaited India launch, the Hyundai Elite i20 has made its global debut, as the hatchback was never showcased before in any part of the world. The Elite i20 is blessed with the company’s latest design direction – Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 and is the first India-bound vehicle to adorn this new design philosophy. The hatch has a European feel and flair along with the highly sporty and innovative design; although Hyundai Elite i20 misses out on a few features that the earlier hatch used to flaunt, it still is desirable and tempting.
Hyundai Elite i20, similar to the phased-out model, has been presented in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. There are five variants with every fuel trim – Era, Magna, Sportz, Sportz (O) and Asta. The Asta (O) variant, which was the top-end trim in the outgoing model, has been eradicated with the next generation i20. Hyundai has worked extensively hard on the exterior and interior of the new hatch in order to ensure super sporty appearance and elegance inside the cabin. Although it lacks an automatic variant and 1.4 L petrol motor, the company is contemplating to launch it after seeing the initial response of the customers. The drivability has been improved significantly and the NVH levels have been tuned down to produce lesser noise in the next gen Elite i20
Hyundai Elite i20 Design
The Hyundai Elite i20 2017 has been one of the best looking hatchbacks in the country. Its looks have been its USP and attracted many buyers. The Fluidic Design 2.0 in the Hyundai Elite i20 2017 makes it look fresh and premium in styling. Car buyers have picked up the Elite i20 mainly due to its styling. The aggressive look with the sleek front grille and the hexagonal lower grille are unique. The pulled back headlamps sleek and thicker towards the side. They extend upto the fenders. The large fog lamps are glamorous. From the side too the Hyundai Elite i20 2017 looks premium, specially with the blacked out door pillars. The alloy wheels are smart and contribute to the overall styling. Check Price of Elite i20 in Chennai
The Hyundai Elite i20 2017 tail lamps are another talking point. It seems inspired from the Alfa Romeo Giuletta but looks very handsome. The Hyundai Elite i20 2017 is a car design that mostly nobody will dislike . Its quite a masterpiece that doesn’t just do the job. The Hyundai Elite i20 2017 also gets projector headlamps and DRLs, which weren’t there on our test car. This update came in a bit later after Maruti Baleno was launched. The Dual Tone variant offers black roof on the Red and White colour options.
Hyundai Elite i20 Interiors
Hyundai has also spiced up the interiors in an awe to offer more premium and exquisite stuff inside the cabin. The extended wheelbase makes the cabin more spacious than before, and results in adequate legroom and shoulder room. The sporty multifunction 3-spoke steering wheel is no lesser than a revelation as it is extremely light and responsive. Moreover, it comes wrapped in leather in the mid- and top-end trims. The whole interiors are done in dual-tone black and beige scheme along with the dashboard. Hyundai has made substantial changes to the dash of the Elite i20 as now it carries a vast central fascia, which also includes a redesigned gearbox console.
The door handles have received chrome treatment to raise the ambiance of the cabin. The aesthetically-designed hi-tech and informative supervision cluster looks decent in glossy black tone. The company has provided front and rear door map pockets to keep the small belongings closer to hands. In addition, there are front passenger seat back pocket, rear parcel tray and sunglass holder to take care of the added accessories and tiny luggage. Did we forget to mention that despite being exceptionally spacious, it has a hefty boot space of 285 litres. Height-adjustable driver’s seat feature is available in the mid- and top-end trims. Although every variant comes with rear seat headrests but they are adjustable in the top-end variant only. The top-end variant also facilitates the occupants with the 60:40 foldable rear seat feature. The Elite i20 also boasts a front center console armrest with storage in the entire lineup, except the Era trim. Every variant has a power outlet, while the top variant has two 12 V accessory sockets. The base (ERA) and mid (Magna) variants come with manual air conditioner, but Era misses out on rear A/C vents. The rest three higher variants get a fully automatic air conditioner with cluster ionizer and rear A/C vents. The top trims also get an Engine Start/Stop button as a standard feature along with a rear wiper and washer. Apart from the base variant, every variant comes equipped with an integrated 2 DIN MP3 Audio with USB, Aux-in and 1 GB internal memory. It also supports Bluetooth connectivity and controls are mounted on the steering wheel in every variant, except Era. The company also serves factory-fitted front and rear speakers, and tweeters. The base variant is quite ineffective and insipid as it misses out on numerous comfort and convenience features that are available with the top or even mid variants. It doesn’t feature even glovebox cooling.
Hyundai Elite i20 Engine
Hyundai hasn’t made any sort of mechanical changes to the Elite i20 facelift save for some retuning that has been done to the engine and chassis. The engines get a tweaked map and the aero ducts in the front bumper aid to a slight improvement in fuel efficiency. In real world conditions, expect a rise of 1 km/l in overall efficiency. The petrol engine remains the same 1.2-litre Kappa VTVT unit that produces 83 PS at 6000 RPM and 115 Nm at 4000 RPM. Refinement levels are excellent and vibrations have been excellently dampened. The engine also feels very silent inside the cabin.
The petrol engine has decent drivability. It likes to be revved and while performance in the city is very good thanks to the responsive low-end, the engine feels slightly out of breath on the highways, especially when you need to downshift a gear or two to overtake someone. However, the 5-speed manual gearbox is butter-smooth and the clutch is also very light, which again makes driving this car an easy affair. Hyundai has dropped the 1.4-litre petrol engine with the automatic gearbox from the line-up but the existing 1.2-litre engine is all set to get a CVT gearbox soon.
The diesel engine is a 1.4-litre CRDI unit that churns out 90 PS of power at 4000 RPM and 220 Nm of torque between 1500-2750 RPM. This engine gets a 6-speed manual gearbox which is again slick and slots well. The engine is very refined and is easily the segment benchmark in terms of NVH. Low-end driveability is good and post 1500 RPM, the punch starts getting stronger. Even out on the highways, the diesel car performs well and the engine doesn’t feel strained even at speeds above the ton. Within the city, expect the i20 to return about 15 km/l while on the highways, the car will easily deliver 17-18 km/l.
Hyundai Elite i20 Driving Dynamics
For most part, the Hyundai Elite i20 facelift retains the driving mannerisms of the older car. Meaning, it is an easy to drive car and most people will like it, but if you’re an enthusiast then you won’t like this car. The steering is still fairly light but even on the highways at high speeds it doesn’t really offer good feedback and feels quite vague. It has been sharpened slightly but the changes aren’t significantly noticeable. The suspension is well-tuned for our roads but the rear suspension has been stiffened a bit and the bounciness of the car has reduced somewhat. The brakes remain as good as before and so do the 16-inch tyres.
Hyundai Elite i20 Braking & Safety
Hyundai has incorporated a decent braking system in the hatch, which consists of disc brakes on the front and drum brakes on the rear. It is supported immensely well by the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), but that is limited to the top three variants. Earlier, Hyundai i20 used to be the only hatchback under Rs. 10 lakh that offered as many as half a dozen airbags and was impeccably safe. But, now the scenario has reversed as even the top-end trim has only 2 airbags. The base and mid variants don’t feature a single airbag, while the Sportz trim comprises of only driver’s airbag. The parking assist feature with reverse parking sensors and rear camera with ECM display comes handy during parking the hatch. There are front fog lamps to improve visibility in inclement weather conditions.
But, again, both the aforesaid features are with Sportz and Asta trims. Additionally, the top-end trim also features seat belt pretensioners for the driver and front passenger, automatic headlamps, impact-sensing auto door unlock and clutch lock. On the security front, it has immobilizer, smart keyless entry, and central locking (door and tailgate) to endure any event of burglary or thievery. It can be propounded nonchalantly that the current gen Elite i20 stands nowhere close to its predecessor in terms of safety features. The company has disappointed thoroughly in the safety and security aspect.
Hyundai Elite i20 Verdict
The Hyundai Elite i20 was already a very good car and with this iteration, Hyundai has tried their level best to improve the efficiency and driving dynamics of the car. Though the changes are minor, all of them combined make the i20 a better package than before. The hatchback also comes with a dual-tone exterior colour scheme option now and that costs an additional Rs. 30,000/- over the price of the top variant. The i20 costs almost sedan money but in turn it offers good looks, great quality all around, long equipment list and dependable service to boast.