The current 2nd generation Hyundai i20 was launched in 2014 and has been a runaway success thanks to its sharp styling, roomy cabin, frugal engines and a long list of features. Since 2014, Hyundai has sold over 3 lakh units of the i20 globally. Talk about India and Hyundai has sold over 10,000 units every month of 2017 barring December. It is one of the best-selling models from Hyundai in India It was about time for the i20 to get a mid-life facelift. And Hyundai launched the i20 facelift at the recently concluded Auto Expo. It was a global debut mind you – just like how this generation also came first to India in 2014. with a lot of focus on making the car seem more premium. But Hyundai has played it safe, perhaps given how popular the car already is, and how well accepted its looks are. So while you do get several styling changes, they are largely subtle. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop


The cosmetic changes are minimal but easy to notice. The three-pot detailing of the taillights has made way for a new pattern made up of horizontal lines (and somehow reminds me of the Mercedes-Benz GLA’s taillights). It is surprising that Hyundai did not make use of more efficient LED lighting for it. The reflectors and fog/reversing lamps placed on the rear bumper have been re-profiled too.At the front, the Elite i20 now wears the reshaped hexagonal grille and the complex mesh pattern adds a bit of flair to the familiar face. The bumpers integrate a new design for the fog/cornering lamp housing, that now carves out vertical crevices on the outer ends for better airflow and a marginal reduction in drag. The paint quality looks quite premium and is on par with some of the more expensive cars in Hyundai’s line up. The Elite i20’s new orange and red exterior colours can be specified with a gloss black roof and that gets you a matching two-tone colour scheme for the cabin elements too.


The idea with the Elite i20 is to go premium. And it’s obvious in the way the dashboard has been designed. Like most expensive cars, the face of the dash – finished in a lighter shade to make it standout – is one continuous slab that gives a wrap around feel thanks to the same colour being carried over to the door. It looks upmarket, no doubt, and with better finish and quality of materials all round, Hyundai sure has achieved that step up in premium feel.

And it isn’t just a good looking design this, it’s well thought out too. The instrumentation is neat and easy to read; the stereo is nicely integrated into the centre console; and though the climate control system looks old as Hyundai as carried over the buttons and knobs and even the fonts from the previous car, it is well located. So, using it while on the move, isn’t a hassle. Moreover, besides good ergonomics, Hyundai has done well on the operability front too. The buttons have a positive spring back action, these are logically placed and feel rich to the touch.Space on the Elite i20 has increased as well; helped no doubt by its larger wheelbase. The new i20 is also wider than the older car. This not only translates into better knee room for rear passengers, the shoulder room is more too. Plus, the seats are large and supportive and though there’s no cup holders for the rear passengers and no rear armrest, there’s at least an AC vent.


Now the engines. As has become a norm in this class of hatchbacks, there’s one diesel and one petrol engine on offer. Both engines have been carried over from the previous i20. So, the petrol is a 83PS, 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol while the diesel is a 90PS, 1.4-litre unit. The petrol is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox while the diesel gets a 6-speed manual. There is no automatic yet on offer.We are driving the diesel here; the engine almost 70 per cent of Elite i20 buyers have opted for so far. And for good reason, because the first thing that strikes you is how good the NVH is on the new Elite i20 diesel. You can hear the diesel engine outside, but it isn’t an irritating or loud clatter. However, once seated inside the car, the engine feels both quiet and refined. It is also an easy revving engine. But if we had to nitpick, we’d say the turbo lag is a bit of a dampener. It’s only after 2,000rpm that the car really gets going. The 6-speed gearbox, however, doesn’t give you much to complain about. The gear shifts are precise, the throws aren’t very long and the clutch operation is light and progressive too.


Hyundai has worked towards improving the ride and handling on the Elite i20 and it shows on the move. Though the suspension has been carried over from the older car in theory, the geometry as well as the damping characterisers have been revised significantly. The setup is slightly firmer than the older i20. Surprisingly, it hasn’t affected the ride and the i20 still rides quite well; it feels pliant, absorbent and well judged.

The improvement in handling on the other hand is more than obvious. The body roll, the pitch and the waywardness under quick direction changes have all been tied down tightly giving the i20 a more confident, stable and exploitable handling character. We would have liked a less artificial steering response though; the current setup fails to connect the driver with the happenings. Braking on the other hand, even though Hyundai has ditched rear disc brake in favour of a drum setup, is stable and strong.


Dual airbags have been standard of course, and the top end gets the segment best 6 airbags. ISOFIX child seat restraints and ABS also are a good inclusion. In fact Hyundai cars are always known for having a comprehensive list of features and so it continues on the insideIn fact, when it comes to comfort and convenience related equipment, the Elite i20 scores quite well; at least in this top of the line Asta trim. It gets steering mounted controls and single zone climate control system; electric ORVMs with auto fold and a cooled glove box; height adjustable seat and Bluetooth telephony; auto headlamps and keyless entry and start; and a reversing camera as well.What it could do with, however, was a rear central armrest, a better trip computer and a leather pack. On the safety front, there’s ABS and front two airbags. Sadly, the six airbag option available on the previous generation i20 has been skipped on the new car.


Hyundai Elite I20 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,27,187/- (Elite i20 1.2 Era Petrol) to 9,08,745/- (Elite i20 1.4 Asta Option Diesel). Get best offers for Hyundai Elite I20 from Hyundai Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Elite i20 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice


Well, the equation isn’t that simple. Sure, barring a high seating position and ground clearance, the Elite i20 does deliver on usability and street presence. And like a sedan, it is refined and now better handling too. But, mostly, the new Elite i20 is a car you won’t regret having. It is a significant improvement over the car it replaces. Not only does it improve upon the virtues of the older i20 in areas like interior room, features and quality, it has addressed the older car’s shortcomings as well. Handling being a case in point. We agree that it could do with a better steering response, but this apart, the Elite i20 is almost as good as they come and is certainly worth buying. More so when you consider its price.

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