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  • January 27, 2019

Hyundai Elite i20 Performance & Test Drive

Hyundai Elite i20 Overview

Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) recently launched the facelift Elite i20 at the Auto Expo 2018. Ever since its launch, the Elite i20 has been an extremely successful model for the South Korean company and was the best-selling premium hatchback in India till the Maruti Suzuki Baleno came in. With product lifecycles of cars shortening quickly, it was time Hyundai gave the Elite i20 a makeover and that’s exactly what Hyundai has done. While most facelifts end up being a nip and tuck job, Hyundai has gone the extra mile to enhance the value offering. Whether these changes are going to be enough to maintain the Elite i20’s competitiveness and strengthen it further is what we found out by driving the new Hyundai Elite i20 recently. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop


Hyundai Elite i20 Style

First things first, Hyundai Elite i20 pays no resemblance to the outgoing model of the hatch, at least in the exterior appearance. The Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy is quite contemporary, quite similar to the one that Peugeot (a French automaker) cars adorn. At the front fascia of the exterior, the wrap-around headlamps, all-new hexagonal grille with chrome linings, wider air dam and hood character lines are some of the highlights. The all-new body-coloured front bumper has wide and distinctive trapezoidal fog lamps integrated. However, the aforesaid feature is not on offer with the base Era trim.

Coming to the side profile, due to the enlarged size of C pillar, the roofline further looks sporty and slopy. Both B and C pillars are engrossed in black colour. Additionally, there are body-coloured door handles and ORVM with turn indicators in all the variants of the hatch, except for the Era, where they are present in black shade. Even the top-end variants – Sportz (O) and Asta have been bestowed with chrome door handles and premium dual tone, 16-inch diamond-cut alloys. Talking about the rear profile of the hatchback, the company has introduced an all-new ‘Boomerang’-shaped tail lamp cluster, which further accentuates the stylishness of the car.

Hyundai Elite i20 Space

On the inside, there is simply no comparison with the older version. Open the door and the first thing that hits is you is the amount of space on offer along with the new dual tone interiors that is a mix of black and beige. The steering seems a lot like the Grand i10 and the Xcent but similarities end here – the Supervision instrumentation cluster is all-new and looks nice. The cental console and the premium looking audio system seems to have been inspired by a particular german car brand. we also love the way the beige fascia wraps over the central air-vents. The climate control sits under the audio system and attention to detail is impressive. There are a lot of cubby holes around and a front arm rest makes adds to the convenience. At the back, space is very impressive and the rear air-con vents are a thoughtful added feature. All in all, the new i20 looks brilliant both from the outside and inside.

In terms of equipment, while new i20 does not get more than 2 airbags or a sunroof, the top end Asta gets features like rear camera with park assist, keyless entry and start-stop, cooled glovebox, front armrest, rear air-con vents, audio system with 8 speakers and 1GB of internal memory, climate control sytem, electric foldable outside mirrors, auto headlamps etc.

Hyundai Elite i20 Engine

The new Hyundai Elite i20 comes with the same engines as found in the older model but there are some tricks in the bag. The petrol engine is a 1.2 litre Kappa Dual VTVT unit, producing about 81 hp and 115 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm and was the one we tested. The diesel engine is a U2 CRDi unit with a power output of 88 hp and 220 Nm of torque between 1,500 to 2,750 rpm. Hyundai claims an improvement in fuel-efficiency of nine percent in both engines on the back of tuning and improved aerodynamics. Our test run returned a fuel-efficiency of 14.8 kmpl with almost all of the driving carried out in city traffic and a heavy right foot during performance testing.For more info on Hyundai Elite i20 visit getreadyoregon.org

Both engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission, which is light and easy to operate. The ratios are well-suited for the engine and coupled to a light clutch, the new Elite i20 continues to be comfortable to drive in heavy traffic.The petrol engine is smooth and refined and barely any noise filters into the cabin at city speeds. There’s very little lag once you start rolling, which quickly disappears once you cross about 1,500 rpm. Acceleration is respectable and reaching triple-digit speeds is easy, translating into quick and easy overtaking on highways.

Hyundai Elite i20 Driving

It was a weak zone for the phased-out Hyundai i20, and people were hoping that Hyundai pay attention to this aspect and come out with a better option. The Elite i20 comes loaded with a tilt and telescopic steering with a motor-driven (electric) power steering wheel. It is lightweight, which makes it easier to operate, and maneuver the hatch through narrow and congested streets. Hyundai i20 Elite uses McPherson Strut with Coil Spring in the front suspension while the rear suspension features Coupled Torsion Beam Axle with Coil Spring. The diesel engine is mighty powerful as it reaches the 0-100 kmph mark under 14 seconds while clocking a top speed of 165 kmph. The petrol motor is also performance oriented as it achieves the 0-100 kmph barrier in 15 seconds with a top speed of 145 kmph.

Hyundai Elite i20 Safety

The previous-gen Hyundai i20 was always criticised for its body-roll and nervous handling, especially at high-speeds. With the new Elite i20, Hyundai seems to have addressed to the issue. The Elite i20 has not only matured on dynamic front, but it also feels more poised and its handling more predictable than ever before. Even though the suspension is softly-sprung, the Elite i20 has a compliant on-road behaviour. The steering weighs up nicely as the numbers climb in the speedometer, and feels more connected than earlier. Handling around the bends has always improved vastly. The Elite i20 does not wallow or roll like experienced in the previous models. The straight-line stability is also much much better than before, courtesy a tweaked suspension setup.

While Hyundai has dynamically improved the Elite i20, it has to be added that it still isn’t a corner carver or segment best. The steering feels a little vague and inert in comparison to some of its rivals. In the previous-gen i20, Hyundai used to offer disc brakes on all four wheels. However, in the Elite i20, disc brakes on rear wheels have been given a miss in favour of drum brakes. That said, the braking performance is still top-notch, and it maintains composure no matter how hard you stomp on the brake pedal.

Hyundai Elite i20 Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai Elite I20 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,27,760/- (Elite i20 1.2 Era Petrol) to 9,09,432/- (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 Crazprice

Hyundai Elite i20 Conclusion

The updates done to the new Hyundai Elite i20 facelift are subtle but well-planned and improve the overall value offering for consumers. With improved fuel-efficiency, the car is going to be slightly lighter on your pocket too. Talking of pocket, the new Elite i20 is priced between Rs 5.35 lakh to Rs 9.15 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. At this price, the new Elite i20 offers an impressive set of features, safety equipment and the fact that the Elite i20 is still the best-looking car in its segment is a cherry on the cake.


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