2020 Hyundai i20 review: 2020 Hyundai i20 review: Arrives to bully rivals

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NEW DELHI: Hyundai i20 has been receiving encouraging response since its launch and this premium hatch brought some flair to the festive season and as well as to the segment. But it definitely is important to look beyond the looks too.
TOI Auto brings to you the 5 key aspects and reviews them, in brief, to help you find out whether the car is value for money or not.
Styling: Experimentative and progressive | Rating: 3.5/5
The best thing Hyundai has done with the styling of the 3rd-gen i20 has been discarding the boxy appearance. The sleek looks definitely sweep you off your feet and the slightly muscular stance does impress you at the same time. All LED lights, Z-shaped tail lights, parametric black grille, we have already spoken and shown you extensively.
For a detailed review on the looks, watch the video:

Comfort: Step up | Rating: 3/5
The i20 is quite comfortable for the driver and the front passenger, so we bring your attention to the backseat comfort. New K-platform makes the i20 bigger than ever before. The wider cabin has clearly resulted in more leg room and enhanced thigh support for the passengers. Weekend drives with two passengers at the back would be a piece of cake, however, the comfort level would go down a bit if a third passenger was seated in the rear. The rear ac vents, USB charging point and the arm rest make sure that the rear passengers don’t feel left out.

Features and conveniences: Will put rivals to shame | Rating: 4.5/5
The i20, more or less, has set a benchmark for the segment as it brings a good amount of tech features. The 12.5-inch touchscreen display, 12.5-inch instrument cluster, wireless charging, dual Bluetooth, 3 USB charging ports, 50+ Bluelink features add to the progressive creature comforts offered. The air purifier, blue ambient light, puddle lamps are again some of the segment-leading offerings. The electric sunroof and the Bose stereo system add to the plush in-car experience.
Performance: Spoilt for choices | Rating: 4/5
All three i20 engines – 1.0-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel, 1.0-litre turbo – are quite powerful and the hatch offers a total of 5 transmissions to suit your needs. Quite a decent urban car and definitely drives like a dream on empty motorways. The new platform paired with new powertrains offers a new agile machine that offers better torsional rigidity.
The 1.2-litre Kappa Petrol has a smooth power delivery, and you would like the third generation Kappa, especially paired with the 6-IVT. Good engine to drive around the city with short gear throws. Hyundai holds ace in making Diesel engines, so much so the refinement of the 1.5-litre CDRi motor will greatly surprise you. Think of efficiency, the diesel is there to deliver over 25 kmpl (claimed). Diesel motor has a strong torque band in the mid-range and the NVH permeates into the cabin only after 4,500-rpm.
The 1.0-litre turbo is the engine to beat. The evolutionary i20 has become a hot hatch, and paired with 6-iMT and 7-DCT delivers oodles of performance to claim the top spot in the segment.

The clutch in the manual transmission is slightly heavier with Hyundai standards, however, wouldn’t fatigue you in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Based on the new K-platform, i20 has been able to shed 100 kilos and gain torsional rigidity. Inarguably, the confidence reflects on the road. Dart i20 into the corner and come out of it grinning. The steering is also a new unit, which is well-judged and precise with direction.
The suspension is slightly on the wooden side, I think it’s a deal Hyundai cracked to offer greater degree of sportiness. That said, Hyundai i20 has come a long way, knowing and evolving with the demands like no one else.
Watch the similarities between the Venue and i20’s engines and performances here:

Extra offered with the car: Deal clinching safety and warranty | Rating: 4/5
The i20 comes with a very comprehensive safety package that wouldn’t disappoint you. 6-airbags, 66% high strength steel body stand out of the rest of the safety features. The Wonder Warranty package is quite flexible with 3 options – 3 years/unlimited km, 4 years/60,000 km, and 5 years/50,000 km. With this, the new i20 gets a harder shell, more active and passive safety features.
Final verdict | Rating: 3.9/5: The Hyundai i20 proves to be a decent value for money offering. It does justice to its aggressive asking price with its performance, features, and creature comforts. It’s a competitive car and has definitely set the bar high for its rivals in the premium hatchback segment. If you have made up your mind on i20, I think you should better get moving or the waiting period will stretch you to 2021.



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