Hyundai i20 is a subcompact super mini car, which was launched at the Paris Motor Show during October 2008. It was designed in Hyundai Design Centre in Germany, and the sales kicked off in December, 2008.
i20 in India
For current generation, the new i20 is produced in both diesel and petrol versions.
This is the first hatchback vehicle in India, which is designed with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox, especially designed for the Indian automobile market.
The base model is priced at Rs. 4.8 lakh, whereas the top-end i20 Asta 1.4 (O) Automatic is priced at Rs. 7.7 lakh. The premium midsize hatchback was introduced in December 2008, and created a roar in the market right from the outset.
Coming to fuel economy, the vehicle delivers 14 kms/liter on highways, and 10 km/liter in city streets.
The new editions of the subcompact is equipped with plenty of traditional safety features such as
• dual air-bags for front passengers and driver,
• seat belts with pre-tensioner, and
• auto-unlocking doors.
Moreover, the vehicle has suspension systems and Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) to provide maximum safety and comfort.
Specs and Fuel Economy
As mentioned earlier, vehicle is equipped with a 1.4 L CRDI engine that delivers a superior power level of 100 PS at 5500 rpm and a torque of about 137NM at 4200 rpm.
Coming to Kappa, it is also produced in hatchback body style, and makes use of 1197cc 4 Cylinder 16 Valve petrol engine, which develops 114 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm and 79 Bhp of power at 5200 rpm. With the help of this engine, it achieves 17 mpg on highways and 14 mpg in city streets.
Magna & Asta
The top-lined i20 1.4 Asta (O) Automatic is featured with
• air conditioner,
• power door locks,
• power windows,
• cup holders,
• power steering,
• rear wash wiper,
• folding rear-seat,
• central locking,
• alloy wheels,
• steering adjustment,
• a rear defroster, and
• front fog lights.
Fiat Punto Petrol vs i20 Petrol
Fuel economy of i20 is slightly lower than 2010 Fiat Punto, but its performance is definitely superior in all the other departments.
However, Fiat Grande Punto is cheaper in terms of pricing part, and it is smaller, as well as easier to maneuver, though it lacks the power punch that i20 delivers.
Hyundai i20 2010 edition is designed in front wheel drive train, and the current generation comes with larger fog lamps and headlights, along with ample interior room.
Moreover, the exterior is very stylish and the interior is loaded with eye catching features.
The standard i20 version comes with a 1.4 L CRDI engine, which produces an attractive 90 PS of power, whereas its Kappa variant has a 1.2-liter engine, packed with a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox delivers 80 PS of power.
In addition to this, i20 is equipped with plenty of advanced features, which makes it a worthy buy for such a reasonable price.
Honda Jazz Vs i20
Honda has refreshed its small car, Jazz in India that looks very much like athlete. The new i20 carries sculpted looks with large and sharp headlamps, large front fascia, and chrome grille. In terms of quality, it is probably one of the best hatchbacks in India for the price and can accommodate three adults in the rear seat comfortably.
The build quality and design of Jazz is too attractive with up-market feel. Honda Jazz is powered by 1198cc four-cylinder MPFI petrol engine that delivers 89bhp, and 110Nm of peak torque.
The new i20 is known for softer suspension and comfortable ride, while Jazz handles quite well at higher rpm, giving better confidence to driver due to its stiffer suspension.
The price of base Jazz S starts from Rs 5.5 lakhs, which has a huge difference with the base i20 Era model that’s priced at Rs 4.6 lakhs.
For a premium hatchback buyer, who prioritizes comfort and features than price, the classy i20 petrol is a better pick. If you want a good quality car with better handling, lots of interior space, and powerful engine, Jazz is the best car for you.
The 2011 edition is once again value for money at a price of $18,490. It has also been picked as 5-star ANCAP safety in Australia.
Safety features include EBD, ESC, ABS and TCS along with all the necessary safety airbags. The 2011 edition is convenient, comfortable and efficient.
2012 Hyundai i20 gets facelifted for the first time. The pricing of the vehicle has also been maintained at competitive level. We see few changes on the outside like the restyled front fascia and the headlights are more rounded than before. Not much information is available at the moment. The best part might be its starting price, which is just $14,990.
The 2013 i20 edition from the South Korean automaker clearly stands for another step forward in the company’s product development, and incorporates many revisions both inside, and out together with the choice of a brand-new super-efficient, and clean pumping 1.1-liter diesel power-train.
Its exterior body design has obtained several fashionable advancements to take it practically more along the lines of the remaining i-series models. On the interior front, the latest i20 tops on superiority with vastly enhanced plastic materials, classier and a revised center console together with upgraded seat trims.
2014 i20 Glimpse
The automaker is producing a new compact sedan based on the present generation i20 hatchback. This model will be a new variant in the company’s 2014 lineup. The new changes seen on the latest i20 edition will probably be carried over to the new sedan as well.
In fact, the latest report says that the carmaker is planning to replace the age-old Accent with the latest i20 sedan, since both popularity and sales of Accent have dropped considerably in recent times.