Hyundai i20
Overdrive|December 2020
Hyundai’s bestselling premium hatchback gets a raft of changes
BERTRAND D'SOUZA

Type 998cc, threecylinder turbo-petrol

Max power 120PS@6,000rpm

Max torque 172Nm @1,500-4,000rpm

LxWxH (mm) 3,995x1,775x1,505

Price ₹13.35 lakh (on-road, Mumbai)

+ Balanced ride quality, brilliant engines, dynamics, and features

- Not too fond of the styling

A quick drive in the new third generation Hyundai i20 tells you much. It shows just how far Hyundai has come as a car maker. It also shows how far the much humbler Getz, the first generation premium hatchback has come since it was first introduced in 2004 before it spawned into the i20. The new i20’s styling is bold, the engines small but powerful, and the technology packed in up to the window sills is as contemporary as it Getz, and the features are nothing short of generous. We’ve been getting glimpses of the new i20 for several months now, and a walk around last month revealed several new details. Here is finally what it feels like to be driven.

PLATFORM

The new i20 sits on an all new monocoque platform, called the K platform. This is a new lightweight structure, that has a lower kerb weight than the previous generation i20. At the same time tensile strength has gone up by 13 per cent by using more advanced high strength steel, 36 per cent more than before. This results in a 66 per cent stronger and thus a safer crash structure while at the same time enhancing fuel efficiency by being lighter as well.

The body shape also has a lower coefficient of drag, and at 0.33 it’s one of the lowest in the segment. The smoother airflow is one more step in improving fuel efficiency.

The dimensions of the new body structure have also grown. Overall length has increased by 10mm to 3,995mm. Overall width has increased by 41mm to 1,775mm and the height stays the same as the previous generation hatch at 1,505mm. The wheels are also placed further apart, wheelbase has gone up by 10mm to 2,580mm whereas there is a 30mm increase in track width. All of this has a significant positive impact on interior space with shoulder room increasing majorly, as well as driving stability.

Braking utilise a combination of discs and drums front and back respectively. And adding a large safety net are the six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM) and emergency stop signal (ESS) that switches on the hazard lamps under hard braking.

CHASSIS, SUSPENSION & DYNAMICS

I’m going to ignore the styling and get straight to the handling because this is without a doubt what caught my attention the most. Who ever talks about handling and Hyundai in the same breath? For years it has been an area ignored by both Hyundai and its consumers. You looked at Hyundai as the forebearer of affordable technology and features, that you only accessed in large premium cars. Surprisingly, here is a car that steers attention away from the gear and gadgets to a more engineered character.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM OVERDRIVEView All

BMW iX - First-Ever All-Electric Luxury Car

A close look at BMWs revolutionary new electric vehicle

4 mins read
Overdrive
December 2021

Maruti Suzuki's Big Fightback

Maruti Suzuki will launch four SUVs in three years, priced between Rs 10 to 20 lakh along with upgrades to all its popular models

2 mins read
Overdrive
December 2021

Rewriting The Rules With The MG Astor

The MG Astor’s great packaging makes it one of the top contenders in the mid-sized SUV segment

4 mins read
Overdrive
December 2021

YAMAHA AEROX 155

Just when you thought the scooter segment in India was getting very intense, serious and slightly boring, Yamaha comes along with a bundle of joy

7 mins read
Overdrive
December 2021

WE ARE INVESTING IN EVS NOT FOR THE CURRENT VOLUMES BUT FOR THE FUTURE

In an interview with Storyboard18, Santosh Iyer, VP - sales and marketing, Mercedes-Benz India, spotlights the challenges of marketing an electric future and the key trends to watch for in 2022

3 mins read
Overdrive
December 2021

HERO XPULSE 200 4V

Hero’s had yet another go at the Xpulse and have given it more “purpose” as a dual-purpose motorcycle

5 mins read
Overdrive
December 2021

BRAKING MODES

Never have we ever had so much choice while braking!

3 mins read
Overdrive
December 2021

SR 160 - 2022 APRILIA

Aprilia doll the SR range up with some new cosmetic bits in an attempt to keep it fresh and relevant

3 mins read
Overdrive
December 2021

VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN FACELIFT

Essentially the Tiguan Allspace, with two less seats and a brand new face

6 mins read
Overdrive
December 2021

2022 KIA CARENS

Set to breach 4 lakh sales in two years, Kia debuts the Carens to cover a gap in the MPV market

3 mins read
Overdrive
December 2021