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.
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.
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