Hyundai Elite i20 Overview
The Hyundai Elite i20 facelift was launched earlier this year. Now the automatic (CVT) variant has been introduced, the prices of which start at ₹ 7.8 lakhs for the Magna variant and ₹ 9.3 lakhs for Asta variant (on-road, Delhi). With this launch the i20 gets better options. The good part is that unlike earlier, the automatic now comes in two variants – Magna and Asta. The CVT comes only in petrol. The diesel version come with a 6-speed manual transmission. There is no automatic in the diesel version. The Elite i20 2018 gets cosmetic changes and some added features.
The dimensions of the car are the same as earlier. There is no change in the overall length or height. The interior space is also the same. The Elite i20 car is priced similar to what it was earlier. The engines shall be the 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines on offer. There are many new features on offer. Hyundai will raise the bar in this segment with many new features on the i20. Things that have gone missing will now be offered on this vehicle. The Korean auto maker has seen a major growth in this segment and now with the Baleno in the market, Hyundai will want to enhance the premium hatchback even further. We new i20 car is offered with a lot of brownies, and there are some first-in-class as well. Book a test drive for Elite i20 in Tryaldrive
Hyundai Elite i20 Design & Style
In terms of design, the new Elite i20 looks quite similar to its predecessor at first glance. However, take a closer look and you will realise it features enough changes to make it stand apart from the older version. Up front, the 2018 Elite i20 gets a redesigned bumper that houses Hyundai’s signature ‘cascading’ hexagonal grille. The fog lamp housings have also been modified and it now gets functional vents for better aerodynamics. The halogen projector headlamps with LED DRLs remain unchanged. Where the new Elite i20 has changed the most is at the rear. It gets larger tail lamps with refreshed graphics that mimic LED elements seen on more expensive cars. Further, the number plate has been moved from the bumper to the tailgate making the car look more like a conventional hatchback. Meanwhile, the matte black cladding on the rear bumper gives the hatchback a more stylish look.
The side profile remains identical to the outgoing model, except for the new 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels offered in the top variant. All other variants continue to be equipped with 14-inch and 15-inch wheels.This time around, Hyundai is also offering the Elite i20 with dual-tone exterior paint options (blacked-out roof with red, orange or white body colour). However, it is available only with the Asta variant.
Hyundai Elite i20 Cabin & Comfort
The interiors of the 2018 Elite i20 have been upgraded. The interior colour theme will be bright with dual tone colours. There will be an all black interior in the two-tone colour variants, with colour coded highlights. The basic layout of the dashboard is the same, however, the treatment is better. It gets soft touch plastics. The instrument panel is updated with a more informative driver information system. The touchscreen is now a seven-inch one and more advanced with features such as Android Auto and Apple Car Play. It also gets an Arkamys system for better sound quality.
Overall the cabin looks more sophisticated and plush. The addition of leather seats to the top-variant will add to a lot of premium feel. Features like auto dimming mirrors will add to it. On lower variants the seat fabric will see an upgrade. The space on offer will be the same. The front armrest is adjustable now. Also, there will be rear AC vents for the rear passengers, like before. The rear seat passengers also get an armrest in the top end variants.
Hyundai Elite i20 Engine & Gearbox
Hyundai hasn’t made any sort of mechanical changes to the Elite i20 facelift save for some retuning that has been done to the engine and chassis. The engines get a tweaked map and the aero ducts in the front bumper aid to a slight improvement in fuel efficiency. In real world conditions, expect a rise of 1 km/l in overall efficiency. The petrol engine remains the same 1.2-litre Kappa VTVT unit that produces 83 PS at 6000 RPM and 115 Nm at 4000 RPM. Refinement levels are excellent and vibrations have been excellently dampened. The engine also feels very silent inside the cabin.
The petrol engine has decent drivability. It likes to be revved and while performance in the city is very good thanks to the responsive low-end, the engine feels slightly out of breath on the highways, especially when you need to downshift a gear or two to overtake someone. However, the 5-speed manual gearbox is butter-smooth and the clutch is also very light, which again makes driving this car an easy affair. Hyundai has dropped the 1.4-litre petrol engine with the automatic gearbox from the line-up but the existing 1.2-litre engine is all set to get a CVT gearbox soon.
The diesel engine is a 1.4-litre CRDI unit that churns out 90 PS of power at 4000 RPM and 220 Nm of torque between 1500-2750 RPM. This engine gets a 6-speed manual gearbox which is again slick and slots well. The engine is very refined and is easily the segment benchmark in terms of NVH. Low-end driveability is good and post 1500 RPM, the punch starts getting stronger. Even out on the highways, the diesel car performs well and the engine doesn’t feel strained even at speeds above the ton. Within the city, expect the i20 to return about 15 km/l while on the highways, the car will easily deliver 17-18 km/l.
Hyundai Elite i20 Ride & Handling
For most part, the Hyundai Elite i20 facelift retains the driving mannerisms of the older car. Meaning, it is an easy to drive car and most people will like it, but if you’re an enthusiast then you won’t like this car. The steering is still fairly light but even on the highways at high speeds it doesn’t really offer good feedback and feels quite vague. It has been sharpened slightly but the changes aren’t significantly noticeable. The suspension is well-tuned for our roads but the rear suspension has been stiffened a bit and the bounciness of the car has reduced somewhat. The brakes remain as good as before and so do the 16-inch tyres.
Hyundai Elite i20 Safety & Security
Safety is another key point Hyundai has concentrated on with the 2018 Elite i20. The refreshed hatchback comes with dual front airbags, ABS and front seatbelts with pre-tensioners as standard across the range. The top-spec Asta (O) variant gets six airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchors over the standard equipment.
Hyundai Elite I20 Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 5,27,715/- (Elite i20 1.2 Era Petrol) to 9,08,887/- (Elite i20 1.4 Asta Option Diesel). Get best offers for Hyundai Elite I20 from Hyundai Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Elite i20 price in Bangalore at Carzprice
Hyundai Elite i20 Conclusion
The Hyundai Elite i20 was already a very good car and with this iteration, Hyundai has tried their level best to improve the efficiency and driving dynamics of the car. Though the changes are minor, all of them combined make the i20 a better package than before. The hatchback also comes with a dual-tone exterior colour scheme option now and that costs an additional Rs. 30,000/- over the price of the top variant. The i20 costs almost sedan money but in turn it offers good looks, great quality all around, long equipment list and dependable service to boast.