New Generation Hyundai i20 Excels
Hyundai Cites Inspiration For Abilities Of New Supermini
Hyundai's website says that inspiration is responsible for the New Generation i20's “sophisticated styling, outstanding refinement, spacious interior and clever features”. Important strengths if it is to compete with rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo.
Let us consider each claim. This supermini's styling has a premium look that incorporates a large grille, sharp creases on the sides below the windows, and shapely rear lights. The interior - in high specification form - looks reminiscent of a vehicle from a far higher class.
The New Generation i20's chassis has been tuned for European tastes and roads. The front suspension has a new shock absorber valve system which – the company says - “harmonises ride and handling” for a smoother drive. It also reduces noise vibration.
At the rear, the wheel-arch cavities and floor pan have been redesigned to house vertically mounted, long-travel, shock absorbers to further improve ride and handling.
The engine line-up has been “tuned to optimise day to day driveability”. Petrols include the: 1.2 75PS (5-speed manual), 1.2 84PS (5-speed manual, 1.4 100PS (6-speed manual or 4-speed auto). Diesels are: 1.1 75PS (6-speed manual) and the 1.4 90PS (6-speed manual).
Hyundai says its 5-door supermini has “class leading combined front and rear legroom”. The top trim also has a panoramic roof to flood its cabin with light and make it feel larger.
Cargo capacity is – depending on the trim – up to 326-litres and the rear seats fold completely flat to increase storage to 1,042-litres. Such figures compare well to rivals.
The New Generation Hyundai i20 has features that, until recently, were reserved for more prestigious vehicles. The trims levels are: S, S Air, S Blue, SE, Premium and Premium SE.
The SE, Premium and Premium SE have a Lane Departure Warning system that monitors the driver's steering. If the vehicle wanders the motorist is told to take corrective action.
The Premium and Premium SE also have a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. Its purpose is to visually warn the motorist when a tyre is below pressure as this might significantly impede handling and braking. Incorrect pressure can also reduce a tyre's life expectancy.
Hill-Start Assist Control is standard on every trim. It stops the car rolling backward on hills when pulling away. Clearly, the New Generation i20 lives-up to the manufacturer's claims.