Hyundai Elite i20 Performance & First Drive

Hyundai Elite I20 Overview

The Hyundai Elite i20 was one of the first premium hatchbacks launched in India and has been one of the most successful models for the Korean carmaker in India. Hyundai had launched the all-new i20 with a European influence to its fluidic design in 2013 and called it the Elite i20. The facelifted Hyundai Elite i20 was launched at the Auto Expo 2018. The Hyundai Elite i20 competes against the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the Honda Jazz and the Volkswagen Polo in the premium hatchback segment in the Indian car market. For information on contact details of Hyundai car dealers in Mumbai

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Hyundai Elite I20 Style

The Hyundai Elite i20 2017 has been one of the best looking hatchbacks in the country. Its looks have been its USP and attracted many buyers. The Fluidic Design 2.0 in the Hyundai Elite i20 2017 makes it look fresh and premium in styling. Car buyers have picked up the Elite i20 mainly due to its styling. The aggressive look with the sleek front grille and the hexagonal lower grille are unique. The pulled back headlamps sleek and thicker towards the side. They extend upto the fenders. The large fog lamps are glamorous. From the side too the Hyundai Elite i20 2017 looks premium, specially with the blacked out door pillars. The alloy wheels are smart and contribute to the overall styling.

The Hyundai Elite i20 2017 tail lamps are another talking point. It seems inspired from the Alfa Romeo Giuletta but looks very handsome. The Hyundai Elite i20 2017 is a car design that mostly nobody will dislike . Its quite a masterpiece that doesn’t just do the job. The Hyundai Elite i20 2017 also gets projector headlamps and DRLs, which weren’t there on our test car. This update came in a bit later after Maruti Baleno was launched. The Dual Tone variant offers black roof on the Red and White colour options.

Hyundai Elite I20 Space

Step inside the cabin and the first thing to notice is the beautifully layered dashboard with beige and black colour tones. The design of the dashboard is driver oriented which makes you feel connected to the centre console. The design of the three-spoke tilt and telescopic steering wheel can also be seen on the Grand i10 but this one has a different layout of controls and chrome outlining on the horn pad. The instrument cluster is neat and falls easy on the eyes with analogue tachometer and speedometer having digital temperature and fuel gauge on either side. The party piece of the instrument cluster is the MID screen in the middle that displays a host of information you can’t think of for a car in this segment, no wonder Hyundai calls it supervision cluster. It has steering position reminder so that you are aware of the wheels before you start moving, you can set your service reminder, it also has parking sensor display, doors open/close display, settings for auto unlock, dual tripmeter, gear shift indicator and much more. However, instantaneous fuel consumption, distance to empty and average fuel consumption is shockingly missing.

The electro-chromatic rearview mirror gets a neat display for rear parking camera with steering adaptive guidelines. There are anti-pinch power windows as well that automatically fold down if obstacles are detected. You have keyless entry with push button start so keep the key in your pocket, press the request sensor on the door handle to lock/unlock the car and push the button to start/stop the engine. The AC vents are positioned ergonomically and the steering doesn’t obstruct the air flow for the driver. Automatic climate control works smoothly and chills the cabin within no time. The centre console has a serene uncluttered design and each button and control are placed ergonomically. The big letdown though is the tiny digital screen in the middle. Buyers nowadays expect a fancy touch screen with a whole lot of drama inside for a high-tech infotainment experience. Nevertheless, the Elite i20 comes with a 2-DIN audio system with CD, AUX, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and additionally 1 GB of internal storage space. It has 4 speakers with 4 tweeters and the audio quality feels quite crisp and rich. The Bluetooth can stream calls and music from your Smartphone and all the audio and supervision cluster controls can be found on the steering.

The central locking button is placed in the middle of the centre console just above the hazard lights but sadly there is no speed Elitesensing auto door lock. So you have to reach the button every time you get going. There are two 12V sockets placed on the lower end of the centre console. The newly designed gearknob feels good to hold with rich materials. The quality, fit and finish is superb and has further improved quite some notches above the outgoing model. The plastics have a smooth touch, controls and switches have tactile feedback including the stalks that are a pleasure to use. Speaking of stalks, it now has lane changing one-touch indicators and auto-headlamps with escort function but sadly no rain sensing wipers. The seats at the front are very comfortable that have good back and neck support with ample under-thigh support. The driver’s seat is height adjustable with good flexibility. The driver’s foot-well is well spaced out featuring a dead pedal.

At the rear you get generous legroom, which has improved because of the longer wheelbase. The seatback angle is comfortable, you have height adjustable headrests and the back support is good along with ample headroom but on both the extreme sides you don’t have thigh support because there is a gap between the seat and door pad. Three abreast can sit easily with an almost flat floor, rear AC vents work well to keep passengers comfortable at the back but the rising window line could make short people claustrophobic. There is enough storage space for everything to fit in the right place. There are cupholders in the front, ample door pockets, ticket holder in the centre, space in front of the gearlever for phones and iPods, front arm rest storage, sunglass holder on the top, rear seatback pocket but only behind the passenger seat and cooled glovebox which is generous in size. The 285 litres of boot space is accommodating but a tad smaller in size (reduced by 10-litres) compared to the previous i20 but you have 60:40 split seats at the rear for better flexibility.

Hyundai Elite I20 Gearbox

Now the engines. As has become a norm in this class of hatchbacks, there’s one diesel and one petrol engine on offer. Both engines have been carried over from the previous i20. So, the petrol is a 83PS, 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol while the diesel is a 90PS, 1.4-litre unit. The petrol is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox while the diesel gets a 6-speed manual. There is no automatic yet on offer.

We are driving the diesel here; the engine almost 70 per cent of Elite i20 buyers have opted for so far. And for good reason, because the first thing that strikes you is how good the NVH is on the new Elite i20 diesel. You can hear the diesel engine outside, but it isn’t an irritating or loud clatter. However, once seated inside the car, the engine feels both quiet and refined. It is also an easy revving engine. But if we had to nitpick, we’d say the turbo lag is a bit of a dampener. It’s only after 2,000rpm that the car really gets going. The 6-speed gearbox, however, doesn’t give you much to complain about. The gear shifts are precise, the throws aren’t very long and the clutch operation is light and progressive too.

Hyundai Elite I20 Rideing

The ride quality is good for most urban and highway conditions. The MacPherson setup at the front with a torsion beam axle and coil springs at the rear are adequate dampers for good and bad roads. Large potholes can be a bit unsettling, resulting in sharp thuds but overall the ride quality is comfortable.On the handling front, I do feel that the new i20 is seriously underpowered for the kind of control it exhibits. It’s tightly controlled in corners and while there is some body roll, it’s not unsettling nor does it at any point make you feel unsafe. I did find the steering a bit elasticky and it’s not as impressive as in the Grand i10 but it’s light enough for urban commutes with enough weight for when you take it out of the city. The assistance fortunately is not excessive and like in the Verna or the previous i20, you do not need to be extra cautious when taking the steering wheel off centre.Compared to the diesel variant, the petrol i20?s steering setup feels lighter, thanks to the lesser weight of the petrol engine. But that also makes the steering feel more lifeless. The engine however, feels livelier than its diesel counterpart. Being a naturally aspirated mill, it has a more linear power delivery with no flat spots to complain about. The engine is rev happy and gets the car rolling from as low as 1,200 rpm. Needless to say, it is also quicker and more refined than its diesel sibling.

Hyundai Elite I20 Safety

The Hyundai Elite i20 hasn’t been tested by Global NCAP yet but the first generation Euro-spec i20 got a full 5-star crash test rating at Euro NCAP. The sad thing is that Hyundai India doesn’t offer 6 airbags anymore and the Elite i20 now comes with only dual front airbags, that too on the Asta variant, while only Sportz and Sportz (O) get driver side airbag. ABS is also offered only with Sportz, Sportz (O) and Asta variants while the Era and Magna don’t get any safety features. The Elite i20 comes with Smart Pedal that overrides the accelerator pedal during simultaneous operation of brake and accelerator during panic braking. It also comes with impact sensing door unlock feature that unlocks the doors automatically incase of collision.

Hyundai Elite I20 Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai Elite I20 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,27,534/- (Elite i20 1.2 Era Petrol) to 9,09,730/- (Elite i20 1.4 Asta Option Diesel). Get best offers for Hyundai Elite I20 from Hyundai Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Elite i20 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Hyundai Elite I20 Conclusion

The Hyundai Elite i20 with all these changes surely can compete easily with some of its potential rivals like the Maruti Baleno and the Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo in the Indian market. The changes to the exterior and interior are limited to cosmetics, but that does not take the light away from the fact that the i20 is considered as one of the bestsellers of the Indian auto market.

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