Hyundai Elite i20 Performance & First Drive

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.

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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. Test drive for Hyundai Elite i20 .

Hyundai Elite i20 Exterior & Look

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 Interior & Space

Like the exterior, the cabin of the new Elite i20 looks similar to the outgoing model. All variants get a dual-tone black-and-beige theme interior, except for the Asta with dual-tone exterior trim, which gets an all-black theme with orange or red inserts around the AC vents, on the gear lever and the seats. The dashboard gets a clean layout with uniquely designed AC vents. The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system sits right below the centre AC vents. The automatic climate control unit is also placed on the central console, just below the touchscreen.

Hyundai cars are known to be packed to the gills when it comes to features. And the new Elite i20 is no different. The list starts with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and rear parking camera compatibility. This time, it also gets Hyundai Auto Link support (telematic services) and Arkamys sound tuning found on the Verna. Other features on offer include automatic halogen projector headlamps with LED DRLs, electrically foldable and adjustable ORVMs with the welcome feature, push-button start-stop, automatic climate control with rear AC vents and rear parking camera with sensors, cooled glovebox and tilt/telescopic steering among others.

Hyundai Elite i20 Engine & Transmission

There have been no mechanical changes on this facelifted i20, but there has been a bit of retuning to both the engine and the chassis. For instance, Hyundai says it has achieved a nine percent increase in fuel economy thanks to a slight remapping of the engine and those aero ducts in the front bumper. In truth, you can feel it a bit when you drive. In this diesel car, for example, the bottom end feels a bit stronger and some of the punch at the top end is missing, thanks to changes to the fuelling. The change is not too drastic, and if you drive primarily in the city, you will appreciate the improved low-end responses. What remains unchanged is the smooth nature of this motor and the light and easy gearshift action. Check for Hyundai Elite i20  in

In a bid to make it a bit more engaging to drive, Hyundai has also tinkered a bit with the suspension and the steering of the i20. They’ve stiffened the rear suspension a little bit and you can feel that in the way the car isn’t quite as bouncy coming off a large speedbreaker, for instance. They’ve also sharpened up the steering a bit and reduced the slack at the centre position to make it feel a bit more engaging than before. Truth be told, this is still no driver’s car, and to truly improve the dynamics would require a full generational leap – as we saw with the new Verna, but it’s good to see Hyundai is trying to improve things on the current-generation car.

Despite being touted as a premium hatchback and an elite member of B+ segment of cars in India, the Elite i20’s legacy in this aspect is unmatched. The new Elite i20 offers best-in-class fuel economy with both the power trains. The petrol variants yield a promising fuel economy of 18.60 kmpl while the diesel variants deliver 22.54 kmpl; however, the aforementioned mileage figures are with base (Era) and mid (Magna) variants as the higher end variants offer 18.24 kmpl and 21.76 kmpl in petrol and diesel trims, respectively. All these mileage figures are ARAI Certified under normal conditions and mileage may go down by 4-5 kmpl while driving in heavy city traffic.

Hyundai Elite i20 Ride & Handling

It was a weak zone for the phased-out Hyundai i20, and people were hoping that Hyundai pay attention to this aspect and come out with a better option. The Elite i20 comes loaded with a tilt and telescopic steering with a motor-driven (electric) power steering wheel. It is lightweight, which makes it easier to operate, and maneuver the hatch through narrow and congested streets. Hyundai i20 Elite uses McPherson Strut with Coil Spring in the front suspension while the rear suspension features Coupled Torsion Beam Axle with Coil Spring. The diesel engine is mighty powerful as it reaches the 0-100 kmph mark under 14 seconds while clocking a top speed of 165 kmph. The petrol motor is also performance oriented as it achieves the 0-100 kmph barrier in 15 seconds with a top speed of 145 kmph.

Hyundai Elite i20 Braking & Safety

The Hyundai Elite i20 facelift has new features. There is auto dimming internal rear view mirror. The driver information system is more advanced this time and gives information such as distance to empty and mileage too. The Elite i20 has always been the most feature loaded car amongst hatchbacks and with the facelift, it will once again retain this title.Safetywise, it gets dual airbags and ABS as standard across all variants. Currently this is available only on select variants. Maruti is already offering these as standard on the Baleno, so it shall be offered on the Hyundai Elite i20 2018 facelift as well.

Hyundai Elite i20 Cost in Gurgaon

Hyundai Elite I20 On-Road Price in Gurgaon ranges from 5,76,781 to 10,19,897 for variants Elite i20 1.2 Era Petrol and Elite i20 1.4 Asta Option Diesel respectively. Hyundai Elite I20 is available in 12 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Elite I20 variants price in Gurgaon. Check for Elite i20 price in Gurgaon at Carzprice.

Hyundai Elite i20 Final Thought

Overall, this facelift appears to be a case of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, and really, not much was broken with the Hyundai i20. It’s also worth remembering that Hyundai has been giving the i20 small, regular updates over the years, particularly to the equipment list, and this is why the facelift doesn’t feel as much of a change as most facelifts do. The long equipment list couldn’t have gotten much longer and the interior quality was already pretty much at the top of the class. Even the changes to the engine mapping are very minor. What is much appreciated is the small but effective attention that’s been paid to dynamics, for whatever it’s worth. So yes, the i20 hasn’t changed all that much with the facelift, but then, it didn’t really need to.

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