Hyundai i20 2020 has been officially launched in India at a starting price of ₹6.79 lakh (ex-showroom). It is one of the biggest launches of the year, both for Hyundai and for the Indian automotive industry, because of the popularity that premium hatchbacks are seeing again and because of the mile-long list of updates and upgrades on this particular model.
Let’s look at the first drive experience of Hyudai i20 2020 by Autocar India!
Hyundai i20 Specifications:
The Hyundai i20 2020 will be offered with three engine options: a 1.2-litre Petrol, a 1.0-litre Turbo Petrol and a 1.5-litre Diesel engine. The range starts with a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder, petrol that can be had with a 5-speed manual or a CVT. The engine puts out 83bhp with the manual but 88bhp with the CVT.
An exciting new addition to the i20 is Hyundai’s 1.0-litre turbo-petrol that puts out 120hp which makes it the most powerful car in this segment. This is available with an iMT or clutchless manual gearbox and a 7-speed dual-clutch auto. The diesel engine is 1.5 litre that makes 100hp on the i20 and is on offer solely with a 6-speed manual.
Hyundai i20 2020 Variants
Hyundai to offer the new i20 in four variants called Magna, Sportz, Asta and Asta (O). The 2020 i20 will get two petrol engines and one diesel engine option. The petrol engine with the manual transmission will be offered in all four variants, while the diesel MT will be offered in all apart from Asta. The turbo-petrol engine will be limited to the top three variants only.
Hyundai i20 2020 Mileage and Performance:
If it’s long distances you’ll be doing routinely, it’s the i20 diesel with an ARAI-rated fuel economy of 25.2kpl that should be the version of interest for you. The good news is that there’s more to the i20 diesel than just the promise of good economy.
It’s not an outright punchy engine but what you will like this 100 hp version for is its flexibility. The build of speed from low RPMs is rather nice, there is a slight bump in power around 2,000rpm and that power stays with you till about 4,000rpm giving you quite a wide band to play in. the i20 diesel did the 0-100kph dash in a commendable 11.15sec
Coming to the petrol variance, what becomes clear is that there’s a bit more performance on tap. While the conditions weren’t ideal, the performance test recorded a 0-100kph time of 14.02sec, making it a fair amount quicker than the outgoing car. This is mainly to do with the fact that it is lighter, the engine also pulls quite nicely from 4,000rpm to 6,000rpm, with a clear step up discernible around 4,500rpm.
2020 i20 Features:
The Hyundai i20 2020 will be featuring a 10.25-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Bose sound system, a sunroof and a wireless phone charging. This will also have cruise control, automatic climate control, multi-info display, digital instrumentation and connected car tech. On the safety front, the new i20 is equipped with multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, parking sensors and a rear view camera.