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Hyundai launched the i20 hatchback back in 2014 in the Indian market. The hatchback took over the market with a boom and became one of the favourite hatchbacks in the country. Over the years, the i20 has gone through many facelifts and generations updates.
However, this one is the third generation i20 and it just looks fantastic. The hatchback has now got sharp edges and cuts and has become more aerodynamic. We got a chance to take a look at the all-new third-generation i20 and here's what we have to say about it.
Exterior & Design
As we mentioned earlier that the i20 has become more aerodynamic, take a look at the front end of the car. The hood slopes downwards towards the front grille, which gives the car a sporty stance. The hatchback now features a sleek-looking headlight cluster with a LED projector setup for the high and low beams. There is also a cornering light placed inside the cluster, but it's a reflector and features a halogen bulb.
Down below, is the projector fog lights that also features a halogen bulb, we would have liked if the entire lighting setup was LED. Moreover, the front bumper has been tweaked heavily and now looks extremely sporty. The car also gets a front lip splitter to enhance its sportiness. However, other than the logo, it does not feature any chrome elements at the front end.
Moving onto the side, the first thing that will catch your attention are the dual-tone five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels. The size of the wheels are perfect for the hatchback and the design of it is extremely sporty. It features blacked-out ORVMs with an integrated LED indicator.
Now the side of the car gets some elements finished in chrome such as the door handles and around the windows. The i20 will also be available in a dual-tone paint scheme and over here the roof is finished in black. Moreover, the hatchback now gets a sunroof that gives it a premium touch.
Moving on to the rear end, now the i20 gets a sleek looking taillight unit that features a Z shaped LED element and looks pretty jazzy. Both the units are connected by a red reflective strip that runs along the entire boot lid. The hatchback also gets a rear wiper along with a washer. The shark fin antenna and the fake rear diffusers further enhance the sportiness of the all-new i20.
Interior & Features
The interior of the all-new i20 is completely blacked-out with red highlights to give it that sporty feel. The dashboard is finished in a hard, but good quality plastic. And the centre stage is taken by a 10.25-inch floating infotainment system. It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and is connected to a seven-speaker Bose system with a subwoofer in the boot.
The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and has a good grip to it. On the left-hand side of the wheel are the steering mounted controls for the infotainment system and on the other side are the buttons to control the instrument cluster and the cruise control. The hatchback also gets blue ambient lighting that enhances the premium-ness of the cabin.
Speaking about the instrument cluster, the i20 gets a digital one. However, the tachometer revs counter-clockwise which might take some time for some people to get accustomed to. Other than that, there is a MID screen in the centre that gives out a lot of information and also supports turn by turn navigation.
The seats are black with red accents around it to enhance the sportiness. The front seats are manual and only the driver's side gets the height adjuster. The front seats offer good underthing support and side bolsters. The second row is also comfortable and also gets rear AC vents that help the cabin cool down fast. Legroom at the rear has gone up by 88mm and that means tall passengers will have ample of space.
However, the sunroof is pretty small and the rear passengers will not get a good view. The car gets a 311-litres of boot that has gone up by 26-litres. It also gets a 60:40 split just in case more room for luggage is required.
Powering the all-new i20 are both diesel and petrol units. The first petrol one is the 1-litre turbo engine that produces 120bhp of power. This engine option is available with a DCT or a six-speed iMT transmission. The second is a 1.2-litre NA Kappa unit that will be mated to an automatic gearbox and produce 88bhp of power or a five-speed manual that will churn out 83bhp of power.
The diesel unit is a 1.5-litre oil burner that will produce 100bhp of power and will come mated to only a six-speed manual gearbox. We will be driving the car soon to tell you more about these engines and the fuel efficiency figures.
The all-new Hyundai i20 looks absolutely gorgeous and sporty than the previous generation models. The hatchback has now got sharp edges and is much more aerodynamic. Also compared to the previous model, the new one has grown from every bit and corner and has become spacious. We expect the all-new i20 to sell in big numbers.