Hyundai I20 Overview
Hyundai i20 had been designed especially to meet the european cunsumers. Since Hyundai India is shifting its small car plant from Korea to India, Hyundai India will offer all new Hyundai i20 as a bonus to the Indian Customers. Hyundai India already introduced Hyundai Santro which is known as Hyundai Atos globally followed by i10 and Getz. All new Hyundai i20 will line up the series soon. 30% of the Hyundai production will be done from Chennai plant only by 2009. Don't rush out to buy your five-door version this month however; wait until February and you'll get ESP (electronic stability program) as standard. This is because EuroNCAP, the motor-industry safety-ratings provider, has revised its crash tests and for a car to score maximum points from February onwards it will have to be fitted with ESP.
It slips in the Hyundai hatchback range between the ugly, dull i10 and family-friendly, really-quite-good i30, and is undoubtedly the best looking of the bunch. The exterior is the right blend of sleek Hyundai Accessories, sporty and cutesy, with a neat snout, deep front valence and sporty inset front fog lights: Hyundai hasn't ruled out a version with more power and the styling is right for an uprated model. The tail lights rise up the rear and curve over onto the flank, mirroring the wheelarch below, and the silhouette suggests fun. Hyundai clearly thinks a five-star rating from NCAP is worth a new fleet of ESP-fitted cars a month after the i20 goes into production.
Our 1.4 petrol test car was bright red and was luridly matched inside with red fabric panels on the seats and another dash of colour on the door arm rests. Strangely, there is a pull-down seat arm on the driver's seat, which lends a relaxed air to the cabin more suited to an SUV more than a perky little hatch. The steering wheel is also out of character because it's far too big for a supermini, and covered in a nasty, cheap plastic that undermines Hyundai's slogan "true quality matters", although thankfully the overall fit and finish quality is high, as befits a car designed and developed in Germany.
We could only drive the 1.4-litre, 99bhp petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox; the 77bhp 1.2-litre petrol version should be the best-seller in the UK. The 1.4 is a satisfying unit; it is quiet at idle and responds enthusiastically to the slightly oversensitive throttle pedal, with a little growl at the top of its rev range, as if to say "The spirit's there, but unfortunately I'm knackered". Swap down ratios with the short-shifting five-speed manual gearbox, and the little workhorse gets a new lease of life every time; you can wring a substantial amount of fun, if not speed, out of it.
The chassis is as nimble as a featherweight boxer, ducking and diving on undulating, twisting roads but keeping the tyres planted on the ground. The ride isn't unduly jiggly, unlike some of its short-wheelbase competitors; in fact the suspension set-up keeps things remarkably supple. Thankfully, unlike the wallowing Getz, the i20 suffers little from body roll. Hyundai clearly has every faith in its platform because it is planning to build an MPV on it, with a concept ready for the Geneva motor show in March of this year. The steering feels well weighted and sharp, and is fully electronic for the first time.
Hyundai i20 is a hatchback which is inspired by premium hatchback Hyundai i30 which is launched in korea and europe and doing great. Hyundai i20 front is designed with a low slung grille, good large headlamps and cool sporty round fog lamps. The steep raked wind screen which flows smoothly and then it merges with a novel tail section. Hyundai i20 have a upright tailgate which means more boot space for luggage too. Interiors are really of the top notch with really high quality plastics used in it. Hyundai i20 is very much flexible seating very much similar to Hyundai i10. Hyundai i20 will offer more space than from the spacious Hyundai Getz.