New lease of life for Hyundai i20

Hyundai refreshed its i20, which is one of country’s most popular vehicles with a sizeable 10% share in the competitive segment for hatchbacks of the local car market.


What’s new?

The new i20 announces itself in three specification and trim levels with a mix of three engines and three transmissions – from the entry-level Premium variants to the Executive versions, followed by the flagship, sporty N Line with its turbo-charged mill.


At entry level, the i20 Premium is equipped with either a 1.2-litre (61 kW/114.7 Nm) or a 1.4 litre (73.3 kW / 133.4 Nm) engine, both 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engines. The 1.2 Premium delivers power to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.4 Premium uses a 6-speed automatic transmission.

One step up in terms of specification level and features, the Executive variants also come with the 1.2-litre engine and 5-speed manual gearbox combination or the 1.4-litre engine linked to the 6-speed automatic transmission.

At the top of the range is the i20 N Line with its turbocharged 1-litre petrol engine and a 7-speed Dual Clutch transmission, also driving the car through the front wheels. This 3-cylinder engine develops 89.5 kW and 171.6 Nm.


The refreshed design of the new i20 includes a new shape and pattern of the front bumper and glossy black radiator grille.

At the rear, a redesigned bumper and a unique taillight design complete the picture, while a side view shows the new-look 16-inch alloy wheels for the Executive and N Line derivatives.

The Premium variants have 15-inch steel wheels, cladded with carbon-black wheel covers. A dynamic light signature that emphasises its overall bold look, is provided by the front lights – with halogen lamps for the Premium and Executive, and LEDs for the N Line.


The spacious interior of the i20 is further enhanced by a clean, neat ergonomic design, with standard convenience features that deliver excellent value for money.

A mixture of cloth and a critical leather seat covering is used for the Premium and Executive versions, while the N Line comes with exclusive artificial leather seat covers. All derivatives have a manual tilt and telescopic steering column and seat height adjustment for the driver.

A manual air conditioner is used for the Premium and Executive variants, while the N Line is equipped with automatic climate control. Rear passengers in all the derivatives benefit from an adjustable air outlet in the console between the front seats.

All trim versions use the same 3.5-inch Supervision digital instrument cluster with TFT multi-information display for the driver, and all derivatives are equipped with an infotainment system featuring an 8-inch touchscreen that also doubles as a display for the rear park assist and rear-view monitor.

i20 N Line:

The new i20 N Line model’s features include the iconic N Line logo adorning the radiator grille and tailgate. At the front are LED headlamps with signature LED Day Running Lights.

It boasts a newly designed set of 16-inch alloy wheels and an updated pattern for the front radiator grille. Additionally, N Line-specific design elements, such as the bumper and inserts, add a distinctive flair to the car's appearance. At the rear, visible twin exhaust pipes and a sporty tailgate spoiler with side wings differentiate the N Line from the other variants.

In the cabin there are multicolour ambient lights, an exclusive three-spoke N Line steering wheel, a specially designed gear knob, non-slip aluminium-look sports pedals and contrast stitching throughout the interior, sport seats and a Bose Premium Sound System.


i20 1.2 Premium MT (R309 900), i20 1.2 Executive MT (R329 900), i20 1.4 Premium AT (R329 900), i20 1.4 Executive AT (R349 900) and the i20 1.0 N Line DCT (R467 500).

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