Hyundai recently launched the new i20 hatch after a 12-year run in SA with over 106 000 units sold. The Korean brand has now introduced us to their hatchback’s sharpest version yet. and here’s everything you need to know about the new car.

Design

At a glance, the new Hyundai i20 is an eye-catching work of metal and rubber thanks to a completely new design. At the front, everything from the bumper and headlamp design is angular and sculpted with an edge. This may not tickle everyone’s tastebuds but it translates to a sporty look in the new i20. Sharp lines run along the car’s side panels running from front to rear, emphasize the new design approach. While the car looks appealing, the Koreans may have gotten a little carried away when sculpting its rear end. A lot is going on over there and it’s difficult to make out what is what. It’s probably that combination taillight that has tainted an otherwise fine-looking rear end. According to Hyundai, the hatch-back has grown in its dimensions, its body is 41mm wider, 10mm longer and now has an improved ground clearance by 20mm. In theory, this should translate to a bit more interior space, which Hyundai claims it does.

Interior

Having driven the Hyundai Grand i10 and discovering a charming interior space, we weren’t expecting any less from its bigger sister. Of course, the Hyundai i20’s interior has been completely overhauled, in line with everything else in the new vehicle. It’s a modern space with suitable features. No more dull moments in here with the introduction of interior LED ambient lighting. It also has smartphone mirroring for your mobile devices, whether you’re affiliated with the bitten apple manufacturer or its Android competitor – this technology is also offered with a wireless function in the i20. Hyundai has updated its instrument cluster from analogue to a 10.25-inch digital cluster and the dash has a slightly smaller 8-inch touch screen for your infotainment requirements. Two USB ports are available at the front of the vehicle and one at the rear. You also get a wireless charging pad, bringing the number of charging options in the new i20 to three (one USB port is for connectivity).

Engine

You have options here too, kudos to Hyundai for not limiting its engine range to one. There are three drivetrains and transmissions available to you as the consumer because we all have different needs. First in line is the 1.0-litre T-GDI 3-cylinder, which puts out 90 kW and 172 Nm. You can either have it with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DCT. 

Next is the 1.2-litre Kappa – ask no questions about the name and we will tell no lies. It’s is their 4-cylinder motor, producing 61 kW and 115 Nm. The third engine on offer is a 1.4-litre with 74 kW and 133 Nm. Now, these two drivetrains may be larger in displacement and cylinders, but they have a lower output than the 1.0-litre. It simply comes down to the turbo in the smaller engine, which allows it to box in a heavier weight division than its counterparts.

Hyundai i20 price

1.2 Motion manual:                                                                             R275 900

1.4 Motion automatic:                                                                         R305 900

1.2 Fluid manual:                                                                                 R289 900

1.2 Fluid manual – 2-Tone:                                                                  R294 900

1.0 TGDI Fluid manual:                                                                       R330 900

1.0 TGDI Fluid manual – 2-Tone:                                                        R335 900

1.0 TGDI Fluid DCT:                                                                            R355 900

1.0 TGDI Fluid DCT – 2-Tone:                                                            R360 900