HMIL is on a launching spree this year as it has launched a new SUV model recently and now has updated a few other vehicles as well. Among them is one of their best-selling crossover model Hyundai i20 Active . There are no changes to its variant line-up or its technical specifications. However, its top end SX is now available with a petrol option. At the same time, the high end versions are now equipped with a sophisticated infotainment facility that has a touchscreen. It supports video playback, controls for audio and provides navigation as well. Previously, rear parking camera used to display the images on the internal rear view mirror, but now, those images will be shown on the infotainment screen. Apart from this, all other aspects of this crossover remains to be the same. Its petrol versions are powered by a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder power-train, whereas the others are equipped with a second generation 1.4-litre CRDi mill.
Technically, this new model remains mostly similar like its sibling hatchback, but it gets a better ground clearance of 190mm. However, it looks much sportier from inside and out, thanks to the sporty cosmetics all around. This vehicle gets black colored claddings and moldings on all its facets along with metallic nudge guard that enhances its rugged appeal. At the same time, it also gets styling factors like projector headlamps, LED DRLs and diamond cut alloy wheels, along with a pair of aluminum roof rails, which are more than enough to enhance its sporty appeal. In a bid to lure the young auto enthusiasts, alloy wheels are offered as standard elements. Coming to the interior section, it is available with a choice of two color inserts including Tangerine Orange and Aqua Blue. They compliments the attractive black colored interiors, which further adds to its funky appeal.
Its seats are covered with fabric upholstery, while the steering wheel cover is made with leather. This newly introduced compact crossover gets rich aspects in terms of both safety and comfort, which makes it even more competitive in its segment. Besides this, it also gets a latest generation supervision instrument cluster that displays steering position reminder, service reminder along with parking sensor display. This compact crossover comes with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, which can be adjusted manually for best driving position. Some of the safety functions include anti lock braking system, a driver airbag, and a passenger airbag for the top end. This newly launched vehicle will take on the likes of Fiat Avventura, Volkswagen Cross Polo and Toyota Etios Cross in the emerging compact crossover segment.
This newly introduced sub 4-meter crossover has a very aggressive external appearance featuring all the breathtaking exterior cosmetics. It has an intimidating front facade thanks to the hexagonal shaped radiator grille featuring black colored strips. It is embodied in the bumper that has a dual tone finish. This bumper is also fitted with a pair of round shaped fog lamps along with an aluminum nudge guard. Above this, there is small air intake section, which is further embedded with the company's logo. Surrounding this is the swept-back design headlight cluster featuring projector headlamps along with stylish LED DRLs. Its side facet looks sportier, as it is decorated with black colored protective strips. Its B and C pillars are done up in black, whereas the door handles are garnished in chrome. At the same time, its ORVM caps are done up in body color and are integrated with turn blinkers for additional safety. Its base versions come with a set of clean silver alloy wheels, whereas the mid and top end ones are bestowed with diamond cut alloy wheels as standard. Although it is a compact crossover, it has a silhouette of an SUV owing to its high ground clearance and dual tone fenders along with aluminum roof rails. Another attractive aspect of this vehicle is its rear where, it has sleek taillight cluster featuring LED third brake lights. The windscreen has a concave structure featuring a stylish spoiler along with a high mount third brake light. The tailgate is decorated with a lot of chrome accents in the form of company's insignia and the variant's lettering. The rear bumper seems to be rugged, as it is fitted with a black colored cladding along with an aluminum lower cladding and reflectors as well.
This newly introduced model has a total length of 3995mm and a decent width of 1760mm. Its overall height stands at 1555mm, whereas the minimum ground clearance at 190mm, which is impressive. It also has a longer wheelbase of 2570mm, which is quite long in its class.
The interiors of this Hyundai i20 Active looks far more pleasant than any other vehicle in this class owing to its attractive dual tone color scheme. Unlike most of the vehicle in its class, this is made available with an option to choose between blue and tangerine orange color inserts for giving an exclusive look to the interiors. At the same time, there are a lot of metallic and chrome accents given inside the cabin that renders a regal stance to the cabin. As we can see in the images, the design of the dashboard looks much alike to the Elite i20 hatchback, but the center fascia and instrument cluster gets much more edgier design. The steering wheel has an attractive three spoke design with all the audio and call connectivity switches mounted on it. There is a large and advanced supervision instrument cluster that has conventional dials and illumination that renders a modernistic look to the cabin. However, this feature is available in the top end version only. The seats are extremely comfortable, which will certainly pamper the occupants inside. These seats are covered with good quality upholstery featuring contrast orange or blue stitching as preferred by the customer. There is no doubt that the interior design of this compact crossover will mesmerize the passengers when they step inside.
The vehicle's base version has functions such as door map pockets, front passenger seat back pocket, rear parcel tray, dual trip meter, tachometer and a digital clock. In addition to this, it also gets aspects like adjustable front head restraints, front center console with armrest, power windows, manually operated air conditioning unit, motor driven electric power steering and glove box cooling. Additionally, the company is offering its with aspects including clutch foot rest, passenger vanity mirror, ticket holder, accessory power outlet, battery saver, internally adjustable outside mirrors and lane change indicator. Its mid range versions gets an electrically adjustable outside mirrors, luggage lamp, front map lamp, height adjustable driver's seat and a sunglass holder. The SX trim has features such as leather wrapped steering wheel, advanced supervision instrument cluster, 60:40 split foldable rear seat, push button start/stop function and a fully automatic air conditioning unit with cluster ionizer. It also gets a tilt and telescopic steering wheel that collaborates with parking sensors to provide precise assistance to the driver.
It has a spacious internal cabin, which can accommodate five passengers with ease. It offers ample leg space along with shoulder and head room that provides a comfortable journey. The company has given it a 285 litres boot compartment, which can be further increased by folding its rear seat. For planning a longer drive, it is bestowed with reasonably good fuel tank.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
The car-producer claims that it has done some improvements to the compression ratio of its diesel power-train to improve its acceleration. This helps it to achieve a top speed mark of 180 Kmph and can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph mark in just 11.9 seconds. On the other hand, its petrol motor remains the same without any update and is mated to a five speed manual gearbox. It can break the 100 Kmph mark in 13.2 seconds and can reach a top speed of 170 Kmph.
Engine and Performance
Its petrol trims are fitted with a 1.2-litre, Kappa 5 mill that has a displacement capacity of 1197cc. It comprises of four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This power plant has the capacity of delivering a maximum power of 81.8bhp at 6000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 114.7Nm at 4000rpm. This drive-train is cleverly mated to a five speed manual transmission gear box that releases the torque output to its front wheels. On the other hand, its other trims are powered by a 1.4-litre second generation plant that has the displacement capacity of 1396cc. This is integrated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which allows the vehicle to deliver a decent fuel economy. This mill has the ability to churn out 88.7bhp at 4000rpm along with a commanding torque output of 220Nm at just 1500rpm. It is mated to a six speed manual transmission gear box, which enhances the on-road performance.
Currently, this vehicle is available with two power-plan options wherein, the petrol ones are powered by a 1.2-litre drive-train. It is integrated with an MPFI fuel supply system for better fuel efficiency. The company claims that this can deliver a maximum mileage in the range of 17.19 Kmpl (as per ARAI certification). Its diesel versions are fitted with a 1.4-litre U2 CRDi drive-train. This mill can give away a minimum of 16 Kmpl on city roads, which goes up to a maximum of 21.19 Kmpl on expressways.
Power of Hyundai i20 Active
Like mentioned above, the car maker has borrowed both the mills from the Elite i20 hatchback. Its petrol options are fitted with a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder power-train that is based on DOHC valve configuration. It is capable of producing a maximum power of 81.86bhp and yields a pounding torque of 114.7Nm. Its diesel ones are powered by a 1.4-litre CRDi mill that has a displacement capacity of 1396cc. This mill can unleash a power of 88.76bhp and releases a pounding torque of 219.7Nm between just 1500 to 2750rpm.
Stereo & Accessories
Present as standard is a superior 2-DIN music system featuring an FM player along with several connectivity ports like AUX-In and USB. For the base version, there is also an in-built memory of 1-GB that is good enough to store more than 100 audio files. Furthermore, there are speakers at front including rear along with a pair of tweeters provided at front, which delivers exceptional sound output. For the mid and top end, audio streaming and connectivity of calls is available. At the same time, it also gets a CD player along with audio control switches mounted on steering wheel. Buyers can also personalize the vehicle from both inside and out with a lot of styling elements. The internal cabin can be decorated with leather seat covers, along with floor mats and with equipments like touchscreen with video playback and a navigation system. Apart from these, its exteriors can be affixed with stylish aspects like body decals for enhanced sporty appeal.
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Braking & Handling
This vehicle gets a reliable braking mechanism and a highly proficient suspension mechanism. Its front wheels are paired to a sturdy set of disc brakes and the rear ones are paired to conventional set of drum brakes. Apart from the base trim, the remaining ones have an anti lock braking system, which provides a skid-free driving experience, especially on slippery roads. On the other hand, its front axle is coupled to a McPherson strut, whereas the rear axle is fitted with a coupled torsion beam type of mechanism. In addition to these, both these axles are fitted with coil springs, which further reinforces the mechanism. The manufacturer has also incorporated it with a highly proficient motor driven electric power assisted steering facility that makes handling simpler even in peak traffic conditions.
Safety & Security
This compact crossover is built with a rigid body structure featuring crumple zones at critical areas and impact protection beams, which enhances the safety of its occupants in case of any accident. Its base trim has functions like central locking facility, smart pedal, day/night inside rear view mirror, escort function headlamps, dual horn and keyless entry with foldable key. Additionally, it also has an advanced engine immobilizer that prevents any unauthorized access into the vehicle. Apart from these, the mid range has aspects like rear defogger, electrochromic inside rear view mirror, impact sensing auto door unlock, front fog lamps and driver airbag. Apart from these, it also has a rear parking sensors and a camera with display on electro-chromic mirror. On the other hand, its high end trim has dual front airbags, along with an automatic headlamps, clutch lock and keyless entry function with smart key.
The manufacturer is offering the base option with a sturdy set of 15-inch clean silver alloy wheels as a standard feature. These rims are embraced with 185/65 R15 sized tubeless tyres for better grip on roads. Its mid and top end options come with 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels as standard. These rims are covered with high performance tubeless radials, which offers superior grip on any road conditions.
1. Innovative parking assistance package with steering wheel sensors.
2. Comfort functions are at par with other sub 4-meter crossovers.
3. High ground clearance is its big plus point.
4. Breathtaking external appearance adds to its advantage.
5. Power and acceleration of diesel plant is good.
1. Interiors with Aqua Blue color scheme looks cheap.
2. Projector headlamps can be given as standard feature to all.
3. Lack of EBD is a big drawback.
4. Price range is quite expensive.
5. Fuel economy is not as good as expected.
Hyundai i20 Active price
|8,07,173 ||8,20,292 ||8,53,101 ||8,19,873 ||8,29,055 ||8,20,496 ||8,28,813
|1.4 S |
|8,80,444 ||8,94,864 ||9,30,636 ||8,94,441 ||9,04,391 ||8,95,069 ||9,04,101
|1.4 SX with AVN |
|9,56,752 ||9,87,760 ||10,27,220 ||9,86,643 ||9,82,852 ||9,87,964 ||9,82,508
|6,71,424 ||6,81,938 ||7,09,209 ||6,81,488 ||6,89,289 ||6,82,203 ||6,89,284
|1.2 S |
|7,43,750 ||7,55,550 ||7,85,728 ||7,55,093 ||7,63,648 ||7,55,815 ||7,63,597
|1.2 SX with AVN |
|8,18,626 ||8,47,533 ||8,81,219 ||8,46,813 ||8,56,490 ||8,47,733 ||8,56,260