Hyundai i20: 5 Features That Make It The Best Premium Hatchback
The all-new Hyundai i20 raises the bar again in the premium hatchback segment with class-leading features that’s got everyone talking
A premium hatchback represents the luxury end of the small car category. Unlike compact SUVs which feel like a bit of a compromise, premium hatchbacks are symbols of the best in the category. Hyundai has always remained a significant player in the premium hatchback space and with the new i20, it has created another masterpiece that looks set to dominate Indian roads. Here are the top five features that make the new Hyundai i20 the best premium hatchback in India:
Feast for the Eyes
Gone is the safe design approach for a sensuous sportiness language. With the new i20, Hyundai has outdone itself in the styling department. Up front, the hatchback is defined by a cascading grille, projector headlamps, and a creased bonnet with a prominent V-theme converging into Hyundai's logo. The bold design of the front bumper goes well with the chiselled theme of the car. Subtle detailing such as i20 badging inside the headlamps and a dotted pattern on the fuel cap bring that extra touch of sophistication.
The profile of the i20 maintains the tipped-forward stance of the outgoing model. The generous use of chrome is aligned with the preferences of Indian buyers and complements the classy feel of the car. You’re sure to notice the angular door surfaces on the i20 and the sharp kink in the shoulder. The rear-end is perhaps the most defining part of its style thanks to the uniquely styled Z-shaped LED tail lamps. The placement of the black applique is equally interesting, bringing an extra flair to its rear design. In sum, the new i20 successfully builds on the design lineage established by the Getz and at the same time, it comes across as a modern and sophisticatedly styled proposition.
In a marketplace of shrinking choices, thankfully, we have Hyundai which offers a plethora of choices to customers. This signifies the unwavering commitment of the company to customer delight. Aligned with the same philosophy, the i20 is available in three engine options, with each getting a dedicated list of transmission choices.
Starting the range is a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine which can be had with a 5-speed manual gearbox or an iVT (CVT to speak in general). The engine puts out 83hp and 88hp in manual and automatic versions respectively.
The excitement in petrol guise comes in the form of a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder Turbo GDi engine that comes with the best-in-class 120hp of max power. This is the most powerful engine in its category, mated to either an iMT or a 7-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox.
For diesel lovers, Hyundai offers a powerful 1.5-litre 4-cylinder oil burner which offers a powerful refined output of 100PS. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission and can be easily considered the best option for powering your long highway drives while delivering an excellent mileage of 25.2kmpl (ARAI-rated figure).
Connected Car Technology
It’s impossible to imagine life without technology. Our need to stay connected is greater than ever today and that’s why the i20 comes with the best-in-class connectivity features. Take, for instance, the first-in-class BlueLink integrated app that works as a perfect interface between you and your car. Its advanced telematics platform analyses a host of information and works proactively to aid your safety, comfort and convenience. In addition to features such as remote start-stop, geofencing, SOS, RSA, and call centre support, the app also supports over-the-air updates for the maps.
One also gets a large 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the i20, paired with the best-in-class Bose premium sound system. Another addition to a rather long list of best-in-class features is the 8-inch digital instrument cluster. The brightly lit panel displays a range of information related to the car including the first-in-class tyre pressure monitoring system. Hyundai also offers a first-in-class wireless charger with a cooling pad and an OxyBoost air purifier for that extra bit of convenience inside the cabin. Some of the other first-in-class features on the i20 include hill assist control, side and curtain airbags, multi-phone Bluetooth connectivity, emergency stop signal, and eco coating technology for fresh and odour-free AC air.
Hyundai i20 performs equally well on the space front with the best-in-class width and legroom for the occupants. The front seats are wide, spacious, and well-appointed -- especially the side cushioning, which is firm enough to keep occupants in place even during enthusiastic drives. The large windscreen and generous glass area aid visibility while allowing more light inside to make the ambience roomy and cheery.
The i20’s wheelbase has gone up by 10mm. Coupled with wider footprints, it makes long journeys a rather pleasant affair. One thoughtful touch at the back is the scooped-out roof which allows ample headroom for rear passengers -- even six-footers can sit in utmost comfort without any complaint. The rear seat is wide and very well laid out. The bench has the right level of cushioning, neither too soft nor too firm. The thigh support is excellent and further adding to the comfort level is the perfect upright angle. Combine these qualities with the wide 1,390mm shoulder room, and it becomes apparent that i20 is the new benchmark of space and comfort in the premium hatchback category. Better space management has also yielded impressive results on the boot space. The trunk volume now stands at 311 litres, 26 more than the outgoing model.
Amazing Ownership Experience
Service, maintenance and ownership costs are important parameters that significantly impact the buying decision of customers. Hyundai is known for offering a competitive ownership experience and keeping its reputation intact, the i20 comes with the best-in-class wonder warranty package. This customised package allows customers to choose the warranty that best suits their needs and driving pattern. Under the plan, you can select from the following options: 3 years/100,000km, 4 years/50,000km, or 5 years/40,000 km. Another best-in-class feature of the i20 is the lowest cost of maintenance in its segment, which means the car won’t feel heavy on your pocket. What's more, you get the convenience of 3 years of roadside assistance for a complete peace of mind ownership experience.
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