My Best Car- Hyundai Elite i20

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The i20's India story is quite an interesting one. We first saw the Hyundai i20 in 2008 and fast forward four years, Hyundai introduced the mid-life facelift in 2012, which did not fail to impress either. So, to say that the second generation i20 has some big shoes to fill would be quite an understatement. The Hyundai Elite i20's recent global unveiling in India is a proof that the carmaker is intent on getting its domestic market focus right. The new Fluidic 2.0 styling certainly allows the Elite i20 to look bolder; the hexagonal grille at the front is hard to miss. The absence of daytime running lights, which looked nice on the outgoing model, is quite strange. It still represents decent value for money, saving cash is no longer its number one priority.

This is Hyundai getting serious about the supermini sector. Styling is just what matters and it has got a whole lot of it. All-rounded package in a sharp design. Comfort and ease-of-use are the key factors here. The ride is soft (though it’s occasionally perturbed by more broken roads) and the handling balance is safe, though its body control is very well managed and it displays talent on twistier roads.

Sporty look, turn guidance by side lamp, very low engine noise, spacious interiors with outstanding quality and fit and finish are some other good factors of the i20. The face of the Elite i20 looks distinct and side profile looks sporty due to the long bonnet, sloping roof-line and tight rear. The rear 3/4th angle is the best angle to view the Elite i20. The materials largely feel good too and are world away from budget Hyundai offerings of a generation or two ago. There’s little to excite, but it’s a mature and grown-up place to sit.

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