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Refreshed: Hyundai’s new i20

Refreshed with a stylish design that is part of a well-rounded motoring package in the segment for hatchback cars, where it occupies a sizeable 10% share of this competitive part of the local car market. I put the new i20 through it’s paces in the northern parts of Durban recently with both on and off road driving. The new i20 announces itself in three specification and trim levels and a mix of three engines and three transmissions that gives customers a range of options – from the entry-level Premium variants to the Executive versions, followed by the flagship, sporty N Line with its turbo-charged mill.

“The Hyundai i20 has been a solid competitor over the years in the hatchback market segment. It is a car for many tastes and budgets and offers a comprehensive motoring package, even at its basic trim level,” says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

Hyundai i20 2

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1.2 or 1.4?

At entry level, the i20 Premium is equipped with either a 1,2-litre or a 1,4 litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine. 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, which delivers fuel consumption as low as 5,9 litres/100 km, or the 1,4-litre engine linked to the 6-speed automatic transmission, where overall fuel consumption of 6,9 litres/100 km has been recorded. 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.



The refreshed design of the new i20 includes a new shape and pattern of the front bumper and glossy black radiator grille, which have been enhanced to create an elegant look with sporty elements. At the rear, a redesigned bumper and a unique taillight design completes the picture, while a side view shows the new-look 16-inch alloy wheels for the Executive and N Line derivatives. The Premium variants are equally elegant with their 15-inch steel wheels, cladded with carbon-black wheel covers


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

Hyundai i20 4

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A mixture of cloth and acritical 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.

The infotainment system features an 8-inch touchscreen that also doubles as a display the rear park assist and rear-view monitor. The infotainment system links wirelessly to Android Auto or Apple CarPlay applications.



Special, sporty package for i20 N Line

Hyundai i20 3

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Featuring refreshed design elements both internally and externally, the i20 N Line aims to enhance the driving experience with its sleek and modern appearance.

The i20 N Line also comes with a sunroof as standard equipment, and cruise control with buttons on the steering wheel. ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and HAC (Hill-start Assist Control) are also reserved for the i20 N Line only. A button switch is used to start the i20 N Line.

Bose Sound

The Bose Premium Sound System in the i20 N Line is a collaboration between Hyundai and Bose engineers and features eight high performance speakers including a subwoofer. The system is equipped with dynamic speed compensation technology, which monitors vehicle speed and automatically adjusts music levels, ensuring a more consistent listening experience and reducing the need for drivers to make manual adjustments while on the road.


Engines and transmissions

Hyundai’s 4-cylinder 1,2-litre and 1,4-litre petrol engines are the powerplants of choice for the i20 Premium and Executive versions.

The i20 1.2 Premium comes with the smaller 1,2-litre Kappa engine that delivers 61 kW maximum power and 114,7 Nm peak torque. It is linked to a 5-speed manual gearbox and push the i20 to a top speed of 169 km/h. The same engine-gearbox combination, which produces fuel economy of 5,9 litres per 100 km, is used in the i20 1.2 Executive version with its higher trim level.



i20 1.2 Premium (manual) R309 900

i20 1.2 Executive (manual) R329 900

i20 1.4 Premium (automatic)  R329 900

i20 1.4 Executive (automatic)    R349 900

i20 1.0 N Line (Dual-Clutch Transmission) R467 500

All i20s are sold with an industry-leading 7-years/200 000 km manufacturer’s warranty, a 4-years/60 000 km service plan, and 7 years/150 000 km roadside assistance. The service interval is 15 000 km, or annual.