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2021 Hyundai i20 Review

CAR SIZE: sub-compact
BODY TYPE: Hatchback
2008 was a big year for South Korean carmaker in Europe. It was then when the company hit hard at the competition with the launch of the i10 targeted at the A-segment, and the i20 aimed to conquer the B-segment.
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Both models proved to be extremely lucrative, and in no time they became favorites among customers. So much so, that production continues to this day, as a new generation for the i10 was introduced in September 2019, and for the i20 in February 2020.

Just like its smaller sibling, the new i20 comes with a major restyling, new technologies, and, for the first time in the range, electrification. The car, the third generation of the model, is said to come with the “most comprehensive connectivity equipment” in its segment, and will also offer for the first time an electrified 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain.

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1Exterior design & features

Design-wise, the changes compared to what came before are not revolutionary, but Hyundai ventures into saying we are seeing a completely new look, the first on the European continent to be inspired by a design language called by Hyundai Sensuous Sportiness.

There are two things that stand out when it comes to the design of the new i20, and they are the increased dimensions and sportier stance. Compared to the version it replaces, the new car is 30 mm wider and 5 mm longer, while at the same time showing a roofline lowered by 10 mm. 

The new dimensions of the body and the fact the car has been set on 17-inch wheels make it look particularly sporty, a feeling you also get by looking at the new radiator grille and redesigned lighting signature. 

The 2021 i20 is offered in ten exterior colors, four of which - Intense Blue, Aurora Gray, Aqua Turquoise and Brass – are new to the range.

2Interior design, features
and passenger space

The interior does not stray too far from the one seen on the current generation in terms of layout and material used. There is a new steering wheel with more modern toggle switches, and new matching color accents have been sprinkled throughout the car. 

A more modern appearance is ensured by the revised or new touchscreens now available, and by the use of a new LED ambient light technology. 

In terms of space, because the i20 is a B-segment car, don’t expect to be capable of carrying too much luggage, but do expect to carry more than before. The new model offers 351 liters of space, which is 25 liters more than on the outgoing version.

3Gadgets

The entire offering in terms of infotainment system for the car has changed for the new generation. The freshest car in its line comes with a total of three new screens, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and even wireless charging.

As standard, the i20 comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, but a more elegant solution can be specified. We’re talking about two 10.25-inch screens that fulfill the role of instrument cluster and navigation. The two are visually combined to form a single unit.

The new i20 is also equipped with Bluelink connected services (subscription-based) and smartphone app, and a Bose audio system that was never before used by the carmaker on any of its models in Europe.

4Performance

The new i20 lineup comprises two engines (one of them in two distinct configurations) and three transmission choices. 

The 1.0-liter T-GDi is available with either 100 ps or 120 ps, and for the first time it comes with a 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain that comes as standard on the more powerful version, and as an option on the other. The third engine is the entry-level 1.4-liter MPi that develops 84 ps.

The first two engines can be paired to either a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual, while the third comes linked to a five-speed manual.

5Safety

Despite its reduced size, the i20 is packed with additional advanced safety features that come to complement the mandatory airbags or seatbelts, ranging from the speed limit assist to driver attention warning systems. 

All these features are wrapped in a package the carmaker calls SmartSense. For the first time, SmartSense makes use of a forward collision avoidance system.

6Conclusion

The official unveiling of the new Hyundai i20 takes place at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. The car should become available for orders by the end of the year, and it will be manufactured at Hyundai’s production plant in 0zmit, Turkey.