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The new Hyundai i20

Hyundai buyers have been driven by pragmatism, durability, reliability, and trendsetting warranties. Emotion had little space in this equation and aesthetics was secondary until recently, where the new car radiates funkiness.

By Rubin van Niekerk

The edgy design identity features Hyundai’s “Sensuous Sportiness” which balances four fundamental design elements, namely proportion, architecture, styling, and technology. It gives a distinctive appearance with a wedge style design on the sides where the lines on the doors continue all the way to the end. At the rear the LED lighting creates a sense of width in a car that is significantly more spacious than its predecessor, whilst with minimal growth in dimension, yet lowered roof height. Primarily the gains are in the rear with 88mm more space and 40mm of shoulder room, while with seats down the loading capacity leaps to a very impressive 1165 litres, with a boot swallowing 311 litres, making the i20 a perfectly practical compact courier. Ambient lighting creates a cosy, yet airy interior atmosphere and it all works wirelessly with your smartphone in seconds when you place your phone into the charging tray in the centre console. An unusual feature in a small car, but what a privilege to not have to be bothered with ports and wires to keep your phone charged up. 

However, three USB charging ports including one in the rear means everybody can charge their gadgets, whilst enjoying a superb Bose sound system with 8 speakers and a subwoofer. This practical five-door hatch is loaded with electronics to connect you, whilst enhancing your safety. The touchscreen is easy to operate and integrates well with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, mirroring the functionality of smart phones. Typically, there are almost no options, but the car is superbly kitted out in an attractive and solid quality interior. In fact, the i20 has the best features in its class with state-of-the-art smart tech with a dual 10,25-inch visually combined digital cluster and an 8-inch centre touchscreen which enhances the dashboard aesthetics and touchscreen functionality for multitasking. 

Eight model derivatives offer three transmission choices and three engines, which caters to different needs and offers more efficiency. It starts with a Motion 1,2-litre naturally aspirated manual that produces 61kW and 115Nm. The next engine derivative is a 1,4 Motion AT that produces 74kW and 133Nm, whilst the top of the range 1,0-litre engine TGDI engine produce 90kW and 172Nm of torque and is available either as a 6-speed manual or with a 7-speed DCT gearbox. Top speeds ranges from 169km/h to 190km/h and CO² emissions vary from 124 to 151g/km whilst the impressive average fuel consumption varies from 5,9 to 6,9 litres/100km.

There are eight exterior colours to choose from and the roof is Phantom Black in the two-tone options, whilst there are two interior colours available. The i20 has a high residual value forecast based on independent research that identifies its excellent specification levels and build quality. A competitive 7-year/200 000km warranty, 7-year/150 000km roadside assistance and 4-year/60 000 km Service Plan also offers a great incentive to ownership.

1.2 Motion MT – R275 900
1.4 Motion AT – R305 900
1.2 Fluid MT – R289 900
1.2 Fluid MT – 2 Tone – R294 900
1.0 TGDI Fluid MT – R330 900
1.0 TGDI Fluid MT – 2 Tone – R335 900
1.0 TGDI Fluid DCT – R355 900
1.0 TGDI Fluid DCT – 2 Tone – R360 900



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