Drive – Hyundai i20 Elite Review

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equipped; strong safety comes with five-year, kilometre warranty.


bumpy and crashes over surfaces; engine noisy accelerating; vague steering; road manners; gear not smooth.

The Chinese are coming! And the brand that became with cheap-and-cheerful cars in the wants nothing of the knock down, drag ’em out war that appears inevitable the next wave of budget arrives.

Small cars its bread and butter but Hyundai to compete in a more dignified with Japanese brands, car makers occasionally make a or two.

Enter the i20, the act to Hyundai’s well-received i30 small The smaller, Indian-built i20 in some replaces the long-serving and still Getz (although a more i10 could step in below but the get-in price for buyers be $1000 more. That may not much but at this end of the market where razor-sharp driveaway are the norm – it’s

And the price difference widens as you up through the range, with the i20 costing $2000 more the outgoing Getz SX model.

Hyundai Getz holding i20, says Hyundai.

at 6300rpm

Price and equipment

The i20 starts at $14,990 with the model. An extra $1000 you five doors but the same engine as the three-door. The first sold here came only two airbags, although has said previously it will fit six to all i20s from now.

Stability control, which can control a skid, is standard the range.

The Elite model here costs another and gets a more powerful engine and standard side and airbags.

The extra money buys you alloy wheels, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering with remote audio two more speakers, a trip and a luggage net in the rear load

The i20’s audio system has an jack and a USB port and, if you pay $75, you get a special plug allows you to scroll through iPod’s menu on the centre and change songs through the wheel-mounted buttons. If you don’t buy the you get gobbledegook readouts and can’t through your iPod.

Parking sensors are available as a accessory. A notable omission is control – it’s not on city runabout car but it is on some key

Under the bonnet

Hyundai i20

On paper, the engine stacks up well the opposition, with one of the highest outputs in the segment. Unfortunately, it is let by being noisy and harsh at revs. As the engine speed so does the noise, while you can the vibration of the motor through the and pedals.

It makes reasonably progress for a 1.6-litre engine but it as if it is being thrashed to achieve the While the Mazda2’s engine have the i20’s oomph, it more refined; it likes to while the i20’s engine like a draughthorse that’s asked to gallop.

The four-speed transmission does it no Gear changes can be clunky and the tends to surge as the car moves a higher gear. Fuel is listed as a frugal 6.5 litres per

Our test, on a mix of 110km/h freeway and around town, suggested figures aren’t beyond the of possibility.

How it drives

The lack of refinement is mirrored by the i20’s and steering set-up. The car feels on the freeway, soaking up bumps without becoming too floaty, but at speeds it crashes noisily road joins and corrugations.

The car doesn’t feel at home corners on secondary country It skips about on rougher and feels unsettled when to change direction in a hurry. The doesn’t help build feeling too light and artificial at

Comfort and practicality

The i20 cabin has a modern and brighter feel the rather plain Getz The painted silver centre looks smart, while the highlights around the airconditioning and the digital trip computer in the centre of the dash lift the ambience further. On closer though, some of the buttons and feel a little cheap and

The seat fabrics are more than previous Hyundais and the are reasonably comfortable and supportive, bigger people might as if they are perched too high. A and height-adjustable steering wheel it easier to find the right position.

As you’d expect in a city rear seat legroom overly generous but the tallish means headroom is good for class. The load area is more generous than with a luggage net, bag and full-size alloy under the adding to the convenience. The practical and roomy cabin is let down by expanses of black, shiny on the dash, the door inserts and the console.

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