The next generation Hyundai i20; First Look Review

Hyundai launched the i20 hatchback in the Indian market in 2014. The hatchback has made a huge leap in the market and has become one of the favorite hatchbacks in the country. Over the years, the i20 has gone through many facelifts and generational updates.

Manufacturers are now launching the third generation i20. The hatchback is now getting sharper edges and cuts and is becoming more aerodynamic. We had a chance to take a closer look at the new third-generation i20, here’s what we have to share at a glance:

Exterior and design

As we mentioned earlier, the i20 has become more aerodynamic, with significant changes to the front of the car. The hood tilts down to the front grille and integrates.

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This gives the car a sporty look. The hatchback now features a slim-shaped headlight cluster with LED projector mounting for high and low beams. A corner light is also placed inside the cluster, but it also contains a reflector and a halogen bulb.

Below comes the projector fog lights, which include a halogen bulb, and the whole lighting setup would have been even better if it had been LED.


Moreover, the front bumper has undergone a lot of changes and now looks very sporty. The car will also get a front lip splitter to enhance the sportiness. However, except for the logo, the company does not introduce any chrome elements on the front.

Moving to the side, the first thing that catches the eye is the dual-tone five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels. The size of the wheels is ideal for a hatchback and its design is extremely sporty. The vehicle features blackout ORVMs with an integrated LED indicator.

Now the door handles on the side of the car and the elements around the windows are finished in chrome. Also available in the new i20 dual-tone paint scheme. The roof here is black. Moreover, the hatchback now also gets a sunroof, which gives it a more premium touch.

Moving to the rear, the i20 now gets a beautiful light unit with Z-shaped LED element features. The boot also comes with a red reflector strip connecting the two taillights.

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It also comes with a rear wiper along with a washer. Shark fin antenna and Fox rear diffusers enhance the sportiness of the new i20.

Interior and Features

The interior of the new i20 is completely black, with the red highlights giving it a more sporty feel. The dashboard is fin ished in hard but quality plastic.


The center of the dashboard is a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems and is paired with a seven-speaker Bose music system with boot subwoofer.

The steering wheel is covered in leather so it offers a good grip. On the left side of the steering wheel are mounted controls for the infotainment system and on the other side are the buttons for controlling the instrument cluster and cruise control. The hatchback also gets blue ambient lighting which enhances the premium look of the cabin.

Speaking of the instrument cluster, the i20 will get a digital unit. However, the tachometer works in the anti-clockwise direction, which may take some time for some people to become familiar with.

In addition, there is a MID screen in the center, which provides a lot of information about the vehicle and supports turn-by-turn navigation.

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Red accents are given to the black colored seats to enhance the sportiness. The front seats are manual, with height adjustment available only on the driver’s side.

The front seats offer excellent support for the back of the foot and the side bolsters. The second row is comfortable and comes with rear AC vents to help cool the cab faster. The rear legroom has been increased to 88 mm, which means there will be plenty of space in the back for taller passengers.

However, the sunroof is too small and passengers will not get a good view of the rear end. The car gets 311 liters of boots, which is 26 liters higher than the previous model. The company has also provided 60:40 split seats if you need more space for luggage.

Engine options

The new i20 is available in diesel and petrol units. The first of the two petrol engines is a 1.0-liter turbo engine that produces 120 bhp. This engine unit is available with a DCT or six-speed iMT transmission.

The second is the 1.2-liter NA Kappa unit, which is mated to an automatic gearbox and develops 88 bhp of power. The same unit produces 83 bhp with a five-speed manual gearbox.

The 1.5-liter diesel unit produces 100 bhp and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. We will clarify more about these engines and fuel efficiency matters soon after we drive the car.

The new Hyundai i20 is more elegant and sporty than previous-generation models. The hatchback gets sharp edges and a more aerodynamic design. Compared to the previous model, the new one has grown from every angle and become wider. We expect the new i20 to achieve large numbers in sales.


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