The new Hyundai i20: smarter, safer and a refreshed design
By Mark Salisbury
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 08:51
Hyundai Motor is continuing its success in the B-segment by introducing a refreshed i20 line-up. In order to meet customers’ expectations, the i20 five-door now has a more modern design as well as updated safety features with Hyundai SmartSense. For both the five-door and the three-door coupe, Hyundai is also introducing a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT) for optimal driving comfort and an Idle Stop and Go (ISG) system, which will reduce CO2emissions. Offering a choice of three different petrol powertrains, New i20 meets current market demands.
“The i20 is one of our DNA models and has continuously been one of our top-selling cars in Europe for a decade. The i-range is the strong foundation of our brand’s success in Europe”, says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing & Product of Hyundai Motor Europe. “By updating the New i20 in design, safety, connectivity and powertrain line-up, we are continuing to meet the expectations of our customers to ensure the ongoing success of this model range.”
Styling: a fresher and more modern appearance
The styling of the i20 has been refreshed in several ways. The elegant lines of the New i20 emphasise its sophisticated exterior. The front of the i20 five-door now features the Cascading Grille, the family identity uniting all Hyundai models. In addition to its modern and fresh design, the New i20 also boasts a spacious and comfortable interior.
In order to make the New i20 more appealing and give it more character, the front of the five-door now features redesigned front bumpers including the Cascading Grille. The rear of the i20 five-door also has updated bumpers and rear combination lamps, creating a more dynamic look. The tailgate has been reworked to integrate the license plate. Also, Hyundai has created a bolder appearance for the i20 five-door by adding new 15”- and 16”-alloy wheels.
The i20 five-door is available with a panoramic sunroof. i20 five-door will be available with a Phantom Black two-tone roof, offering customers more compelling options to personalise their car. Customers can also choose from eight distinctive colours for the exterior: Tomato Red, Champion Blue and Clean Slate are new colours in the i20 range, on top of the existing colours Passion Red, Sleek Silver, Stardust Grey, Polar White and Phantom Black.
Drivers of the New i20 also benefit from outstanding roominess, with an uncompromised trunk capacity of 326 litres (VDA).
Modern and connected
The revised Hyundai i20 range offers various new and advanced connectivity features that integrate seamlessly with the driver’s smartphone, which will ensure even greater comfort while travelling. The new seven-inch Display Audio which will be standard on S and SE trim offers easy connectivity: customers can easily mirror content from their smartphone to the system’s display using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As a result, passengers can use the navigation system of their smartphone without the need for built-in car navigation. Furthermore, the i20 will also now available with seven-inch infotainment system (available on Premium Nav and Premium SE Nav) that integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features, and supports both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as well as Live Services.
The New i20 is available with a USB charger so passengers can re-charge their mobile devices.
Easy to handle, easy to run
The New i20 offers a choice of two petrol powertrains. The Kappa 1.0-litre T-GDI engine comes with a choice of two power outputs: the engine that is capable of 74 kW/100 PS is available with a five-speed manual transmission, while the high-power version of 88 kW/120 PS comes with a six-speed manual transmission. As an alternative, the 100PS engine can also be matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission – a Hyundai first in the i20 range. Offered for the i20 five-door and three-door Coupe, the Kappa 1.2-litre engine is available with two different outputs, both mated to a five-speed manual transmission: 55 kW/75 PS or 62 kW/84 PS.
The Idle Stop and Go (ISG) is a standard feature on all i20 versions, which will contribute to lower fuel consumption, lower CO2 emissions and higher efficiency. The fuel savings of using the ISG will be especially apparent when driving in urban areas, as ISG automatically switches off the engine when the car comes to a halt.
By concentrating on efficient petrol engines in the i20 range, Hyundai is responding to market demands. The 1.0 T-GDI is now equipped with a built-in particulate filter to enhance environmental performance. The whole i20 powertrain line-up is fully compliant with Euro 6d temp regulations.
Safe and reliable: introducing Hyundai SmartSense for i20
To comply with the highest European standards, the New i20 now also includes the latest Hyundai SmartSense active safety and drivers assistance systems. These include Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) city and interurban, Driver Attention Alert (DAA) and High Beam Assist (HBA).
Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) (*standard on SE and above)
The i20 can be equipped with Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS). LDWS alerts drivers with clear visual and acoustic warnings if the car begins to drift outside its intended lane. This can help prevent potential collisions with other vehicles.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) (*standard on SE above)
The Lane Keeping Assist System alerts the driver of unsafe movements at over 60 km/h by sensing the car’s position. The Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) sounds an alarm before the car moves over white, lines as well as over cat’s eyes, while LKAS warns the driver acoustically and visually before inducing corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position.
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) city and interurban (*standard on SE above)
The AEB (city and interurban) is an optional feature in the i20. It is an advanced active safety feature that alerts drivers to emergency situations, and brakes autonomously if required. Using a front camera, AEB operates in three stages. Stage one is initially warning the driver visually and acoustically. Stage two is controlling the brake if there is danger of collision. Stage three is applying maximum braking force to avoid a collision, or minimising the damage if a collision is unavoidable.
Driver Attention Alert (DAA) (*standard on SE above)
The i20 features Driver Attention Alert, a driver-protection feature to help monitor driving patterns in order to detect reckless or fatigued driving and prevent potential accidents. The system analyses various vehicle signals, such as steering angle, steering torque, the vehicle’s position in the lane, and driving time. In addition, the driver can adjust a user-selectable setting for the system’s sensitivity. If the system detects inattentive driving patterns, a sound and message on the instrument display panel will alert the driver.
High Beam Assist (HBA) (*standard on SE above)
When switched to automatic mode, High Beam Assist detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night as well as changes to low-beam as appropriate, thereby reducing blinding effects on other drivers. When no more vehicles are detected, the system automatically reactivates the high beams, maximising the driver’s range of vision.
To further demonstrate the quality and reliability of the i20, all models are available with a unique five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.