Hyundai Elite i20: First look review
The new Elite i20 is quite similar to the outgoing model. That said, it has got just enough to set it apart from its predecessor and make it a worthy update. Let’s take a closer look at the new car and see what it packs, starting with its prices. (Source: CarDekho.com)
In terms of design, the new Elite i20 looks quite similar to its predecessor at first glance. However, take a closer look and you will realise it features enough changes to make it stand apart from the older version. Up front, the 2018 Elite i20 gets a redesigned bumper that houses Hyundai’s signature ‘cascading’ hexagonal grille. The fog lamp housings have also been modified and it now gets functional vents for better aerodynamics. The halogen projector headlamps with LED DRLs remain unchanged.
Where the new Elite i20 has changed the most is at the rear. It gets larger tail lamps with refreshed graphics that mimic LED elements seen on more expensive cars. Further, the number plate has been moved from the bumper to the tailgate making the car look more like a conventional hatchback. Meanwhile, the matte black cladding on the rear bumper gives the hatchback a more stylish look.
The side profile remains identical to the outgoing model, except for the new 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels offered in the top variant. All other variants continue to be equipped with 14-inch and 15-inch wheels.
This time around, Hyundai is also offering the Elite i20 with dual-tone exterior paint options (blacked-out roof with red, orange or white body colour). However, it is available only with the Asta variant.
Like the exterior, the cabin of the new Elite i20 looks similar to the outgoing model. All variants get a dual-tone black-and-beige theme interior, except for the Asta with dual-tone exterior trim, which gets an all-black theme with orange or red inserts around the AC vents, on the gear lever and the seats. The dashboard gets a clean layout with uniquely designed AC vents.
Hyundai cars are known to be packed to the gills when it comes to features. And the new Elite i20 is no different. The list starts with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and rear parking camera compatibility.
The Elite i20 is powered by the same 1.2-litre Dual VTVT Kappa petrol and the 1.4-litre U2 CRDI diesel engines. The petrol engine generates 83PS of power and 115Nm of torque while the diesel engine is good for 90PS and 220Nm. The petrol-powered hatchback gets a 5-speed manual gearbox while the diesel version comes with a 6-speed unit.
Safety is another key point Hyundai has concentrated on with the 2018 Elite i20. The refreshed hatchback comes with dual front airbags, ABS and front seatbelts with pre-tensioners as standard across the range. The top-spec Asta (O) variant gets six airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchors over the standard equipment.