Hyundai i20

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Hyundai i20
2018 Hyundai i20 SE T-GDi 1.0.jpg
Body and chassis
ClassSupermini (B)
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PredecessorHyundai Getz

The Hyundai i20 is a supermini car and compact suv produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 2008. The i20 made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008, and sits between the i10 and i30, it is a front wheel drive car, and is available in three and five door versions. The i20 replaces the Getz in nearly all of its markets, though the Getz was not phased out in most of the world until 2011.

The second generation i20 (Elite i20 in India) was launched in August 2014, it was awarded as 2015 car of the year ICOTY in India[1]

First generation (PB; 2008–2014)[edit]

First generation (PB/PBT)
Hyundai i20 1.2 Classic – Frontansicht (1), 21. Juni 2011, Heiligenhaus.jpg
Also calledInokom i20
2008–2015 (India)[2]
Assemblyİzmit, Turkey (Hyundai Assan)[3]
Chennai, India (Hyundai India)
DesignerThomas Bürkle[4]
Body and chassis
Body style3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
PlatformHyundai-Kia PB
Engine1.2 L Kappa I4 (petrol)
1.25 L Kappa I4 (petrol)
1.4 L Gamma I4 (petrol)
1.6 L Gamma I4 (petrol)
1.1 L U-Line CRDi I3 (diesel)
1.4 L U-Line CRDi I4 (diesel)
1.6 L U-Line CRDi I4 (diesel)
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,525 mm (99.4 in)
Length3,940 mm (155.1 in) (2008–2012)
3,995 mm (157.3 in) (2012–2014)
Width1,710 mm (67.3 in)
Height1,490 mm (58.7 in)
Facelift Interior
Engine bay

The Hyundai i20 uses a completely new platform that was created at Hyundai's European technical centre in Rüsselsheim to allow Hyundai to move into Europe's highly competitive subcompact B segment. A 2,525 mm (99.4 in) wheelbase helps endow the i20 with a generous passenger cabin. Suspension follows the supermini norm of MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam rear end, with rack and pinion steering.

A slightly upgraded version of the i20, called the iGen i20, went on sale in India in March 2012 onward with tweaked headlamps, new front grille, tail lamps, and fog lamps, it follows the "Fluidic Sculpture" design philosophy with slightly re tuned engines. A new next generation model, known as Elite i20 in India, was launched in India on 11 August 2014, and was launched in Europe in the 2014 Paris Motor Show.[5][6]

The i20 is not sold in South Korea, North America, and the Philippines, as those markets have the Accent; the i20 was discontinued in the Indonesian market in 2012, due to the introduction of the Accent hatchback, which is known there as the Grand Avega.[7]

The i20 is assembled in Turkey (İzmit plant) for the European market (CKD kits from India)[8] and in Sriperumbudur (near Chennai), India for sale in Asia[9] and Oceania.[10]


The i20 has a total of seven four cylinder engine options. Three are petrol, including the 1248 cc dohc 16 valve "Aditeya" engine, while the rest are diesel engines. Two of the diesel engines are 1396 cc units, one with 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) and 220 N⋅m (160 lb⋅ft) and the other a 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) and 220 N⋅m (160 lb⋅ft) high power unit.

They are joined by two 1582 cc engines having the same dohc and 16 valve top end architecture, but delivering either 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) and 156 N⋅m (115 lb⋅ft) of torque or 128 PS (94 kW; 126 hp) and 157 N⋅m (116 lb⋅ft) of torque.

Hyundai claims that 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) diesel unit can return a class leading 115g/km of CO2 per litre of diesel to go 23.25 km/L (65.7 mpg‑imp; 54.7 mpg‑US) (4.3L/100 km) in the European combined driving cycle.[citation needed] All diesel engines and 1.2 and 1.4 petrol engines come mated to five speed manual transmission, there is an option of a four speed automatic for some 1.4 petrol engined models, the 1.6 is mated to a six speed manual transmission.

In the Indian market, the Hyundai i20 named as Elite-i-20 is powered by a 1.2L Kappa engine with 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) power at 5200 rpm and 114 N⋅m (84 lb⋅ft) torque at 4000rpm. It also comes with a 1.4L gamma gasoline which has 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) power at 5500 rpm and 139 N⋅m (103 lb⋅ft) torque at 4200 rpm, but is mated only to a four speed automatic transmission. The i20 CRDi diesel has 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 4000 rpm and 224 N⋅m (165 lb⋅ft) torque between 1750–2750 rpm, and comes with a six speed manual transmission.[11]

In Australia, the i20 was originally offered as a 1.4 petrol with a $3500 option of the Gamma II G4FC 1.6 petrol engine. The 1.6 makes 91 kW at 6300rpm and 157Nm at 4200rpm. However, with the arrival of the new 1.6 powered Accent in the end of 2011, the 1.6L option on the i20 has been dropped.


Euro NCAP test results
Hyundai i20 (2009)[12]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 32 88%
Child occupant: 41 83%
Pedestrian: 23 64%
Safety assist: 6 86%

The Hyundai i20 earned from Euro NCAP a maximum five star safety rating[13] and scored six out of a maximum of seven points in the "safety assist" category, receiving top marks for its belt reminder and electronic stability programme which minimises the risk of skidding by braking individual wheels;[14] the i20 was named one of Euro NCAP's "top five safest cars for 2009", which was based on Euro NCAP's maximum five star awards and their overall score.[15]

The Hyundai i20 features starts with six airbags—for driver and passenger in the front along with side and curtain airbags for rear passengers, whilst the Antilock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) which helps to control in slippery surfaces.

Hyundai i20 has new additions in its safety features like rain sensing wipers and automatic darkness sensing headlamps, central locking, impact sensing auto door unlock, keyless entry along with front and rear fog lamps and advanced engine immobilizer.


Pre-facelift styling

Post-facelift styling

Second generation (GB; 2014–present)[edit]

Second generation (GB)
2018 Hyundai i20 SE MPi 1.2 Front.jpg
Also calledHyundai Elite i20 (India)
DesignerCasey Hyun
Body and chassis
Body style
PlatformHyundai-Kia GB
Wheelbase2,570 mm (101.2 in)
Length4,035 mm (158.9 in)
3,985 mm (156.9 in) (India)
Width1,734 mm (68.3 in)
Height1,474 mm (58.0 in)
Pre-facelift 5-door

The second generation Hyundai i20 supermini has a new exterior and interior design, and a new 1.4 litre diesel engine. The car also has a higher ground clearance than before, 170mm as against 165mm of the old i20; the i20 has 326 litres of boot space.

It was launched in August 2014 in India,[17] and in November 2014 in Europe.[18]


The design of the car employs Hyundai's 'Fluidic Sculpture 2.0' design philosophy.[19] The design for the car has been developed at Hyundai's design facilities in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

Some of the design features of the new i20 include trapezoidal fog lamps, black C pillar block, wrap around tail lamps, re worked headlights and the hexagonal front grille; the interiors feature a black and beige dual tone dashboard, multi-steering-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth integrated 2 DIN audio with USB and Aux inputs with 1 GB internal storage, rear AC vents, a dedicated engine start/stop button, and automatic temperature control.[20]

In order to match the pricing of its key competitor, Hyundai has introduced a refreshed i20 with new prices and features cut for 2017.[21]


The i20 also has an Antilock Braking System (ABS), six airbags and a reverse parking camera.[22]

Indian version: Elite i20[edit]

Ten variants of the Hyundai Elite i20 have been launched in India, the petrol versions of the car are – the Hyundai Elite i20 Era 1.2 VTVT, the Magna 1.2 VTVT, Sportz 1.2 VTVT, the Asta 1.2 VTVT, the Asta(Option) 1.2 VTVT and the Asta(Option) CVT 1.2 VTVT.[23]

The diesel variants on offer are the Hyundai Elite i20 Era 1.4 CRDi, the Magna 1.4 CRDi, the Sportz 1.4 CRDi, the Sportz(Option) 1.4 CRDiand the Hyundai Elite i20 Asta 1.4 CRDi.

During the 2018 facelift, the variant names were changed from Magna to Magna Executive and from Sportz to Sportz Plus; the Asta variant was discontinued and was replaced by the Asta(Option) variant. The Sportz plus variant gets a dual tone colour option for Orange, red, white with black roof; the new variants still carry the nomenclature of the older variants.

The i20 is powered by 1.2L Kappa Dual VTVT Petrol Engine and 1.4L U2 CRDi Diesel Engine. The petrol engine produces 83 bhp of power and 115Nm torque. Meanwhile, the diesel engine produces 90 bhp of power and 220Nm torque. [24] The hatchback has safety features such as ABS, dual front airbags and seat belt pretensioners as standard while rear camera with EOM display, headlamp escort function, reverse parking sensors and six airbags are available in higher variants. [25]


2018 Facelift (5-door)
Facelift Interior

Launched during 2018 Auto Expo, the car features new front and rear bumpers , new bootlid which now also accommodates rear number plate which has been moved from lower portion of bumper in pre-facelift version; the car also gets a new alloy wheel design , new tail lamp design and also gains a new orange exterior colour. Changes to the interior include addition of a new infotainment system that now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Engine choices remain same except for the old 1.4 litre petrol engine that came paired with 4 speed conventional automatic transmission which has now been replaced with a CVT automatic paired to a 1.2 litre petrol engine as available in the manual variants.

i20 Active[edit]

Hyundai i20 Active (pre-facelift)

The Hyundai i20 crossover, badged as i20 Active, was launched in India on the 17th of March, 2015, it is built on the Elite i20 platform and features front, rear and side plastic cladding, along with front and rear aluminum skid plates to add to the butch look of the car. In addition to this, the i20 Active gets cornering lamps, an Advanced Supervision Cluster, aluminum pedals and roof rails, along with a sporty fuel lid.

For the interiors, the i20 Active retains the Elite i20's scheme. However, the color schemes available are different, and customers buying the car in 'Sleek Silver' or 'Polar White' colors get a gray and blue interior, while customers buying the car in 'Earth Brown', 'Retro Shine', 'Red Passion' or 'Phantom Black' colors get a black interior with orange highlights.

For the exterior part of the car, the new additions include the aforementioned body cladding and skid plates, along with roof rails and a new fuel lid. the C pillar is finished in gloss black, as opposed to the older Elite i20's, which was finished in matte black. The ground clearance of the Active has been increased to 190mm, which is a 20mm gain over the Elite's 170mm; the wheels of the car have been redesigned too.

In the performance section, the engines are carried over from the; however slight modifications have been made that ensures a 6% percent increase in torque delivery in the petrol engines and 11% increase in torque delivery in the diesel engines. Antilock Braking System is available on the higher models.


Hyundai i20 WRC

The Hyundai i20 WRC is a World Rally Car built by Hyundai for use in the 2014 World Rally Championship,[26] it is based on the i20, and was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, marking Hyundai's return to the WRC after a ten year absence.[27] The car will be operated by Hyundai's performance division, Hyundai Motorsport from a base in Frankfurt, Germany.[28]

The i20 WRC made its debut at the Monte Carlo Rally in January 2014.[29]

From 2017 onwards Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC is used in World Rally Championship.

Hyundai i20 R5 is used in World Rally Championship-2 competitions.

Two cars were entered into 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship, with Niclas Grönholm finishing 7th overall. Four cars were entered in 2019, with Timur Timerzyanov winning in Belgium.


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