Hyundai elite i20

Hyundai has been one of the most prominent players in the premium hatchback segment in India with the Elite i20. Since its introduction in 2014, Hyundai surprisingly haven’t offered the car with an automatic variant. Now, the Korean manufacturer has noticed the growing demand for automatics from buyers.

It's recent global unveiling in India is proof that the carmaker is intent on getting its domestic market focus right. However, it also indicates that the new Elite i20 didn't want to give the new Volkswagen Polo or the Fiat Punto Evo much of a head-start. Even the segment leader, i.e. Maruti Suzuki Swift, looks a bit dated as compared to these new models. Needless to say, facelifts and new generations are the need of the hour.

At the rear fascia of the exterior, the headlamps wrap around, all-new hexa grille with linings of chrome, wide- air dam and hood character lines are some  highlights. The latest body-coloured rear bumper has wide and different  fog lamps in it. However, the  feature is not on offer with the basic Era trim. Coming to the side profile, due to the big size of C pillar, the roofline  looks sporty . B and C pillars don black colour.

Hyundai has also  upgraded the interiors with the motive to offer even  more premium and luxury stuff in the cabin. The extend wheelbase makes  cabin more spacefull than before, and results in balanced legroom and room for the shoulder . The athletic multifunction 3-spoke steering wheel is no lesser than a reveal as it is extremely light and responsive.Furtherly, it comes wrapped in leather in the mid- and top-end trims. The whole interiors are worked in dual-tone black  scheme  with the dash. Hyundai has made basic and vital  changes to the dashboard of the Elite i20 as now it carries  out a vast central fascia, which also gets a redesigned gearbox console.

Despite being touted as a premium hatch and a member of B+ segment of cars in the country, the Elite i20's legacy. The next generation i20 offers best-in-class fuel economy with both the power trains. The petrol varients yield a quality fuel economy of 18.60 kmpl but the diesel varients deliver 22.54 kmpl; but, the mentioned mileage figures are with base  and mid  varients as the top end variants offer 18.24 kmpl and 21.76 kmpl in the trims of petrol and diesel. These mileage figures are certified by ARAI under norm conditions and mileage  can  go down by 4 to 5 kmpl even when  you drive it on the heavy city traffic.

PRO’s

  • Looks  premium.
  • Equipment list is upto the mark.
  • sufficient cabin space.

CON’s

  • Diesel varients are high-rated.
  • Engine is little underpowered.
  • Not for the keen  driver.
The crux of the matter is that the Elite i20, with it's improved driving dynamics, added features, more space and new styling, will easily fill in the big shoes of its predecessor.

Justifying its further association of this proverb with cars, specially on Elite i20, is the fact that it got a huge response from its  customers  and registered  5000 advance bookings in just a week before its opening. Under the hood are the same tested engines, but Hyundai's turn on cutting down the safety features  remains a mystery.
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