Hyundai Elite i2o Facelift Review & Test Drive


Hyundai Elite i2o Overview

Hyundai had first launched the original i20 in India back in 2008, following which it received a facelift in 2012. The new Elite i20 was then introduced in 2014 which topped the sales charts in this premium hatchback segment. This is a segment where car prices almost match their compact sedan siblings, and yet are getting popular. Yet, the Elite i20’s popularity soared so much that it crossed the one-lakh units sold landmark within a year. Now, the carmaker has given this model a midlife facelift to keep abreast with its competitors. Will this refresh help the model, which draws a strong response from the public, to continue to be in the top 10 of the sales chart every month? We take a closer look at it to see if it continues to have it all.

Hyundai Elite i2o Exteriors

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. Check August Offers

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. For more details o Elite i20 check Kokoliko

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.7

Hyundai Elite i2o Interiors

Traditionally, Hyundais always managed to impress with its cabin design and more importantly, the plastic quality, and the 2018 Elite i20 is no different. The entire dashboard layout and quality levels remain unchanged which means you still get a clean albeit slightly dull looking dash that’s put together with quality plastics. The only visible update in terms of controls come in the form of some new buttons on the steering wheel and that’s about it.

Speaking of updates, the seat fabric is new and although it may not look as plush as a full leather treatment, the seats themselves are adequately soft and comfortable. The rear isn’t short on space or comfort either – there is more than enough legroom and headroom and the low beltline means the visibility all around is good, too. There’s nothing really to fault in here except for some hard plastics on the door pads.

On the plus side, the Elite i20 remains feature packed with standard equipment on our top-spec diesel trim including rear AC vents, keyless entry, push button start, climate control, rear view camera with guide lines and a full suite of safety features including six airbags and ABS. We have always been fans of the i20’s touchscreen infotainment system for its silky smooth UI and clean transitions. The OEM six-speaker audio system is similar to what we have in our long term Verna but somehow in this car, the audio output is even better. The boot, meanwhile, remains the same at 285 litres, expanding to 1,042 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.

Hyundai Elite i2o Transmission

Hyundai is offering the Elite i20 with no changes to the powertrain. There are two engine options – a four-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine producing 82bhp and 115Nm of torque and a 1.4-litre diesel motor delivering 89bhp and 220Nm of torque. The former comes mated to a five-speed gearbox and will get an automatic transmission (CVT) later this year. The diesel continues to be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, which is the model we have sampled in this test.

The Elite i20’s diesel engine is a promising one by being the most refined, smoothest and most tractable unit in this segment. Only a slight engine noise can be heard in the well-insulated cabin, making this mill the quietest amongst competitors. This diesel unit is extremely refined and delivers enough punch for daily driving with loads of torque available at low rpm. The turbo lag is minimum and revs nicely till 5,000rpm while remaining pleasantly smooth even near the redline. So whether it’s slogging through traffic in the city or cruising on the highways, the motor feels apt for any purpose. The six-speed gearbox is well-tuned to offer light and precise gear shifts. On the flip side, I wasn’t able to slot it in reverse quickly and the clutch pedal felt springy. Nonetheless, this transmission backs the engine well to offer a pleasant experience.

Hyundai Elite i2o Driving

The new Elite i20 has had its rear suspension tweaked. By that we mean the damping has been changed to make the rear less bouncy at speed. Unlike the engine, you can actually feel the upgraded rear-end improving the car’s high speed manners, with less of the up-and-down movement. That said, if you decide to chuck the i20 through some corners, it’s not going to set your world on fire – the steering feel is still inconsistent off centre and there is more body roll than what you would expect. On the plus side, the i20 retains its class leading refinement over bad roads – road noise is minimal and the suspension remains rather quiet over jittery surfaces.

Hyundai Elite i2o Safety

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.

Hyundai Elite i2o Cost in Bangalore

Hyundai Elite i20 On Road Price is 6,58,642/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,42,900/- in Bangalore. Hyundai Elite i20 comes in 8 colours, namely Red Passion,Star Dust,Pristine Blue,Sleek Silver,Phantom Black,Polar White Dual Tone,Polar White,Red passion Dual Tone. Hyundai Elite i20 comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 115 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 13.2 seconds . Hyundai Elite i20 comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Check for Hyundai Elite i20 price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Hyundai Elite i2o Final Thought

The Elite i20 only gets better whether it’s the styling of the exterior, the top-notch features in the cabin, space inside or the refinement of the engine. It still isn’t as enthusiastic to drive like the Baleno or utilitarian like the Jazz, but still makes for a great package with competitive prices starting at Rs 5.35 lakhs. We surely recommend it to people looking for a premium hatchback with good looks, great quality, practical features, good NVH and a refined engine. Hyundai’s hassle-free service experience will only back it up to further augment the sales numbers.