2015 Hyundai i20 | new car review
* Rear leg and head room is very good.
* Being a product of Hyundai, there has been no attempt to hold back on features.
* Chrome on shifter lever looks extremely tacky.
* Its higher price point compared to its rivals is a massive let down.
From the exterior, it is evident that the designers at Hyundai spent more time and thought when designing the i20, as opposed to its sibling, the i10. The 2015 i20 flaunts numerous lines and creases along the body particularly along its hood and the length of the vehicle. A horizontal line running along the side of the car that gets distinctively more prominent towards the end, gives the impression that the i20 is a lot longer than it really is.
Certain aspects of the interior in the 2015 Hyundai i20 are rather neat, while others are flat out tacky. Although plastic has been used generously all over the interior, Hyundai has had a little fun when designing the dashboard and as a result the clock sits in a sculpted den facing the driver. On the other hand, the large chrome piece on top of the shifter lever looks and feels extremely cheap. Leg and headroom in the rear seats are ample and headrests for rear passengers are a plus point, something that was missing in the i10.
With audio controls on the steering wheel, push button start, fully automatic air conditioning and a 6 way driver seat, the i20 brings an impressive amount of kit to the table, all for just AED 46,900.
What’s on offer?
The 2015 Hyundai i20 is available with just one engine option – a 1.4 litre 4-cylinder unit. Producing 99 horsepower and 136 Nm of torque, the little Korean gets mated to a 4 speed automatic transmission and accelerates to a 100 km/h in a pedestrian 11.6 seconds.
With a price tag ranging from AED 42,900 to AED 46,900, the Hyundai i20 is better looking than its rivals, the Mitsubishi Mirage and Nissan Micra. Unfortunately, it is also more expensive, and that is what will prevent potential buyers from even considering it when in the market a hatchback.
|Specifications||2015 Hyundai i20|
|Engine/ Cylinders||1.4 litre 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|99 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|136 Nm @ 3,500 RPM|
|Tranmission||4 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||11.6 secs|
|Top speed||181 km/h|
|Price||AED 42,900 - 46,900|