FuelRunGod Posted December 29, 2008 Report Share Posted December 29, 2008 The much awaited hatchback from Hyundai is finally here. As always we have the exclusive first drive of the i20. So here goes. Exteriors One look and you know this is a large hatch. It looks contemporary and thankfully there are no design quirks like in some other Hyundais. The peelback headlamps look very pretty, but otherwise the simple lines are pleasing, conservative and tasteful and will look at home in the bylanes as well as a five-star lobby. Conservative lines aside, it does stand out of the crowd which is a good thing. Interiors Come to the interiors and you are greeted by a comfy driving position. The design of the dashboard looks modern especially the centre console. The seats are comfortable and you get a range of adjustments, so it is easy for most frames to find a comfortable driving position. You get a lot of features like automatic climate control, electrical retract mirrors. But the best bit is the number of airbags. By far the best with six airbags in total. But we missed height adjustable seatbelts. Although the dash looks good, the quality of materials is only decent because the shiny plastics rob it of an upmarket feel. The trip meter information along with stereo information is displayed via a screen placed high up in the centre of the dash. However, the functions can take some getting used to. Spacewise, the i20 will not leave you wanting anywhere. All the seats have generous legroom, headroom and shoulder room and seating three abreast in the rear is no problem at all. Add to this the huge boot, which makes it a very practical car to go out shopping or for that occasional weekend trip out of town. The rear seat also get a three-point belt for the centre passenger - a definate plus. On the road The i20 is powered by the same 1.2 litre Kappa motor from the i10, but with altered gear ratios. The low end response of the motor is pretty good and the i20 accelerates smartly at the tap of the accelerator pedal. The engine is smooth for most parts, but tends to get boomy at higher revs. It isn't an outright scorcher, but will keep you happy around town. Fuel efficiency is pegged at 11.3kpl and 16.1kpl for the city and highway cycles respectively - not bad for the size and weight of the car. On the ride and handling front, the i20 is much improved over older Hyundais. The steering feels much better than before and gives good feedback as well. The stiffer springs allow for better body control, so it goes around bends nicely too. There is some body roll but it is well under control. Though it can't match the ride and handling package of the Fabia, the i20 does a good job of it. The stiffer springs also mean that the low speed ride has a harsh edge to it, with bumps filtering into the cabin more than usual. But all this gets better as the speeds increase, yet the Fabia does a better job of rounding off the bumps. Verdict The i20 is a logical step up from the Getz. It offers a lot of space and comfort at a relatively affordable price and comes with a long features list. All we want are slightly better interior plastics, but even without that it is a good deal and definately worth a second look for those who want a large affordable hatchback.FuelRunGod2008-12-29 10:21:33 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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