Road Test: Hyundai i20 [2008-2010]

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Hyundai has designed the i20 with strong European influences, following the recent trend that began with their new design philosophy. The i20 has a large number of longitudinal lines and curves all over the car with a few running across its front and rear doors on both sides which makes the car look very aggressive.

The front end of the car features leaf-shaped clear lens head lamps with the side indicators placed at the outer corners. The lamps taper on the inside towards the small black grille which sports the chrome H logo at the centre surrounded by body-coloured work. The lower front end corners have C-shaped surrounds for the fog lamps. The central power bulge which begins from the Hyundai badge on the grille runs back over the hood looks like the Mercedes SLK nose cone design. This gives the car more visual appeal than an ordinary hatch.

Hyundai has added a bold waistline crease that rises toward the rear – the way this crease curves and falls to the rear fender over the wheel arch adds a lot of power and aggression to the design. However, the mirrors of the i20 are very Getz-like and the top-end variant of the i20 features 5-spoke alloy wheels.

The rear of the hatch has a thick C-pillar and tail lamps shaped like parallelograms with rounded corners extending to its edges. The rear bumper sports small vertical and horizontal lines and a recess for the number plate. The bootlid incorporates a stylised Hyundai logo which is also the boot release. A spoiler could have added some more style to the rear of an otherwise really stylish car – details like the triangular side indicators aren’t available on any other hatch today.

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