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Hyundai Elite i20

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Version
Era 1.2
  • Era 1.2
    PetrolManual 5,42,919
  • Magna Executive 1.2
    PetrolManual 6,05,964
  • Sportz 1.2
    PetrolManual 6,67,419
  • Era 1.4 CRDi
    DieselManual 6,81,020
  • Magna Executive 1.2 AT
    PetrolAutomatic 7,11,222
  • Asta 1.2
    PetrolManual 7,19,519
  • Magna Executive 1.4 CRDi
    DieselManual 7,39,020
  • Asta 1.2 Dual Tone
    PetrolManual 7,44,583
  • Sportz 1.4 CRDi
    DieselManual 7,91,420
  • Asta 1.2 (O)
    PetrolManual 7,98,519
  • Asta 1.2 AT
    PetrolAutomatic 8,24,532
  • Asta 1.4 CRDi
    DieselManual 8,43,920
  • Asta 1.4 CRDi Dual Tone
    DieselManual 8,68,984
  • Asta 1.4 (O) CRDi
    DieselManual 9,23,520
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₹ 5.43 Lakhs
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Hyundai Elite i20 Key Specifications

PriceRs. 5.43 Lakhs onwards
Mileage 19.8 to 22.5 kmpl
Engine 1197 to 1396 cc
Transmission Manual and Automatic

Elite i20 Price List

Hyundai Elite i20 price starts at ₹ 5.43 Lakhs and goes upto ₹ 9.24 Lakhs. Petrol Elite i20 price starts at ₹ 5.43 Lakhs. Diesel Elite i20 price starts at ₹ 6.81 Lakhs.

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Hyundai Elite i20 Review

The Hyundai Elite i20 has been a popular choice since it first hit our roads in late 2014, with over 10,000 units finding buyers every month. It’s done well in all our previous tests as well, defeating the ever practical Honda Jazz and the crowd favourite, Maruti Suzuki Baleno.

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What is it?

The Hyundai Elite i20 has been a popular choice since it first hit our roads in late 2014, with over 10,000 units finding buyers every month. It’s done well in all our previous tests as well, defeating the ever practical Honda Jazz and the crowd favourite, Maruti Suzuki Baleno (click here to read our three-way shootout). 

Not too long ago, we also reviewed the refreshed 2018 Elite i20 with a 1.4-litre diesel and a 6-speed manual, but sometimes revisits are in order especially given the fact that nothing in the buzzing hatchback segment stays still for long. This time around, we have the petrol-CVT version on test which we think is the sweet spot in the range. More importantly, this new CVT model is considerably cheaper and better equipped than the previous i20 automatic. On paper, then, the Elite i20 CVT seems like a great deal, but does that translate to a practical and convenient city runabout? Read on to find out. 

Now if you are wondering why this car looks a little different compared to the refreshed Elite i20 that we tested earlier this year (click here for our review), it’s because of the trim level – the CVT isn’t offered in the top-spec Asta (O) trim and the variances are apparent on the outside. You don’t get projector headlamps with daytime running lights, cornering lamps, chrome finish for the door handles and razor cut alloy wheels. All in all, it’s still got that wide, assertive stance and a well-balanced design that helps it attract buyers who want to be seen with their cars.

How is it on the inside?

The i20 CVT’s cabin feels premium for the money – there is soft-touch padding around the arm rest and top half of the dash, supplemented by silver trim highlights on the centre console. The dual tone dash is finished in black and an odd shade of light brown, however, the fit and finish is solid and better than the competition. Like the manual version, the only visible update over the old car comes in the form of some new buttons on the steering wheel and that’s about it.

The touchscreen infotainment system, identical to that in the manual version, is quick to respond and offers a crisp UI. The audio quality from the 4-speaker/4-tweeter is impressive, too. As for comfort, 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 great. The boot, meanwhile, remains the same at 285 litres, expanding to 1,042 litres when the rear seats are folded flat. There’s nothing really to fault in here except for the lack of equipment over the manual Asta (O) trim. 

Speaking of equipment, this particular CVT Asta variant gets all the essentials including front airbags, ABS, touchscreen infotainment system, parking sensors with rear camera and height adjustable driver’s seat. That said, it misses out on some niceties such as automatic headlamps, keyless entry, projector headlamps, leather wrapped steering wheel and gearknob, parking sensor display and a rear wiper. 

How does it drive?

The i20 automatic has come a long way in terms of drivetrain options. Unlike the old car which was powered by a 1.4-litre petrol motor and a 4-speed torque converter, this new version features a 1.2-litre 82bhp/115Nm engine with a 6-step CVT. Now for those looking for strong performance, this combination is not the i20’s finest feature - it would make for a better buy with more power and a more inspiring gearbox. However, get familiar with the CVT and you will, indeed, realize that it’s a smooth combination. This 1.2-litre motor is no powerhouse but for everyday city driving, its more than adequate – its responsive off the line and potent enough to keep you up with traffic. 

It develops 115Nm of torque at 4,000rpm where the CVT invariably will hold the revs when you floor the accelerator, but there is no getting anywhere quickly, and not quietly either – the trademark rubber-band effect is noticeable even at part throttle, something which can be infuriating at times. Fortunately, there is a manual mode (but no paddle shifters) which gives you more control and makes spirited driving somewhat rewarding. All in all, the i20 CVT isn’t the punchiest premium automatic in its class but in urban conditions when the drivetrain isn’t under pressure, it’s smooth and efficient. 

Like the manual version, the i20 CVT has had its rear suspension tweaked. By that we mean the damping has been changed to make the rear less bouncy at speed. At speed you can feel the upgraded rear-end improving the car’s highway 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 as it irons out jittery surfaces.

Should I buy one?

There is a lot to like about the i20 CVT once you look beyond the uninspiring nature of the CVT and the mediocre power output. Having said that, neither is a deal breaker because the i20 CVT perfectly ticks off two major preferences of buyers in this segment – driving convenience and comfort. It looks upmarket, feels likewise inside and has plenty of space for a small family. The smooth CVT only adds to the convenience and makes the i20 a great all-rounder. 

Where does it fit in?

The i20 CVT costs Rs 8.21 lakhs for the Magna Executive trim and Rs 9.49 lakhs for the Asta trim. This puts it in line with other premium automatic hatchbacks including the Honda Jazz and the Maruti Baleno. Whereas the Baleno is similarly priced (Rs 8.20 to Rs 9.71 lakhs), the Jazz is on the pricier side, ranging between Rs 10.03 lakhs and Rs 10.52 lakhs. All prices on-road Mumbai. 

 
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Hyundai Elite i20 Colours

Elite i20 is available/sold in the following colours in India.

* Colours shown are indicative and may vary slightly from actual car colours.

Hyundai Elite i20 Mileage

Fuel TypeTransmissionEngine CapacityMileage
PetrolAutomatic1197 cc19.8 kmpl
PetrolManual1197 cc19.8 kmpl
DieselManual1396 cc22.5 kmpl

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Hyundai Elite i20 Expert Reviews

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 CVT First Drive Review

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 CVT First Drive Review

The Hyundai Elite i20 has been a popular choice since it first hit our roads in late 2014, with over 10,000 units finding buyers every month. It’s done well in all our previous...

23 Jul 2018 by Sagar Bhanushali | Read more

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 First Drive Review

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 First Drive Review

Seeing the 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 under the new car reviews section, you might think, “Wait, that doesn’t look like a new car”. Sure enough, and we somewhat agree as this...

07 Mar 2018 by Sagar Bhanushali | Read more

Hyundai Elite i20 User Reviews

Worst car

for Hyundai Elite i20 on 17-Dec-2018 by Rajesh Dave

Look is good but this car is under power because of heavy weight as compare to Baleno. With this car it's very difficult to overtake on highway to other vehicles .if you ...

Awesome experience

for Hyundai Elite i20 on 16-Dec-2018 by Vikas Rajendra Prasad jangid

So nice , experience. Car dealer is to good . So good behaviour of all and my car doing well . I like this car far ago and I brought it now ........ from my side no problem for this...

My 3year experience of i20 Elite

for Hyundai Elite i20 on 15-Dec-2018 by Sandeep Singh Bhandari

Buying experience was not so good because i had to wait to get my color However, when we coming to driving..it gives you a sheer comfortable journey in long drives. You will not feel...

Best car

for Hyundai Elite i20 on 15-Dec-2018 by Surjeet Sharma

I used this car .this performance is good Hunday is good brand. Hundai all car is best and value for money so if you want to buy car any budget you can buy any car hundai brand all...

Vehicle is not fit for hil areas otherwise its ok

for Hyundai Elite i20 on 14-Dec-2018 by Jibin a j

The stunning exterior especially the tail lamps perfect to its body design cool dual tune interiors with the best of Features and i don't need to specify everything *Performance...

Elite i20 Specifications Summary

Engines

1396 cc, Diesel, 89 bhp @ 4000 rpm power
1197 cc, Petrol, 82 bhp @ 6000 rpm power

Gearboxes

6-speed, Manual, FWD
CVT-speed, Automatic, FWD
5-speed, Manual, FWD

Seating Capacity

5 seater

Steering

Power steering

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