Yes it has been five years since the last major update, but the Elite i20’s design has aged gracefully or let’s say stylishly. The stylish headlights along with the family cascading grille gives it a very European look. On the sides, the Elite i20 gets one of the best looking OEM alloys that are complimented by that stylish rising hipline. Overall, the Elite i20 is still one of the better looking premium hatchbacks out there even amongst the newer competition.
Like the exteriors, even the i20’s interiors still feel rather fresh. It’s a very clean layout and everything falls at hand easily. 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 recent update is the addition of new buttons on the steering wheel and new trim colours.
Another of the Elite i20’s highlights has been space. Starting at the rear bench, there is more than adequate legroom and it’s also wide enough seat three comfortably. There is no issue with the headroom either 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.
4. Ride Quality
Hyundai has recently tweaked the rear suspension in the Elite i20 and that has improved things as compared to before. You can actually feel the upgraded rear-end improving the car’s high speed manners, with less of the up-and-down movement.
It also retains its class leading refinement over bad roads. Road noise is minimal and the suspension remains rather quiet over jittery surfaces.
5. Refined Engine and Gearbox
The Elite i20 can be had with two engine options, a 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.4 litre diesel. Hyundai has recently tweaked this engine for better low end response and upped the efficiency as well. With just 1400cc to play with, it’s not the punchiest motor out there, but has more than enough torque to dart into gaps in traffic or cruise at comfortable triple-digit speeds. A special mention here goes to the six-speed manual which is incredibly precise, easy to use and supplements the linear torque delivery.