We may have got the second-generation Hyundai i20 aka the Elite i20 (in India) first and it seems like we get it cheaper too. The Korean carmaker has announced prices for the i20 in Europe starting from 13,630 EUR (Rs 10.4 lakh), the car will be available from January 2015.
The European model of the i20 will be available in six trims – S, S Air, S Blue, SE, Premium and Premium S. The top-spec Premium S loaded with all the bells and whistles is priced at 18,765 EUR (Rs 14.33 lakh). It gets automatic headlamps equipped with projectors, automatic wipers, with cornering lights,LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights and lane departure warning system (available in SE, Premium as well). Auto dimming rear-view mirror, front parking sensors, heated front seats and steering wheel, opening panoramic glass sunroof and keyless start stop function also form part of the extensive list
The base S gets front power windows, remote central locking, tinted glasses and radio with USB and manual controls for the AC.
The car will be offered with a choice of four engines – two petrol and two diesel. Petrol power comes from a 1.25-litreand a 1.4-litre engine producing 73bhp and 83bhp mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. A more powerful version of the 1.4-litre with 97bhp can be bought with a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. There are two oil burners in the option list with a three-pot 1.1-litre churning out 73bhp and a 1.4-litre generating 88.5bhp paired to a six-speed manual gearbox.
In India, Hyundai sells the Elite i20 in four variants - Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta with a choice of two engines – a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel. It is priced between Rs 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the base petrol Era to Rs 7.67 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the top-spec Asta diesel. There might be several factors for Hyundai pricing it higher in the European countries in comparison to India, but there are a few features that we don’t get here. The Indian model doesn’t getcornering headlamps, LED – DRLs or tail lights, nopanoramic sunroof, projector headlamps nor does it get heated seats/steering wheel.
However, to look at it from the manufacturer’s perspective adding all these features may have made the car expensive. But do you feel that Hyundai could have offered an exclusive top-spec variant with all these features?