In its current avatar, the Elite i20 has taken the premium hatchback segment by a storm. Following a complete makeover on all frontiers and in its second generation the car is becoming increasingly popular among the buyers. With the increasing demand for automatic cars in the market, Hyundia India has launched the automatic variant of its premium hatchback with a price tag of INR 9.01 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Hyundai Elite i20 – Exterior
The elite i20 sports Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2 design philosophy on the outside, which makes the visual appeal of the car stand out from its competitors. Up front is a new honeycomb grille with chrome surround, and new single slat thin grille that accommodates Hyundai's logo flanked by the sweptback headlamps merging themselves excellently with the upper one. Elite I20 gets Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grill in between which houses the licence plate. The lower airdam runs across the bumper and accommodates the fog lamps on either sides of it. Day time running LED’s are given a miss this time, which is good because the ones on the previous model looked after-market installations. The side profile gets a shoulder crease which runs all the way from the front fender to the rear touching the taillights. The car gets a blackened C-pillar and ORVM integrated turn signals. At the back we have the wrap around 3 segment taillights which are broader at the edges. The tailgate is sculpted and the bumper accommodates a crease with runs across its bottom length.
Hyundai Elite i20 – Interiors
Everything is completely refreshed on the inside. Elite i20 sports beige and black dual tone interiors, which are sophisticated to look at than the black ones on the previous model. The centre console gets smart looking air vents and an updated multimedia system with controls for air con housed separately on the lower half. Just like the previous model, the new car comes loaded with features. Steering mounted controls, Engine start-stop button, rear AC vents, automatic climate control, rear camera and automatic headlights are among the few creature comforts that the car has to offer. Elite i20 also comes with follow me headlamps, which are a segment first.
Hyundai Elite i20 – Engine and performance
Under the hood, the Hyundai Elite i20 is offered in two petrol and one diesel engine options – 1.2-litre petrol unit, 1.4-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engine. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is good for 81bhp of max power and 114Nm of torque while the powerful engine is tuned to develop 99Bhp and 132Nm of peak torque. On the other hand, the 1.4-litre diesel engine effortlessly develops 88bhp and 219Nm of power figures. The transmission duties are carried out by a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic gearbox for the petrol engine and 6-speed manual gearbox for diesel unit.
Hyundai Elite i20 – Price and Competition
The premium hatchback from the Hyundai India is priced in the range of INR 5.54 lakh to INR 9.10 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Hyundai Elite i20 competes in the competitive hatchback segment against the rivals such as Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Ford Figo, Fiat Punto Evo, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo.