The third generation model is none the less poised to make something of a splash in Europe with a fresh design additional technology and a wide range of driver safety systems that Hyundai says is the most comprehensive in its class.
Let us start with the i20’s styling, which is both familiar and fresh at the same time. Hyundai current design language is found with the wide grille and edgy lines in the front fascia. The i20’s high beltline is still prevalent in profile, connecting with a new quarter window at the C-pillar. At the back, the i20 gains a full width LED lamp, connecting new taillights mounted in a new hatch design that looks cleaner compared to the previous model The rear fascia looks a tad cleaner.
The new i20 looks significantly sharper than the model it replaces and is the latest model to adopt a full width LED strip. We noticing more black surfaces at the back where the upper part of the tailgate is dark, along with roof mounted spoiler as well as the trim pieces flanking the rear window. We not particularly fans of the rearview camera since it sticks out like a sore thumb, but only some of the more expensive cars on sale today have electrically retractable cameras.
Proportion wise, the fresh i20 is still very much a small hatchback. The roof is slightly lower, but the car is approximately one inch wider and ever so slightly longer by just a quarter of an inch. That also translates to a stretched wheelbase of nearly a half inch that means there is a bit more room inside for rear passengers and cargo. Hyundai does not mention specifics for the back seat area, but there is an extra cubic foot 25 liters of capacity in the boot.
We not seeing any N-Line badges on this car, which means the i20 will be getting an even sportier appearance compared to this version. A full fat i20 N is also coming since we have seen spy shots of the hot hatch undergoing testing while hiding underneath the body of the outgoing model.
The big news for the new i20 comes in the tech department. Hyundai offers a 10.25 inch digital instrument cluster that combines with another 10.25 inch center touchscreen for a properly digital experience. Features such as wireless cell phone charging, wireless Apple Car Play, and Android Auto and an eight speaker Bose sound system are among the luxury options and Hyundai offers all kinds of extras through its Bluelink Connected Car Services.
The i20 tech revolution continues with Hyundai Smart Sense safety package, Available systems include a navigation based intelligent cruise control that can monitor the vehicle location and automatically adjust speed. Lane keep assist and lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and cross traffic alert, and an upgraded forward collision warning system that can detect pedestrians are all available on the new car.
Under the hood, the i20 gets a standard issue 1.2 liter four cylinder producing 83 horsepower connected to a five speed manual transmission. Hyundai’s 1.0 liter GDi turbo three cylinder is optional, producing either 99 horse power or 118 horse ppwer and it can be had with a 48 volt mild hybrid power train. Shifting duties with the turbo are handled by either a seven speed dual clutch gearbox or a new six speed intelligent manual that will disconnect the transmission from the engine when the throttle is lifted.
Hyundai, does not yet offer pricing on the new i20, but the car will make its public debut, in a couple of weeks at the Geneva Motor Show 2020.