Hyundai i20 Active crossover : Four things one needs to know
The Hyundai i20 was launched in India in 2008 and has proved to be a mojor success for Hyundai in the Indian market. Since its launch, the i20 has been launched in two generations, with the latter having variations such as the i20 Elite and the i20 Active
A crossover vehicle a hatch back with a stiffer chassis and higher ground clearance, giving them characteristics of a SUV with the size of a hatchback. On the exterior the grille has been inverted with a large lower bumper extending into the grille. The head lamps now LED day time running lamps. The Active also hasmatte black underlinings to the bumbers and side skirts. The Active also comes in Active new colour schemes to keep it apart from the Elite i20. Compared to the Hyundai i20 Elite, the headlamps are altered with rounded edges from their trapezoidal design with additional cornering function. There are satin-finish roof rails and fuel lid in distinct colour from the body. The alloys are also redesigned to look similar to the Elite i20.
On the interior, the steering wheel has functions to ease the driver with controls such as automatic lane changing signals, which only works when theheadlamps are on. The Elite i20’s dashboard layout has been borrowed to the Active, while getting few more stylized items. The Hyundai i20 Active also gets dual tone black and orange toned decor, sports pedals, chilled glove box and a colour coded gear knob. The AC vents of the i20 Active have a brown outline around them, but may look distracting. The Elite i20 is the most spacious car in its segment and the Active continues the trend wth a boot space is also similar to the i20, which is 285 litres.
Under the hood:
Under the skin, Hyundai has revamped the traditional petrol and diesel engines to give 6% higher torque in lower gear for the petrol version and11% for the diesel. This transalates into better low and mid-range performance. The second generation 1.4 diesel engine makes 90bhp and 220Nm while the 1.2 petrol makes 83bhp and 114Nm. The 1.4 has a six-speed gear box with the petrol attached to a five-speed manual. Hyundai claims a fuel efficiency is 17.19 kmpl in petrol and 21.19kmpl for the diesel.
In the market:
The Hyundai i20 Active now goes against the Volkswagen Cross Polo, Toyota Etios Cross and the Fiat Avventura. The Cross Polo has 103 bhp and 250 Nmis the most powerful compared to the Fiat with 91.2 bhp and 197 Nm, and the Toyota 67 bhp and 170 nm, and the i20 Active with 83 bhp and 220Nm. In fuel economy, the Toyota leads with 23.6 kmpl, Fiat 20.5 kmpl, Hyundai 21.2 kmpl and the Fiat with 19.9kmpl. The Fiat is the cheapest at 6 lac to 8.2 lac, the Toyota at 6.2 lac to 7 lac. The Hyundai slots itself between them at 6.4 lac and 8.9 lac. The Volkswagen is the most expensive at 6.9 lac to 8.4 lac. The Hyundai i20 Active Crossover is a good looking car with decent equipment and good handling, also the pricing of the i20 is competitive enough to give its rivals a run for their money.