Hyundai has announced availability of the new 2010 Hyundai i20 small hatch in Australia, priced from $14,990 (Manufacturer's List Price) for the entry-level Active three-door manual, to $23,490 for the top-shelf i20 Premium five-door with automatic transmission.
Although it may appear to borrow the formula of the highly successful Getz, the i20 finally brings Hyundai’s small car into the family with styling and features in line with the new i-series range.
To be sold alongside the $13,990 Getz until its retirement next year, the slightly pricier and much more advanced i20 will square off against the likes of the Toyota Yaris, Mazda2, Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo.
Designed at Hyundai’s European Design Studio in Germany, the i20 has a fresh feel and strong aesthetic appeal.
Confident character lines, flared guards and a chrome-finished radiator grille with integrated ‘H’ logo afford the i20 a youthful yet sophisticated appearance.
Available in three- and five-door bodyshapes, the diminutive i20 draws styling inspiration from its big brother the i30, featuring teardrop headlights that are at once a juxtaposition of gentle corners and angry angles.
Hyundai has added little touches that increase the visual appeal of all models, including body-colour mirrors and door handles, and an oversized matt-black air inlet.
Aimed at younger buyers, the i20 also shares much of its styling with its overseas sibling, the smaller i10. The longer doors of the three-door model (Active only) accentuate the character lines running down the side of the car.
The newest addition to the refreshed Hyundai Australia line-up offers a well-proportioned exterior and an interior that the Korean carmaker says will comfortably accommodate adult passengers in the front and rear seats of both bodystyles.
Three different wheel designs are on offer, with Active models receiving 15” steel wheels with wheel covers, Elite models receiving 15” alloy wheels, and i20 Premium sporting 16” alloys.
The modern interior of the i20 has been thoughtfully designed, with matching metallic finishes on the dash, steering wheel and transmission selector and a new and more efficient seat mechanism.
The three-spoke steering wheel is adjustable for both rake and reach, and in Elite and Premium models, features audio controls.
A digital display sits atop the centre stack, showing the time and ambient temperature, and in Elite and Premium models, trip and economy information.
Active and Elite models are fitted with a black woven fabric on the seats, and Premium models feature a combination cloth-leather trim with red piping.
Air conditioning is standard across the range and includes footwell ducting in the rear, with Automatic Climate Control standard on i20 Premium.
All i20 models benefit from the addition of an innovative glove-box cooling system, a welcome feature usually reserved for compact AWDs. The i20 also features a spacious 295 litre boot.
The i20 has a comprehensive standard equipment list, including power windows and an integrated MP3/WMA-compatible CD player with AM/FM tuner.
There is also an auxiliary audio input jack and a USB input to allow iPod connectivity (optional iPod Direct Connect lead required), however the i20 has lost the Bluetooth connectivity of the Getz.
Body-coloured power mirrors are also standard equipment, with an electronic folding mechanism on five-door models.
Four wheel disc brakes are standard across the range, along with ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, Stability and Traction Control systems.
Active models get dual front airbags, while Elite and Premium models include front side and curtain airbags. Hyundai makes no mention of anti-whiplash head restraints, a standard safety feature on the Getz.
All i20 models offer a full-size spare wheel (alloy on Elite and Premium), and i20 Elite and Premium variants also include front fog lamps, steering wheel audio controls and trip computer.
Like the Getz it will slowly replace over the next year, the i20 offers both 1.4 and 1.6 litre petrol engines, but that's where the similarities end.
The i20 produces more power and torque, while returning improved fuel consumption figures and lower carbon emissions. Both engines feature chain-driven, double overhead camshafts with Hyundai’s Continuously Variable Valve Timing, or CVVT.
The 1.4 litre ‘Gamma’ engine is the only available powertrain in i20 Active models, and produces 73.5kW at 5500rpm and 136Nm at 4200rpm.
Mated to the five-speed manual, the 1.4 litre models return a combined fuel economy of 6.0 l/100km, and 6.4 l/100km when paired with the four-speed automatic. CO2 emissions are rated at 142g/km for the manual and 152g/km for the automatic.
The i20 Elite and Premium models are available with only the 1.6 litre ‘Gamma’ engine, which provides noteworthy power and torque increases over the 1.4 litre models with minimal economy penalty.
The 1.6 litre engine produces 91.1kW at 6300rpm and 156Nm at 4200pm. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is only a fraction higher than the 1.4 litre engine, at 6.1 l/100km for the manual and 6.5 l/100km for the automatic.
CO2 emissions for the 1.6 litre engine are rated at 144g/km for the manual models and 155g/km for models with the automatic transmission.
The i20 employs a MacPherson strut front and torsion-beam rear suspension set up, a fairly conventional arrangement in the light car class. Hyundai has tweaked the i20’s suspension and steering for Australian conditions to ensure a balance between nimble handling and ride quality.
According to Hyundai, the increased use of ultra-high tensile steel has led to improved body rigidity and NVH levels.
The i20 range is covered by Hyundai’s 5 year/unlimited kilometer warranty.
- i20 Active 1.4-litre petrol manual 3-door - $14,990
- i20 Active 1.4-litre petrol manual 5-door - $15,990
- i20 Elite 1.6-litre petrol manual 5-door - $18,490
- i20 Premium 1.6-litre petrol manual 5-door - $21,490
- Automatic transmission $2000
- Optional metallic / mica paint $320
(Manufacturer’s List Prices shown)