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Hyundai Elite i20 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Apr 08 2020 Share this blog

When it comes to manufacturing best-selling cars and consistently performing cars, the only name that comes into mind and is Hyundai Motors. The South-Korea based company has been into the Indian market for decades and managed to overshadow some of the prominent market players like Honda and Maruti Suzuki. Now, bettering into the third generation, the Hyundai Elite i20 is a car that excites its customers every time with its latest features and reliability. The Elite i20 hatchback is not only one of the popular cars from Hyundai but also one of the best selling premium hatchbacks in India right now. Launched back in 2014,  the i20 Elite needed a much-anticipated revamp for its Indian buyers. Now, Hyundai Motors has once again brought excitement by showcasing the third-gen Hyundai i20 Elite at Geneva Motor Show. 

Hyundai Elite i20 rear side profile

The Elite i20 price in India starts at Rs.5.52 Lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi) and goes all the way up to Rs.9.34 Lakh, keeping it in the category of affordable as well as expensive car to buy in the segment. First things first, the i20 Elite hatch takes up arms against the most in-demand top-selling car, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and also rivals the Honda Jazz and Volkswagen’s Polo. Reportedly, Hyundai India sold around 1,2 Lakh units of Elite i20 in India, making it the second-best-selling premium hatchback in India.  This year 2020 marks the entry of Hyundai Elite i20 facelift and we will see how it outperforms its rivals with the latest offerings. 

What we like

  • Great all-round car 

  • Put-together cabin with plenty of features

  • spacious interior with good quality material

  • Good ride quality in city

What we don’t like

  • Suspension is soft for spirited driving

  • Petrol engine not as impressive as the diesel

  • Steering lacks the required feedback

What’s new in the 2020 Hyundai Elite i20?

  • Redesigned front and rear ends

  • New 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen  

  • New dashboard layout with sweeping horizontal blades

  • New LED headlamps with integrated LED DRLs

Hyundai i20 Elite Variants and specification

The Hyundai i20 Elite Sedan is available with 10 variants on offer in total, excluding the dual-tone variants. There are four Elite i20 variants namely, Era, Magna Plus, Sportz Plus, and Asta Optional, all the other variants are the derivatives of these four. There are two engines on offer, the first one is a 1.2-liter petrol motor and the second one is a 1.4-liter diesel mill. There are three gearbox options available, two of them being manual transmissions. The petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and diesel one gets a 6-speed manual transmission. In addition to these, the petrol variant is available with a CVT automatic gearbox as well. 

Variants

ERA

MAGNA PLUS

SPORTZ PLUS

ASTA OPTIONAL

Price Petrol(Ex-Delhi) in INR

Rs. 5.52 Lakh
Rs. 6.27 Lakh

Rs. 7.14 Lakh/ Rs. 8.24 Lakh - CVT


Rs. 8.08 Lakh/ Rs.9.13 Lakh


Price Diesel(Ex-Delhi) in INR

Rs.6.9 Lakh

Rs.7.63 Lakh

Rs.8.39 Lakh


Rs.9.34 Lakh

Features 


Driver & PassengerAirbags

All the features of ERA and:

All the features of Magna plus and:

All the features of Sportz Plus and:

Reverse Parking Sensors

Front Fog Lamps

Rear Camera with Display

Side & Curtain Airbags

Central locking (Door & Tailgate)

Sunglass holder

Rear Defogger with Timer

Automatic Headlamps

Speed Sensing Auto Door Locks

2-DIN Integrated Radio + MP3 Player

Height adjustable driver seat

Height Adjustable Seat Belt - Driver & Passenger

Front seat adjustable headrest

Steering Wheel with Audio & Bluetooth Controls

17.77 cm Touch Screen with IPS Display Audio Video Navigation System

R16 Diamond-cut Alloys

Clutch Footrest

Rear AC vents

Wireless Charger- CVT

Push Button Start/Stop

Accessory Socket 12V- Front

Glovebox Cooling

Electric folding + Auto foldingOVRMs

Fully Automatic AC

Hyundai Elite i20 diesel versions do not come with CVT transmission or an automatic gearbox option. The base variant, Era petrol, has been priced at Rs. 5.52 lakhs (Ex-showroom Delhi) and the top of the line Asta Optional with diesel engine, has been priced at Rs. 9.34 lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi).

Which Variant to choose?

We would recommend the Hyundai Elite i20 Sportz plus variant with the Diesel engine as this variant has all the necessary features that should be in a modern-day car. You can also go with the petrol engine option with the same variant but we would recommend the diesel engine as it has better driveability and performance than the petrol engine. The Sportz plus variant with the diesel engine is also the best-selling variant of the Elite i20. The demand of the diesel is such that Hyundai has priced the top of the line diesel variant with a manual transmission, higher than the top of the line Automatic Petrol variant.

Hyundai Elite i20 Offers and Scheme (April 2020)

Car
Offer/Discount scheme
Hyundai Elite i20
indicative Rs 35K Benefits

*Offer basis March 2020 shall continue till April 2020 due to COVID-19 lockdown in India

Hyundai  i20 Elite Engine and Transmission explained

The Hyundai Elite i20 engine comprises of both petrol and diesel units along with three gearbox options. Since India's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki has marked an exit from the diesel engine market by April 2020, Hyundai has shown no sign to do the same anytime soon. with the i10 Elite available in both engine versions, the buyers do get a chance to opt for their preferred engine type without much confusion in mind. In a step toward the green future, Hyundai recently steeped into the Electric Vehicle segment with its Kona model. 

Hyundai Elite i20 1.2 - Liter Petrol Power mill

Since the restrictions imposed on diesel cars by the government and the difference between diesel and petrol prices getting smaller. The demand for petrol engines has seen a spike again. Hyundai offers the same old tried and tested, petrol engine which debuted in the first generation i20. The petrol mill is a 1.2-L 4 cylinder motor that pumps out 81.86 bhp of power and 117Nm of peak torque. There have been minor changes done to the engine to make it more refined and efficient and the power has been dropped by 1 bhp. This engine also powers many of Hyundai’s other car model likes the Grand i10 and Xcent. 

Hyundai Elite i20 1.2 - Liter Petrol Power mill

This engine feels adequate for the most part and you should not expect and explosive performance here. The engine is superbly refined and it’s hard to tell if the engine is running or not, when on idle. The urban performance feels quite adequate and most drivers would not find much to complain within the city. Hyundai has kept the initial gears ratios short which helps to improve its driveability. The torque on offer is still on the lower side and you would need to rev up the engine while moving off the line. This can be a big annoyance to some in a stop-go traffic situation.

Models (Petrol)

Hyundai Elite i20 

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Honda Jazz

Volkswagen Polo

Price (Ex-Delhi)  in INR

Rs. 5.52 Lakhs

Rs. 5.97 Lakhs

Rs. 7.45 Lakhs

Rs. 5.87 Lakhs

Engine

1.2L Kappa Petrol Inline-4 Naturally aspirated

1.2L K-Series VVT 4-cylinder

1.2L i-Vtec petrol Inline-4 Naturally aspirated

1.0L MPI Inline-3 Naturally aspirated

Transmission

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

Power (bhp)

81@6000rpm

83@6000rpm

89@6000rpm

75@6200rpm

Torque(N-m)

117@4000rpm

115@4000rpm

110@4800rpm

95@3000rpm

On the highway, this engine needs to be worked upon in order to get the most out of it. Overtaking slow-moving traffic requires prior planning as the engine runs out of juice quickly, asking for an upshift. What helps though is the 5-speed gearbox, which is quite slick-shifting and is a joy to operate. Overall, this engine feels adequate if you work with a light foot and don’t get too aggressive on the gas pedal.

Hyundai Elite i20 1.4 - Liter Diesel Power mill 

Hyundai has carried forward even the diesel engine from the first generation Elite i20. This engine has also undergone some minor changes to reduce the turbo lag. The power delivery is now much more linear and there is ample torque even before the turbo kicks in. The diesel motor churns out 88.76 bhp of power and 224 Nm of peak torque. The ample torque on offer give this engine excellent driveability. Within the city, the engine starts off the line cleanly making it easy to manage in stop and go traffic conditions. It certainly feels more lively than the petrol engine, especially in the lower RPMs.

Hyundai Elite i20 1.4 - Liter Diesel Power mill

The turbo kicks in after 1800 rpm which improves the driveability of the engine even further. Once on the highway, this engine requires no prior overtaking plans like the petrol mill, more torque on offer makes sure overtaking is a breeze. If you keep the engine on the boil, the open-road performance is quite rewarding. This engine is an excellent highway cruiser and can munch in miles all day long. It gets the same gearbox but the extra ratio of the 6th gear enables it to maintain trip digit speeds all day long. Hyundai really knows how to refine its engines, hence this engine also feels superbly refined and you cannot make out its a diesel motor without looking at the rev counter. On higher RPMs, though the clutch pedal is prone to some vibrations. But overall, this is an excellent motor for the city as well as highway use.

How well does the Hyundai Elite i20 accelerate?

Most users are looking for a premium experience and good mileage figures in this segment rather than outright performance. But there are cars in this segment which can do a 0-100 kmph in less than 10 seconds. But the Elite i20 is not one of them, due to its heavier kerb weight the petrol Elite i20 completes its 0-100 kmph sprint in 13.99 seconds making it the second slowest car in its segment. 

Models

Hyundai Elite i20 

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Honda Jazz

Volkswagen Polo

0-100 KMPH

13.99 sec

12.3 sec

12.9 sec

16.00 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

1.2L Kappa Petrol Inline-4 Naturally aspirated

1.2L K-Series VVT 4-cylinder

1.2L i-Vtec petrol Inline-4 Naturally aspirated

1.2L Dragon Petrol Inline-3 Naturally aspirated

The slowest car of the segment is undoubtedly, the Volkswagen Polo as it comes with a 3-cylinder puny engine and makes the least power of all.

How is Hyundai Elite i20's ride quality?

Even while the Indian road conditions are improving at a steady rate, they are still known to have an impression of being infested with potholes. With such road conditions, good ride quality becomes even more important, especially for those undertaking long journeys. The Elite showcases a mature ride quality under most Indian road conditions. The suspension soaks the bumps and potholes quite well under city conditions. Even while on the highway, it manages to keep the vertical movements under check. This makes it a sure-footed car to even drive on triple-digit speeds as there is no nervousness felt like the previous generation i20. Hyundai has worked well on the suspension and it is one of the most crucial aspects they have improved upon. Only very large potholes manage to unsettle the car but it still works silently and not thuds or clunks are felt inside the cabin.

Hyundai Elite i20 ride and handling

The steering feel and feedback is not class-leading but feels much improved when compared to the older Hyundai cars. At city speeds its super-duper light which makes it easy to park the car into tight parking spaces. The lightness of the steering is loved by some as it helps to nip through traffic with ease. Once on the highway, the steering does pick up more heft but still feels a bit nervous. The steering feel and feedback can surely be improved, especially for highway speeds. Overall, the ride and handling package is quite satisfactory.

How well do the Elite i10 brakes bite?

Hyundai has removed the rear drum brakes which were offered in the previous generation of i20 Elite and now has replaced them with drum brakes. Hyundai could have done this for cost-cutting but also it might be because it is the norm in the segment. Nevertheless, the hardware provided is nothing to complain about as it is capable of shedding speed quickly. The brake pedal feels a bit spongy but the i20 stops from triple-digit speeds without much drama.

Model

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Honda Jazz

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Drum

Curb Weight (kg)

1080

865

1042

1015

Most cars in this segment perform as expected but the braking distance also depends on the tire compound and the size. Most of the top variants come with fatter tires which help reduce the braking distance in case of emergency braking. 

How much fuel-efficient is Elite i20's engine?

Most of the hatchback buyers in India are more or less concerned about the mileage figures at first place after they have budget in mind. The Hyundai i20 mileage is not anything ground-breaking or at par with the segment. The petrol variant provides an overall fuel efficiency of 18.6 kmpl and the diesel engine returns 22 kmpl of mileage.

Model

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Honda Jazz V

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Mileage (Kmpl)

18.6

22

18.2

18.7

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

40

37

40

45

Range (Km)

744

814

728

841.5

The Elite i20 is mostly compared with its arch-nemesis, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno. The Baleno remains the queen of the segment in terms of mileage and easily beats the i20. This is mostly due to the lighter kerb weight of the Baleno.

Hyundai i20 Elite Exterior Design and Styling

The Hyundai Elite i20 has got a very European design layout which is known for its timeless characteristics. The 2nd generation i20 looks nothing like the previous one as it adopts the Hyundai’s Fluidic design philosophy.  In the third generation of Elite i20, we would see Hyundai's latest design language of ‘Sensuous Sportiness,’  with revamped front and rear profile. The front fascia is somewhat similar to what we see on the new Elantra with fog lamp housings resemble air vents. The air dam located below the front grille and the sculpted bonnet also enhances the sporty characteristics of the hatchback. 

Hyundai elite i20 front profile


The front is dominated by a large hexagonal radiator grille with swept-back headlamps. It looks neat from the front and Hyundais has recently added what they call air curtain in the front to improve the aerodynamics of the car. The DRLs have been installed in the front bumper and not across the headlamps.

From the side, the i20 looks sporty and has balanced proportions. Hyundai has updated the tail lamps at the rear and now they look much plainer than the previous one. This is not a welcome change for some as the previous tail lamp cluster looked much much sophisticated. Nevertheless, the i20 looks well balanced and is one of the best looking cars in its segment.

Model

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Honda Jazz V

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Kerb weight (kg)

1080

865

1042

1015

Length(mm)

3985

3995

3955

3971

Width(mm)

1734

1745

1694

1682

Height(mm)

1505

1510

1544

1469

Ground clearance (mm)

167

170

165

165

Wheelbase (mm)

2570

2520

2530

2469

As confirmed by Hyundai at the time of launch, i20 still has the longest wheelbase in its segment but it is shorter than the previous generation i20 in overall length. In terms of overall dimension, the i20 is neither the widest nor the longest car in its segment. 

Hyundai i20 Elite Interior and Seating comfort

i20 Elite's cabin experience is one of the most important aspects that makes a normal hatchback into a premium hatchback. Hyundai seems to have taken the utmost care in this department and given the hatchback everything to make its passengers feel special. The cabin quality is simply the best in its segment and Hyundai has been excellent with its quality control process. 

Hyundai Elite i20 dashboard


There are no inconsistent panel gaps that you can find in the i20 unlike some of its rivals. The plastics used feel made of top-notch quality but there is no soft-touch material inside the cabin. All the buttons and knobs feel durable and built to last. The ergonomics are also the best in its segment as everything is well within reach. There are adequate storage spaces too inside the cabin.

The front seats provide superior under-thigh support and you don’t get tossed around even in sharp turns due to the excellent bolstering on the sides. Overall visibility is also good if not great and a deal pedal has been provided on all variants. It is easy to find a good seating position due to the height-adjustable feature available on the top variant. 

Hyundai Elite i20 rear seat bench


The rear bench is wide enough to seat 3 comfortably but the shoulder room might not be adequate for taller passengers due to sloping roofline. Overall, the Elite i20s cabin can easily match its European counterparts in terms of quality and still provides the best cabin experience in its price range.

Model

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Honda Jazz V

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Volkswagen and the Elite i20 are neck and neck in terms of interior cabin quality. The Polo gets all-black interiors but the i20 gets some beige colored elements which make it feel roomier. When it comes to space, the Baleno takes the top spot and nothing can beat it in terms of the sheer size in the segment. Where the i20 moves ahead of the Baleno is the overall experience inside the cabin as the i20 feels much more premium than the Baleno.

Creature comforts on offer

  • Push Start-Stop button

  • Auto Up/Down driver side power window

  • Height and Tilt-adjustable steering wheel

  • Manual height-adjustable driver’s seat

  • Anti-pinch driver window

  • Rear AC vents

  • Cooled Glovebox

  • Wireless Charger

How advanced is the Elite i20's infotainment system?

Hyundai offers best-in-class BlueSense telematics with Hyundai Venue in India. It enables many over the phone functions due to a connected sim-card embedded inside the car. But unfortunately, the Elite i20 hasn’t received any such feature yet as Hyundai has reserved it for the 2020 i20. Nevertheless, the infotainment system on the current i20 is one of the best in its segment. We would see much-upgraded infotainment in the third generation Hyundai Elite i20 as per the teaser displayed before its scheduled launch at Geneva Motor Show in March this year.  

Hyundai Elite i20 infotainment system

It is quite fluid and easy to use and comes with in-built GPS navigation too. The sound output is great but not class-leading as Tata's new Altroz provides the best acoustic experience now in this segment.

  • 7” Touchscreen Infotainment system

  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity

  • Bluetooth, FM, AM

  • Voice Command

  • In-built Navigation

  • 4 speaker with 2 front tweeters

  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity

How much spacious is Hyundai Elite i20 boot?

Many cars in this segment come with enough boot space that can put some compact sedans to shame. Unfortunately, the Elite i20 is not one of them as it comes with one of the smallest size boot in its segment. With 285-litres of cargo space, the Elite i20 truly appears to provide limited space but on the other hand, the in-cabin space is justified when you talk about the legroom and headroom provided. 

Hyundai Elite i20 boot space behind rear seat

 The only car it manages to beat is the Volkswagen Polo but only by a margin. Nevertheless, the boot is big enough to pack in two medium-sized travel suitcases. The loading lid is on the lower side hence it is easy to load and unload the luggage.

Model

Hyundai Elite i20 Era

Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma

Honda Jazz V

Volkswagen Polo Trendline

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (Litres)

285

339

354

280

The car that trumps all its rivals in terms of boot space is the Honda Jazz. The Jazz is an excellent car in terms of the space on offer but unfortunately due to low demand, Honda has decided not to launch the new Jazz in India for now.

Hyundai i20 Elite Safety and Reliability

Every manufacturer has added some safety features to their existing line up due to the crash safety norms kicking in India next year. Hyundai is also one of those manufacturers and now the i20 Elite safety features include ABS with EBD and dual front airbags as standard. 

All airbags inside Hyundai Elite i20

The top of the line Asta Optional variant gets the side curtain airbags as well now. The Indian made Hyundai Elite i20 received 3 stars in the Global Ncap crash test rating which is just average but only the dual Airbag variant was tested.

Safety Features:

The Hyundai i20 Elite safety features on offer include:

  • Speed-sensing door lock

  • 6 airbags system

  • ABD with ESC and EBD

  • Rear Parking Sensor

  • Rear Backup Camera

  • Driver side Load Pre-tensioner and limiter

  • Driver Seat Belt reminder

  • Auto Up/Down Power Window with Pinch Guard

Hyundai i20 Elite vs Competitors

Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Hyundai Elite i20 Vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Maruti Suzuki’s Baleno has rocked up the whole segment since its inception and continues to be at the top of the sales charts. This is due to the best in class mileage figures provided by the Baleno and also Suzuki’s extensive after-sales network in India. The Hyundai’s i20, however, manages to provide a more premium cabin experience. It also feels more robust and offers a better ride quality as well. Hence, if you are looking for a frugal car then the Baleno is the right choice but if you are looking for a more premium cabin experience then the Elite i20 is the car for you.

Hyundai Elite i20 vs Honda Jazz

Hyundai Elite i20 vs Honda Jazz

Honda’s Jazz offers you a peppy engine as well as a spacious cabin. It comes loaded with features and also stands out in terms of looks. It is a very practical car and also comes with a much more bigger boot compared to the Elite i20. Also, if you compare the automatic options of the two cars, the Jazz feels better to drive and the CVT gearbox of the Jazz is quicker. But the Jazz is no match for the Elite i20 in terms of the features on offer and the cabin experience. Hence, the Jazz is focused more on practicality while the i20 is more on the premium side.

Hyundai Elite i20 vs Volkswagen Polo

Hyundai Elite i20 vs Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen’s Polo is the only German offering in this segment and that is imminent once you are behind its wheels. It has the best driving dynamics in the segment and the car feels quite robust. Volkswagen has also tuned Polo’s suspension according to the Indian road conditions and it offers one of the best riding and handling package in the segment. The interior built quality is also top-notch and it lives up to the premium hatchback name. But the biggest drawback on the Polo is its 3-cylinder engine whereas the i20 offers a much better engine option. Hence overall, the i20 is a better performing car unless you go for the Polo’s more expensive, GT variant.

Final Verdict

There is no doubt that the Elite i20 is an all-rounder, but with the premium hatchback segment taking the most space on the sales chart, it is not easy to be at the top. With time, Hyundai upgraded its best-selling i20 hatchback in order to serve its customers in a better manner. Knowing Hyundai’s excellent and reliable after-sales network in India, the second-generation Elite i10 still manages to bring sales like hotcakes. If you are looking to buy a car right now that offers a truly premium experience, the current Elite i20 at an entry-level price of Rs. 5.52 Lakh is not a bad option. 

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