Hyundai i20

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Hyundai i20
Hyundai i20 1.2 Intro Edition (Facelift) – Frontansicht, 15. Juli 2012, Düsseldorf.jpg
Manufacturer Hyundai
Production 2008 – 2014
Assembly İzmit, Turkey (Hyundai Assan)[1]
Chennai, India (Hyundai India)
Designer Thomas Bürkle[2]
Body and chassis
Class Supermini
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Engine 1.2 L Kappa I4 (petrol)
1.25 L Kappa I4 (petrol)
1.4 L Gamma I4 (petrol)
1.6 L Gamma I4 (petrol)
1.1 L U-Line CRDI I4 (diesel)
1.4 L U-Line CRDi I4 (diesel)
1.6 L U-Line CRDi I4 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,525 mm (99.4 in)
Length 3,940 mm (155.1 in) (2008–2012)
3,995 mm (157.3 in) (2012–2014)
Width 1,710 mm (67.3 in)
Height 1,490 mm (58.7 in)
Predecessor Hyundai Getz
Successor Hyundai Elite i20

The Hyundai i20 is a supermini car produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 2008. The i20 made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008 and sits between the i10 and i30. It is a front-wheel drive car and is available in three and five-door versions. The i20 replaces the Getz in nearly all of its markets, though the Getz was not phased out in most of the world until 2011. The i20 is assembled in Turkey (İzmit plant) for the European market (CKD kits from India)[3] and in Sriperumbudur (near Chennai), India for sale in Asia[4] and Oceania.[5]

The i20 is not sold in South Korea, North America, and the Philippines, as those markets have the Accent hatchback. The i20 was discontinued in the Indonesian market in 2012 due to the introduction of the Accent hatchback, which is known there as the Grand Avega.[6]

A slightly upgraded version of the i20, called the i-Gen i20, went on sale in India in March 2012 onward with tweaked headlamps, new front grille, tail lamps, and fog lamps. It follows the "Fluidic Sculpture" design philosophy with slightly re-tuned engines. A new next generation model, Elite i20, was launched in India on August 11th, 2014.[7]


2012 Hyundai i20 facelift
Pre-facelift Hyundai i20 rear view
Facelifted Hyundai i20 rear view

The Hyundai i20 uses a completely new platform that was created at Hyundai's European technical centre in Rüsselsheim to allow Hyundai to move into Europe's highly competitive subcompact B-segment. A 2,525 mm (99.4 in) wheelbase helps endow the i20 with a generous passenger cabin. Suspension follows the supermini norm of MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam rear end with rack and pinion steering.


The i20 will debut in Europe with a total of seven engine options and will be having a second car coming in 2 years time with the name of i20 elite, all with four cylinders. Three are petrol, including the recently designed 1248 cc dohc 16 valve "Aditeya" engine, while the rest are diesel engines. Two of the diesel engines are 1396 cc units, one with 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) and 220 N·m (160 lb·ft) and the other a 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) and 220 N·m (160 lb·ft) high power unit. They are joined by two 1582 cc engines having the same dohc and 16-valve top end architecture but delivering either 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) and 156 N·m (115 lb·ft) of torque or 128 PS (94 kW; 126 hp) and 157 N·m (116 lb·ft) of torque.

Hyundai claims that 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) diesel unit can return a class leading 115g/km of CO2 while sipping just one litre of HSD[clarification needed] to go 23.25 km/L (65.7 mpg-imp; 54.7 mpg-US) (4.3L/100 km) in the European combined driving cycle.[citation needed] All diesel engines and 1.2 and 1.4 petrol engines come mated to five-speed manual transmission, there is an option of a four-speed automatic for some 1.4 petrol engined models, the 1.6 is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

In the Indian market, the Hyundai i20 is powered by an 1.2L Kappa engine with 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) power at 5200 rpm and 114 N·m (84 lb·ft) torque at 4000rpm. It also comes with a 1.4L gamma gasoline which has 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) power at 5500 rpm and 139 N·m (103 lb·ft) torque at 4200 rpm, but is mated only to a four-speed automatic transmission. The i20 CRDi diesel has 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 4000 rpm and 224 N·m (165 lb·ft) torque between 1750–2750 rpm, and comes with a six-speed manual transmission.[8]

In Australia, the i20 was originally offered as a 1.4 petrol with a $3500 option of the Gamma II G4FC 1.6 petrol engine. The 1.6 makes 91 kW at 6300rpm and 157Nm at 4200rpm. However with the arrival of the new 1.6 powered Accent in late 2011, the 1.6L option on the i20 has been dropped.


Euro NCAP test results
Hyundai i20 (2009)[9]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 32 88%
Child occupant: 41 83%
Pedestrian: 23 64%
Safety assist: 6 86%

The Hyundai i20 earned from Euro NCAP a maximum 5 star safety rating [10] and scored six out of a maximum of seven points in the "safety assist" category, receiving top marks for its belt reminder and electronic stability programme which minimises the risk of skidding by braking individual wheels.[11] The i20 was named one of Euro NCAP's "top five safest cars for 2009", which was based on Euro NCAP's maximum five star awards and their overall score.[12]

The Hyundai i20 features starts with 6-airbags—for driver and passenger in the front along with side and curtain airbags for rear passengers, whilst the Antilock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) which helps to control in slippery surfaces.

Hyundai i20 has got new addition in its safety features like rain sensing wipers and automatic darkness sensing headlamps, central locking, impact sensing auto door unlock, keyless entry along with front & rear fog lamps and advanced engine immobilizer.


Main article: Hyundai i20 WRC
Hyundai i20 WRC

The Hyundai i20 WRC is a World Rally Car built by Hyundai for use in the 2014 World Rally Championship.[13] It is based on the i20, and was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, marking Hyundai's return to the WRC after a ten-year absence.[14] The car is scheduled to make its first competitive appearance at the 2014 Rallye Monte Carlo, but may compete during the 2013 season to aid development.[15]

The car will be operated by Hyundai's performance division, Hyundai Motorsport from a base in Frankfurt, Germany.[16]


Hyundai has launched the 2014 i20 in India. The 2014 i20 is sold as Hyundai Elite i20 in India and it has some customizations to the dimensions which differentiates it from the European model. It will make its European debut during October 2014, at the Paris Motor Show.[17]


  1. ^ "Hyundai confirms i20 for Izmit plant". Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  2. ^ "Thomas Bürkle". Hyundai Motor UK Ltd. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Hyundai i20 Production in Turkey by Next May". Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  4. ^ Ford Unveils First Small Car in India
  5. ^ Crawford, Anthony (2010-07-15). "Hyundai i20 Review | Car Advice | Reviews". Car Advice. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  6. ^ "Hyundai Indonesia Pensiunkan i20" [Hyundai Indonesia retires the i20] (in Indonesian). Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Shivank Bhatt. "Hyundai’s all-new Elite i20 launched at Rs 4.90 lakh". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  8. ^ Team BHP
  9. ^ "Euro NCAP results for Hyundai i20". 2009. 
  10. ^ Euro NCAP 2009/5/27
  11. ^ Hyundai i20 scores top in safety tests
  12. ^ Euro NCAP announces top five safest cars of 2009 January 28, 2010. CarAdvice
  13. ^ Evans, David (17 December 2012). "Hyundai World Rally Car makes European test debut". (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "Hyundai". World Rally Archive. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  15. ^ Evans, David (27 September 2012). "Hyundai reveals new i20 World Rally Car". (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  16. ^ Evans, David (19 December 2012). "Hyundai's early WRC effort was more than just a show car". Motorsport News. 
  17. ^

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