Hyundai Elite i20 has a CVT gearbox now

The Elite i20 has been updated for 2018 with a new face and new features. Will that be enough for the Hyundai hatch to halt the Maruti Baleno’s onslaught?

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The Hyundai Elite i20 is one of the most popular cars in its segment. It was launched in India in August 2014 and has since been updated a few times to keep up with its competitors. Now, it has been given a makeover to help keep it competitive. The facelifted model brings with its refreshed looks and new features. Hyundai India has launched the 2018 Elite i20 for starting price of Rs 5.34 lakh (ex-showroom).

Specifications 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 (Petrol) 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 (Diesel)
Price* Rs 5.34 lakh – Rs 7.90 lakh Rs 6.73 lakh – Rs 9.15 lakh
Engine DOHC, 16-valve, naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre Dual VTVT Kappa DOHC, 16-valve, turbocharged inline-four 1.4-litre U2 CRDi
Power 83HP 90HP
Torque 115Nm 220Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual/ CVT 6-speed manual
Front Suspension Independent type, McPherson struts with coil springs Independent type, McPherson struts with coil springs
Rear Suspension Torsion Beam with coil springs Torsion Beam with coil springs
Front Brake Disc brakes Disc brakes
Rear Brake Drum brakes Drum brakes
Length 3,985mm 3,985mm
Width 1,734mm 1,734mm
Height 1,505mm 1,505mm
Wheelbase 2,570mm 2,570mm
Mileage N/A N/A
Fuel Tank Capacity N/A N/A

*all prices ex-showroom

What’s new about the 2018 Hyundai Elite i20?

The 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 is a facelifted model of the popular Korean sub-4m hatchback. The facelift sees the car get the company’s signature cascading grille (seen on cars like Grand i10, Xcent and all-new Verna). On the outside, the car gets redesigned bumpers, refreshed headlamps and taillamps, new design for alloy wheels, and repositioning of the rear number plate housing. The redesigned front bumpers now redirect airflow over the front wheels’ sides (like Elantra).

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The changes continue to the interior of the car. Inside, the Elite i20 gets a new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and Mirror Link functionalities. Not to be missed is the Auto Link software that relays key vehicle information to a linked smartphone. It gets dual fronts airbags and ABS as standard safety features. However, it also offers features like up to 6 airbags, rear seat armrest with cupholders, and projector headlamps with cornering function.

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On the powertrain front, the engines remain unchanged. There is a 1.2-litre four-cylinder Kappa petrol engine on offer and a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine as well. Both engines’ outputs are unchanged. Moreover, the manual transmission options with both engines remain the same. A five-speed manual transmission comes with the petrol engine while the diesel engine makes do with a six-speed manual gearbox. However, the petrol now gets a new CVT automatic gearbox for a price of RS 7.04 lakh (ex-showroom).

Is the Hyundai Elite i20 worth consideration?

The Elite i20 is one of the key volume drivers for Hyundai India. At 9,847 units, it is the second-most sold car in its segment in December 2017, losing only to Maruti Suzuki Baleno. This car always offered something extra to its buyers. One of these extras is a feature built into its parking camera which is called steering adaptive parking guidelines. These are parking guidelines that turn corresponding to the car’s steering. Another is cornering headlamp function that lights up the turns ahead to help the driver negotiate it with ease at night.

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The Elite i20 is one of the oldest hatchbacks in its segment, having been launched in India back in 2014. Despite that fact, its design has aged quite well. These are just some of the reasons that make this car special. However, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is one hell of a competitor. Its incredible value-for-money proposition is hard to ignore even for non-Maruti Suzuki fans. The Elite i20 has been updated partially in response to how the Baleno has been received by the buyers.

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The one factor not working in Elite i20’s favour is pricing. The Baleno’s prices range between Rs 5.35 lakh – Rs 8.49 lakh as against Elite i20’s Rs 5.34 lah – Rs 9.15 lakh (all prices ex-showroom). This make the Baleno a better purchase proposition for those looking for the maximum bang for their buck. The Elite i20 loses crucial ground to the Baleno here. So, one may consider the Elite i20 but they will find it difficult to avoid the allure of Baleno and the purchase proposition it offers. That does not make it a bad option but just a pricier option. If one can live with that, this car is worth considering.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 – Synopsis

  • Price starts from 5.34 lakh (ex-showroom)
  • Engine and gearbox options remain unchanged
  • No change in power and torque figures of either engine
  • Petrol engine to get CVT automatic gearbox option in May 2018
  • Gets redesigned bumpers and Hyundai’s signature cascading grille
  • Gets Elantra-inspired front bumpers that redirect airflow over front wheels
  • Feature new alloy wheels along with repositioned rear number plate housing
  • Gets cornering headlamp function to aid night-time driving
  • Features a new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Infotainment system features Android Auto, Apple Carplay, and Mirror Link options
  • Auto Link connects the car with a user’s smartphone
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