Hyundai Elite i20 Hatchback First Look Review

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Hyundai Elite i20 Overview

It’s the facelift of a very popular premium hatchback, so naturally, there was a lot of anticipation for it. When the wraps came off it at the 2018 Auto Expo, however, the first impression was that not much had changed. Even afterwards, when we placed photos of the old and new side by side, it was a tricky game of ‘spot the difference’. Now that we have the car with us for some closer inspection, let’s see if there’s more than meets the eye.

Hyundai Elite i20 Look

As you’d expect of a facelift, the most significant changes are cosmetic. Up front, the Elite i20 sports the new Hyundai family grille, which essentially gives the old grille a shot of botox. That aside, the front bumper looks sharper and gets smaller front fog lamp enclosures. A cool touch here is that they include slim air curtains to reduce drag.The only noticeable changes on the sides are the restyled 16-inch alloy wheels of the Asta dual-tone and Asta (O) variants. They’re a direct lift off the European-spec i20 and look quite sporty.Check for Hyundai Elite i20 price in Pune.

It’s the rear end where the changes are easier to spot. The number plate has been moved from the bumper to the boot; the bumper itself gets an Xcent-esque black insert and the tail lights get revised internal detailing (they still aren’t LEDs but do look the part).Also, no more ‘VTVT’ or ‘CRDi’ badging at the rear and you’ve now got two new colour options – ‘Fiery Red’ and ‘Passion Orange’. Our test car sports the prior and for the life of us, we can’t tell the new red apart from the old ‘Red Passion’.

Hyundai Elite i20 Comfort

Speaking of the cabin, it receives a few nips and tucks too. The most important is the new touchscreen infotainment system, which now incorporates an IPS display that has lesser glare and is easier to read from varied angles. The operating system now uses a greyscale theme for its icons and menus, replacing the blue theme seen on the outgoing model. The system is compatible with Hyundai’s new smartphone app (that debuted with the Verna) that lets you monitor your driving patterns, track service history, and schedules and access certain vehicular functions like trip data. Hyundai has also thrown in an additional USB charging port that sits in line with the USB media port and 12V socket in the centre console. My carpool companions, then, feel happier in the new Elite i20 than our long-term Tucson loaner!

If you don’t opt for the aforementioned dual-tone colour scheme for the exterior, then by default the Elite i20 ships with a black and beige combination for the dashboard and upholstery. The mid-life update now uses a darker shade of beige for better endurance to dusty conditions. The upholstery is done up in matching shades too and has a new pattern compared to the outgoing car. There is no change to the seating arrangement or to the contouring of the seats. They are quite comfortable and I still feel that the rear seat could have done with more recline.

Choosing the range-topping trim seen here, let’s you secure the cabin with up to six airbags. Unlike the Grand i10, the Elite i20 is a more responsible car and gives you anti-lock brakes and the driver and front passenger airbags as a standard fit. The rear seats now come with Isofix child seat anchorage too.

Hyundai Elite i20 Transmission

There have been no mechanical changes on this facelifted i20, but there has been a bit of retuning to both the engine and the chassis. For instance, Hyundai says it has achieved a nine percent increase in fuel economy thanks to a slight remapping of the engine and those aero ducts in the front bumper. In truth, you can feel it a bit when you drive. In this diesel car, for example, the bottom end feels a bit stronger and some of the punch at the top end is missing, thanks to changes to the fuelling. The change is not too drastic, and if you drive primarily in the city, you will appreciate the improved low-end responses. What remains unchanged is the smooth nature of this motor and the light and easy gearshift action.

Hyundai claims a nine percent improvement in fuel economy, thanks to the better aerodynamic efficiency of the front end. During our test on the manual petrol, we didn’t find any noticeable difference in the city economy of the car. The highway runs revealed a marginal improvement over the outgoing Elite i20 of similar spec (13.41kmpl city / 22.33kmpl highway vs 13.3kmpl city / 21.2kmpl highway). The rest of the package remains quite likeable as ever with a refined drivetrain, a conveniently light steering, progressive brakes and a supple ride.To know more information on Hyundai Elite i20 check Controlenter

Hyundai Elite i20 Driving

In a bid to make it a bit more engaging to drive, Hyundai has also tinkered a bit with the suspension and the steering of the i20. They’ve stiffened the rear suspension a little bit and you can feel that in the way the car isn’t quite as bouncy coming off a large speedbreaker, for instance. They’ve also sharpened up the steering a bit and reduced the slack at the centre position to make it feel a bit more engaging than before. Truth be told, this is still no driver’s car, and to truly improve the dynamics would require a full generational leap – as we saw with the new Verna, but it’s good to see Hyundai is trying to improve things on the current-generation car.

Hyundai Elite i20 Safety

Hyundai has incorporated a decent braking system in the hatch, which consists of disc brakes on the front and drum brakes on the rear. It is supported immensely well by the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), but that is limited to the top three variants. Earlier, Hyundai i20 used to be the only hatchback under Rs. 10 lakh that offered as many as half a dozen airbags and was impeccably safe. But, now the scenario has reversed as even the top-end trim has only 2 airbags. The base and mid variants don’t feature a single airbag, while the Sportz trim comprises of only driver’s airbag. The parking assist feature with reverse parking sensors and rear camera with ECM display comes handy during parking the hatch. There are front fog lamps to improve visibility in inclement weather conditions.

But, again, both the aforesaid features are with Sportz and Asta trims. Additionally, the top-end trim also features seat belt pretensioners for the driver and front passenger, automatic headlamps, impact-sensing auto door unlock and clutch lock. On the security front, it has immobilizer, smart keyless entry, and central locking (door and tailgate) to endure any event of burglary or thievery. It can be propounded nonchalantly that the current gen Elite i20 stands nowhere close to its predecessor in terms of safety features. The company has disappointed thoroughly in the safety and security aspect.

Hyundai Elite i20 Cost in Pune

Hyundai Elite i20 On Road Price is 6,43,005/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,42,900/- in Pune. Hyundai Elite i20 comes in 8 colours, namely Red Passion,Star Dust,Pristine Blue,Sleek Silver,Phantom Black,Polar White Dual Tone,Polar White,Red passion Dual Tone. Hyundai Elite i20 comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 115 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 13.2 seconds . Hyundai Elite i20 comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Hyundai Elite i20 Summing Up

Overall, this facelift appears to be a case of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, and really, not much was broken with the Hyundai i20. It’s also worth remembering that Hyundai has been giving the i20 small, regular updates over the years, particularly to the equipment list, and this is why the facelift doesn’t feel as much of a change as most facelifts do. The long equipment list couldn’t have gotten much longer and the interior quality was already pretty much at the top of the class. Even the changes to the engine mapping are very minor. What is much appreciated is the small but effective attention that’s been paid to dynamics, for whatever it’s worth. So yes, the i20 hasn’t changed all that much with the facelift, but then, it didn’t really need to.

Hyundai Grand i10 Features, Specifications & Test Drive

Hyundai Grand i10 Overview

Hyundai is working on the new-generation Grand i10 and we suspect this new vehicle to be coming in by late 2019 or early 2020. The Hyundai Grand i10 has been a success for the South Korean automaker. The Hyundai Grand i10 2019 will be coming up for certain. The company has announced the launch of eight new products in India till 2020, of which 5 will be new-generation vehicles. One of them for certain is the Grand i10 2019. Hyundai will be going highly aggressive with its product strategy in the coming years and this new hatch will be a solid product.

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Hyundai has already begun road-testing for two of its upcoming products that will hit the showrooms in the future. The Carlino-based SUV was spied recently and now, fresh spy shots of Hyundai’s replacement for the Grand i10 hatchback, have emerged on the internet. The next-gen Hyundai Grand i10 is likely to make a global debut sometime next year. Book a test drive for Grand i10 in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

The current hatch was launched in 2013 and it got its update in 2017. We expect the new car to be based on an all-new platform and this will be shared with Kia Motors too. This new platform will be wider, offer longer wheelbase and will be flexible. The Hyundai new hatchback will offer more features and better performing engines too. To begin with, the Grand i10 got the moniker Grand as it had a longer wheelbase than in other markets. It offered extra features for the Indian car market and this was then exported to other markets too. Europe continued to have i10. What will the new car have on offer? We share all the details on the same. Read further to know more.

Hyundai Grand i10 Exterior & Look

The Hyundai Grand i10 was never exciting to look at, though it was certainly smart. With the facelift, the Grand i10 adheres to the company’s new design philosophy.As the front, the biggest changes include a new ‘cascading grille’ design, a reworked upper grille and a redesigned bumper with new fog-lamp surrounds and the all-new LED DRLs. At the side, the changes are limited to the redesigned 14-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, there’s a new bumper which includes a large black insert with circular reflectors.

At the rear, there’s a new bumper which includes a large black insert with circular reflectors. The new rear bumper design is expected to divide opinions – the pre-facelift model looked smart and the redesign feels unnecessary.The Grand i10 also offers one of the most spacious boots in its class at 256-litres.Overall, the little Hyundai does carry a nice design that is bound to please many and possibly offend none.

Hyundai Grand i10 Interior & Comfort

Hyundai has managed to retain the Grand i10’s very upmarket cabin, even managing to improve it in many ways. Fit and finish in fact are every bit as good, with some bits feeling even better made, and quality of the bits you touch, like the gear lever and the steering wheel, feel so good – this still feels like a car from a segment above. There’s now a new 7.0-inch touchscreen audio system, with an interface similar to that of the Elantra, and what’s nice is that you even get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as part of the software suite. The unit is intuitive and touch sensitivity is nice too. This new audio system will also support voice commands once your smartphone is connected to it. And the screen also doubles up as a display for the newly added reversing camera.

The other big addition to the equipment list is the automatic climate control system from its compact sedan sibling. For those looking to buy the lower Sportz variant, even that gets a 5.0-inch touchscreen system with Bluetooth. Even the seats are very comfortable and supportive, and there’s so much legroom in the rear that being chauffeur-driven is not a problem either. There’s just one complaint. While all variants come with a driver airbag, variants upwards of Sportz get dual airbags. And an anti-locking braking system (ABS) is only available only on the top-spec Asta variant. Neither of the variants gets speed-sensitive door locks, which is something that the competition from Maruti gets.

Hyundai Grad i10 Engine & Gearbox

Expect Hyundai to offer the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that will come with five-speed manual and AMT options. The diesel will also be 1.2-litre with manual only. Hyundai will be looking at offering better performance in the petrol engine and improving its drivability. This will mean the need to shift gears will reduce in city. This will make it much easier to drive. The diesel engine is anyways good, we aren’t sure if the Grand i10 will come with diesel AMT. With the Santro, Hyundai shall be introducing the AMT in the Hyundai family.The engines on offer will have good performance and mileage on diesel will be high. The clutch is soft and gearshifts should be smooth like the current hatch. Check for Hyundai Grad i10 in  kmindia.in 

The pictures show the car under camo but we can see changes in things like the headlights and the window line. The car has been given a brand new set of headlights and taillamps. There will be new alloy wheels and also new interiors will include a big touch screen and a revised instrument cluster.Hyundai has already begun road-testing for two of its upcoming products that will hit the showrooms in the future. The Carlino-based SUV was spied recently and now, fresh spy shots of Hyundai’s replacement for the Grand i10 hatchback, have emerged on the internet. The next-gen Hyundai Grand i10 is likely to make a global debut sometime next year.

Hyundai Grand i10 Ride & Handling

The other area where this car is improved is ride and handling. It now takes to the road like a much bigger, more expensive car with commendable sound insulation and good bump absorption. And that little bit of an edge that the earlier car had over sharp bumps, Hyundai seems to have been able to get rid of that too. Even pitching and bobbing on wavy surfaces are well-controlled and the car feels planted and confidence-inspiring at highway speeds. Its steering might not feel very sporty or lively but it is light enough in the city and returns to centre quite nicely on the move. The real jewel, however, is the gearbox. It is light, has a short throw, and, with well-defined gates, makes shifting gears a joy. Even the clutch is nice and light, although the action is a bit springy and at times is a bit difficult to modulate; especially considering the stall characteristics of the three-cylinder motor.

Hyundai Grand i10 Braking & Safety

The Hyundai Grand i10 features a driver-side airbag as standard across the range. On the top-of-the-line Asta variant which we have tested, safety features include dual front airbags, ABS, impact sensing door-unlock, rear defogger and rear parking sensors and camera.The Hyundai Grand i10, for the price, does not offer as many safety systems as the Ford Figo. The Figo, with 6 airbags, ABS and EBD trumps the Grand i10 in terms of safety.

Hyundai Grand i10 Price in Chennai

Hyundai Grand I10 On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 5,21,616 to 8,38,725 for variants Grand i10 1.2 Era Petrol and Grand i10 1.2 Asta Diesel respectively. Hyundai Grand I10 is available in 10 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Grand I10 variants price in Chennai. Check for Grand i10 price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Hyundai Grand i10 Verdict

With the facelift and the updates to the diesel engine, Hyundai has taken a good product and made it even better. The car feels fresh, beautifully built and the additional power of the diesel makes it a bit nicer to drive too. Sure, even more power on the diesel would have been nicer still and the new Grand i10 still lags behind when it comes to safety kit. But look at what the Grand i10 offers as against what you pay for it, and it’s pretty clear why more than 10,000 buyers a month sign on the dotted line for the car. This clearly is one of Hyundai’s best cars.

Hyundai Xcent Features, Specifications & Performance

Hyundai Xcent Overview

The Hyundai Xcent marked the company’s entry into the compact sedan segment in India. Based on the Grand i10, the Hyundai Xcent became popular in its segment, partly due to features like steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls. Safety features such as ABS and driver airbag being standard across all variants make it an even better option for a small family. The Hyundai Xcent is powered by two engine options, a 1.2 litre Kappa petrol and a 1.2 litre U2 CRDi diesel. The petrol engine generates 81.8 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm and the diesel produces 74 hp at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm from 1,750 rpm to 2,500 rpm. Both engines, have the right balance between performance and fuel efficiency. Request a test drive for Xcent in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

Hyundai Xcent

Hyundai Xcent Exterior

This time around, Hyundai has tried to apply maximum effort to implement the design scheme from the high-end models in its portfolio such as Elantra. This has resulted in new ‘cascading styled’ grille that looks similar to the elder sibling. This also makes the Xcent looks different from the Grand i10 for which it has been taunted for many years. But for many, the older set-up with slender grille joining the headlamps would have been more appropriate. Another noticeable change at the front is the revamped headlamps and the revised bumper which now houses daytime running LEDs, positioned above the fog lamps.

There aren’t many changes at the side profile except the wheels are larger than before and a new set of 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. However, it’s the rear that has gone through a huge makeover. The smaller tail-lights of the previous model have now been replaced by wrap-around units, adding nice width to the car. The taillights setup look like a typical Audi. Then there is matte-black strip running across the rear bumper that further adds to the muscularity. Other changes include shark fin antenna at the top and the 1.2D badging on the front right fender. Overall, the changes done by the carmaker at the outside will compel you to make a nod of appreciation.

Hyundai Xcent Interior

The interior cabin of 2017 Hyundai Xcent is finished in dual-tone Black and Beige upholstery with Blue illumination. Though, most of the features seen on the pre-facelift model such as adjustable rear headrests, rear seat centre armrest with cup holders, leather wrapped steering wheel, fully automatic temperature control, tachometer, multi-information display with digital clock and tripmeter, electric power steering, front and rear power outlets, rear A/C vents, cooled glovebox, height adjustable driver’s seat and push button start/stop have been retained in the new model. However, the biggest update comes in form of the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Smart phone (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink), Bluetooth, Aux-in, USB connectivity and Voice Recognition feature.

Though, it is available on the range-topping variants as the mid variants get just a 2-DIN audio system with four speakers. Sadly, the base variant doesn’t get anything, even the 2-DIN music system misses out. The steering mounted audio and bluetooth controls feature is standard with E+ onward grades. A special mention goes to the Smart phone holder with Charging port, which is only available with the automatic variant.

Hyundai Xcent Gearbox

Powering the Hyundai Xcent are two engine options similar to the Grand i10, a 1.2 litre Kappa petrol unit and a 1.2 litre CRDi diesel. The petrol generates 82 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The diesel engine generates 74 hp and 190Nm of torque which kicks in from 1,750 rpm. Both engines have been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.The Hyundai Xcent is available in two transmission options, a manual and an automatic. The automatic is available only for the petrol powered unit in the Kappa S variant. The 5 speed manual gearbox offers smooth gear changes with both engines.

The ARAI Certified mileage of the Hyundai Xcent petrol manual is 19.1 kmpl, 16.1 kmpl for the petrol automatic and 24.4 kmpl for the diesel variants. All mileage figures are acceptable by segment standards.Hyundai claims that the new Xcent returns improved mileage figures as the engines have been improved. Where the diesel powered variant delivers ARAI certified mileage of 25.4kmpl, the petrol version, on the other hand, reads 20.14kmpl. The petrol automatic is though, a little low, returning 17.36kmpl.

Hyundai Xcent Rideing

The car has also been improved in terms of ride quality and bumps absorption. The suspension set-up is slightly nimbler and the bad patches on the surface are galloped easily. The steering is now lighter to use and more accurate. However, once you go past the 120kmph, one can feel vertical nodding. But that doesn’t make the car feel nervous.The 2017 Hyundai Xcent comes with improved handling as comapred to its precedessor. The company engineers have worked hard towards the light steering wheel. The power delivery in the diesel variants is smoother due to the new engine. The NVH levels are immensely controlled and one seldom hear a noise even at low speeds. It feels pretty decent behind the steering wheel.

Hyundai Xcent Safety

2017 Hyundai Xcent comes with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The company has offered dual front airbags as standard fitment across the entire variant line-up of the new sedan. In addition, several premium features such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock, Keyless entry with Smart Key, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear Camera with display on audio, Central Locking, etc. are available with the top-end variants. Though, it looks bleaker than the preceding model, which had ABS as standard safety feature. Also, the other sedans in the segment come equipped with more safety features than Xcent.

Hyundai Xcent Cost in Chennai

Hyundai Xcent Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 5,37,029/- (Xcent E Petrol) to 8,40,577/- (Xcent SX Diesel Optional). Get best offers for Hyundai Xcent from Hyundai Dealers in Chennai. Check for Xcent price in Chennai at Carzprice

Hyundai Xcent Conclusion

2017 Hyundai Xcent seems to be better than the preceding model in terms of exterior appearance, interior features, and driving dynamics. A special mention goes to the new diesel engine, which is more powerful and fuel efficient than before. The automatic variant is also available for added convenience. In all, it is a decent offering with more bells and whistles than before.