Class-leading space and segment-first technologies

  • Class-leading levels of interior space thanks to longer wheelbase
  • Outstanding trunk capacity: 326 litres (up 10%)
  • New NVH features create one of the quietest cabins in the class

The new, larger platform on which the New Generation i20 is based has a wheelbase that is 45 mm longer (now 2570 mm), providing greater interior space to match the sophisticated look.

Thanks to its increased dimensions and ergonomic cabin packaging, the New Generation i20 is one of the most competitive cars in its class for interior spaciousness. The new model is longer, wider and lower, providing Hyundai Motor’s designers with more space to create a genuine five-seater for the B-segment, with the new model now yielding a more substantial cabin space.

The New Generation i20 offers combined front and rear legroom of 1892 mm, a class-leading figure and comparable with the space of a C-segment vehicle. Despite its lower roofline, the more substantial footprint and lower seat position enhance interior dimensions, allowing five adults to travel in comfort.

Compared with the previous model, front-seat occupants enjoy 33 mm greater headroom (1038 mm), more legroom (+24 mm to 1098 mm), a 6 mm increase in the hip room (1301 mm) and 15 mm more shoulder space (1365 mm). In the rear of the cabin, headroom of 978 mm, legroom of 794 mm and shoulder room of 1350 mm allow three adults to be seated in comfort.

Additional legroom was created in the front by raising the height of the dashboard and moving the glovebox and surrounding components forward - made possible due to the longer hood.

Cargo capacity has also been enhanced, making the vehicle one of the most accommodating in the segment. The trunk volume has increased by 10% to a class-leading 326 litres (previously 295 litres) with the rear seats upright.

Thanks to clever packaging, the rear bench can fold fully flat, meaning trunk capacity is boosted to 1042 litres with the rear seats folded – ideal for young families and those carrying larger items. A two-stage luggage floor board can be moved up or down to conceal items and create additional storage options.

To emphasise the generous interior proportions and create an open and airy cabin, the New Generation i20 features a full-length panoramic sunroof that floods the cabin with natural light. The panoramic sunroof can both tilt and fully open – unique for the B-segment – allowing occupants to tailor the amount of fresh air entering the cabin, while a sun shade protects occupants from direct sunlight.

Front-seat occupants benefit from larger cup holders in the centre console and a 1,5-litre bottle storage in the doors as well as a centre console box, greatly enhancing secure storage space. Rear doors feature a 1,0-litre bottle storage space. The lid of the centre console box is finished with a soft-touch fabric, allowing it to double as an arm rest. The driver and front-seat passenger can also make use of a roof-mounted sunglasses holder.

One of the key goals for the design team was to ensure the New Generation i20’s perceived interior quality was among the very best in the segment. The cabin has undergone extensive ergonomic testing to ensure it is easy and pleasant to use, while retaining a sense of premium quality. The dashboard is asymmetric, angled five degrees towards the driver to make it as practical and user-friendly as possible, though it appears symmetrical to occupants.

Hyundai Motor’s engineers and designers have selected a number of high-quality, high-durability materials to ensure the cabin provides lasting comfort and good looks.

On many of the cabin’s key surfaces a high-grade Thermal Plastic Olefin (TPO) material has been applied, including on the vehicle’s dashboard and door trims. The soft-to-the-touch material is highly durable, maintaining a premium look and feel even after frequent use.

The dash and the door materials are the first a potential customer touches after the steering wheel, so these need to be good quality and, most importantly, soft

Christian LöerHead of Product Management and Pricing at Hyundai Motor Europe

Hyundai Motor has, for the first time equipped the cabin with subtle piano black inserts, in addition to chrome detailing around the air vents and gear shift lever to create a modern and sophisticated interior package. The piano black and chrome finishes continue around the start/stop button, audio and HVAC unit controls.

The new platform and generous shape of the New Generation i20 have been developed using more lightweight, high-strength steel to yield stiffer torsional rigidity. The result is an improvement in ride quality, reduction in core weight and gains in damping to mitigate noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

The body structure is composed of 42% lightweight, ultra high-strength steel, compared with 16% in the outgoing model. Together with reinforcing loops fitted to the B- and C-pillars and the tailgate opening, this raises torsional rigidity by 81% (to 23,2 kgf m2/rad).

Throughout the new model, Hyundai engineers have applied technologies aimed at reducing the intrusion of noise and vibration to the cabin. Increased sound-absorption at the base of the A-, B- and C-pillars protects occupants from road vibrations, while a high-density anti-noise pad is fitted within the floor pan to limit noise ingress. Hyundai has equipped New Generation i20 with an improved, low-frequency ISO PAD behind the dashboard, which helps reduce engine noise within the cabin.

In the pursuit of a quieter interior, the New Generation i20’s external mirrors have been designed to improve airflow. Additionally, by fitting an inner belt to the door frame, Hyundai engineers have ensured a tighter close between it and the B-pillar, removing possible air interruption and, therefore, wind noise.

The New Generation i20 embodies the company’s approach to delivering value beyond expectations, with the brand democratising a number of new technologies straight from the D- to the B-segment. In the same way that All-New Genesis offers buyers a number of segment innovations, so New Generation i20 is fitted with technology that has never been seen before in a B-segment car, for example, the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS).

To further help the New Generation i20 stand out from the competition, the car features two unique comfort-orientated technologies, which were first fitted to the Hyundai i40: automatic windscreen defog and a heated steering wheel.

Other new features include a dashboard-integrated seven-inch satellite navigation system (the first time Hyundai Motor has applied this technology in its B-segment car), automatic folding door mirrors, front and rear parking assist, and smartphone docking integration. USB and auxiliary connectivity is fitted as standard and can be specified with an integrated My Music function along with Bluetooth hands free, where up to 1GB of music can be stored and played.

The New Generation i20 features enhanced instrumentation thanks to a 3,5-inch OLED LCD Supervision Cluster to provide a wide range of information to the driver in high-resolution clarity.

By unifying production of New Generation i20 in Turkey, Hyundai has been able to focus on developing a specification exclusive to European consumers. The car is available in four highly-equipped trim levels, all aimed at delivering true value: ‘Access’, ‘Comfort’, ‘Panorama’ and ‘LED’.

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