i20 5-door – Engines and transmissions

  • Engine line-up tuned to optimise day-to-day driveability
  • European powerplants provide greater maximum and low-end torque
  • New turbocharged 1.0 T-GDi engine joins 1.2- and 1.4-litre petrol units and 1.1 and 1.4-litre diesel engines
  • Five- and six-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions
  • All engines are Euro 6 compliant

- The New Generation i20 is available with a choice of five engines - three Hyundai ‘Kappa’ petrol engines and two ‘U-II’ diesel power units.

Proven and tested engines available, with the addition of a new high-tech 1.0 T-GDi

The New Generation i20 is available with a choice of five engines - three Hyundai ‘Kappa’ petrol engines and two ‘U-II’ diesel power units. The highlight of the range is a new 1.0 T-GDi turbocharged and downsized petrol engine - available with 100ps or 120ps – - which joins proven powerplants carried over from the previous-generation model. Each features a number of improvements to enhance driveability and ensure compliance with new Euro 6 emission regulations.

Hyundai’s European engineering team, based at the Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, focused on developing powertrains to better suit the demands of the region’s buyers. The 1.0 T-GDi is just one of those resulting powertrains, with excellent performance, smooth, quiet running and impressive fuel economy.

Hyundai engineers also tuned every other unit in the range to deliver more maximum and low-end (2000 rpm) torque, enabling a more accessible and responsive driving experience day-to-day. As a result, for example, the New Generation i20 can accelerate between 50 and 75 mph faster than before.


Buyers who prefer a petrol engine can choose the much-praised 1.2-litre ‘Kappa’ four-cylinder in low power (75 ps) on the S  S Air and SE trim levels, which offers 58.9 mpg (combined cycle) and 112 g/km. Customers choosing Premium trim and above will have a higher power 84 ps version of the 1.2-litre engine, which returns 55.4 mpg on the combined cycle and emissions of 119 g/km.

Alternatively, petrol buyers looking at SE models and above can choose a newly developed Kappa 1.0-litre three-cylinder T-GDi 100ps unit. This 998 cc engine is turbocharged and downsized to ensure responsive performance with ultra-low emissions.  This engine produces just 99g/km of CO2, and is capable of 65.7mpg.  i20 Active 1.0-litre 100PS figures differ slightly with CO2 of 110g/km and a combined fuel economy of 58.9mpg.

In fact, with an electronically-controlled waste-gate and a six-hole GDI injector, pressured to a higher-than-average 200 bar, the T-GDi is so clean that it fulfils Euro 6c emission standards more than a year ahead of their introduction in 2017.

In i20 Premium models and above, customers can also opt for a higher-powered 1.0 T-GDi engine producing 120ps. Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, it’s the fastest and most exciting powertrain in the i20 line-up and delivers impressive fuel economy of 58.9mpg*.

Customers looking to buy an i20 fitted with an automatic gearbox, can opt for the Gamma 1.4-litre engine, which at only 87 kg is nearly 14kg lighter than the engine it replaced. 

Power (ps) / Torque (Nm)
1.2-litre (low)75 @ 5500 rpm / 122 @ 4000 rpm
1.2 litre (high)84 @ 6000 rpm / 122 @ 4000 rpm
1.4-litre100 @ 6000 rpm / 134 @ 3500 rpm
1.0 T-GDi (low)100 @ 4500 rpm / 171 @ 1500-4000 rpm
1.0 T-GDi (high)120 @ 6000 rpm / 171 @ 1500-4000 rpm

Outstanding features of the Kappa engine’s modern architecture include dual overhead camshaft (DOHC), dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT), a very stiff cast aluminium block with cast iron liners, aluminium cylinder head, lighter connecting rods and maintenance-free long-life timing chain.


To meet the growing demand for low-emission, high-economy diesel units, Hyundai offers European consumers the choice of two engines from its popular ‘U-II’ family: the 75 ps, 1.1-litre engine or the 90 ps 1.4-litre powerplant. Both engines feature a Lean NOx trap to further minimise emissions and fulfil the Euro 6 emission targets.  The 1.1-litre engine offers combined fuel consumption of 88.3 mpg* and CO2 emissions of 84 g/km* while the 1.4-litre engine achieves from 72.4 mpg* and 102 g/km*.

Both engines are equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Power (ps) / Torque (Nm)
1.1-litre75 @ 4000 rpm / 180 @ 1750-1500 rpm
1.4-litre90 @ 4000 rpm / 240 @ 1500-2500 rpm

Customers of diesel variants of New Generation i20 will notice a reduction in noise thanks to the addition of rubber-coated sprockets, providing a decent improvement over the outgoing model.


Both the five-and six-speed manual transmissions fitted to the New Generation i20 have been extensively tested to deliver a smoother, quieter and more tactile shift, in keeping with the other quality enhancements made for the model. The transmissions now feature multi-cone synchroniser rings on the first two ratios, a carbon-coated synchroniser ring on ratio three, and an anti-vibration mechanism fitted to the reverse gear to prevent ‘grinding’ noise and feel. Shift accuracy and snap-in feel has been improved with the addition of a guide plate inserted in the control shaft coupling.

Running Gear - European-tuned chassis offers comfort-oriented ride

  • Ride and handling optimised to suit European roads
  • Geometry changes to vehicle deliver improved driving experience
  • Extensive testing programme on European roads
  • New BLAC-MDPS electric power steering system offers greater accuracy
  • Revised rear suspension with longer-travel and vertical shock absorbers

Utilising the company’s large engineering and testing presence Europe, Hyundai Motor tuned every element of the New Generation i20 to optimise ride and handling characteristics for European roads.

New Generation i20 sits on fully-independent MacPherson strut suspension at the front and semi-independent coupled torsion beam axle at the rear. Hyundai’s engineers have upgraded the two systems to exploit the new car’s larger footprint, its significantly stronger structure and altered weight distribution.

The 64% stiffer bodyshell, combined with longer wheelbase (+45 mm) and increased tracks offer noticeable gains in cornering stability and grip.

The New Generation i20 employs a permanently-magnetised Brushless Alternating Current (BLAC) motor-driven power steering (MDPS) system, for greater accuracy and operating range. The steering system requires 2.7 turns lock-to-lock for a 5.1-metre turning radius – making the car easy to navigate around the urban environment.

The front suspension employs a new shock absorber valve system, which harmonises ride and handling, giving a smoother ride and decreasing noise vibration and harshness. At the rear, the wheel-arch cavities and floor pan have been redesigned to accommodate long-travel shock absorbers, which are mounted vertically. The orientation greatly reduces friction, resulting in greater wheel control and handling, a better response to the driver and also improved ride quality, benefitting occupant comfort. These enhancements mean that the ride of New Generation i20 is smoother compared to Original i20 while handling and responsiveness is increased.