- Sophisticated design: elegant lines and refined details
- High specification and first-in-segment features, including full panoramic sunroof and Lane Departure Warning
- Integrated satellite navigation, with TomTom Live Services standard on Premium Nav and Premium SE Nav models
- Designed, engineered and built in Europe, tested extensively on European roads
- Model line-up now includes the i20 Active compact crossover
- High-tech engine range includes 1.0 T-GDi with either 100ps or 120ps
- CO2 starts from 84 g/km, among the lowest in segment
- Class-leading interior space and generous equipment levels
- With the New Generation i20, Hyundai Motor is continuing its successful presence in the B-segment, highlighted by over 160,000 UK sales since 2002.
With the New Generation i20, Hyundai Motor is continuing its successful presence in the B-segment, highlighted by over 160,000 UK sales since 2002. The popularity of the original i20 has made it one of the company’s best-selling cars in the UK. The key aims of the new model are to open Hyundai to an even wider audience, further develop perceptions of the brand and confirm Hyundai’s strategic focus on the Europe region.
The i20 has been designed and developed in Europe, and three key attributes in particular underline how it meets the specific needs of European consumers: class-leading interior space, high levels of technology, such as Lane Departure Warning, comfort-enhancing features, and clean, refined design.
Hyundai’s third-generation B-segment vehicle highlights a significant step forward for the company since 2002, when Getz was first introduced to the UK. The New Generation i20 remains true to the principles of delivering value beyond expectations, exemplified by models including New Generation i10 and New ix35.
The New Generation i20 went on sale throughout the UK in January 2015, and was joined by the Coupe in March 2015 . The range will now benefit from the addition of the i20 Active compact crossover from March 2016.
The i20 was penned at Hyundai Motor’s European Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The new model’s character is inspired by the company’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, with elegant lines and a sculptured profile giving it a bold and sophisticated appearance. On the i20, Hyundai Motor’s key design element - the hexagonal grille - flows into stylish bi-function headlamps with LED daytime running lights. The i20 Active offers customers a more purposeful and rugged look, with unique bumpers, roof rails, a rear spoiler and a 20mm-increased ride height.
Key styling cues are echoed inside i20 5-door’s spacious cabin. Sitting on a new platform, the wheelbase was extended by 45 millimetres to 2570 mm creating more space for occupants. Class-leading interior space – 1892 mm combined front and rear legroom – makes the i20 a true five-seater, while outstanding boot capacity of a maximum of 326 litres heightens the vehicle’s versatility.
Designed to transport the driver and passengers in great comfort, the cabin features extensive use of soft-touch materials, as well as subtle piano black inserts and chrome detailing, to create a modern and sophisticated interior package.
The vehicle has also been fitted with a number of new technologies that provide levels of comfort and convenience normally associated with large-vehicle segments. For example, the inclusion of front and rear parking sensors, heated steering wheel, cornering headlamps and automatic defog system are firsts for Hyundai B-segment vehicles. Additionally, the Lane Departure Warning System is another innovative feature, normally found in higher segments. The first-in-class panoramic sunroof, able to both tilt and fully open, enhances the comfort and the sense of space for occupants, filling the cabin with natural light and fresh air.
Customers of the Premium Nav and Premium SE Nav models will also benefit from Hyundai’s integrated satellite navigation with 7” touchscreen, TomTom Live Services, DAB radio and Rear View Camera.
The New Generation i20 is available with a choice of five engines - three Hyundai ‘Kappa’ petrol engines and two ‘U-II’ diesel power units. A new Kappa 1.0-litre T-GDi downsized and turbocharged petrol engine is now available with either 100ps or 120ps and offers enhanced performance, driving pleasure and efficiency. Proven powerplants were carried over from the previous-generation model with a number of improvements to enhance driveability and ensure compliance with Euro 6 emissions regulations. The new 1.0-litre T-GDi will replace the existing 1.4-litre 100PS petrol engine in manual form.
The i20’s driving experience has been fine-tuned to ensure suitability for European roads following rigorous ride and handling testing in alpine mountain areas, hot summer evaluation in southern Europe and cold winter testing in Scandinavia. During testing, the i20 was tested at altitudes as high as 2500 metres and subjected to temperatures ranging from +40 Celsius down to -35 Celsius. The extensive use of lightweight high-strength steel in the platform and bodyshell has yielded a reduction in core weight of the vehicle. Even though the exterior dimensions have grown, the i20 is still among the lightest vehicles in the segment. Furthermore a significant improvement has been made in torsional rigidity, which has reduced vibrations when on the move and enhanced handling performance.
Hyundai Motor’s confidence in its build quality means every i20 comes with the company’s industry-leading Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, as standard. This industry-best support package also includes five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.
100% of i20 production takes place at the recently-expanded Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi (HAOS) plant in Izmit, Turkey.
Production - Built in Europe
- New Generation i20 designed, developed and manufactured in Europe for European consumers
- New Generation i20 100% produced at Turkish factory
- 91% of Hyundai cars sold in Europe are now built in the region
- European production capacity of 500,000 (Turkey: 200,000, Czech: 300,000)
The introduction of the New Generation i20 not only strengthens the company’s Europe-focused model line-up having been designed and engineered specifically for the region’s consumers. It also confirms its commitment to the region as, for the first time, i20 will be 100% built at the company’s Turkish factory.
Hyundai Motor has moved production of right-hand drive models and models bound for Eastern Europe from the company’s Chennai plant in India to Izmit, Turkey.
Combined with its Czech plant, which has a manufacturing capacity of 300,000 units per annum, Hyundai has the ability to build 500,000 new cars each year. As a result of these investments, 91% of all Hyundai cars sold in Europe will be built in the region, including all of its A-, B- and C-segment vehicles.
The move to bring 100% of New Generation i20 production to Europe has a number of benefits for European consumers. Not only does it allow Hyundai to concentrate on developing specifications and trim levels that offer true value to the region’s consumers, it also reduces factory complexity and restrictions, creating cost savings that can be passed on to consumers. Closer production also means reduced delivery times.