- 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 i20 to optimise ride and handling characteristics for European roads.
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 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 i20 is smoother compared to the previous generation i20 while handling and responsiveness is increased.