New i20 Active - Rugged, robust and ready for action

  • Combines rugged design with space, style and quality of i20 five-door
  • Highly efficient new 1.0-litre engine now available with all i20 models
  • Hyundai Motor crossover and SUV range broadened to four models

- At the Frankfurt International Motor Show 2015, Hyundai Motor introduced the New Hyundai i20 Active, a rugged compact crossover for customers with active lifestyles.

Further expanding the popular i20 range, the New i20 Active will go on sale in the UK in March 2016, joining the spacious, functional i20 five-door and the sporty, individual i20 Coupe.

With the introduction of New i20 Active we further diversify our offering in the B-segment with an attractive crossover model. With the introduction of our 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, we can further enhance our customer proposition in the European B-Segment.

Thomas A. SchmidChief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe


  • New Hyundai i20 Active’s rugged crossover design enhances appeal and increases versatility
  • Over half of exterior parts differ from standard i20 model
  • Higher seating position adds to comfort and aids visibility

The distinctive and rugged crossover design of the i20 Active sets it apart from conventional B-segment models. While the new car is based on the i20 five-door – sharing its expansive space, comfort and quality – over 50% of the exterior parts  are unique to this model.

To give the i20 Active a characteristic crossover stance, revised suspension settings elevate the body of the i20 Active by 20 mm compared to the i20 five-door. The seating position is also raised,  placing the driver higher within the car. The result makes ingress and egress more comfortable, as well as offering superior visibility while driving.

Underlining the i20 Active’s adventurous appeal are the unique front and rear bumpers with integrated skid plates, which offer additional protection when driving away from public roads. Round fog lamps are integrated at the front and rear, with an exclusive rear spoiler adding to the i20 Active’s appeal.

The rugged appearance is further enhanced by bold side skirts and side cladding, to complement the robust wheel-arch mouldings. Moving to the top of the car, a set of silver roof rails complement the crossover’s stance, adding essential practicality.

Other details that set i20 Active apart from its siblings include a reverse treatment of the signature Hyundai hexagonal grille in high-gloss black with chrome surroundings, a fuel cap cover in silver finish and newly designed 17-inch wheels.

The interior benefits from the superior space, comfort and quality of the i20 five-door, with greater ergonomics from the heightened driving position and further design enhancements. Unique metal pedals present a robust and high quality appearance.

The New i20 Active’s rugged design and crossover features target young urban customers with active lifestyles. The higher stance and the bespoke design enhancements express the car’s adventurous spirit without compromising the spaciousness and comfort of the i20 five-door version.

Raf Van NuffelHead of Product Management at Hyundai Motor Europe


  • New efficient 1.0-litre T-GDI engine introduced across the i20 range
  • Active model available exclusively with the standard power 1.0-litre 100PS T-GDI engine
  • First of a new generation of in-house developed small petrol turbo-charged engines for Europe

Coinciding with the arrival of the i20 Active comes the introduction of a new engine for the i20 family. Focused on dynamic and efficient driving, the new Kappa 1.0-litre T-GDI three-cylinder turbocharged direct injection engine will be available to the i20 range from March 2016 in two power outputs – 100PS and 120PS.  The Active model will be available exclusively with the standard power 100PS engine.

The new 1.0-litre T-GDI is a perfect fit for the i20 family. A downsized 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine with direct petrol injection and  a matched compact turbocharger with electrical wastegate actuator offers customers not only fuel economy but also driving pleasure.

Dr. Michael WinklerHead of Powertrain at Hyundai Motor’s European Technical Center in Rüsselsheim

The fuel efficient 100 PS Kappa engine available on the Active achieves up to 58.9 mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 110 g/km.

The new engine  features highly efficient combustion and dynamic performance to fulfil Hyundai's dedication to implementing downsizing as a fuel saving technology. The standard 100 PS version delivers a peak torque of 171 Nm at 1,500 rpm providing a perfect combination of dynamism and efficiency.

A turbo charger with electric waste gate actuator improves fuel efficiency by lowering pumping losses as well as improving throttle response and low-end torque. An optimised split-cooling concept for the cylinder head and block brings engine refinement by reducing friction.

To keep the engine unit as small as possible, the exhaust manifold is integrated within the cylinder head and can therefore be cooled efficiently using the cylinder head water cooling system. These efforts result in faster warm-up of the catalyst and ultimately in improved real-world fuel consumption and emissions.

Like its siblings, the i20 Active has been designed and developed in Europe to cope with the demands of quality, refinement and reliability expected across the European market. The i20 Active will be produced alongside the i20 family at Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi (HAOS) plant in Izmit, Turkey.