Overview of the Hyundai i20
Hyundai has become one of the most talked-about car makers in the world, thanks to its ‘i’ range of cars.
The first of the breed, the i30 offered European design and engineering combined with Korean reliability and cost control.
Since then the i10 city car has been launched while the i800 has proved that Hyundai isn’t just confined to small cars. The i20 was the latest ‘i’ model when introduced and was aimed directly at the biggest selling sector of the UK car market.
The i20 supermini built on the reputation established by its Getz predecessor – which was the best selling Hyundai in Britain. It is a direct rival of the Citroen C2.
The Hyundai i20 offered drivers more of everything – enhanced functionality from the intelligently configured cabin layout, higher levels of luxury, convenience and safety equipment and engaging handling from its all-new chassis.
A range of petrol and turbodiesel engines was offered, plus the choice of manual or automatic transmissions.
As with the i30 and i10, the i20 was designed and developed in Europe to meet the expectations of the continent’s drivers. It offered modern technology and low running costs and was available as a five-door and three-door model.
The i20 was designed at Hyundai’s European headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany and brought a new look to the supermini sector.
It followed in the footsteps of the acclaimed i10 and i30 models and was lower, longer and wider than the Getz.
The five-door i20 rode on an extended wheelbase, aiding both its ride comfort and interior space.
It featured Hyundai’s distinctive design motifs – a bold chrome-topped grille flanked by teardrop headlamps at the front and stacked rear light clusters.
The i20’s lines were further strengthened by details includinmg colour-co-ordinated bumpers, integrated door handles and 15 or 16-inch wheels. The i20 also offered a palette of bold colours – inside and out.
All three of the i20’s trim levels – Classic, Comfort and Style – featured air-conditioning, remote central locking, CD and MP3 audio system with integrated data display screen, Aux-in socket, switchable passenger airbag and electrically operated windows.
Moving up to the Comfort and Style models added even more equipment.
Developed on European roads, the i20 was designed to deliver an agile yet refined driving experience.
The i20 was given an all-new platform that benefited from development work undertaken on European roads – hot weather testing was carried out in Spain, cold weather trials took place in Sweden while high-speed testing was completed in Germany.
As a result, Hyundai’s ride and handling engineers were able to tune the i20’s front MacPherson strut and rear torsion beam suspension to deliver the taut and alert driving dynamics demanded by the European market.