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By Ketan Patel


Hyundai i20 2013 Review

The Hyundai i20 2013 made its debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show and by the looks of it the upcoming model has improved the already successful i20 inside and out. The new model boasts a notable increase in both comfort and spaciousness and has been redesigned to appeal to a younger generation of car buyers. Furthermore the new model has received a new engine that promises to emit the lowest amount of CO2 emissions found in a car with a conventional powertrain.

The new 1.1 liter 3-cylinder unit generates 90 PS and emits only 84 g/km CO2. For a more powerful engine you could also choose the 1.4 liter diesel unit developing 100 PS emitting 96 g of CO2/km. The 1.4 unit is coupled with either a 6-speed manual gearbox as a standard or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission for the i20 Active 5 door. The 1.4 liter can go from 0. To 62 mph in 11.6 seconds and is able to cover 54 miles to the gallon.

In between the 1.1 liter and the 1.4 liter units the i20 also offers a 1.2 liter engine coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox.

The exterior design has also been slightly redesigned in order to deliver a more modern and fluid look. The new i20 will also offer LED headlights, daytime running lights and will come with a redesigned front and rear bumper that conceal parking sensors. On the interior things have changed considerably in terms of spaciousness and the new model will offer 1350 mm shoulder room in at the front and 1340 mm at the rear, as well as 1074 mm leg room in the front and 845 mm for the rear seats. The boot capacity is 295 liters with the seats upright, but can offer 1060 liters of storage space once you've folded the seats.

In terms of equipment the new Hyundai i20 has quite a lot to offer and comes with auto folding mirrors, electric window and mirror controls, two sets of alloy wheels measuring 15 and 16 inch respectively, steering wheel controls, Bluetooth USB and iPod connectivity, rear camera and parking sensors, rain sensors, auto light controls, cooled glove box and 6 airbags.

Prices for the new Hyundai i20 2013 in the UK start at £9,995 which is quite similar to what you'd have to pay for the £9,795 Ford Fiesta.

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  • Lowest ever CO2 emissions of any conventional powertrain: 84 g/km

  • First image reveals design update, influenced by fluidic sculpture

  • Five Year Triple Care standard on All New i20

 

Hyundai has released the first image of the All New i20, ahead of its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The new model features refreshed styling, enhanced equipment and the lowest CO2 emissions of any conventional powertrain car on sale today.Among the four powertrain options available to buyers of the All New i20 will be the new 1.1-litre, 3-cylinder ‘U-II’ diesel engine that generates 75 ps. When mated to Hyundai’s Blue Drive technologies, this derivative emits just 84 g/km of CO2 - a figure lower than any other car with a conventional powertrain. The engine was developed at Hyundai’s Diesel Centre of Excellence – part of the European R&D set-up in Rüsselsheim, Germany – and showcases Hyundai’s expertise in clean diesel technology.

This ground-breaking new engine will be offered alongside another sub-100 g/km diesel. When combined with Blue Drive technologies, the upgraded 1.4-litre ‘U-II’ 90 ps engine emits 96 g/km.

The debut of the All New i20 sees the introduction of fluidic sculpture form language to Hyundai’s supermini. The revised exterior design carries the hallmarks of Hyundai styling, including the company’s signature hexagonal grille and new headlamp units. Updating their own design from the original i20, the stylists at Hyundai’s European design studio have further modernised the All New i20 with a more contemporary profile for the front and rear bumpers, a new sculpted bonnet and new wheel designs.

In terms of dimensions, the width (1710 mm), height (1490 mm) and wheelbase (2525 mm) of All New i20 remain the same, while the length has increased by just 55 mm (front 30 mm, rear 25 mm) over its predecessor to 3995 mm.

Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe commented, “The i20 has been very popular with European buyers since it came to market in 2009, thanks to its combination of efficiency, quality, practicality and value. With an enhanced engine line-up that includes the lowest CO2 emissions for a conventional powertrain, and sharper styling influenced by fluidic sculpture, the All New i20 will appeal to a broader range of buyers, including younger consumers. The assurance of our industry-best, comprehensive Five Year Triple Care package makes the All New i20 an even more attractive proposition.”

Further information about Hyundai’s world-premiere products, including the All New i20, will be announced at the company’s press conference at the Geneva Motor Show, taking place in Hall 1, stand 1040, at 09:45 (CET) on Tuesday 6th March 2012.

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