Hyundai i20 Active Overview
Market preferences and customer demands have evolved from time to time and currently the SUV body type has seen the highest demand showing steady growth year on year. With the focus towards more affordable SUVs, Renault and Nissan launched the Duster and Terrano respectively while Ford came out with the EcoSport. All of these vehicles have seen great demand. However, there is another segment which has opened up below them, that of pseudo-crossovers. This segment is very niche and has few options. Though these cars are not anywhere close to being SUVs, they are more for adding a SUV flair to their hatchback counterparts.
Now Hyundai has decided to enter the pseudo-cross bandwagon with the i20 Active which is essentially the Elite i20 with a shot of steroids to make it beefier, muscular and sportier. Now, even though market share in this segment is meagre, the folks from Korea want to be around even if there is little action. The likes of the Toyota Etios Cross, Volkswagen Cross Polo and the Fiat Avventura form this very exclusive segment, all of these have been derived from the respective hatchback counterparts. Is the i20 Active all show or are there some skin deep changes? We find out.Check for Car Loan Interest Rate at Fincarz.
Hyundai i20 Active Exteriors
This is a Crossover based on the Elite i20 standard hatchback but Hyundai has added some extra zing to the exterior to make it appear more rugged. Hyundai has added a new front bumper which is completed with skid plates; the front bumper also gets round fog lamps.
The hexagonal appearing front grille comes with horizontal slats what else looks really interesting about the front face is that it now comes with projector headlamps which also gets integrated LED daytime running lamps, this headlamps also gets cornering lights.Coming towards the side profile the i20 Active also gets side claddings towards the lower half of the car while the roof gets the usual roof rails while the fuel lid gets chunky new fuel lid while the C pillar gets glossy paint finish. Hyundai has also increased the ground clearance of the car by 20 mm and it now has 190 mm of impressive ground clearance. While towards the rear the rear bumper also gets skid plates and the same round lamps.
The cabin features tangerine orange interior colour pack available in dark exterior shades and aqua blue interior colour package offered on the light-coloured exterior shades. Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob are available exquisitely on the top-end variants.Utility features embedded in the cabin include front and rear door map pockets, front passenger seat back pocket, rear parcel tray and sunglasses holder. Instrument panel and centre fascia display feature blue interior illumination, dual tripmeter, tachometer, digital clock, warning indicators for gear shift, low fuel, door and tailgate ajar, immobilizer, and driver seatbelt reminder. Features exclusive to the top-of-the-line variant include advanced supervision cluster comprising of steering position reminder, service reminder, parking sensor display and lane change indicator setting.
Other than these, the auto-unlock function and IC light adjustment features are also bestowed on the high-end trims. For a comfortable cabin experience, Hyundai has employed seat-adjustable headrest in front seats, height adjuster for the driver’s seat, integrated rear seat headrest and front centre console armrest with storage. Adjustable rear seat headrest and 60:40 split rear seats are the explicit range-topping interior fitments. Hyundai equips its vehicles well when it comes to comfort and i20 Active falls in the same line with standard equipment available across the range, including power windows in front/rear, timelag, switch illumination driver side, auto up-down (driver only), pinch guard (driver only), manual air conditioning, electric power steering, rear AC vents, glove box cooling, clutch footrest, passenger vanity mirror, ticket holder, power outlet, theatre dimming central room lamp, front map lamp, intermittent variable front wiper, lane change indicator, luggage lamp and battery saver.
The vital comfort features, such as push button start/stop, fully automatic air conditioning with cluster ionizer, tilt and telescopic steering, second power outlet and rear wiper, and washer are proffered only in the top-end trims. From the entertainment section, a 2-DIN integrated radio/MP3 player/AUX/USB, CD player on audio, 1 GB internal memory, front and rear speakers, tweeters, Bluetooth connectivity, and steering-mounted audio and bluetooth controls are fitted in the cabin. Check for i20 Active in kotra
Hyundai i20 Active Performance
This is the same 1.4-litre diesel unit from the Elite i20. The engine is a pleasure to drive as it packs enough grunt to quickly add momentum and is smooth at high speeds as well. The 220Nm of max torque is available from as low as 1,500rpm and there is a strong surge that can be felt when you let go of the clutch in first. Speaking of the clutch, it is a bit on the heavier side and did cause fatigue in long hours of city driving.
When you decide to get going, the turbo kicks in gradually and the power delivery is strong and linear. The engine revs strongly till about 4,300rpm and shifting quickly is not an issue. It makes 90PS of max power at 4,000rpm and even on the highway, the Active never felt underpowered or struggled to gain speeds. Even at highway speeds, the cabin is able to keep the road, wind and engine noise well in check and feels very well insulated.
Hyundai i20 Active Riding
One of the biggest changes on the i20 Active compared to the Elite i20, which many of its competitors haven’t bothered to implement in their corresponding ‘cross’ versions, is the raised ground clearance. Now, the suspension architecture remains the same as the hatchback but the Active uses taller springs and more travel. However, Hyundai has still managed to keep the ride quality pretty similar to the Elite i20.So, over poor roads, the i20 Active is quiet and pliant and because of higher clearance, better equipped to handle abuse. It also remains an easy car to drive with light controls for the steering, clutch or gear operation, good visibility and all the parking help you can get in the form on a reversing camera and parking sensors. For price details on Hyundai i20 Active in Chennai check AutoZhop
Braking was an issue with the Elite i20 with the brakes feeling a little woody and a tad short on bite. Unfortunately, there’s no change to the brakes and the i20 Active too is nowhere near the best in this department. And like the Elite i20, it uses discs at the front and drums at the rear, unlike an all disc setup seen on the previous generation i20.Handling wise, the i20 Active won’t get you all charged up. It is good in a straight line – stable, predictable and more than capable of handling undulations no matter what the speed. But when it comes to cornering, the mute steering is a big dampener. Having said that, the grip levels are fine and even though the i20 Active does roll about, it still remains predictive. It isn’t exciting but it’s safe alright.
Hyundai i20 Active Safety
At the front, disc brakes are equipped, which work in sync with the drum brakes fitted at the rear. Standard safety fitments include central locking for doors and tailgate, smart pedal, escort function for head lights, keyless entry with foldable key, immobilizer, and dual horn. Safety equipment available in the mid- and high-end trims comprise driver airbag, anti-lock-braking system, front fog lights, impact-sensing auto door unlock, electrochromic inside rear-view mirror and rear defogger. Features such as co-passenger airbag, automatic head lights, clutch lock and keyless entry via smart key are incorporated in the range-topping trim.
Hyundai i20 Active Price in Ahmedabad
Hyundai I20 Active On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 7,92,430 to 11,39,221 for variants i20 Active 1.2 Base and i20 Active 1.4 SX Dual Tone respectively. Hyundai I20 Active is available in 7 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai I20 Active variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for i20 Active price in Ahmedabad at Carzprice.
Hyundai i20 Active Summing Up
Just like Mr Modi, Hyundai has won hearts of several Indians and it will continue to do so. The design of the i20 Active might not be extraordinary, but its practicality and features overshadow that aspect. It has decent engines and a very good service backing. This makes i20 Active as a great option in the compact sedan segment. We recommend buy the S variant, if you want the best value for money and do not want the top-of-the-line, with features like ABS, in-built music system and other necessity in terms of features. This is certainly the best car to buy in this price, everyone who saw or sat in the i20 Active was impressed by it.