New 2018 Hyundai i20 premium hatchback vs old model – 5 major changes

The new 2018 Hyundai i20 facelift was launched at the Auto Expo 2018. In its latest avatar, the popular Korean B-segmenter benefits from a handful of updates that make the car fresher and all the more attractive to the target audience. The recent facelift brings some comprehensive styling updates for the exterior and some new features for the interior. There’s also a slight change in the specifications. Here’s our new 2018 Hyundai i20 vs old model comparison.

new 2018 hyundai i20 vs old model

New 2018 Hyundai i20 vs Old Model – 5 Major Changes 

#1 Updated Front-end and Side Profile

The front-end of the i20 gets a new bumper along with the company’s signature cascading-effect grille. Even the headlamp cluster is slightly different and the fog lamps are completely new in shape. The advent of the new grille aligns the styling of this hatchback with that of the latest generation of models from the Korean carmaker. The side profile remains largely the same. However, the new shoes in the form of the new 16-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels make the car look slightly more attractive. Also, the redesigned ORVMs with integrated turn indicators enhance the premium-ness quotient a fair bit.

new 2018 hyundai i20 vs old model grille headlamp

#2 A New Posterior

It’s actually the car’s rear-end that gets the most comprehensive of the styling updates. Well, there is a new bumper and an updated set of tail lamps. But what makes things really different is the new hatch-door. Basically, the registration plate housing has shifted from its earlier position at the rear bumper to the centre of the tailgate. The end result? The rear-end of the i20 looks a lot fresher and modern.

new 2018 hyundai i20 facelift rea angle

#3 New 7-inch Infotainment and some new features

The new 2018 Hyundai i20 comes with a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. It also comes with a pre-loaded navigation assist software. Other new features for the interior include a cluster ionizer for the aircon to purify and deodorize the air flow, a new sliding armrest at the front, and rear AC vents.

new 2018 hyundai i20 images interior infotainment touchscreen


#4 New Standard Safety Features and more

With the launch of the new i20, the carmaker has decided to offer dual airbags and ABS as standard features across the trim lineup. The Asta trim gets six airbags, which includes even side and curtain airbags.  Other safety features include speed-sensing auto door lock, reverse parking camera, and anti-pinch power windows.

new 2018 hyundai i20 images interior 6 airbags

#5 No more 1.4-Litre AT

While the pre-facelift i20 was available with three engine variants – 1.2-Litre Petrol, 1.4-Litre Petrol, and 1.4-litre Diesel, the new car misses out on the bigger petrol engine. Hyundai has said that it will launch an optional CVT for the petrol variant in near future. It’s also being said that the 1.4-Litre Petrol motor will make a comeback. However, so far, there has been no official word on this.

It’s clearly evident that the new 2018 i20 is more than a minor nip and tuck job. The addition of new features, along with some comprehensive styling updates, make the car all the more likable. We are really happy that the company has decided to offer a full quota of airbags on the top-end trim. Introduction of the rumoured CVT will definitely further spice up the things. Fingers crossed. So, what’s your take on our new 2018 Hyundai i20 vs old model? Do you find the new car considerably more attractive than the outgoing model?