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New Hyundai i20 premium hatchback reaches the Spiti Valley

Hyundai launched the all-new generation i20 hatchback in the market last year. It is a premium hatchback that is quite popular in the segment. The Hyundai i20 competes with cars like Maruti Baleno, Tata Altroz, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo in the segment. In comparison to the older generation i20, the new version offers a bolder looks and premium looking interiors. Just like any other Hyundai available in India, i20 also offers a long list of features. The new Hyundai i20 is already a common car on our roads these days. Here we have a video that shows a vlogger driving his new Hyundai i20 hatchback to Spiti Valley.

The video has been uploaded by Himalayan Solo traveler on their YouTube channel. Vlogger shares his experience of driving his i20 hatchback to Spiti valley. Spiti Valley  is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in the north-eastern part of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Roads in this part of the country are quite narrow and tough and broken.

Vlogger and his friends started their journey to Spiti from Dharamshala. They did not take the route via Manali as it was closed due to snow. Initially, the highway was quite smooth and had proper tarmac. State Transport buses use the same highway. The car was performing pretty well. Things started changing soon. The smooth roads had vanished and they were now driving on an uneven stretch of road with dust and loose rocks.

After covering some kms on such broken roads, vlogger mentioned that his horn was not working properly and the MID started blinking due to which the vlogger could not figure out the fuel economy during this trip. On their way, they took a stop and visited Tabo Monastery and then continued their journey towards Kaza. By this time, roads had totally disappeared and they were driving the i20 on just loose rocky and dusty roads. In between they did find some tarmac but, it was not the smoothest one.

The roads kept on reminding that how unforgiving the terrain actually is. As mentioned earlier there were no proper roads and vlogger’s friend who was driving the car drove over a piece of rock which was so sharp that it actually burst the tyre. The i20 comes with a spare wheel which is an inch smaller that the wheels it drives on. The i20 gets a 15 inch wheel and the spare wheel is a 14 incher.

Overall, the i20 cleared all the roads without any problem. Vlogger mentions that he never felt like there was a shortage of power or power lag in the vehicle. Apart from a flat tyre, broken horn and flickering MID no other problems were there on the i20 in terms of drive. He said it never felt like the car was under too much pressure even with four people on board.

Hyundai i20 is available with three engine options. There is 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine which comes with a manual and IVT gearbox. The 1.5 litre diesel engine gets a manual gearbox and the 1.0 litre, turbocharged, three cylinder petrol engine gets an iMT and 7-speed DCT gearbox option.