Himalayan roads are not well made and well maintained. At many places, you would see water crossings and rough patches of the road which many people would consider off-road. However, people are still taking their regular hatchbacks to such roads. Here is a video of a Hyundai i20 which was travelling via Kunzum Pass. During this, the premium hatchback has to tackle rough terrain and multiple water crossings.
The video is uploaded on the YouTube channel of Himalayan Solo traveler. In the video, we can see the i20 is crossing dusty and muddy patches of road. It also crosses a water crossing where the terrain is slippery. Then there is a slope where a Baleno is stuck and people have to get out of the vehicle to help it. Then the people have to push the hatchback because it was not able to climb the slope. The i20 on the other hand was able to climb up the slope in one go. The premium hatchback can also be seen crossing a small river.
The i20 has been a successful product from Hyundai. However, the new generation of i20 has been priced significantly higher than the previous one. The i20 now starts at Rs. 6.85 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 11.34 lakhs ex-showroom. It is being offered in four variants, namely Magna, Sportz, Asta and Asta(O). A few weeks ago the
“Era” variant of the i20 was spied. Era is supposed to be the new base variant of the i20. This should help in dropping the price of the i20 quite a bit.
The i20 currently goes against Tata Altroz, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Honda Jazz, Volkswagen Polo and Toyota Glanza.
Engine and transmission
Hyundai offers the i20 in three engine options. There is a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, 1.5-litre diesel engine and a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The diesel engine is a detuned unit from the Hyundai Creta. It produces 100 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 240 Nm. It is offered only with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The naturally aspirated engine produces 83 PS of max power and 114 Nm of peak torque. It comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. If you get the CVT automatic transmission, then the power output is increased to 88 PS. The turbo petrol engine produces 120 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 172 Nm. This engine makes the i20, the most powerful premium hatchback in the segment.
As standard, it comes with an iMT or intelligent Manual Transmission with is a 6-speed unit. iMT is a clutchless manual gearbox. So, the driver does not have to modulate the clutch. He would only have to shift the gears the clutch will be engaged and disengaged by the computer. This transmission provides an experience of the best of both worlds. You get the experience of shifting the gears yourself and you get the convenience of driving an automatic transmission in traffic. You can also get the turbo petrol engine with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.