The all-new 2020 Hyundai i20 gets a serious, sporty look

The B-segment has come a long way
by Drei Laurel | Feb 19, 2020
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At last. Hyundai has finally revealed the all-new i20 in production form, and we’re very happy to report that it looks identical to the promising renders that the Korean car manufacturer has released leading up to this.

The hatchback’s new styling is in line with the rest of Hyundai’s modern lineup, meaning it’s covered in sleek lines and flaunts a relatively sporty character. Angry swept-back headlamps with daytime running lights flank a dominating new grille, and the front end features arguably the most muscular lower end we’ve seen from a car in the subcompact segment.

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All that edginess is carried over to the sides of the car, which boasts bold character lines, snazzy 17-inch alloys, and some rather nice trim. Things get rather busy toward the rear, which gets triangular taillights.

The stance of the all-new i20 appears notably lower compared with the previous generation, thanks to a 24mm reduction in height. Overall size, though, is up: +30mm to width, +5mm to length, and +10mm to the wheelbase. The bigger dimensions allow for an extra 25 liters of cargo space, too.

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This hatch’s interior sounds just as promising as the outside. Only a sketch has been provided as of this writing, but the new dash is supposedly covered in horizontal blades and comes with LED ambient lighting. The instrument cluster and the navigation touchscreen are also composed of a pair of 10.25-inch displays, and there’s a wireless charging pad and a premium Bose sound setup to boot.

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For safety, the i20 gets smart cruise control, intelligent speed limit assist, lane-following assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist warning, and forward collision-avoidance assist, among other tricks.

Powertrain options available? The first is a 1.0-liter T-GDi gasoline engine capable of either 99hp or 118hp, and there’s also a 48V mild-hybrid setup—optional for the 99hp spec, and standard for the 118hp version—for the more environmentally conscious motorist. Hyundai is also offering a 1.2-liter MPi engine with a humble 83hp for entry-level units. The first two options can be mater to either a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox or a six-speed manual transmission, while the last one can only be had with a five-speed manual.

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The actual car will debut at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show next month. Like what you see? We do. Frankly, the B-segment has come a long way in terms of looks over the past few years. Let’s hope the trend continues for the foreseeable future.

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