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FRANSCHHOEK – The Hyundai i20 is a bona fide success story in our market. Since its local launch in July 2009 – which, incidentally, I also attended and from which I came away extremely impressed with the new Korean – nearly 90 000 have been sold; a huge number in local terms.

The second-generation model, launched in February 2015, has maintained that momentum and, in 2017, the i20 was the third-bestselling vehicle in the small-car segment after the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta.

It therefore stands to reason that Hyundai wouldn’t fiddle with its winning recipe too much. And it hasn’t. This facelifted i20 is effectively the same car as before, only it’s been subjected to mild styling tweaks, enhancements in standard specification and, in the place of the quirky 1,4 Sport, the introduction of a new plastic-cladded Active model, driven here.

The line-up and the tweaks

Like before, there are six derivatives, running the pricing gamut from the entry-level 1,2 Motion at R229 900 up to the 1,4 Fluid AT at R284 900. On average, pricing has increased by R5 000 per model, but that’s been countered with additional convenience items.

Styling-wise, all i20 models aside from the Active boast somewhat fussy new bumpers and front grille, LED daytime-running lights, new rear lamp units and a reworked tailgate design. Furthermore, the alloy-wheel designs have been refreshed. The Active, meanwhile, sports plastic guard panels front and rear but, curiously, the pre-facelift i20’s rear-end design.

Inside, the latter model has trim elements painted red or blue depending on the exterior hue, while all i20 models gain a locally sourced seven-inch touchscreen-controlled infotainment system with aux-in and USB ports, plus Bluetooth. For R2 500 more, customers can upgrade the system to include sat-nav. Fluid and Active models have climate control, too, and thankfully Hyundai SA has added leather trim to the steering wheel on those derivatives.

That last addition enhances the otherwise plain interior ambience; while it feels rock solid, Hyundai could have taken this facelift further by adding soft-touch surfacing to the door cards and facia to bring the vehicle’s finish in line with its price-competitive Polo, Fiesta and Kia Rio rivals.

How it drives

On the road, the i20 still impresses with its overall refinement and ride comfort, and the light steering and direct but fuss-free shift quality of the six-speed manual mean it’s a complete doddle to drive. That said, possibly as a result of its higher ground clearance (170 mm), the Active displayed some looseness in its body control along our bumpy test route through Villiersdorp and on to Caledon. Normal models feel better tied down.

The 1,4-litre petrol engine beating under the bonnet of this Active variant displays few vices. Sure, its turbocharged rivals offer dollops of additional low-down torque, but thankfully the Hyundai unit is quiet and smooth. I also had a go in a 61 kW 1,2-litre Fluid, which struggled quite a bit more to maintain momentum up steep inclines.

In terms of safety spec, the i20 distinctly lags behind its rivals. Two airbags across the range are no longer competitive in this segment, and it’s a shame all models lack ESP and Isofix anchor points for child seats. Disc brakes aft, are however, standard, not always a given on small cars.

And how it rates...

It would, however, appear that insufficient active and passive safety tech doesn’t really concern Hyundai i20 buyers. What they do appreciate is the stellar reliability – it has some of the lowest warranty claim rates in the Hyundai stable – fuss-free nature and generally excellent refinement. The facelifted model does nothing to detract from those qualities and, in this Active derivative, adds welcome versatility with its higher ride height and urban-proof body cladding. The standard seven-year/200 000 km warranty simply sweetens the deal.

2019 Hyundai i20 1.4 ACTIVE

Ref No: 1671371

Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Cloth upholstery: Standard
  • Seats quantity: 5
  • Split rear seat: Standard
  • Folding rear seat: Standard
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Climate control automatic air conditioning: Standard
  • Cup bottle holders: front
  • Front armrests: Standard
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Standard
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 2
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings: outer rear
  • Approach home safe lighting time delay park headlights: Standard
  • Directional turning headlights: Standard
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Power steering: Standard
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls: Standard
  • On board computer multi information display: Standard
  • Navigation: Optional
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Standard
  • Aux in auxiliary input: Standard
  • USB port: Standard
  • Central locking: remote
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Electric windows: front + rear
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Heated exterior mirrors: Standard
  • Daytime driving running lights: LED
  • Light sensor auto on off lights: Standard
  • Xenon headlights: Standard
  • Frontfog lamps lights: Standard
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Rear fog lamps lights: Standard
  • Park distance control PDC: rear
  • Rear spoiler: Standard
  • Metallic pearl escent paint: Optional
  • Fuel Type: petrol
  • Fuel range average: 597 km
  • Driven wheels: front
  • Driven wheels quantity: 2
  • Gearratios quantity: 6
  • Gearshift: manual
  • Transmission type: manual
  • Front tyres: 195/55 R16
  • Reartyres: 195/55 R16
  • Spare wheel size full: Standard
  • Length: 3995 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 1760 mm
  • Height: 1535 mm
  • Wheel base: 2570 mm
  • Ground clearance minimum maximum: 170 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 10.4 m
  • Load volume / capacity: 285-1001 L
  • Load volume / capacity: 1001 L
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 1037 kg
  • Load carrying capacity / payload: 483
  • Gross weight (GVM): 1520 kg
  • Towing capacity - unbraked: 750
  • Towing capacity - braked: 1000
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 40l
  • Fuel consumption average: 6.7 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 155g/km
  • Emission control phase Euro EU level: 2
  • Power maximum: 74 kW
  • Power maximum total: 74 kW
  • Power peak revs: 6000 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: 71 kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 133 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 3500 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 133 Nm
  • Torque to weight ratio: 131.0 Nm/ton
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: 11.6s
  • Maximum top speed: 182 km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 1368 cc
  • Engine size: 1.4l
  • enginedetailshort: 1.4
  • Engine + detail: 1.4
  • Cylinder layout: inline
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: i4
  • Cam: dohc
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Valves quantity: 16
  • Variable camvalve timing: Standard
  • Warranty time (years): 5 vehicle / 7 drivetrain
  • Warranty distance (km): 150000 vehicle / 200000 drivetrain km
  • Service plan: Standard
  • Service plan time (years): 3
  • Service plan time (distance): 60000 km
  • Roadside assistance time: 5
  • Service interval (distance): 15000 km
  • Brand: Hyundai
  • Status: c
  • Segment: passenger car
  • MMcode: 26516527
  • MMVariant: i20 1.4 ACTIVE
  • MMintrodat: 2018-05-01
  • Introdate: 2018-05-21
  • DuoportarecordID: Hyuni20_2Fh06

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