The Hyundai i20 is a subcompact car, which made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008 and went on sale in December 2008 in India to fit between the i10 and i30 . It is a front-wheel drive car, and is available in three and five door versions. The i20 replaces the Getz in nearly all of its markets, though the Getz was not phased out in most of the world until 2011. The i20 is assembled in Turkey ( Izmit plant) for the European market and in Sriperumbudur (near Chennai ), India for sale in Asia and Oceania .
The i20 is not sold in South Korea and North America , as those markets have the Accent hatchback. From April 2012, i20 is discontinued from Indonesia market, because the appearance of Accent/Grand Avega made i20 sales dropped.
A slightly upgraded version of the i20, called the i-Gen i20, went on sale in India on the 28th March 2012. It follows the Fluidic design philosophy with slightly re-tuned engines.
The Hyundai i20 uses a completely new platform that was created at Hyundai’s European technical centre in Rüsselsheim to allow Hyundai to move into Europe’s highly competitive supermini segment. A 2,525 mm (99.4 in) wheelbase helps endow the i20 with a generous passenger cabin. Suspension follows the supermini norm of MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam rear end with rack and pinion steering.
The i20 will debut in Europe with a total of seven engine options, all with four cylinders. Three are petrol, including the recently designed 1248 cc dohc 16 valve “Kappa” engine, while the rest are diesel engines. Two of the diesel engines are 1396 cc units, one with 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) and 220 N·m (160 lb·ft) and the other a 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) and 220 N·m (160 lb·ft) high power unit. They are joined by two 1582 cc engines having the same dohc and 16-valve top end architecture but delivering either 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) and 156 N·m (115 lb·ft) of torque or 128 PS (94 kW; 126 hp) and 157 N·m (116 lb·ft) of torque.
Hyundai claims that 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) diesel unit can return a class leading 115g/km of CO2 while sipping just one litre of HSD to go 23.25 km/L (65.7 mpg -imp ; 54.7 mpg -US ) (4.3L/100 km) in the European combined driving cycle. All diesel engines and 1.2 and 1.4 petrol engines come mated to five-speed manual transmission, there is an option of a four-speed automatic for some 1.4 petrol engined models, the 1.6 is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
In the Indian market, the Hyundai i20 is powered by an 1.2L Kappa engine with 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) power at 5200 rpm and 114 N·m (84 lb·ft) torque at 4000rpm. It also comes with a 1.4L gamma gasoline which has 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) power at 5500 rpm and 139 N·m (103 lb·ft) torque at 4200 rpm, but is mated only to a four-speed automatic transmission. The i20 CRDi diesel has 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 4000 rpm and 224 N·m (165 lb·ft) torque between 1750–2750 rpm, and comes with a six-speed manual transmission.
In Australia, the i20 was originally offered as a 1.4 petrol with a $3500 option of the Gamma II G4FC 1.6 petrol engine. The 1.6 makes 91kW at 6300rpm and 157Nm at 4200rpm. However with the arrival of the new 1.6 powered Accent in late 2011, the 1.6L option on the i20 has been dropped.
The Hyundai i20 earned from Euro NCAP a maximum 5 star safety rating and scored six out of a maximum of seven points in the “safety assist” category, receiving top marks for its belt reminder and electronic stability programme which minimises the risk of skidding by braking individual wheels. The i20 was named one of Euro NCAP’s “top five safest cars for 2009”, which was based on Euro NCAP’s maximum five star awards and their overall score.
The Hyundai i20 features starts with 6-airbags—for driver and passenger in the front along with side and curtain airbags for rear passengers, whilst the Antilock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) which helps to control in slippery surfaces.
Hyundai i20 has got new addition in its safety features like rain sensing wipers and automatic darkness sensing headlamps, central locking, impact sensing auto door unlock, keyless entry along with front & rear fog lamps and advanced engine immobilizer.