Is the Hyundai i20 underchallenged

Displacement down, make-up on: Hyundai i20 and i20 Active

The i20 is not exactly one of the best-selling series of the Korean brand Hyundai in Germany. With a 14 percent share, it ranks well behind the i10, i30 and SUV models. That could change with the new Active equipment variant and two new engines, which will now be launched in Germany on time for the company's 25th anniversary.

The i20 is not exactly one of the best-selling series of the Korean brand Hyundai in Germany. With a 14 percent share, it ranks well behind the i10, i30 and SUV models. That could change with the new Active equipment variant and two new engines, which will now be launched in Germany on time for the company's 25th anniversary.

Hyundai no longer sees itself as an Asian brand. "We develop cars in Europe for Europe and also build them here," says Managing Director Markus Schrick. It is said that the proportion of vehicles produced here has now increased to 92 percent. In this context, they are particularly proud of the development center in Rüsselsheim, where the design is developed and the technology is adapted to European conditions. 300 people are employed here. Almost within sight of Opel's design and development departments, they are shaping the future of the Korean brand in the Old World

The i20 gets a new three-cylinder engine with a displacement of just one liter, which a turbocharger gives a boost. Two versions are available, one with an output of 74 kW / 100 PS, the other with an output of 88 kW / 120 PS. Its peak torque of 172 Newton meters is between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. The standard consumption for the blue 1.0 T-GDI, as the engine is called, is from 4.3 to 4.8 liters of petrol per 100 kilometers in the five-door model, the three-door coupé requires 4.8 liters of fuel over the standard distance, the new crossover Body version i20 Active should consume 4.5 to 5.1 liters of gasoline.

"We attached great importance to efficiency and smoothness in both engines," says Michael Winkler, senior engine developer at Hyundai in Rüsselsheim. Separate cooling circuits, an electronic wastegate valve and high injection pressure are the tools with which this was tackled. The success can be experienced. Both three-cylinder engines willingly accept the gas command, rev up lively and spontaneously, and show themselves to be powerful and agile. The turbo lag has indeed become a barely noticeable dent.

The cultivation of the 1.0-liter machines is not quite as charming. Their course is rough and nagging, vibrations are clearly noticeable. The standard start-stop system of both engines also works with a small jolt when the machine is switched off and a large one when it starts working again. Naturally, the mileage has won. The five-door i20 accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 10.7 and 10.2 respectively, while the top speed of the small car reaches 188 and 190 km / h.

Meanwhile, Hyundai is placing great hopes in the Active body variant, the ground clearance of which has been increased by two centimeters. With the attributes of an SUV, the 4.07-meter-long Hyundai is intended to attract design-oriented customers. These include roof rails, front and rear underrun protection, black wheel arch panels and 17-inch light-alloy wheels.

The equipment is impressive, even in the Classic equipment level, the i20 has, among other things, air conditioning, central locking with remote control, a radio and six airbags on board. The next higher level Trend also offers fog lights, cornering lights, Lane Keeping Assist, a heated leather steering wheel and cruise control. The top-of-the-line equipment, Style, also features darkened windows, rain and light sensors and parking sensors at the front and rear.

The prices for the new variants are 15,650 and 17,450 euros for the i20, whereby the 100-hp machine combined with a manual five-speed gearbox is already available with the Classic equipment. The 120 hp engine (with six-speed manual transmission) is only available from the Trend equipment level. The Active starts at 17,100 and 19,500 euros, respectively, while Hyundai sells the Coupé for 17,950 and 18,600 euros.

A revision of the small car is planned for the next year, when the technically overhauled four-speed automatic transmission is to be replaced by a more modern converter transmission. The roadmap for 2016 calls for a facelift of the Santa Fe SUV in May and the Genesis sedan in December. The Ioniq hybrid car will make its debut in Germany in October.

Michael Kirchberger / mid

Technical data Hyundai i20 Active 1.0 T-GDI 74 kW:
Five-door, five-seat small crossover car, length / width / height / wheelbase in meters: 4.07 / 1.76 / 1.53 / 2.57, empty weight: from 1,165 kg (depending on equipment), payload: 485 kg, tank capacity: 50 l, trunk volume: 326 to 1,042 l.
Engine: three-cylinder petrol engine, displacement: 998 ccm, power: 88 kW / 120 PS at 6,000 / min, maximum torque: 172 Nm at 1,500 to 4,000 / min, 0-100 km / h: 10.4 s, top speed: 183 km / h, manual 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive, average consumption: 5.1 l petrol, CO2 emissions: 119 g / km, emissions standard: Euro 6, price: from 19,500 euros.

This article from the category 4x4 all-wheel drive NEW PRODUCTS was published by Michael Kirchberger on April 19, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

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