2015 Hyundai i20

The Hyundai i20 was launched in 2007 as a three- and five-door hatchback to sit between the i10 city car and the i30 compact. The i20 replaced the aging Hyundai Getz on most markets, but it didn’t make it to the United States, where the Korean manufacturer sells the slightly larger Accent hatchback instead. Underpinned by an all-new platform developed by Hyundai Europe, the first-gen i10 was available with a wide range of inline-four engines. The gasoline units displaced between 1.2 and 1.6 liters, while the diesel mills came in 1.1-, 1.4-, and 1.6-liter sizes. Output began from 74 horsepower and topped 126 ponies in the more expensive trims. Moving into the 2015 model year, Hyundai is finally introducing the second-generation i20, a completely redesigned hatch meant to spur the company’s presence in Europe’s crowded B-segment market.

Scheduled to be unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, the 2015 Hyundai i20 was also developed at the company’s European technical center in Germany. Likewise, the second-generation supermini won’t make it across the Pond, where we will have to settle for the fourth-generation Accent, which is already a four-year-old model.

Although the Paris Motor Show is still a couple of months away, Hyundai has released preliminary photos and details of the redesigned i20. Read on to find out more about the second-gen compact.

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Exterior

Hyundai i20

The new exterior is a huge step forward from the first-gen i20. Influenced by the brand’s already familiar Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design, the styling is bold and modern. A large trapezoidal mouth occupies most of the bumper, while a thin grille connects the headlamps together. The units, which extend into the fenders right above the wheel arches, include bi-function projection headlamps, LED daytime running lights and LED positioning lamps. A set of broad foglamps are mounted in the lower apron, part of a third, nicely sculpted inlet that runs across the bumper.

Around back, a par of redesigned, boomerang-shaped taillights complement the reshaped tailgate and fenders. The scenario is completed by a revised bumper and a new spoiler mounted atop the tailgate. From the side, the i20 is highlighted by mildly sculpted body panels and a crisp waistline running between the headlamps and taillights. The black side moldings fitted at the base of the doors and the new set of eight-spoke alloy wheels add a touch of premium to the shell.

Overall, the car’s compact exterior dimensions have changed very little, as the new i20 measures 4,035mm (158.8 inches) in length, making it only 40mm (1.5 inches) longer than the outgoing model.

Interior

The redesigned interior boast numerous improvements over its predecessor. The 2,570mm (101.1 inches) wheelbase — 40mm (1.5 inches) longer than its forerunner — translates into enhanced cabin space, and improved front and rear legroom. The Koreans even claim the i20 offers best-in-class front and rear legroom combined at 1,892mm (74.4 inches). Luggage capacity with the rear seats upright is also claimed to lead the segment at 326 liters (11.5 cubic feet).

Hyundai has yet to publish photos of the interior or release any kind of info in regards to its design, but it said the i20 will benefit from a class-exclusive panoramic sunroof. Available as an option, the sunroof appears to cover more than half the roof, a feat that’s can’t be had from Ford, Volkswagen Volkswagen or Renault Renault . A rearview camera and front and rear LED lighting are also available on the brand-new supermini, along with a host of "high-technology and comfort-enhancing features."

Drivetrain

Hyundai i20

There’s absolutely no engine information as of August 2014, but we expect the i20 to hit the European market with the same range of gasoline and diesel four-bangers. Extensive updates, however, should bring significant improvements in the horsepower, fuel economy and emissions departments.

Prices

No word on pricing either, but the sticker shouldn’t jump too far from the current figure. In the United Kingdom, the i20 is priced from £10,180, which means about $17,100 as of 08/12/2014.

Competitors

Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo is currently one of the best-selling superminis in Europe and one of the most important competitors to the Hyundai Hyundai i20. Available with a bevy of gasoline and diesel engines, the Polo can be both a fuel-sipping compact and a nippy city ride. In its mildest trim, the small hatch benefits from a 1.0-liter three-cylinder that generates 59 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque. At the other side of the lineup lies a 1.4-liter TSI that delivers no less than 148 ponies. A powerful 1.4-liter TDI oil burner with 89 horses and 170 pound-feet on tap is also up for grabs.

Like most Volkswagens, the Polo comes with the latest in terms of convenience and safety features, outgunning most of its rivals. That’s why the Polo is also more expensive compared to its competitors, with a sticker sitting at £11,100 ($18,650 as of 08/12/2014) in Britain. The range-topping model begins from £17,710 ($29,770).

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

Also available in the United States, the Fiesta is a hot seller in Europe too. Unlike the U.S.-spec hatch, the European Fiesta can be had in two body styles, with three and five door, respectively. No less than five engines are available on most markets, including the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-banger, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost, and the 1.5-liter TDCi diesel. Output ranges from the 79 ponies churned by the 1.0-liter three-pot to the 123 horses cranked out by the turbocharged, 1.0-liter EcoBoost. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder generates 104 horsepower, while the 1.5-liter diesel is rated at only 74 ponies.

Available in numerous trim levels, the 2014 Ford Fiesta retails from £9,995 ($16,800 as of 08/12/2014) in the United Kingdom. The sticker increases to £16,145 ($27,140) once the Titanium X trim is selected and blows past the £17,250 ($29,000) mark for the high-performance ST version.

Conclusion

Hyundai i20

Details are limited as of this writing, but the i20 sees notable improvements as far as exterior styling and interior amenities go. With vehicles such as the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo Volkswagen Polo highly popular in Europe, the redesigned Hyundai i20 Hyundai i20 will have a hard time establishing itself as a worthy competitors. It remains to be seen whether it will succeed or not. All we know is the second-gen i20 brings major improvements to the nameplate.

LOVE IT
  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Redesigned interior with enhanced comfort
  • Improved drivetrains
LEAVE IT
  • Tough competition
  • Full details not yet available
  • No pricing information

Press Release

Hyundai Motor has today unveiled first images of the New Generation i20, ahead of its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

Hyundai i20

With the launch of its latest model, Hyundai Motor is continuing its successful presence in Europe’s B-segment, highlighted by almost one million sales since 2002. The popularity of the original i20 has made it one of the company’s best-selling cars in the region. The key aims of the new model are to open Hyundai to an even wider audience; further develop perceptions of the brand; and confirm Hyundai’s position as a truly European automaker.

The New Generation i20 has been designed and developed in Europe, and three key attributes in particular underline how it meets the needs of European consumers: class-leading interior space, a host of high-technology and comfort-enhancing features, and distinctive, refined design.

Based on a new platform, New Generation i20 features a 2570 mm wheelbase – 45 mm longer than its predecessor – providing European customers with one of the most spacious cabins in the segment. Efficient packaging has created a passenger compartment that can comfortably seat five adults. Combined front and rear legroom is best in class at 1892 mm. Boot capacity is also segment-leading: 326 litres when the rear seats are upright.

Enhancing the comfort and the sense of space for driver and passengers is a unique-in-class panoramic sunroof. Able to both tilt and fully open, it fills the cabin with natural light and fresh air. Further features add to the refinement and convenience of New Generation i20, including integrated rear-view camera and front and rear LED lighting.

Hyundai i20

Interior refinement complements the sophisticated and distinctive exterior styling of the New Generation i20. Influenced by the brand’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design philosophy, the car’s clear and simple overall architecture was penned at Hyundai Motor’s Design Centre Europe in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

Hyundai’s European design team has created a bold front aesthetic. The upright chrome-framed hexagonal grille has been lowered for design and engineering purposes. A thin, horizontal grille connects the front headlamp clusters, which include bi-function projection headlamps, LED daytime running lights and LED positioning lamps. A lower grille houses the front fog lamps, and emphasises the powerful stance of the car.

The 4035 mm long bodyshell incorporates a single feature-line running the length of the vehicle, sculptured undercuts of the body panels, and a waistline moulding at the base of the door.

At the rear, New Generation i20 features a gloss-finished black C-pillar that gives the impression of a floating roofline. The lamp clusters wrap around the rear wing into the boot lid and feature a ‘boomerang’-shaped LED design.

The public world premiere of the New Generation i20 will take place during Hyundai’s press conference at 2014 Paris Motor Show in Hall 3, at 16:00 CET on Thursday 2 October.


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