Crossover-inspired hatchback

Having launched a redesigned 2015 Hyundai i20 in 2014, Hyundai needed less than a year to expand the nameplate’s lineup to no fewer than four models. After the 2015 Hyundai i20 Coupe, unveiled in late 2014, it introduced the i20 Active in India in March 2015 and the race-spec 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Korean firm also used the show to present the i20 Active to European enthusiasts as an alternative to the Volkswagen CrossPolo.

Basically a raised, more rugged-looking version of the subcompact hatchback, the i20 Active is aimed at customers with active lifestyles and drivers who need a small car that’s also useful on poor-quality roads outside the city. It’s also part of the Hyundai aggressive campaign to expand into as many niches as possible. “With the introduction of New i20 Active we further diversify our offering in the B-segment with an attractive crossover model,” said Thomas A. Schmid, COO at Hyundai Motor Europe. “In 2015 our entire crossover and SUV line-up has been renewed, as part of our youngest ever model range in Europe. And with the introduction of our 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, we further enhance our customer proposition in the European B-Segment.” As you might have already guessed, the i20 Active won’t be offered in North America. Keep reading to find out what you’re missing.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Hyundai i20 Active.

  • 2016 Hyundai i20 Active
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-3
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    98 @ 4500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    126 @ 1500
  • Displacement:
    1.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    10.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    109 mph
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Exterior

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Although Hyundai claims that over half of the exterior parts differ from the standard model, the Active remains recognizable as an i20. In essence, it’s a regular hatchback with skid plates, side cladding, and crossover-like side skirts and wheel-arch moldings.

Upon closer inspection though, the i20 Active active also features reshaped bumpers front and rear (with integrated round foglamps), a revised rear spoiler, and a new front grille finished in high-gloss black with a chrome frame.

Other add-ons that contribute to the car’s more rugged appearance include a silver fuel cap cover, 17-inch wheels, and a set of roof rails. The Active also gained an exclusive exterior color dubbed Morning Blue.

Overall length 4,065 MM (160.03 Inches)
Overall width 1,760 MM (69.29 Inches) (excluding door mirrors)
Overall height 1,529 MM (60.19 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,570 MM (101.18 Inches)
Ground clearance 160 MM (6.29 Inches)
Front overhang 843 MM (33.18 Inches)
Rear overhang 652 MM (25.66 Inches)

Interior

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The i20 Active’s interior is identical to the standard i20’s, except for only a few modifications. These include a higher driving position, a longer center console that extends toward the front seat backs, and metal pedals for a more robust, crossover-like appearance. Other than that, everything is like in the redesigned i20 hatchback Hyundai launched in 2014, including the optional Tangerine Orange accents for the seats and air vents.

Naturally, the Active benefits from the i20’s superior space and comfort, which come by way of improved ergonomics, softer materials, and longer wheelbase. The Koreans claim the i20 offers best-in-class front and rear combined legroom, as well as class-leading cargo space of 326 liters (11.5 cubic feet). Although the standard i20 benefits from a class-exclusive panoramic roof, that option isn’t available for the i20 Active.

Drivetrain

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Motivation for the i20 Active comes from the same 1.4-liter gasoline and diesel engines available with the standard i20, plus a new, ultra-efficient, three-cylinder unit displacing one liter that can be had with two power outputs.

A new, ultra-efficient, three-cylinder unit displacing one liter can be had with two power outputs.

The least powerful version cranks out 98 horses and 126 pound-feet of torque and takes the i20 Active from 0 to 62 mph in 10.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 109 mph. A more powerful version with 118 horses and 126 pound-feet slashes more than a half-second off the 0-to-62 mph sprint, taking it down to 10.3 ticks. Top speed increases to 114 mph.

The new unit features a turbocharger with electric waste gate actuator, which improves fuel efficiency by lowering pumping losses as well. It also enhances throttle response and low-end torque. An optimized split-cooling concept for the cylinder head and block reduces friction.

To keep the engine as small as possible, Hyundai integrated the exhaust manifold within the cylinder head, a modification that also enables a more efficient cooling process using the cylinder head’s water cooling system.

The second gasoline engine in the lineup is a 1.4-liter four-banger that delivers 98 horsepower and 99 pound-feet of twist. Finally, Hyundai offers an 89-horsepower, 1.4-liter diesel as an option.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type Kappa, 3 cylinders in line, DOHC, with dual CVVT Kappa, 3 cylinders in line, DOHC, with dual CVVT
Capacity 998 cc 998 cc
Bore x stroke 71.0 x 84.0 mm 71.0 x 84.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.0 10.0
Power 98 HP @ 4500 RPM 118 HP @ 6000 RPM
Torque 126 LB-FT @ 1500 RPM 126 LB-FT @ 1500 rpm
Maximum speed 109 MPH 114 MPH
0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) 10.9 seconds 10.3 seconds
Fuel consumption combined 58.9 – 61.4 mpg 54.3 – 56.5 mpg
CO2 combined 106 - 111 g/km 116 - 121 g/km

Safety

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The i20 Active comes with the same safety features as the standard i20, meaning it sports six airbags (front, front side, and full length curtain) and child seat anchors. Technology includes Lane Departure Warning, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Program, Anti-Lock Brakes, and Hill-Start Assist.

Prices

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German pricing for the i20 Active starts from €17,300, which represents a €5,100 premium over the base i20 hatchback.

Competition

2011 Volkswagen CrossPolo

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Developed as a mini SUV version of the Polo and a smaller alternative to the CrossGolf, the CrossPolo is the i20 Active’s sole competitor in Europe. The German hatch is offered with five engines and three transmissions. A 1.2-liter, four-cylinder gasoline unit is available with 89 and 108 horsepower, while a 1.0-liter three-pot pumps out 108 horses. On the diesel front, the CrossPolo features a 1.4-liter four-banger with 89 and 104 horsepower. Transmission options include a five-speed manual, six-speed manual, and a seven-speed DSG. Pricing starts from €18,675, which represents a €6,000 premium over the base model.

Find out more about the Volkswagen CrossPolo here.

Conclusion

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Although I don’t see how the i20 Active will steal too many customers from the CrossPolo, the fact of the matter is Hyundai has made tremendous progress with the new i20. The new design language brings the hatchback in line with its European counterparts, while the new 1.0-liter engine enables it to give the three-cylinder-powered Golfs and Fiestas a run for their money in the fuel economy department. I think Hyundai could’ve done just fine without a crossover version of the i20, but the Active proves the brand is very serious about expanding into previously unexplored segments. It remains to be seen whether the i20 Active was a good idea or not.

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    • The CrossPolo seems unbeatable in this niche
    • 1.4-liter engines not available in all markets

Press Release

At the Frankfurt International Motor Show 2015, Hyundai Motor is introducing the New Hyundai i20 Active, a rugged compact crossover for customers with active lifestyles.

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Further expanding the popular i20 range, the New i20 Active will go on sale in Europe in early 2016, joining the spacious, functional i20 five-door and the sporty, individual i20 Coupe. The car’s arrival also broadens Hyundai Motor’s European crossover and SUV offering to four models - alongside the All-New Tucson, New Santa Fe and New Grand Santa Fe* – each new or enhanced in 2015.

*Not available in the UK market

“With the introduction of New i20 Active we further diversify our offering in the B-segment with an attractive crossover model,” explains Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe. “In 2015 our entire crossover and SUV line-up has been renewed, as part of our youngest ever model range in Europe. And with the introduction of our 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, we further enhance our customer proposition in the European B-Segment.”

2. Design

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New Hyundai i20 Active’s rugged crossover design enhances appeal and increases versatility
Over half of exterior parts differ from standard i20 model
Higher seating position adds to comfort and aids visibility

The distinctive and rugged crossover design of the i20 Active sets it apart from conventional B-segment models. While the new car is based on the i20 five-door – sharing its expansive space, comfort and quality – over 50% of the exterior parts are unique to this model.

To give the i20 Active a characteristic crossover stance, revised suspension settings elevate the body of the i20 Active by 20 mm compared to the i20 five-door. The seating position is also raised, placing the driver higher within the car. The result makes ingress and egress more comfortable, as well as offering superior visibility while driving.

Underlining the i20 Active’s adventurous appeal are the unique front and rear bumpers with integrated skid plates, which offer additional protection when driving away from public roads. Round fog lamps are integrated at the front and rear, with an exclusive rear spoiler adding to the i20 Active’s appeal.

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The rugged appearance is further enhanced by bold side skirts and side cladding, to complement the robust wheel-arch mouldings. Moving to the top of the car, a set of silver roof rails complement the crossover’s stance, adding essential practicality.

Other details that set i20 Active apart from its siblings include a reverse treatment of the signature Hyundai hexagonal grille in high-gloss black with chrome surroundings, a fuel cap cover in silver finish and newly designed 17-inch wheels.

The interior benefits from the superior space, comfort and quality of the i20 five-door, with greater ergonomics from the heightened driving position and further design enhancements. Unique metal pedals present a robust and high quality appearance, while Tangerine Orange interior colour applications expand the personalisation options. Also exclusive to the i20 Active is the Morning Blue exterior colour, a distinctive option for those wanting a bespoke finish.

“The New i20 Active’s rugged design and crossover features target young urban customers with active lifestyles,” says Raf Van Nuffel, Head of Product Management at Hyundai Motor Europe. “The higher stance and the bespoke design enhancements express the car’s adventurous spirit without compromising the spaciousness and comfort of the i20 five-door version.”

3. Engines

New efficient 1.0-litre T-GDI engine introduced to the i20 family
Three-cylinder turbocharged direct injection engine with 100 PS and 120 PS (dependent on model)
First of a new generation of in-house developed small petrol turbo-charged engines for Europe

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Coinciding with the arrival of the i20 Active comes the introduction of a new engine for the i20 family. Focused on dynamic and efficient driving, the new Kappa 1.0-litre T-GDI three-cylinder turbocharged direct injection engine will be available to the i20 range in early 2016.

The 1.0-litre T-GDI engine is available in two power outputs. The standard-power 100 PS version is tuned to maximise fuel economy and focuses on comfort, while the high-power 120 PS* unit has been developed to facilitate more spirited driving without sacrificing efficiency.

*available subject to market specification

“The new 1.0-litre T-GDI is a perfect fit for the i20 family,” states Dr. Michael Winkler, Head of Powertrain at Hyundai Motor’s European Technical Center in Rüsselsheim. “A downsized 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine with direct gasoline injection and a matched compact turbocharger with electrical wastegate actuator offers customers not only fuel economy but also driving pleasure.”

These fuel efficient Kappa engines, which achieve up to 61.4 mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 106 g/km, are the first of a new generation of newly-developed small, turbocharged power plants tuned for Europe. Hyundai Motor’s European Technical Center in Germany played a key role in the engine’s research, development, engineering and testing, specifically for use on European roads.

The new engine features highly efficient combustion and dynamic performance to fulfil Hyundai’s dedication to implementing downsizing as a fuel saving technology. The standard 100 PS version and the high power 120 PS version both deliver a peak torque of 171.6 Nm at 1,500 rpm providing a perfect combination of dynamism and efficiency.

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A turbo charger with electric waste gate actuator improves fuel efficiency by lowering pumping losses as well as improving throttle response and low-end torque. An optimised split-cooling concept for the cylinder head and block brings engine refinement by reducing friction.

To keep the engine unit as small as possible, the exhaust manifold is integrated within the cylinder head and can therefore be cooled efficiently using the cylinder head water cooling system. These efforts result in faster warm-up of the catalyst and ultimately in improved real-world fuel consumption and emissions.

The i20 Active will also be available with a 1.4-litre Kappa engine. The 1,368 cc four-cylinder gasoline engine delivers 100 PS and 134.4 Nm of torque.

As an alternative to gasoline, a 1.4-litre U II diesel engine comes as an optional extra for the i20 Active, just as it does for the i20 five-door and i20 Coupe. This 90 PS diesel engine is fuel efficient yet refined in operation.

*Neither 1.4-litre Kappa engine or 1.4-litre diesel engine available in UK

4. Connectivity

TomTom LIVE services available for selected i20 models in early 2016
LIVE package includes: Real-time traffic updates, weather, POI (Points of Interest) search, plus speed camera warnings in selected countries
Industry-leading seven-year free subscription to LIVE services

The New i20 Active keeps customers connected, safe and informed while on the move. TomTom LIVE Services are available to the i20 range from early 2016 onwards and can keep drivers informed, in real time, of traffic conditions and local weather, while also flagging up Points of Interest and, in selected countries, the locations of speed cameras.

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5. Four crossover and SUV models boost Hyundai Motor brand in Europe

New Hyundai i20 Active adds to Hyundai’s crossover SUV range
All four new or enhanced in 2015, designed and developed in Europe
B-segment is key to Hyundai’s ongoing growth in the region

Hyundai’s crossover and SUV range now consists of four models, each new or enhanced in 2015. New i20 Active accompanies the All-New Tucson, New Santa Fe and New Grand Santa Fe*, continuing the brand’s strong tradition of producing SUVs for the European Market.

*Not available in the UK market

Having sold more than one million SUVs since the launch of the Santa Fe in 2001, Hyundai Motor is well accustomed to European motorists’ appetite for rugged, capable and stylish cars. Expanding the SUV and crossover range into the growing B-segment is a strategic business decision that aims to contribute to 100,000 i20-family sales each year.

Like its siblings, the i20 Active has been designed and developed in Europe to cope with the demands of quality, refinement and reliability expected across the European market. The i20 Active will be produced alongside the i20 family at Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi (HAOS) plant in Izmit, Turkey.

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