Leaked photos may have dampened Hyundai’s debut of its latest i20 compact hatchback, but only just a bit. The third-generation model is none-the-less poised to make something of a splash in Europe with a fresh design, additional technology, and a wide range of driver safety systems that Hyundai says is the most comprehensive in its class.
Let’s start with the i20’s styling, which is both familiar and fresh at the same time. Hyundai’s current design language is found with the wide grille and edgy lines in the front fascia. The i20’s high beltline is still prevalent in profile, connecting with a new quarter window at the C-pillar. At the back, the i20 gains a full-width LED lamp connecting new taillights mounted in a new hatch design that looks cleaner compared to the previous model. The rear fascia looks a tad cleaner, too.
Proportion-wise, the fresh i20 is still very much a small hatchback. The roof is slightly lower, but the car is approximately one inch (30 millimeters) wider and ever-so-slightly longer by just a quarter of an inch (5 mm). That also translates to a stretched wheelbase of nearly a half-inch (10 mm), and yes, that means there’s a bit more room inside for rear passengers and cargo. Hyundai doesn’t mention specifics for the back seat area, but there's an extra cubic foot (25 liters) of capacity in the boot.
The big news for the new i20 comes in the tech department. Hyundai offers a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster that combines with another 10.25-inch center touchscreen for a properly digital experience. Features such as wireless cell phone charging, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an eight-speaker Bose sound system are among the luxury options, and Hyundai offers all kinds of extras through its Bluelink Connected Car Services.
Gallery: 2021 Hyundai i20
The i20’s tech revolution continues with Hyundai’s SmartSense safety package. Available systems include a navigation-based intelligent cruise control that can monitor the vehicle’s location and automatically adjust speed. Lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert, and an upgraded forward-collision warning system that can detect pedestrians are all available on the new car.
Under the hood, the i20 gets a standard-issue 1.2-liter four-cylinder producing 83 horsepower (62 kilowatts) connected to a five-speed manual transmission. Hyundai’s 1.0-liter GDi turbo three-cylinder is optional, producing either 99 hp (74 kW) or 118 hp (88 kW) and it can be had with a 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain. Shifting duties with the turbo are handled by either a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox or a new six-speed “intelligent” manual that will disconnect the transmission from the engine when the throttle is lifted.
Hyundai doesn’t offer pricing on the new i20 just yet, but the car will make its public debut in a couple of weeks at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.
The all-new Hyundai i20: emotional design meets advanced technology
- The all-new i20 features a completely new design inspired by Hyundai’s new ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language – the company’s first car in Europe to do so It is equipped with the most comprehensive connectivity equipment in the B-segment, and a best-in-class advanced safety package· For the first time it is available with an electrified 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain for optimised efficiency· The all-new Hyundai i20 will be unveiled at 2020 Geneva International Motor Show
Offenbach, 19 February 2020 – Hyundai Motor’s all-new i20 features a revolutionary and ambitious design that follows the company’s new Sensuous Sportiness design language. With best-in-class connectivity features and the most comprehensive safety package in its class, it sets new standards for a B-segment car.
The all-new i20 is the third-generation of Hyundai’s successful model, which first launched in 2008. One of Hyundai’s most successful models, the i20 stands for quality, reliability, and practicality. In addition to these core pillars, the all-new i20 introduces a completely new, dynamic style. The all-new i20 will be produced in Europe at Hyundai’s production plant in İzmit,Turkey, and will be unveiled at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show.
As well as a completely new exterior design, the all-new i20 has received a range of technological enhancements. There are two new 10.25” screens, consisting of a digital cluster and a navigation touchscreen, which are visually combined in the dashboard. Meanwhile, its segment-leading Hyundai SmartSense safety package includes alongside several new features a new generation Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) that now offers pedestrian and cyclist detection for even more assurance on the road, as well as Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC).
“Thanks to great quality, reliability and practicality, the i20 has continuously been one of the top sales drivers for Hyundai in Europe,” said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing & Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “The all-new i20 illustrates our ambition by delivering eye-catching design and comprehensive connectivity and safety to the B-segment.”
Sensuous Sportiness: Hyundai’s new, inspiring exterior design language
The all-new i20 is the first car in Europe to feature Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language. It is characterised by the harmony between four fundamental elements: proportion, architecture, styling and technology. The purpose of this design direction is to create emotional value and to give Hyundai’s vehicles a distinctive new look.
Compared to its predecessor, the all-new i20’s proportions have been made more dynamic, while at the same time ensuring it is practical for navigating around busy urban areas. Its visual stance is improved by its lowered roof (-24mm), wider body (+30mm) and increased length (+5mm), while the wheelbase has also been increased by +10mm. This is further augmented by newly-designed 17” alloy wheels.
The all-new i20’s stylish character is emphasised with its dynamic-looking front and rear bumpers, as well as its new radiator grille. The side-view offers energetic proportions and a wedge style, which are amplified through a bold side character line and unique C-pillar design. Meanwhile, the redesigned unique lighting signature at the side connects seamlessly with the rear, emphasising the all-new i20’s width and stance. Together, these exterior features illustrate its modernity, while delivering a premium feeling for drivers.
All-new i20 customers can choose from 10 exterior colours overall, including four new ones: Intense Blue, Aurora Gray, Aqua Turquoise and Brass. Moreover, the Phantom Black roof offers customers even more scope for personalisation with the option of a two-tone style.
- [New] Intense Blue
- [New] Aurora Gray
- Polar White
- Sleek Silver
- Phantom Black
- Dragon Red
- [New] Aqua Turquoise
- [New] Brass
- Tomato Red
- Slate Blue
- Roof: Phantom Black
An all-new interior offers enhanced aesthetics and provides a high-quality feeling
With a range of interior enhancements, all-new i20 customers can enjoy quality time inside their vehicle. Hyundai’s designers sought innovative aesthetic and technical solutions to convey its stylish proportions, while creating a fresh and appealing look.
The interior space achieves an airy feeling inside the cockpit, while appearing sculptured and appealing. One design highlight is the horizontal blades that cover the high and prominent dashboard. This gives it a very unconventional look by making the front fascia look slick and wide.
The all-new i20’s doors embrace the dashboard in an elegant, sensual way, having been inspired by shapes found in nature. The sculpture of the doors perfectly matches the instrument panel section. Its refined steering wheel is equipped with modern toggle switches, while its colour accents are also matched throughout the interior.
Occupants of the all-new i20 can also enjoy a pleasant interior lighting at night thanks to new LED ambient light technology.
In addition, customers can choose from three interior trims: Black Mono, Black & Gray, and Black Mono & Yellow Green for even more individualisation.
Increased roominess and visibility
The all-new i20’s dynamic proportions offer increased width and an enlarged wheelbase compared to the previous generation. This provides increased seating space for passengers in the rear. Boot space has been increased by +25 litres, offering 351 litres overall for luggage. Meanwhile, a decreased beltline and a small, quarter-fixed glass window behind the rear door provide drivers with improved visibility.
Best-in-class connectivity and premium sound quality
The all-new i20 offers best-in-class connectivity with a range of high-tech convenience features. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, now offered wirelessly, enable customers to mirror the functionality of their iOS and Android smartphones. To increase the elegance and the visual comfort of the interior, the new 10.25’’ digital cluster and 10.25’’ centre touchscreen have been visually combined. The touchscreen also offers split-screen functionality for multitasking.
A wireless charging pad in the centre console means all-new i20 customers no longer need to use a cable to charge their smartphones. Additionally, a USB charging port is available for passengers in the rear. For even more in-car entertainment, the all-new i20 becomes the first Hyundai model in Europe to feature a premium Bose audio system. Eight speakers, including a sub-woofer, are strategically placed throughout the vehicle for a high-quality listening experience.
Bluelink Connected Car Services
The all-new i20 offers Hyundai’s Bluelink technology, which offers a wide range of Connected Car services such as Hyundai LIVE Services, as well as remote features via the Bluelink smartphone app. Bluelink comes with a free five-year subscription.
- Hyundai LIVE Services: real-time traffic information powered by TomTom, fuel stations/parking spaces (with prices), speed cameras* and weather updates
- Online voice recognition: powerful online (cloud-based) voice recognition with natural language understanding
- Bluelink app services:
- Find my car: drivers can locate their vehicle easily in an unfamiliar setting
- Remote services: drivers can remotely lock their cars
- Send to car (POI): search for local POIs and send results to car’s navigation system
- Security: vehicle alarm notification
- Maintenance: receiving vehicle report (e.g. tyre pressure), driving information
*if legally allowed in a certain country
Available connectivity equipment:
- [New] 10.25” digital cluster
- [New] 10.25” AVN (audio/video/navigation) touchscreen
- [New] 8” touchscreen with Display Audio
- [New] Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (wireless in combination with Display Audio)
- [New] Wireless charging
The most comprehensive safety package in the segment
The all-new i20 is equipped with Hyundai SmartSense safety features and complies with the highest European safety standards. Many of these active safety features would not be expected to be found in B-segment cars.
The all-new i20 offers a range of new safety functions. One of these is Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC), which uses the all-new i20’s navigation system to anticipate upcoming curves or straights on highways and adjusts the vehicle speed for safer driving. Another feature, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), alerts drivers through audio and visual warnings when they are driving too fast and exceed the speed limit. When combined with the manual speed limiter, ISLA can even adapt the speed autonomously. Lane Following Assist (LFA) automatically adjusts steering to help keep the all-new i20 centred in its lane of travel. Blind-spot Collision-avoidance Assist Warning (BCA) uses radar to monitor rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. Where necessary, BCA acts on the engine brake to avoid a collision or reduce the impact damage. Meanwhile, the upgraded Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) function can now detect not only cars, but also pedestrians and cyclists.
The all-new i20’s safety package also protects drivers at low speeds, as well as offering increased parking convenience. Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LDVA) warns the driver when the vehicle ahead of them starts moving forward in cases where there is a delay to their reaction, for example at traffic lights. Rear Cross-traffic Collision Assist (RCCA) sounds a warning in case of the risk of a rear collision from crossing vehicles while reversing. Meanwhile, Parking Collision-avoidance Assist - Reverse (PCA-R) automatically brakes in case of a collision risk. In addition, all-new i20 drivers also have Parking Assist (PA) at their disposal. PA allows for semi-autonomous parking, with a range of sensors and software working together to help drivers get into tight spaces.
Other safety features available with the all-new i20 include Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and High Beam Assist (HBA).
The all-new i20 will also be equipped with eCall, a system which allows the vehicle’s occupants to contact emergency services at the press of a button. In addition, the system activates automatically if the vehicle’s airbags are deployed.
Available Hyundai SmartSense safety and driving assistance features:
- [New] Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC)
- [New] Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LDVA)
- [New] Lane Following Assist (LFA)
- [New] Blind-spot Collision-avoidance Assist (BCA)
- [New] Rear Cross-traffic Collision Assist (RCCA)
- [New] Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist – Reverse (PCA-R)
- [New] Parking Assist (PA)
- [New] Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA)
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) – [New] now with pedestrian and cyclist detection
- Lane Keep Assist System (LKA)
- Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
- High Beam Assist (HBA)
A new engine line-up provides enhanced efficiency and performance
By offering two engines with three transmission choices, the all-new i20 caters for different drivers’ needs and delivers even more efficient driving.
At the top of the range, a 1.0 T-GDi is available with 100 PS or 120 PS. For the first time, a 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain can be applied on this engine, either as an option with the 100 PS or as standard with the 120 PS. The 48-volt system contributes to a 3-4% reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. In terms of transmission, the 48-volt system is available with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT) or a newly developed six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). iMT decouples the engine from the transmission after the driver releases the accelerator, allowing the car to enter into coasting mode and saving fuel.
When not mated to the 48-volt mild hybrid system, the 1.0 T-GDi 100 PS is available with the 7DCT or a manual 6-speed gearbox. A 1.2-litre MPi 4-cylinder is also available as an entry engine. This offers 84 PS and a five-speed manual transmission.
Thanks to Its weight reduction of 4% compared to its predecessor, the all-new i20 ensures it has very competitive CO2 values. This also means it drives more economically without compromising on driving pleasure. In addition, features such as standard Idle Stop and Go illustrate its environmentally-conscious credentials.