Hyundai i20 Active
The Hyundai i20 Active is one amongst the horde of compact crossovers and SUVs in the Indian market. With the launch of this crossover, Hyundai plans to increase their market share and improve the domestic volumes.
The crossover is based on the current Elite i20 which is the second generation version of the i20. It shares the same platform but gets additional features making it look meatier and muscular in appearance. The new car also stays in line with the new fluidic design seen on all new Hyundai cars. It has been designed at Hyundai Motor’s Design Centre Europe in Rüsselsheim, Germany and still carries forward the company’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design language.
The wide but compact air intake with mesh design, the revised grille in the front bumper with restyled fog lamps and sweptback head lights have been carried over to the new car from the i20 hatchback. The company has given the i20 Active a body cladding while bringing in a new design for the alloy wheels and roof rails. There is also a silver skid plate at the back and a new bumper with circular reflectors. The newly designed tail lamps have been carried over with the addition of the tail-gate mounted spare wheel at the back of the car.
Apart from these visual upgrades, the 2015 Hyundai i20 Active features a slightly updated cabin. The i20 Active’s cabin is different from the standard i20 hatchback interior. The interior looks funky with colour-coded pinstripe and dashboard accents. The updates in the car come in the form of two dual-shade interior options – tangerine orange and aqua blue combined with black. Other changes to the interior include new upholstery, aluminium-coated pedals and partly coloured gear-knob.
Otherwise, the cabin of the crossover is similar to the one in the Elite i20. Hyundai has borrowed the new instrument panel with gear shift indicator and three-spoke steering wheel with integrated audio and Bluetooth controls from the hatchback. The layout is the same, but the company has differentiated the interior with a sporty look. Like the feature-rich i20 hatchback, the i20 Active is packed with many features like height adjustable driver’s seat, cooled glove-box, 2-Din audio system with 1 GB internal memory, climate control system, cruise control, a second power outlet, reverse parking assist, clutch lock etc.
Engine and gearbox
Hyundai has powered the i20 Active with the same engine options, 1.2-litre Kappa petrol and 1.4-litre CRDi diesel, which power the i20 hatchback. While the 1.2-litre petrol motor churns out 82bhp of power and 114Nm of torque, the 1.4-litre diesel mill produces 89bhp of power and 220Nm of torque. The former comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, while the latter comes paired to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Price and competition
The Hyundai i20 Active starts at a price of Rs 6.39 lakh, while the top-end goes up to Rs 8.89 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The new hatchback-based crossover competes with the Volkswagen Cross Polo, the Toyota Etios Cross and the Fiat Avventura in the Indian market. With the introduction of this new car, Indian consumers have got another option to choose from in the new compact crossover segment in our country.
1197 cc, Petrol, 82 bhp @ 6000 RPM power
1396 cc, Diesel, 89 bhp @ 4000 RPM power
5-speed, Manual, FWD
6-speed, Manual, FWD