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New Entry Level Hyundai i20 Added To Local Line-up

New Entry Level Hyundai i20 Added To Local Line-up

Hyundai South Africa has launched the new entry-level Hyundai i20 1.2 Motion to the local line-up.

The new Hyundai i20 1.2 Motion will extend the range to four derivatives when it takes its place next to the recently launched Hyundai i20 1.4 Fluid and the present range-topper, the i20 1.4 Glide.

The Hyundai i20 1.2 Motion is powered by a 4-cylinder 1.2 petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The 1.2 litre petrol engine delivers 64kW at 600rpm and a peak torque figure of 120Nm at 4000rpm.

According to Hyundai’s Marketing Director, Stanley Anderson, ““The i20 is a solid, well-designed and spacious hatchback that offers good fuel economy, a class-leading warranty, roadside assistance and a service plan. If you throw in the many features of the i20 1.2 Motion, it is an option that cannot be ignored.”

Exterior changes that distinguish the Motion from its Fluid and Glide partners include black door handles and exterior rearview mirror housings, 14-inch steel rims with attractive silver wheel covers, and a side indicator light fitted to the front side panels instead of being integrated into the rear view mirror housings as with the Fluid and Glide derivatives.

Features on the new Hyundai i20 1.2 Motion include; power-assisted steering; tilt and telescopic adjustment of the three-spoke steering wheel; remote audio control buttons on the steering wheel for the radio/CD/MP3 sound system; trip computer, front electric windows, and an air-conditioner with an anti-bacterial pollen filter. The sound system on the Hyundai I20 also integrates with in iPod or Iphone with a connection cable that comes standard. An Aux cable or USB memory stick can also be used to play music.

The recommended retail price of the Hyundai i20 1.2 Motion is R144 900.

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Revealed: Hyundai i20 WRC

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2009 Hyundai i20 1.4 GL Review - Part 1

2009 Hyundai i20 1.4 GL Review – Part 1

In this article we review the 2009 Hyundai i20 1.4 GL, but to be different we will split the review in two. We begin first with a review of the Hyundai i20 styling, followed by a drive review.

As demand for low cost cars has increased so has demand for better quality. Long gone are the days when manufacturers would release horrible, poor-build quality cars in the hope that people would turn to them as a first alternative in relation to how deep or rather shallow their pockets were.

This has resulted in a lot of affordable cars having an improved build quality. Mercedes-Benz and BMW, the luxury car manufactures are not the only ones with an array of toys such as climate control.

Enough of the marketing malarkey we are so used to, things such as ‘manual climate control’ – a term I think that marketing folk for the lower segment cars invented in place of ‘fan!’ How irritating, we know they are desperate to sell you the car if they come up with such interesting terms.

However the lower segment cars are now offering comfort and practicality at very affordable prices. You know that your car company needs to step up the game if the thesaurus doesn’t have your brand listed.

Hyundai haven’t reinvented the wheel they’ve just modified it. Let me explain: Think of how many Hyundai’s you see being driven on South African roads and how many times you’ve thought to yourself that looks much better than any Toyota I’ve seen (except the Toyota 86 which the editor is mad about) but not quite as handsome as a Mercedes. Think Toyota Prado vs Hyundai ix35 vs Kia Sportage. Think Toyota Camry vs Hyundai Sonata vs BMW 3 series. Get my point. The whole secret in this game is to come up with a common design language for your brand. Think how a Mercedes without the 3-pointed star is still recognizable as a Mercedes, or even a Jaguar or a BMW. Kia-Hyundai hopes to get there soon enough.

Recently a friend of mine bought a 2009 Hyundai i20 1.4 GL and we thought we would have a peak under the roof to see why this little car is becoming more and more popular in the South African market.

Firstly, it has a neutral smell compared to that characteristic whiff you learn to associate with different cars you get into. For example I believe all VW Polos from the 2005 era have a distinct scent (I’ve been in several and all have the same, er, smell). So this might be a bonus for the Hyundai i20. The first thing I notice is the quality of plastics used for the interior. It is good quality but not yet VW standard if am honest. The seats are made of clothe but have a beautiful pattern woven into the seats(sort of a tron-legacy theme).The seats are black matching the rest of the interior and the carpets also which have ‘i20′ emblazoned on them. There is enough room to fit a baby seat for young parents (see photos) which is a great bonus.

The main thing that caught my attention is the number of toys that the Hyundai i20 comes with as standard. There are seat belt warning lights for all passengers which is a rarity in a lot of cars even higher end models. There is an ash tray that is portable and very similar to one we saw in the Renault Megane 265 RS Trophy for smokers but I think it’s more of a styling feature.

The fascia of the Hyundai i20 is a little bit disappointing because it looks like a portable CD-Player from the 90s. It’s got that cheap metallic look that doesn’t really go well with the rest of the car’s black interior. However it is festooned with buttons for everything, from a button for the trip computer to an aux button. Yes, this car does come with i-pod connectivity at no extra cost. I am a bit fascinated by the trip computer, the display reads out things like fuel range of the car to the time to whatever music you are playing all at once.

The steering wheel of the Hyundai i20 is just the right size and the instrument panel not at all dull, but at the same time not exciting either. The front seats have excellent support for one’s back and sides and are comfortable.

Now, we only get to test drive it next week so more on engine size and throttle response and more technical stuff then but so far it’s looking up for Hyundai. However, I do have a suspicion that the engine won’t quite deliver the performance that the interior suggests. Sadly, fitting more extra stuff to a car as a lot of car manufacturers are doing at the moment doesn’t make a car drive brilliantly. Even though so much attention is being paid to quality I feel very little is being paid to performance, more attention is being paid on economy and customer comfort. But, more on the verdict next time.

The price for a 2009 Hyundai i20 1.4 GL  purchased from a dealer is around R115000.

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