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Hyundai i20, A Sweet and Sour Experience

By Saji Mathew on 22 August 2013

Car's Age: 6-12 months


Overall Rating 4
Exterior 5
Interior 5
Ride Quality 3
Maintenance 500/ month
Mileage (city) 12 KMPL
Mileage (highway) 16 KMPL

Detailed Hyundai i20 Review

What's Good?

The design is definitely captivating. The front looks forever in a sweet slumber with open eyes. Then comes a host of features that most other cars of the same segment do not possess. The audio system is excellent. The Radio not only gives mere FM channels but also provides MW channels. The flowing dashboard looks beautiful. Bluetooth facility is a boon in emergency situations when one has to attend a phone without losing attention from driving. The air conditioner too is powerful. There is ample leg room both in front and back. Another very useful feature is the way not only the rear seat back rests can be folded to make space for luggage but also how the sitting part of the seat can be pushed out so that the back rest is perfectly flat at the bottom. Smart key facility is great. It also provides door locking and opening by pressing a button on the door without sacrificing security to the car. The boot space is also pretty good. The car provides matchless safety for passengers not only because of features like airbag but also because it has thick body.

What can improve?

Though the dashboard is beautiful and big, much of it is a waste. There is no perfectly convenient space to keep even a car freshener as there is no flat surface. Another important drawback Hyundai has to address urgently is about its automatic windows. The electronic rearview mirrors on both sides can be opened or closed even when the engine is off. But windows cannot be raised or opened if the engine is off. This causes difficulty for people sitting inside when the driver may be away. Most other cars in the market, even below the segment, have auto door lock facility after the car crosses a certain speed. This is absent in Asta 1.2. A major area where improvement becomes necessary is its power in hilly areas. May be due to the weight of the body, i20 cannot climb a hill in the same gear in which a mere 800 cc car would climb the same hill. Even on flat and smooth roads, when compared to many other cars of the segment, it cannot pick up speed fast once it is slowed down. Moreover, unless one shifts the gear down to first gear, it fails to pick up in such situations.

Exteriors (5/5)


Interiors (5/5)


Ride Quality (3/5)


Overall Comments

Very good looking exteriors. Thick and heavy body.

Very pleasant interiors

Fast pick up is lacking

In general, Asta i20 possesses great features, and provides great comfort to passengers. But some of the features like automatic wipers and headlights which are not unavoidable cause the vehicle very expensive. Though it may look attractive interesting initially, one slowly begins to realize that one could do without only because of their price. However, the car is a good choice when we prioritise safety.

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