Expert Review of Hyundai i20 2012-2014 Magna 1.4 CRDi (Diesel)
Hyundai i20 is a premium compact that is a little larger than the regular typical hatchback and has been collecting laurels for the safety features that it flaunts. The car has been given a refresh this year and the iGen i20 gets the same fluidic design that can be seen in all recent Hyundai cars and the same design language will also be seen in all upcoming as well. Another highpoint of the car is that i20 comes with nearly 12 different variants in both diesel and petrol fuel options. Magna 1.4 CRDi is of a mid range and is positioned just above the base variant in the diesel line up. The engine powering Hyundai i20 Magna 1.4 CRDi (Diesel) is a 1.4 litre engine that churns out about 88.8bhp and produces a torque of 219.7Nm. The engine is mated to a six speed manual transmission that gives an excellent overall driving experience. The mileage returned by the car is 21.9kmpl which is a very competitive figure. Coming to the exteriors and interiors of the car, the quality and finish and fitments of the car is of very impressive.
This generation i20 is a complete personification of what the new generation compact mini should be and with this hatchback Hyundai stands competitively in front of the European Minis. The competition for Hyundai i20 is Maruti Swift, Ford Figo, Nissan Micra and Volkswagen Polo etc.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
Hyundai i20 Magna 1.4 CRDi returns a mileage of 21.9kmpl when it is driven on highways. On the other hand, in the city driving conditions, the hatchback returns about 18.4kmpl which is a very competitive figure. The mileage of the car is one thing that attracts maximum Indian customers for their daily to and fro purposes and hatchbacks are just what they look for because of cramped streets and heavy traffic situations. Hyundai i20 does all that and more, making it a good enough buy for anyone looking for something different.
Six spectacular colors enhance the fluidic design of the hatchback, Hyundai i20. The compact is available in Sleek Silver, Silky Beige, Sparkle Blue, Berry Red, Dark Grey Metallic and Black Diamond.
Acceleration and Pick up
Hyundai i20 Magna 1.4 CRDi gives a decent performance with a capability to zip from 0 – 100kmph in about 14.5 seconds. The car in its diesel trim can zip nearly up to 157kmph, making the drive quite zippy and energetic. The safety features on board further add to the comfort of driving because it feels good to know that you are safe, just in case.
Hyundai i20 with the new fluidic design fits perfectly in the market where stylish European cars are at the peak. The curves and lines around the body have become quite prominent and can be seen running from end to end. These bold creases add to the splendid feel of the car. The front fascia has become rounder with larger headlamps that are stretched and pushed back. The fog lamps have also been changed to a more stylish shape and have been given a diamond shape. At the rear we see new tail lights adding to the panache of the car.
Inside the car we see two tones, brown and beige color with a clean dashboard and leather steering. The Blue illumination adds to the feel of the cabin and the instrument panel has been done very nicely with three dials. The centre console gets digital multi-function display and features two knobs for AC. An integrated audio system is also seen in the car which is compatible with USB and AUX-in features. The entire cabin has a very spacious and airy feel to it which is taken a step ahead with the cleaner and neat interiors.
Hyundai i20 Magna 1.4 CRDi gets all the standard features that are expected to be present in a mid-level hatchback starting from power steering to power windows, low fuel warning light to accessory power outlet, seat lumbar support and rear seats with head rest etc. The highlight however is the space that it offers for a hatchback. The major attraction towards a Hyundai i20 are the safety features more than the comfort features. On the safety front, Hyundai i20 gets child lock safety, anti theft alarm, day and night rear view mirror along with rear seat belts along with seat belt warning etc. under the list of basics. There is also keyless entry, engine immobilizer and side and front impact beams among other features.
The length of Hyundai i20 Magna 1.4 CRDi is 3995mm which is 55mm more than the previous version. The width of the car is 1710mm and height is 1505mm. The car has a wide stance which gives it a low driving character in terms of looks. The wheelbase of the car is 2525mm and the ground clearance is 165mm.
Under the hood of Hyundai i20 Magna 1.4 CRDi is the 1396cc DOHC engine that can churn out a power of 88.8bhp at 4000rpm and produces a torque of 219.7Nm at 1500 – 2750rpm. The hatchback gives an impressive mileage of 21.9kmpl wand can run from 0 – 100 kmph in about 14.5 seconds. The engine is powerful enough to help the car zip up till 157kmph of top speed. The mill is mated to a six speed manual transmission which helps the car drive as easy as it does.
The mid level Hyundai i20 Magna 1.4 CRDi stands on 175/70 R14 tubeless tyres that help the car maintain a good balance and also keep a good contact with the road resulting to a secure drive.
Hyundai i20 Magna 1.4 CRDi gets McPherson Strut with gas shock absorber front suspension and Couple torsion beam axle with gas shock absorber rear suspension. Coupled with gas filled telescopic dual acting type shock absorber, the suspension system allows the car to drive smoothly even on the rugged city drive roads.
Handling and Control
The braking system of Hyundai i20 Magna 1.4 CRDi is good which helps with the handling of the car. At lower speeds the car is very composed and the bumps are well absorbed by the efficient suspension system.
Fluidic design, space and safety features.