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.
Hyundai i20 2012-2014 Magna 1.4 CRDi (Diesel) Description
Hyundai i20, a premium hatchback, launched in the year 2008 by Hyundai- the South Korean maker and it got a good success in the Indian market. Since 2008, this hatch has not got any update and the company also thought that this is the high time to get this updated. Therefore, in 2012, 12 variants of the car came in both petrol and diesel engines. Its Hyundai I20 Magna 1.4 CRDi (Diesel) is one of them, which falls in the B+ segment and is well-received by the customer for its feature-rich nature.
Other than this, it comes in Petrol variants like Era 1.2, Magna, Magna Optional 1.2, Sportz 1.2, Asta 1.2, Asta Optional with Sunroof 1.2 and Sportz AT 1.4. Its diesel models are; Era 1.4 CRDi, Magna Optional 1.4 CRDi, Sportz 1.4 CRDi and Asta 1.4 CRDi. The i20 Magna is powered by a U2 CRDi diesel engine.
The exterior of the car fills the gaps, which was left by its previous version. The European influence on this car is clearly noticeable. It has got long and large curves running through the car at all its sides. It also covers the front, rear and other sides as well. A bold crease is there at the side of the car, which ends at its rear. Its length is 3995mm, width is 1710mm and the height is 1505mm. The ground clearance of the car is 165mm, and its wheel base comes with a size of 2525mm. Its front and rear tread come with a size of 1505mm and 1503mm respectively.
Brown and Beige color interiors have been given to this five seater car by the Korean engineers with some Black on its dashboard. It has got a leather steering wheel. It has Blue LED illumination in the interiors, three small dials at the instrument guage cluster. There are two knobs at the center console, one for air-conditioning and the other is for centrally integrated audio system. The head, leg and shoulder room of the car is good enough.
Hyundai I20 Magna is powered by a 1.4 litre, U2 CRDi (Diesel) engine with a displacement of 1396cc. The 16 valve, 4 cylinder, DOHC engine scoops out an utmost power of 88.8bhp at 4000rpm and a peak torque of 219.7Nm at 1500-2750rpm. This mill is served with a 6 speed manual transmission. The mileage of this car in city conditions is 18.4kmpl and on highways, it delivers 21.9kmpl. The fuel-tank capacity of the hatch is 45 litres. The emission norm compliance it has is BS III, BS IV (for metro cities).
It features a suspension system powered by McPherson strut with gas shock absorbers at the front and at the rear, it has couple torsion beam axle with gas shock absorber. The shock absorbers type is gas filled, telescopic dual acting type. Its brakes are powered by disc at the front and rear. It comes with tubeless tyres with a size of 175/70 R14 and its wheel size is 14 inch.
The safety features of the hatch comprises child safety locks, anti theft alarm, halogen headlamps, day and night alarms. The features like Key less entry, engine immobilizer and centrally mounted fuel tank are also available.
The special feature of the car is its power steering with tilt and telescopic steering column. There are hatchbacks like Volkswagen Polo, Ford Figo and Nissan Micra are there to compete with this car.