Expert Review of Hyundai i20 2012-2014 Magna Optional 1.2
Hyundai, the South Korean auto major is doing quite well in the Indian car market with its hatchback and sedan models. Its introduced the premium hatchback Hyundai i20, which is now one of the best selling models in the country. This vehicle is being made available in several variants along with an option to choose between petrol and diesel engine options. There are overall 12 variants available in this model lineup out of which, Hyundai i20 Magna Optional 1.2 is the mid range petrol trim. The company has equipped this variant with a 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT engine, which is further equipped with a five speed manual transmission gearbox. This mid range petrol variant is powerful, fuel efficient yet delivers a reliable performance like no other hatchback in its own segment. On the other hand, the company has incorporated lots of features to this mid range variant that attracted many of the car enthusiasts towards buying this hatch. This vehicle is competing with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Polo, Honda Brio and others in the premium hatchback segment.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
This Hyundai i20 Magna Optional 1.2 mid range trim is bestowed with a Kappa Dual VTVT engine that is fuel efficient and gives a good mileage. The company claims that this mid range petrol trim can return a class leading fuel economy of about 18.5 Kmpl, which is not a bad figure at all.
Customers who are interested in buying the Hyundai i20 premium hatch will get an option to choose from six stunning color shades. The company is offering this hatchback in several metallic exterior paint options such as Coral White, Twilight Blue, Sleek Silver, Bronze, Maharajah Red and Ember Grey.
Acceleration and Pick up
This mid range variant is powered by a 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol mill has the ability to reach a top speed of about 154 Kmph. On the other hand, it can break the 100 Kmph speed barrier in just about 15.2 seconds, which is remarkable.
The appearance is truly eye-catching that would simply steal your heart in the first impression. This premium hatch has got the Fluidic design on its body that makes it look like a next generation hatch. The front facade of this premium hatch is very sleek and extremely stylish. There is a stylish high gloss black radiator grille given on its frontage, which is surrounded with an aggressive eye shaped headlight cluster. In the center of this grille, you will find the chrome plated company logo that adds class to the front facade. Down at the bottom, you will find the body colored bumper which is incorporated with a large air dam and fog lights that completes the front view and makes it look sportier. The side profile of this premium hatch has been fitted with body colored outside rear view mirrors and door handles, while the external rear view mirrors have been further equipped with turn indicators. The wheel arches of this mid range trim have been bestowed with steel wheels, which are equipped with wheel caps for added elegance. On the rear end of this premium hatch, you will notice that the company has fitted wraparound clear lens tail lamps with turn indicators. The bumper too is offered in body color, which is much like a sporty design bumper.
This Hyundai i20 Magna Optional 1.2 is the mid range trim in its model lineup that comes with tons of comfort features. This version of Hyundai i20 hatchback will surely offer the best in class luxury like no other premium hatch in the segment. It comes with the thrilling set of features including motor driven electric power steering system, clutch foot rest, driver and passenger vanity mirror with cover, power outlet, fully automatic air conditioner with heater, front and rear power windows with timelag, switch illumination, driver side auto down and pinch guard function and several other mind blowing functions. This mid range trim also includes features like central locking system, a 2-DIN audio system with USB and AUX-In support, key less entry, rear parking sensor, impact sensing auto door unlock, clutch lock, supervision instrument cluster, central room lamp, theater dimming, front door map pockets, blue interior illumination are just to name a few.
The dimensions of this premium hatchback explains that how spacious and lavish it really is. It comes with an overall length of about 3995mm along with a total width of about 1710mm and with an overall height of about 1505mm. Its total wheelbase is at 2525mm, which is quite good.
This Hyundai i20 Magna Optional 1.2, mid range trim is blessed with a 1.2-litre petrol power plant that is integrated with 4-cylinders and 16-valves along with a displacing capacity of about 1197cc. This engine has the ability to churn out a maximum power of about 82.9bhp at 6000rpm and yields a maximum torque of about 113.8Nm at 4000rpm. This engine is further coupled with an advanced five speed manual gearbox that functions along with MPFI fuel supply system and improves the fuel efficiency and performance. According to the company's claims, this engine can return 13.3 Kmpl to a maximum 18.5 Kmpl of mileage.
This mid range trim has been bestowed with a steel wheels, which are 14 inches in size, these are further equipped with full wheel caps. These steel wheels are covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 175/70 R14, which will allow this hatch to hug the road with superior gripping.
When it comes to the suspension system, this hatchback's front axle comes fitted with a McPherson Strut suspension system that further enhanced by coil spring an stabilizer bars . The rear axle is equipped with coupled torsion beam axle with coil spring type of suspension.
Handling and Control
Controlling and handling this hatchback is somewhat better compared to the other hatchbacks as its motor driver electric power steering system is very responsive. On the other hand, its front disc and rear drum braking system is very efficient that you can trust all the time.
Stylish exteriors, decent comfort features, engine performance is good.
Price can be more competitive, mileage needs to improve.