What’s the pricing like? Is it competitive?
Yes indeed. The i20 1.4 petrol automatic starts at Rs 7.31 lakh, while the diesel retails at Rs 6.19 lakh. That’s pretty good value, considering that you get six airbags and a sunroof in the fully loaded version (Rs 7.72 lakh for the 1.4 petrol automatic and Rs 7.20 lakh for the CRDi, (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).
Okay, so how are the cars?
Er, we got to drive only the i20 CRDi, and not the automatic. But that should happen soon...
All right, so how’s the diesel i20 then?
Okay, here we go. The 1396cc 16-valve DOHC common-rail turbodiesel motor develops 88.74 bhp at 4000 rpm and 22.4 kgm of turning force between 1750 and 2750 rpm. The engine features a whole lot of technology that makes it refined. The words bandied about include swirl control valves, hydraulic lash adjusters and electrical Exhaust Gas Recirculation with cooler. Essentially, all that makes the i20 diesel smooth, powerful, eco-friendly and fuel efficient.
Oh, is that so?
Though we did not test it for fuel consumption figures, Hyundai claim 20 km to the litre. And on our 200 km drive out of Delhi, the fuel needle refused to budge till we reached Rajasthan.
That’s fine, but how is it when it comes to performance?
Again, no idea about how quick it is, as we have to test it. But the seat-of-the-pants experience is that it is pretty good for a diesel motor. After all, Hyundai’s diesel department has given us the three-cylinder Accent CRDi and the manic Verna 1.5. Besides, the torque is quite good and easily beats the famous Fiat MultiJet. That makes the car quite driveable in lousy traffic as well as cruise at 120 kph on the highway, with the tacho needle staying calm and unruffled. As far as outright performance goes, the diesel motor easily propels the i20 to 150 kph, but it does lose steam soon after that. No wonder it comes with rear discs as standard.