No longer just a hatch for your Av­er­age Joe

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - KYLE VENKTESS

WITH the sportier-look­ing Hyundai i20 1,4 man­ual comes a slight per­for­mance en­hance­ment to match.

No longer can this ve­hi­cle be seen as just your Av­er­age Joe, the new i20 has stepped up the game with a more mas­cu­line ap­proach. The new de­sign def­i­nitely gives the older “timid” model more of an ap­peal of the tar­get mar­ket.

The facelift and Golf 7- type brake lights en­dow the new i20 with a bit more to show-off on the road and of­fer­ing some­thing that re­ally does look good on the road from all an­gles.

For the younger driver — more prone to dam­ag­ing eardrums from night clubs and deaf­en­ing head­sets — the stan­dard sound sys­tem in the ve­hi­cles is miles ahead of other mod­els from the man­u­fac­turer, and in­deed the com­peti­tors.

On the per­for­mance end, the 74 kW and 153 Nm from the 1,4 mill will not of­fer the speed young­sters will look for from a ve­hi­cle such as the Ford Fi­esta ST or VW Polo GTi, but the en­gine is ca­pa­ble of sus­tain­ing legal speeds with­out too much of a high-rev when head­ing to a flat sur­face — for ex­am­ple head­ing down the N3 to­ward Peace­vale, be­tween Pi­eter­mar­itzburg and Dur­ban.

On the in­te­rior of the ve­hi­cle, Hyundai of­fers pretty much what you would ex­pect from a youth­ful ve­hi­cle such as this one — Blue­tooth, aux­il­iary and USB con­nec­tiv­ity are all avail­able.

While on the out­side the ve­hi­cle is seem­ingly more com­pact, the i20 can carry a load — even the dear mother-in­law won’t be dis­ap­pointed on the back seat with the gro­cery shop­ping in the boot. Hence for the young driver who do not suf­fer a need for speed, all three 1,20 mod­els of­fer value for money.

i20 Prices from:

R184 900 for the 1,2 man­ual R207 900 for the 1,4 man­ual R217 900 for the 1,4 au­to­matic


Not the i20 we can buy, this WRC model nev­er­the­less shows how the Hyundai has taken off. This is Thierry Neuville storm­ing to a sec­ond place in the Swedish Rally in round two of the FIA World Rally Cham­pi­onship, in his Hyundai i20 WRC, for his fourth podium for the new team.

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