No longer just a hatch for your Average Joe
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.