Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift Long Term Review
Long Term Test No. 151
Car Tested: Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift
Kms Done: 4452 kms
Test Started at: 4686 kms
Test Concluded at: 9138 kms
Mileage: 16.1 km/l, 19.4 km/l (best), 13.9 km/l (worst)
The punchy diesel engine, compact dimensions and light steering make the i20 ideal for both city and highway driving
The Hyundai Elite i20 has been in our long term fleet for quite some time now and most of the crew were happy to grab the keys of the vehicle for the ease of driving it offers. But it’s not just in the city but even out on the highway that the i20 felt comfortable due to its good ride and efficient oil burner. In fact, Dhanil took the car to Goa and came back happy for multiple reasons.
He was able to fit enough luggage in the boot, the rear seat occupants were happy and the punchy diesel engine meant overtaking was quite a breeze too. However, I will be honest, I have used the car mostly in the city where its light steering meant easy manoeuvrability, turbo lag being contained meant good drivability, frugal motor meant fewer visits to the pump and of course the small yet nifty features meant I had little to complain about.
Now, of course, the Hyundai i20 comes loaded with a lot of kit but my favourite feature has to be the infotainment system, it connects very quickly, offers good audio quality and the reverse camera is legit too, so fitting this almost 4-metre hatch into tight parking spots never felt like a challenge. And while the light steering is a boon in almost 80% of driving situations, in the rest 20%, I did wish for more feel and feedback, especially around the corners.