After lotsa research we have finally made a decision to buy i20 Asta.

The new kid, i20, a 5-door hatchback from the Hyundai Motors debuted first during the Paris Motor Show last year. Quite similar to its foregoer i10, Hyundai i20 get its manufacturing done here in India and will then be exported to other places. However, i20 was designed in Europe and was also developed there. It comes with Hyundai’s 5-year warranty for mileage, and with this Hyundai believes that i20 will be able to meet the expectations of European market and will thrive the competition present within the mini car segment, especially in India that its positioned against the Swift and also the Fabia. But more than Fabia, Maruthi Swift will be the one that it’s going to compete in terms of market.

The i20 is longer, wider as well as lower than its predecessor Getz and rides on an expanded wheelbase of 2525mm. The interior architecture seems enhanced and much improvised over Getz and the looks are loveable, and it certainly appeals stronger than a Maruthi Swift, although, I felt it could have been designed to look even better. The cabin is silent and i20 has features of a premium luxury Sedan and will certainly appeal the upwardly mobile working class of India.

In India i20 is launched with 3 versions namely Hyundai i20 Asta, Hyundai i20 Asta (O), Hyundai i20 Magna. And the difference between i20 Asta and the i20 Asta(O) lies in that the latter comes with side as well as curtain airbags, and let me tell you, it will be the first of its kind in India for this segment of cars.

The engine is 1197cc Kappa petrol type delivering max power of about 79 Bhp and a torque of 110 Nm. In fact, Hyundai admits that it’s going to come with a CRDi version soon within the first half of 2009.

Wondering what a Kappa engine is? Well, the engine is trendy and engine is tweaked to release low emissions and give an envious fuel economy. Indeed the CO2 rating of i20 is about 124 g/km and this is less by about 15g relative to same-sized petrol engines. The car clocked 12.9 seconds for 0-60 speed. Differential gear ratios makes it excellent one for urban roads, although, I am not sure how it’d perform on the highways.

A fully loaded i20 Asta variant sports these enhanced convenience and comfort features: an adjustable headrest for both front and rear seats, a climate control feature with a cool glove box.

The front seats (on their rear side) have vents for uniform cooling. Duo-toned interiors make the interiors look rich as well as comfortable. Leather-wrapped steer wheel is electric assisted and the driver’s seat can be height adjusted.

Dashboard is integrated with a music player with 4 speakers and 2 tweeters as well as USB port. The controls for audio are on the steering for convenience of driver.

Again, what I liked the most about the steering is that tilting and telescopic movements of the steer wheel could help you adjust the steering for comfort as well as visibility, so any driver could find i20 exceedingly superior over other cars of the segment. You will also see the new-age features such as anti-lock brakes and a break force distribution and stability control that are electronically assisted and controlled. Lift the bonnet, and the technology there will amaze you.

Defogging lamps are there on front as well as rear (except for Magna which has only on rear side). The rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable and foldable as well. These features certainly will put i20 above all of its adversaries including the Fabia and the Swift. Everyday commuters find its interiors to be intelligently spaced and divided with even cup holders (2 in number). The foldable rear bench makes its 295-liter boot quite comfortable to carry a huge picnic luggage as well.

Keeping in pace with modern looks and styling, Hyundai i20 seems to ride on new-generation platform with a MacPherson’s front strut and torsion beam suspension on the rear to give that smooth European standard quality jerk-free ride. The chassis is made of high-grade tensile steel and is quite heavy gauged as well and makes it worth the money. The power steering is quite accurate and it doesn’t gives you a feeling of falling even after taking a sharp U cut; I would say it’s quite accurate.

Hyundai i20 is launched in Black diamond, Crystal white, Sleek silver, Sparkle blue, Berry red, Silky beige, Electric red and Dark gray metallic shades and Asta been priced at Rs.6.34lks on Road price, Hyderabad.

Across the world Hyundai may fade out Getz and promote only the latest i20, but in India maybe Hyundai will continue selling both the Getz and i20 models and Hyundai has been doing similar with its Accent and Verna models.

For more details on I20, I suggest below website :

http://www.hyundai-i20.co.in/

 

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