Hyundai Elite i20 Review 2019 India: Why You Should Buy Facelift Car?

2019 Hyundai Elite i20 review

Hyundai’s I20 is a car which gave a new height to the premium hatchback segment, especially since the arrival of the Elite i20 has become the market’s favorite. There was something in it that left the sedan cars and came towards it. The car is getting a strong competition from Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the company has given some new features by giving it facelift. We tried to test drive and know how much its X-factor has increased. Have a look on the Hyundai Elite i20 review 2018 in India.

Hyundai Elite i20 Design

hyundai i20 review

There is no change in basic design, but the introduction of new more curvy hexagonal grill in the front has not only brought newness to Lux, but it also looks even more premium than before. The second major change is made in the backlit pattern, the new backlights remind you of Mercedes GLA. All options of new design have also been given.

Hyundai Elite i20 Looks

hyundai i20 design

As you would expect a change, the most important changes are cosmetic. In front of you, Elite Eye plays 20 new Hyundai family grills, which essentially gives the shot of Botox to the old grill. On that side, the front bumper looks sharp and the smaller ones surround the fog lamp. Here’s a nice touch that they include thin air curtains to reduce the drag.


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hyundai i20 design

The only noticeable changes on the sides are the restored 16-inch alloy wheels of Asta dual-tone and Asta (O) types. They are straight from European-spec i20 and look quite sporty. This is the last end where transitions are easy to move. The number plate has been taken from bumpers to boot; The bumper is inserted into an accent-esque black and the tail light is modified in the internal details (they are still not the LEDs but see the part).

Hyundai Elite i20 Interior Design

hyundai i20 interior

There are not even major changes in the interior, but you will definitely notice the new touchscreen infotainment system. It is now more responsive than ever before and you can read it without sunlight, even without pressure on your eyes. Inside, the changes are of a nap-and-you-miss variety. The buttons between the central AC vents, for example, do not flush, and before the gear lever one of the 12 V power sockets has been replaced by the USB port. The MID is a bit more widespread because all significant distance-to-empty and average fuel efficiency readouts can now be viewed here. There is some good attention to the detail in the form of parking sensor display / door alarm alert, which shows you the new elite I20 in advanced supervision cluster (Hyundai Talk for Multi-Information Display).


In addition, contrast-painted versions i.e. black-roofed versions get a black-colored interior and contrast-colored accents on AC vents and gear levers. Get your elite i20 in white or red with black roof, and when you choose orange with a black roof, you get red accents while you take the orange accent inward.

Space in Hyundai Elite i20

hyundai i20 review space

In terms of space, this car is always ahead. It can accommodate up to 5 people comfortably, while also getting good boot space for luggage storage. Apart from this, small storage is provided in the car where you can keep the necessary salmon.

No Automatic Gear Box

cvt automatic gearbox

Finally, 1.4 liter petrol magna AT version has been discontinued. For that, we call good radians. The size of the engine meant that the Elite I20 Excise Duty Benefit was not eligible for sub-4 meter cars and was eligible to carry it up, it employed the older 4-speed automatic transmission. Do not bother though. Hyundai will present a CVT with 1.2 liter petrol in May 2018, which is like Honda Jazz and Maruti Balano, which we are certain, will be more competitive and fuel efficient.

Hyundai i20 Features

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Review

The Hyundai i20 has been upgraded with some new features such as Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Mirror Link are present as before. Sound quality is also great. A new 12-volt USB port will also be available in the new edition which is different from the connecting port and charging fast. Top airrients get 6 airbags. Dual airbags and ABS are available in all the variants. The list of concert and premium features is quite long as it is before.

Hyundai i20 Engine, performance and Mileage

 Elite i20 engine

Speaking of the engine, the first 1.2 liter petrol and 1.4 liters diesel engine is available. Automatic transmission with 1.2 liter petrol engine is also available. The diesel powerhouse is mated to the 6 speed gearboxes. Both engines are tuned in such a way that the highways and the city are good for both types of drives. While overtaking on the highway, the gasoline engine looks a bit weak, but this lack can be overcome by bringing in lower gear. On the other hand, there is no lack of power in the diesel engine and it is also very soft. Mileage has increased 9%. Suspension has also made minor changes and now the car runs with more confidence.

How does Hyundai Elite i20 Drive

Hyundai has not tampered with the new Elite i20’s powertrain options, however, will come by May 2018, a new petrol-cvt option will be added in the range. Until then, i20 can be kept with a five-and-six-speed manual, with a 1.2-liter petrol or 1.4-liter diesel motor, respectively. For this test we have more popular 1.4-liter diesel, which has a power of 90bhp and 220Nm of torque.


According to Hyundai, this diesel engine has seen improvement in low-end response and fuel efficiency (up to 9 percent). To be told the truth, we did not find any noticeable improvement in the response to the low end, but the engine remains highly refined as always. Of course, this is not the best performer out there, but when you need to reel it in traffic, then it saves the torque with little hesitation and pulls the car linearly. Here’s a special mention goes to the six-speed manual, which is incredibly precise, easy to use and complementary the linear torque distribution. He said, we think that the clutch pedal can be less spring so that driving in the city can be a little easier.


Its rear suspension has been twisted in the new Elite i20. We mean that damping has been changed to reduce the bounce back in speed. Unlike the engine, you can actually feel the advanced rear-end to improve the car’s high speed etiquette with the up-and-down movement. He said, if you decide to chuck i20 through some corners, then it is not going to fire your world – steering is still incompatible with the center and you have more body roll than you expected. On the other hand, i20 maintains the leading refinement of its range on bad roads – the noise of the road is minimal and the suspension on the frightening surfaces remains calm.

Hyundai i20 Competition


If you pay more attention to overall quality and premiums, then you have to choose Honda Jazz and one of them. If you talk about Value for Money, then it will be a match with Maruti Suzuki Baleno. Baleno’s features and mileage in some of the variants are heavy but the quality and premiumness of the Elite i20 competes with this segment, even if it does not have too many cars to do above segments.

Hyundai Elite i20 Price


Speaking of the price, the price of its petrol model ranges from 5.40 lakh to 8.22 lakh rupees. While the price of its diesel model ranges from Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 9.22 lakh.

Why You Should Buy Hyundai Elite i20 in 2019

Launched in 2014, the old Elite i20 was already a good all-rounder, with a well-balanced design, tons of features and a huge cabin. But since then, a lot has changed in the premium hatchback segment, especially after coming in the picture of Maruti Suzuki Baleno. Overall, this midlife facelift has a minor yet significant improvement over the old car – it adds some uptake in the interior along with more upmarket and modified furnishings and updated futuristic systems. Add the superior high speed ride to the mix and you have a huge and upmarket hatch that is able to get out of the city and easily travel a long distance.

Why would I buy it?

Great all-rounder, Well put together cabin with plenty of features.

Highlights Hyundai Elite i20 

  • Petrol engine – 1.2 liters
  • Power – 82 bhpDiesel engine – 1.4 liters
  • Power – 89 BHP
  • Price – 5.34 to 9.15 lakh (ex-showroom)

Hyundai Elite i20 (Diesel)

  • Engine 1.4L U2 CRDi
  • Power 90ps
  • Torque 220NM
  • Gearbox 6-speed manual
  • Mileage 22.54kmpl
  • Price vary between Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 9.22 lakh.

Hyundai Elite i20 Dimension

• Length 3985mm

• Width 1734mm

• Height 1505 mm

• Wheelbase 2570mm

• Ground clearance 170 mm

Why would You avoid Hyundai Elite i20?

There is lack of reactions in steering, suspension is still slightly slower for enthusiastic driving.

Looking at the 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 under the new car review section, you can think, “Wait, he does not look like a new car”. Surely enough, and we agree to some extent that this new version is not very different from the older Elite i20. In fact, to see all the small changes coming out, you need to keep a very close eye. However, as you come closer and closer to the inside of the cabin, it is easy to notice a small and significant upgrade made with this facelift.

2019 Hyundai Elite i20 Gets New Major Feature

October 2019, when all the cars sold in India will not go ahead without any expected security features. Dual airbags, ABS with EBD, seat belt reminder, speed-alert system and rear parking sensor will be compulsory for all models despite their segments. In compliance with the mandate issued by the government, Hyundai has started the process. The company has made these safety features standard in Elite i20, which is one of the most prominent models of Korean car manufacturer in India. The base variant of Elite i20 was already equipped with dual airbags, the EBD and seat belt reminder with ABS and the Hyundai added the rear parking sensor and speed-alert system to the variant.


However, the big news is that the Mid-Spec Magna variant, which now costs more than 25,000, is equipped with LED daytime running lamps, steering mounted audio controls and central locking. Hyundai has also added Eco Coating with Rear Parking Sensor and Speed-Alert System in the Elite Eye 20’s base era variant. In return, Elite i20 has seen an increase in the price up to 8000 in the variants. Prices of Base Elite i20 petrol start now and 5.50 lakh and the price of diesel variant of diesel variant is 6.88 lakh, all prices have been kept at X-showroom, Delhi.


  1. Available in four variants – Era, Magna Plus, Sports Plus and Esta (O).
  2. Powered by existing petrol and diesel engine options
  3. The chrome grill has been provided with LED DRL near the fog lamps in Magna Plus and above.
Being an engineer in Information Technology, Krishna, is a word that is inspired by the Lord Shri Krishna, believes in the inspection of the latest technology in the real world. Krishna Shekhawat has done his engineering from LIET, Alwar. He started his career with SAGInfotech Pvt Ltd ( Jaipur). He is an enthusiastic about the bikes and cars that are roaming around him. Krishna likes to write reviews about all things. His mostly time spend in gaining the knowledge about new things. He wants to demonstrate his powerful word’s empire in front of the world. Apart from this, he is a simple person and has a helping nature.

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