Launched: 2024 Hyundai i20

The Hyundai i20 hatchback has been around for a pleasingly long time, and we at NamWheels are just as pleased that we were recently invited to witness the unveiling of the freshest version…

Not new, but improved!

This shape of the popular Hyundai i20 hatchback has been around since mid-2021 and, according to Hyundai Automotive South Africa, they’ve sold just under 11,000 units in that period of time. Although we don’t get the full-fat i20 N lunatic model, the local distributors were keen to show reasoning behind a facelift of their i20: the 5-door hatchback segment still enjoys a 35.2% share.

Most probably due to affordability (and hence, value for money) this segment is the only one besides SUV & Crossovers that still showed positive growth. And to prove the Hyundai i20’s importance in our southern African market, the latest sales indicate that it’s only out-performed by Toyota and Volkswagen, plus a trio of highly affordable Indian-made products.

Upgraded freshness

Visual changes to the exterior and interior of the vehicle are fairly restrained, with a few new trim pieces, restyled bumpers (or trim-specific badge placements), dark or silver accents, plus a few modern amenities like an updated 8-inch media system with rear park assist and camera, digital gauges, auto lights, powered windows and mirrors, plus an adjustable steering column.

All i20’s come with two airbags, ABS (anti-lock brakes), Isofix child seat anchors, daytime running lights, side indicators, front fog lights and a full-size spare wheel.

But wait, there’s more…

There are three distinct models on offer: Premium, Executive and N-Line, with escalating and no-cost standard specifications. Middle child Executive and the sporty N-Line derivatives enjoyed the most upgrades with features like heated and folding exterior mirrors, wireless charging tray, alloy wheels, some leather trim, a luggage net and chilled glove box.

Go for the very top N-Line version of the new i20 and you get a glass sunroof, more leather covering the furniture, red trim and better (ambient) lighting around the cabin, aluminium pedals, Bose sound system, climate control, cruise control, selectable drive mode with pedal shifters, a sportier steering wheel, more airbags, stability and hill-assistance, as well as LED headlights and tail lights,

Pleasant spec levels

Powering the latest iteration of the Hyundai i20 is a trio of power plants, ranging from 1.2L (1,197cc) 4-cylinder petrol engine with 61kW or 115Nm, and a 1.4L (1,368cc) equivalent with 74kW or 133Nm, to the powerful 1-litre (998cc) 3-cylinder turbo-petrol motor (90kW / 172Nm) reserved for N-Line models.

Premium and Executive models are available as 1.2 or 1.4 and manual or automatic, while the 1.0T N-Line version only comes with a DCT (dual clutch automated transmission).

Better value

Hyundai South Africa was also keen to showcase the superior value offered by their freshly-updated i20 models, with direct comparisons revealing that the more popular brands charge similar amounts for similar vehicles with inferior specifications, while the cheaper alternatives tend to omit higher-end tech (or perceived quality) in favour of a lower retail price.

Having spent a few hours with the new face-lifted i20 at its launch around South Africa’s Western Cape winelands, we can confidently tell you that it possesses a great combination of power delivery, ride quality and passenger comfort. We were also not the only ones who noted that, while oddly proportioned, this little Hyundai has an absolutely unique and fresh exterior design.

Conclusion

With prices ranging in the lower 300,000’s (for the regular models) we think that Hyundai’s updated i20 deserves a solid place on everyone’s compact hatchback shopping list. And if you need a bit more oomph at altitude (or just to play around with) we can highly recommend the rapid 1-litre turbo-charged N-Line priced around 467,000 dollars.

Each new i20 is sold with a superior 7-year/200,000km warranty and generous 4-year/60,000km service plan.


Prices:

[ July 2024 ]

  • i20 1.2 Premium M/T: R309,900
  • i20 1.2 Executive M/T; R 329,900
  • i20 1.4 Premium A/T: R329,900
  • i20 1.4 Executive A/T: R349,900
  • i20 1.0 N Line DCT; R467,500

3 thoughts on “Launched: 2024 Hyundai i20”

  1. It’s crazy what cars cost these days but i guess thats tog true for all the brands out there. Hyundai always has good specs and this should sell very well, i had an i20 1.4i for many years and it was a great car .

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