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Our Take On The Hyundai Elite i20 AT

Hyundai India has launched the Elite i20 Automatic Transmission for Rs. 9,42,958 (Ex-showroom, Mumbai). It is offered with a 1.4L Petrol engine clubbed to a 4-speed automatic transmission. This same engine+gearbox combination was offered in the previous generations of the Elite i20. Technical Specification of the Elite i20 AT-

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The Hyundai i20 was launched in 2008 and went on to become a success in the premium hatchback category. Until the Launch of the Baleno, it was a leader in its segment. The i20 is a feature rich good looking car with best in class interior quality. It also was one of the first cars in its segment to be introduced with 6-airbags and a 5-star NCAP safety rating. Basically, everything about the i20 made it premium which made it successful.

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Although with the launch of the Elite i20, Hyundai had cut down a lot of things like a sunroof, rear disc brakes,6-airbags, auto-locking doors.etc. But with the launch of the "Asta (O)" variant in 2016 a few lost features like 6-airbags and autolocking doors were offered again.

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The Hyundai i20 was launched with two petrol engines (1.2L & 1.4L) and 1 diesel engine (1.4L). The petrol engines were never powerful nor very fuel efficient as against the diesel engine which was not only powerful but equally fuel efficient. The suspension on the previous generation i20 (fluidic i20) had received a lot of complaints because of a soft setup. This soft suspension setup made highway drives very uncomfortable and the i20 used to scrape its underbody on big speed breakers when fully loaded. With the launch of the Elite i20 things changed and Hyundai has come a long way ahead with their suspension setup. Overall the Elite i20 offered a smashing design and a sorted suspension setup to the already existing feature rich premium package.

With our market slowly moving towards automatics, it was disappointing to see the Elite i20 without an automatic transmission. Just a few days back Hyundai launched the Elite i20 with an automatic transmission in the Magna trim. Here are thoughts about it-

1. The 1.4L engine offers decent performance but is not at all fuel efficient thanks to the ancient 4-speed automatic transmission. Based on the average fuel economy reported by the owners of the previous generation i20, it offers 7-8 kmpl in the city and 10-11kmpl on the highways. 

2. It was really shocking to see Hyundai launch the Elite i20 AT in the Magna variant. At least they could have offered it additionally in the Asta variant. It is still acceptable to skip a few creature comforts but skipping on Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) was a bad decision.  

3. At Rs. 9.42 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Mumbai) the Elite i20 AT is very expensive. Here is a price comparison with the competition-

Hyundai Elite i20 ATVolkswagen Polo GT TSiNexa Baleno CVTFord Figo DCTHonda Jazz CVT
Price (Ex-Showroom, Pune)

Rs.9,42,958

Rs.9,00,413Rs.7,72,325(Zeta)Rs.7,42,376Rs.8,37,991(V)


As we can see with the above pricing the Elite i20 is overpriced at least by 2-Lakh when compared to the others in its segment. Hyundai has messed up big time with the pricing of the Elite i20 but this has suddenly made the Jazz and Baleno CVT's value for money.