Hyundai’s new i20 has grown up

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The shoulder line, looking at the car from the side and in combination of the design lines lower down on the doors, creates a vision of low drag and smooth airflow. Its like one can feel the flow by just looking at it… beautiful!

It is still a medium-sized car, but it has gained a new presence.

And, it would, by all accounts seem that Hyundai is doing well despite the current economic challenges. Its first-ever electric car – the IONIQ 5 has won best design at the TopGear Electric Awards.

The brand boasts a second place overall (current in the manufacturer standing) in the World Rally Championships. Hyundai’s warranty burn rate is R32 per unit per month – so yes, absolutely put this new i20 on your shortlist if you are in the market for a medium hatch.

Demanding presence

Although white is probably the safest colour and for many reasons, it often makes cars look dull and boring. However this does not apply to the new i20, but my preferred colour would be Fiery Red with a black top. It simply defines the lines and articulations of the i20 design the best.

The i20 is available in three derivatives: Motion, 1.2 Fluid and the 1.0 Fluid – the latter two being fitted with 16″ wheels.

The front end is dynamic with many sharply defined edges which draws one’s attention to the grille and then down to the spoiler. It also “widens” the stance in a sportscar-like manner rendering big car impression. When I looked at the rear, the design of the light cluster reminded me of those many bubblegum stretches of the ’50s and ’60s. Remember?

The rear end seems to be divided into thirds with once again, the lines drawing one towards the Hyundai logo on the tailgate. The bottom black strip on the rear bumper seems to shorten the car and thus adding a sporty energy to it.

 Matthys Ferreira