Hyundai i20 CRDI glide

Date:4 June 2013 Tags:

If there was one area in which the i20 fell short initially, it was in powertrain variety. Particularly at a time when people are buying down, being restricted to a single 1,4 petrol engine necessarily limited its appeal, even in facelifted 2012 form. The pressure eased when Hyundai announced a 1,2 base model and you could almost hear the sighs of relief when the 1,4 common-rail turbodiesel hit the road.

Speaking of which, the diesel i20’s combination of punch and agility took our twisty Bain’s Kloof test route in its stride. Still, perhaps a little more lowdown punch would have been nice; things really start happening from about 1 750 r/min. With a 6-speed ‘box, like its siblings, the 1,4 CRDi Glide is a chilled cruiser, too.

The turbodiesel carries a hefty price premium over the top 1,4 petrol, but there are compensations. Fuel economy, for one: 5,0 litres/100 km on the combined cycle from this 66 kW/220 N.m unit. And, by the way, unlike some of the more modern diesels it doesn’t mind running on 500 ppm diesel. The long features list is another reason to prefer the i20, says Hyundai.

The price covers a 3 year/60 000 km service plan and a 5 year/150 000 km warranty that includes roadside assistance.

The detail:
Engine: Turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel, 1 396 cm3
Ouptput: 66 kW at 4 000 r/min; 220 N.m at 1 500 to 2 750 r/min
Suspension: Front MacPherson struts; rear coupled torsion beam axle
Steering: Electric power-assisted rack and pinion; turning circle 10,4 m
Brakes: Discs (front 256 mm ventilated), ABS
Fuel tank: 45 litres
Boot: 295 dm3
Price: R195 900

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