Slotting in the 1.4 CRDi Glide turbodiesel as its i20 flagship model has given Hyundai a tempting array of drivetrain and specification options in the compact hatch bracket. The 5-car range spans R50 000 from cheapest to most expensive.
Our drive of the new arrival took in one of the Western Cape’s more scenic (and more twisty) mountain passes, Bain’s Kloof, where the i20’s nimble nature and light, slick controls had the opportunity to shine. The turbo boost doesn’t exactly come in with a wallop, with significant activity only really being felt from about 1 750 r/min. Still, it certainly combines zippy acceleration for comfortable overtaking with a laid-back high-gear gait to keep long-distance cruising relaxed.
It does cost a whopping R14 000 more than the 1,4 petrol version; but according to Hyundai, at R195 900 it offers better value than its competitors, feature for feature.
The 1,4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine delivers 66 kW and 220 N.m. Quoted performance is 5,0 litres/100 km on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions are 110 g/kg. The engine will happily run on 500 ppm diesel, too. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard.
The price includes a 3 year/60 000 km service plan and a 5 year/150 000 km warranty that includes roadside assistance.
|Type, capacity||Turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel,1 396 cm3|
|Power, torque||66 kW @ 4 000 r/min, 220 N.m @ 1 500 to 2 750 r/min|
|Suspension and damping|
|Front||MacPherson struts with gas shock absorbers|
|Rear||Coupled torsion beam axle with gas shock absorbers|
|Type||Electric power assisted rack and pinion|
|Turning circle||10,4 m|
|Front||256 mm ventilated discs, ABS|
|Rear||262 mm solid discs, ABS|
|Overall length||3 995|
|Overall width||1 710 (excluding door mirrors)|
|Overall height||1 490|
|Track||1 503/1 501|
|Head room (mm)||1 005||970|
|Leg room (mm)||1 074|
|Shoulder room (mm)||1 350||1 340|
|Hip room (mm)||1 295||1 282|
|Boot||295 litres (rear seats upright)|