Hyundai i20 Active is the Korean car maker’s first hatchback-based crossover for the Indian market, which has been conceived on the company’s immensely popular premium hatchback, the i20.while it retains much of i20’s DNA, certain tweaks have been implemented including cosmetic changes on the outside, minor interior revisions, and insignificant mechanical updates. With the fundamental design remaining largely unchanged, some additions have been made in terms of exterior styling, which rends a sportier look to the crossover. The nose features redesigned radiator black grille with chrome accents flanked by the restyled projector head lights with integrated LED daytime running lights, positioning lamps, and cornering lamps. Revised dual-tone front bumper features fog lights and air intake. Body-coloured outside rear view mirrors get turn indicators and are electrically adjustable as well as foldable. The rear profile is marked by a dual-tone bumper and a rear roof spoiler with HMSL. Other significant exterior features include, roof rails, skid plated in on the front and rear, unique fuel cap, B pillar black out tape, C pillar black out tape, waistline black moulding, and micro antenna.
The cabin features tangerine orange interior colour pack available in dark exterior shades and aqua blue interior colour package offered with the light coloured exterior shades. The top-end variants get leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob. Utility features embedded in the cabin include, front and rear door map pockets, front passenger seat back pocket, rear parcel tray, and sunglasses holder. The instrument panel and centre fascia display feature blue interior illumination, dual tripmeter, tachometer, digital clock, warning indicators for gear shift, low fuel, door and tailgate ajar, immobilizer, and driver seatbelt reminder. The high-end trims are endowed with advanced supervision cluster, auto-unlock function, IC light adjustment features, etc. Hyundai has equipped this car with seat-adjustable headrests in front seats, height adjuster for the driver’s seat, integrated rear seat headrest, and front centre console armrest with storage. The standard equipments available across the range include, power windows in front and rear, timelag, switch illumination driver side, electric power steering, rear AC vents, power outlet, lane change indicator, passage vanity mirror, amongst others.
Hyundai has powered the i20 Active with the same engine options, 1.2litre Kappa petrol and 1.4litre CRDi diesel, which power the i20 hatchback. While the 1.2litre petrol motor churns out 82bhp of power and 114Nm of torque, the 1.4litre diesel mill produces 89bhp of power and 220Nm of torque. The former comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, while the latter comes paired to a six-speed manual gearbox. The petrol powered i20 Active delivers a fuel economy of 17kmpl, while the mileage returned by the diesel engine is claimed to be 21.19kmpl. As far as safety features are concerned, the disc brakes of the front work in sync with the drum brakes at the rear. The standard safety fitments include, central locking for doors and tailgate, smart pedal, escort function for head lights, keyless entry with foldable key, immobilizer, and dual horn. The safety equipments available in the mid and high-end trims comprise driver airbag, anti-lock braking system, front fog lights, impact-sensing auto door unlock, electrochromic inside rear view mirror, and rear defogger. The range-topping trim boasts of co-passenger airbag, automatic head lights, clutch lock and keyless entry via smart key.
With the engine output and performance being largely unaltered, the gearing capability has been improved by 6% in the petrol engine while the diesel power train proffers 11% better gearing. This, in turn, results in better bottom-end responses. Handling is also one of the plus points of the crossover, however, the steering is not as playful as it should have been.