Hyundai Elite i20 : Should you consider?
It has a heavy price-tag despite being old.
Hyundai i20 is going to get its next generation launched in India in near future. If the Corona pandemic had not appeared then they might have launched it by now but that didn’t happen and now the old i20 is only sold with Petrol engines and manual transmission. It is currently available in 4 variants Magna+, Sportz+ and its dual tone variant and Asta(O). In this article we will discuss if the i20 is still worthy and which variant to buy?
Base variant Magna+ Price 6,49,950
There are some useful features in this variant like front fog lamps, central locking, impact/speed sensing auto door unlock/lock, clutch lock, follow me home headlamps, keyless entry with foldable key, immobilizer, dual horn, sun-glass holder, front adjustable headrests, 2-DIN infotainment system with front and rear speakers and front tweeters, steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls, all power windows, cooled glovebox, 12V power outlet, electrically adjustable ORVMs etc.
As a base variant it comes with quite a lot of features but if you look at the price and consider the fact that a new generation is ready to be launched in near future then you might feel that Hyundai could have provided something more than just what it offers. Some more features like height adjustable driver seat, adjustable steering wheel, electrically fold-able ORVMs and rear wiper and washer could have been added to this variant to make it more practical as it has a hefty price-tag despite being an outdated car. Or they could have lowered the price. So buying this variant of i20 doesn’t seem to be a good decision at all.
Sportz+ Price 7,36,693
This variant costs around 87k more than the base model and here you will find convenient features like rear defogger with timer, height adjustable driver seat, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, electric folding and auto fold ORVMs, 7” touchscreen infotainment with Arkamys sound system with front and rear tweeters, sliding armrest, 15” alloy wheels and reverse parking camera.
If you choose the dual tone option of this variant by paying 30k extra, then it will add bigger 16” diamond cut alloy wheels, adjustable rear headrests and wireless charger and some red treatments in the interiors. To be honest, the problem of the base variant repeats itself here. “Overpriced old car” that is all we can say about these variants. But if you are still willing to buy the Sportz variant then I would suggest you the dual tone option. It offers you much more practicality than the single tone one.
Interior in single tone variants.
Interior in dual tone variants.
Top Variant Asta(O) Price 8,30,993
Here’s good news if you are keen to buy this gen i20, the top variant has a price increment around 64k over the last Sportz+ Dual tone variant. The noticeable thing though is the features it provides at this price increment. This variant adds practical features like ISOFIX, height adjustable front seatbelts, side and curtain airbags, projector type cornering headlamps, rear armrest with cupholders, auto up/dn driver side power window with pinch guard, rear wiper and washer, auto AC etc. If you are looking for some premium features then don’t worry; there are plenty of them like automatic headlamps, smart key, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, auto unlock function, push button start/stop function and chrome outside door handles.
In this variant the added features seem to be worth the price increment over the previous variant and it offers adequate convenience and premium features. So, out of all its variants, only this one makes sense to buy but you need to bargain a lot when you are you are purchasing one because of the fact that it is going to get new generation in near future. So your bargaining skills can help you save your pocket.
In conclusion we feel that only the top variant is worth buying but you need to bargain a lot to get a value for money deal and if you are considering any of the other variants then we will request you to keep in mind that you are buying an outdated car, so if your budget is between 6.5 lacs to 7.6 lacs then before buying an i20, do experience the Grand i10 Nios which is a new addition in Hyundai India’s fleet, or take a look at the alternatives like Polo (I know it is more outdated but still an alternative) or Altroz or just wait until the new generation of i20 is launched if possible. After all, the product that fulfills your needs, is going to be in your home regardless of being new or old.