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Car Review - Hyundai i20 Active

May 26 2015

Hyundai has come up with i20 Active as its latest offering in the booming compact crossover car segment. Inspired by Verna and Elite, Hyundai i20 Active features a sporty composition. Generally, a crossed variant of a hatchback comes with basic changes like side cladding, skid plates and raised suspension. The challenge is to get it right and the Korean manufacturer has hit the nail on its head with Hyundai i20 Active.

Touted as the best looking cross hatch in the market, Hyundai i20 will compete with Fiat Avventura, Toyota Etios Cross and Volkswagen Cross Polo. It comes with manual transmission, two petrol and three diesel variants, and falls in the price range of Rs. 6.7 - 9.3 lacs.


Hyundai i20 Active - At A Glance

  • Engine CC - 1396 cc (diesel), 1197 cc (petrol)
  • Seating capacity - 5
  • Price range - Rs. 6.7-9.3 lakh
  • Mileage - 14-17 kmpl (petrol), 17-21 kmpl (diesel)
  • Colors - Earth Brown, Red Passion, Retro Shine, Sleek Silver Phantom Black, Polar White
  • Variants - Hyundai i20, S, SX

Hyundai i20 Active's Athletic Design

External Aesthetics

The car's first-look is appealing thanks to its athletic design. It comes with an all-new hexagonal grille, revamped skid plate and chin cladding. It is equipped with fog lights, swept-back headlights with daytime running lights. With 190 mm ground clearance and roof-rails, this cross gives the impression of a sports utility vehicle.

Black plastic cladding at the side and stylish 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels add to the vehicle's external aesthetics. Two large reflector lights at the bumper, skid plate, 3-step LED tail lamps and the tailgate spoiler at end complete the car's modern look.

Inside The Cabin


Spacious interiors

Hyundai i20 Active keeps the dashboard similar to that of Elite. However, one can choose between Blue Accent and Orange Inserts for interiors. These vibrant colors look appealing with the default black setting. The cabin is spacious with ample legroom. The seats are comfortable and the dashboard's ergonomic design makes it easy to access controls.

Hyundai i20 Active does justice to basic features with convenient pedals, 8-speaker music system, USB, AUX and Bluetooth. Parking will not be a hassle with Hyundai i20 Active, as it comes with a rear camera with steering angle sensitive guidelines. To ensure passenger safety, the car comes with driver as well as passenger airbags. The interior features are subject to change depending upon your chosen variant.


Active's diesel variant holds an edge over its petrol variant when it comes to overall performance. The petrol version features a 1.2-litre Kappa dual VTVT 1197 cc unit while the diesel variant sports a 1.4-liter U2 CRDi engine with 1396 cc displacement.

Hyundai i20 Active has a five-speed manual gearbox whereas the diesel variant comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. Maximum mileage for a petrol variant is 17 kmpl and 21 kmpl for a diesel version. This car is suited for city, highway as well as countryside driving.

In a Nutshell


  • Parking Assistance
  • Powerful Diesel Engine
  • High Ground Clearance


  • Lack Of Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Expensive
  • Low Fuel Economy

Be it the lights, cladding, option of choosing interior colors and pulling-off the cross look, Hyundai i20 Active surely has arrived in style. It will help Hyundai to continue being a critical brand in the context of Indian car segment. Hyundai i20 Elite was an instant hit among Indian car enthusiasts. With simple yet productive features, Hyundai i20 Active is set to follow suit.

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