Old vs New – Hyundai i20 vs 2015 Hyundai Elite i20

Posted on: Aug 2, 2014 - 8:47am IST

The all-new Hyundai i20, which would be called as the ‘Elite’ i20 in India, will make its global market debut here on August 11 but the premium hatchback is already all over the internet. Here is our visual comparison of the first and second generation of the i20.

new Hyundai i20 vs old Hyundai i20 front
The new i20 (above) follows the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language.

The new car adopts the brand’s improved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy and the enhanced sense of width is apparent when viewed head on. The new headlamps are stretched on either sides and the parabolic grille of the old car is replaced by a straight slit that connects the headlamps. Just below it is a hexagonal secondary air dam, in place of the old car’s smaller trough-shaped element. The new bumper features sharp air splitters and plays host to foglights and a third-level air intake.

new Hyundai i20 vs old Hyundai i20 side
Flatter roofline of the new car (above) would make for an enhanced headroom at the rear.

In profile, the Elite i20 gets a more matured sheet metal design which is relatively understated. The roofline is flatter, making way for improved headroom at the rear. The greenhouse seems to be larger and the C-pillar is blacked out to give the rear windshield wrap around look.

new Hyundai i20 vs old Hyundai i20 rear
The rear gets horizontal wraparound taillights that extend to the hatch door.

Coming to the rear, the all-new Hyundai i20 again has nothing in common with its predecessor. The new wraparound taillights and a windshield that extends all the way to the C-pillars make the hatchback look wider than it actually is.

new Hyundai i20 vs old Hyundai i20 interior
The 2015 Elite i20 boasts of a new dual-tone interior.

Every element on the inside is also new. The second gen car’s dual-tone dashboard design features a superior design and layout. The multi-function steering wheel is similar to that of the Grand i10 and the new instrument console houses a larger multi-info display. The centre console adopts a hexagonal theme, but there are still too many buttons.

Overall though, the new i20 seems a step in the right direction for the Korean car maker.

Competitors: Maruti Suzuki Swift, VW Polo, Honda Jazz, Fiat Punto Evo, Tata Bolt

Expected price: INR 5 – 7.5 lakhs ex-showroom

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15 thoughts on “Old vs New – Hyundai i20 vs 2015 Hyundai Elite i20

  1. Sunil says:

    Such a disappointing front design. Side profile isn’t great as well. Rear view and interior is definitely an improvement and Elite i20 will score well in these areas. But, front design isn’t attractive and lacks wow factor. Rather old i20 looks good.

    I’ve been waiting for new i20 to hit the market. Sadly, the new design (Front) is a big let down. I am not sure, how Hyundai is going to address this issue. For me the design element is very important.

  2. Naveen says:

    Sexy!! Sure to hit in market.!!

  3. Charak Patnaik says:

    The grill looks too wide to me. Even the shape isn’t great. I guess, Hyundai wanted the car to bear an agressive fascia but ended up doing too much (read: too much wider, rectangular). The front could have been better though. Its just my personal opinion, as looks are subjective.

  4. Deepak Chablani says:

    Like the old over the new one, except for the rear. The old i20 design is lot more lucid and consistent from the front and side profiles. The interiors too, looked better on the old one ; the new one with the dual tone dashboard and a 100,000 buttons looks way too cluttered. The ride and handling, which has never been Hyundai’s forte, would be put to test here against the likes of the new Jazz, Punto Evo, VW Polo, new Swift and Bolt ; these are cars with strong ride/ handling characteristics.

  5. car enthusiast says:

    nice fantatic hatch, specs pliz n boot capacity in new elite i20

  6. kapil says:

    Rear is beautiful and so is the interior. Disappointed with the front – headlights too long and current version front facia looks more beautiful.

  7. Shakl M says:

    WOW…I like new look a CLSSIC one.
    Already driving i20 sports 2011 model and was about to book VW polo TSI this week, but now will wait for the NEW ELITE i20.

  8. chirag dhamecha says:


    1. harnoor says:

      why ugly so beautiful front.


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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!