Old vs New – Hyundai i20 vs 2015 Hyundai Elite i20

Nithyanandh

Nithyanandh K, 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!

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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