Review – Hyundai Elite i20 Petrol

Posted on: Aug 30, 2014 - 4:11pm IST

Following is the review of the Elite i20 petrol. The detailed review on the exterior, interior and features of the Elite i20 can be found in our review of the diesel car.

Exterior –

Hyundai Elite i20 Petrol Review badge
The badge identifies the engine.

Apart from the ‘VTVT’ badge on the bootlid, there is nothing to tell apart a petrol Elite i20 from its diesel counterpart.

Interior –

Hyundai Elite i20 Petrol Review interior

Setting apart the cabin of the petrol Elite from the diesel is the tachometer which is redlined at 6,500 rpm, and the 5-speed manual gearbox instead of the diesel model’s 6-speed unit.

Features –

Apart from the bells and whistles found in the diesel Elite i20, the petrol model also gets an electronic throttle. The advantage of this is explained below.

Engine and Gearbox –

Hyundai Elite i20 Petrol Review engine
The Kappa petrol is also carried over from the earlier generation model.

Drawing power from the same 1.2-liter four-cylinder Kappa engine, the Elite i20 petrol is good for 83 PS (81.83 bhp) and 114.7 Nm of torque. It gets a 5-speed manual transmission to send power to the front wheels.

Start the engine and it becomes immediately apparent that engineers have worked on improving the NVH levels of the car. The engine sounds more refined than that of the outgoing model, and even when it is revved, it doesn’t make itself as audible as the previous generation model.

No doubt, the power output of 83 PS means that the Elite won’t scorch any roads. In fact, the Grand i10 which makes use of the same engine, sports a better power-to-weight ratio thanks to its lighter kerb weight. This is the story on paper. In the real world though, things work in favor of the Elite thanks to a small mechanical change.

Hyundai Elite i20 Petrol Review gear
The gearbox and clutch are easy to use.

By giving the car an electronic throttle, the Elite doesn’t feel as sluggish as the spec sheet suggests. There is a noticeable amount of eagerness to the way the hatchback reacts to throttle inputs, and this certainly improves city driving as you don’t find yourself working out the gearbox as often as necessary in say the Grand or the Xcent.

Speaking of city driving, it is in this area, and in relaxed highway cruising, where the Kappa engine likes to be in. The engine has more than adequate performance and can cruise at speeds like 80 – 100 km/h in fifth gear without any fuss. However, it is not an enthusiast’s choice, and prefers to be kept under 4,000 rpm. Mirroring its diesel sibling, the clutch and gearbox of the Elite petrol are light to use.

To summarize, the Elite petrol makes for an easy to use city commute, and highway trips can be equally at ease provided you drive in a relaxed manner.

Ride and Handling –

Hyundai Elite i20 Petrol Review rear quarter
The Elite petrol feels a tad bouncier than its diesel sibling.

Weighing lesser than its diesel counterpart, the petrol Elite feels a tad more easier to turn in around the bends. However, like the diesel model, the steering feel is still not up there with the segment king, which happens to be the Swift in this case. Nevertheless, improvements made to the chassis of the Elite ensure in it being a more confident car around bends, and at high speeds.

Also thanks to the lighter weight, the ride quality of the Elite petrol is a tad bouncier than the diesel model.

Fuel Efficiency –

Hyundai claims the Elite i20 petrol will achieve 18.6 km/l (Magna and Era variants) and 18.24 km/l (Sportz and Asta variants).

Price –

The Elite petrol range is priced between INR 4.89 lakhs to 6.46 lakhs, ex-Showroom, New Delhi.

Verdict –

Hyundai Elite i20 Petrol Review front quarter
As an overall buy, the Elite petrol strikes the right chord.

If you must have an Elite i20 for its space, design and features, but don’t find the need for the diesel, the 1.2 petrol comes off as the only other option (Hyundai have discontinued the 1.4-liter variant which was available with the automatic transmission).

While this engine doesn’t scream performance, it will no doubt keep its owners satisfied in the city and on those occasional highway trips. Certainly, compared to the older model, the new i20 petrol feels a lot more quicker thanks partly to its electronic throttle, and NVH levels seem better than before as well. Again, the USP of the Elite petrol lies in its all-around appeal as the hatch comes with a long list of features, a spacious and well-appointed interior and an easy-to-use petrol motor.

That being said, a petrol variant with more performance on tap would have been appreciated.

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20 thoughts on “Review – Hyundai Elite i20 Petrol

  1. Ram says:

    I bought elite i20 Sportz petrol 6 months back, I am
    getting 10km/l in city, 15km/l in highway, raiding quality is good, interior
    and exterior is good, before buying this car I have drove almost all car in
    same segment, I like Swift and VW polo, Quality wise VW polo is very good,
    raiding quality Swift is good. I am 6.1 feet tall. VW polo is small in size, Swift
    India universal car (boring), I compromised to Elite only for good leg room,
    new outstanding exterior. It touch’s 140 easily with good road grip, I drove
    maximum 170 as high speed, bit scary

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  2. amar says:

    What is the city mileage of elite i20 Sportz version ? I heard it gives around 10-12. My budget is around 7.5. Because of low city mileage of petrol i20, I am considering Grand i10 Asta Diesel version. What is your suggestion ?

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  3. PetrolHeadExp says:

    did you find out on this? I guess should be a defect as I never heard of this combination.

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  4. Unni says:

    My Elite i20 1.2 Petrol Magna is close to 2 months old now, got delivery on 3rd September. Done a long haul trip to Kerala from Bangalore on it, before first service. We clocked around 100 KMPH and did not go beyond. Got milage of around 19KM/L. I liked the jelousy glances received all along, and specially query from a benz hatchback owner when we stopped for lunch near Selam about similarity in looks between tail of these two cars. I never drove a BENZ hance could not comment much!!

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    1. JINS says:

      Are you sure? Did you get 19KM/L? Its awesome man. Can you update with the city driving mileage as well? I am also interested in buying this car if it gives atleast 15kmpl.

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      1. Rohan says:

        I have elite i20 asta and it’s not giving more then 12-13 kmpl, rest everything is awesome.

  5. Mudit Jindal says:

    Could you Please tell what will be the average of new elite i20 in real world…

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  6. Mudit Jindal says:

    Could you Please tell what will be the average of new elite i20 in real world…

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  7. Mudit Jindal says:

    Could you Please tell what will be the average of new elite i20 in real world…

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    1. Hello Mudit, the car is hardly a few days old, and unless we get a car to drive for a long duration, we cannot give you an exact answer.

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    2. Hello Mudit, the car is hardly a few days old, and unless we get a car to drive for a long duration, we cannot give you an exact answer.

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      1. JINS says:

        Hi Shrawan, Could you please update on the city/highway mileage figure you are getting? (Hope your car is petrol powered).

      2. Hello JINS, I don’t own an i20, I run this website and we got the car for review for a day. I’m sure the readers of this thread can answer this better.

      3. nishant says:

        Its been quite some time now since the elite has been on the roads. It would be great if you could really comment on the status of the mileage now . ELse there is no point discussing.
        AWAITED RESPONSE!

      4. saurav says:

        Hi jins,
        I own petrol elite i20 and drove it for 2000 km in 2 months so i can say that it has given me 12-13 kmpl in city and around 15-16 kmpl in the highway and when i complained the service centre guy to fix the average issue they told me this car is completely electric hence mileage cant be fixed, it will be automatically fixed on its first service. though apart from mileage everything else is just awesome.

      5. JINS says:

        Thanks sourav for your feedback. All the best with your new car.

    3. fb.com/rahil.elite says:

      12 to 13 kmpl in the city and 18 kmpl cruising on highway.

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  8. timmy says:

    very good review,both together gives a complete picture of the car…

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