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Hyundai’s 2021 Turbo-Powered i20 Arrives in South Africa


The all-new Hyundai i20 has arrived in South Africa with an appealing design inspired by Hyundai’s new ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design identity, a new engine in the range and a cabin that is roomier and sports a sculptured and appealing look.

This all-new i20 is the third generation of Hyundai’s B-segment model, which was first launched globally in 2008, and in 2009 in South Africa. The new iteration of the popular car has been introduced locally with two specification levels, Motion and Fluid. While the outgoing i20 was a very popular and successful model in the Hyundai range, the brand says it expects the new model, with its fresh, sporty styling and the new 1-litre turbo engine to appeal to an even wider audience.

“We are launching the all-new i20 with the confidence that a five-door hatchback has a definite slot in the local car market – the sales figures and customer’s preferences give credence to our faith in the product. It is also a strong contender in the market for rental cars,” says Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

Exterior design

The new ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design philosophy provides the all-new i20 with a stylish character that is emphasised by its dynamic-looking front and rear bumpers, as well as its new radiator grille. Compared to its predecessor, the all-new i20 has a wider body (+41 mm) and increased length (+10 mm), while the wheelbase has also been increased by 10 mm. Ground clearance is 170 mm – an increase of 20 mm compared to the previous model.

Hyundai i20 2021

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Exterior colour choices range from Titan Grey to Polar White, Starry Night, Fiery Red, Typhoon Silver and Phantom Black, complemented by two 2-tone colour schemes: Fiery Red with a black roof, and Polar White with a black roof.

Interior with increased roominess, many conveniences

Inside, the all-new i20’s dynamic proportions offer increased width and an enlarged wheelbase compared to the previous generation, as well as increased seating space for rear passengers.

The interior space achieves an airy feeling inside the cockpit. One design highlight is the horizontal blades that cover the high and prominent dashboard. This gives it a very unconventional look by making the front fascia look slick and wide.

Boot space has been increased while a decreased beltline and a small, quarter-fixed glass window behind the rear door provide drivers with improved visibility. Available as a five-door hatchback, the all-new i20 can seat up to five people.

Interior trim choices range from mono-tone cloth for the Motion and 1.2 Fluid derivatives to dual-tone cloth seats for the 1.2 Fluid 2-Tone; mono-tone artificial leather for the 1.0 Fluid; and dual-tone artificial leather for the 1.0 Fluid 2-Tone derivative.

Hyundai i20 2021

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Among the many convenience features in the all-new i20 are:

  • Electric folding mirrors for the Fluid variants;
  • A rear-view monitor with guidelines displayed on the infotainment system’s screen;
  • Air-vents for rear passengers in the Fluid variants;
  • A USB charging socket and cell phone storage space for rear passengers;
  • A multi-function steering wheel with radio and telephone control buttons (all variants); and
  • A cruise-control function on the steering wheel for Fluid variants.

High-tech connectivity

The all-new i20 offers connectivity with a range of convenience features and premium sound quality. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, now offered with a wireless link, enable customers to mirror the functionality of their iOS and Android smartphones.

To increase the elegance and the visual comfort of the interior, the new 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster in front of the driver and the high-resolution 8-inch centre touchscreen for the infotainment system have been visually combined. This paddle design makes the interior stand out, while the touchscreen offers customers multiple functions for the sound and infotainment system.

Hyundai i20 2021

A wireless charging pad in the centre console means occupants no longer need to use a cable to charge their smartphones. Additionally, there are two front USB charging ports in all variants – one for connectivity and one for charging in the middle console, while another charging port is available for rear passengers in the Fluid variants.

New engine for increased power, efficiency

The new i20 range, driven through the front wheels, features a new engine: A turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol power plant that has proven itself in other local Hyundai models, and now propels the i20 with a maximum power output of 90 kW. It is linked to either a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) or a 6-speed manual transmission.

Drivers can choose from three engine types. Two naturally aspirated petrol engines – the 1.2 Kappa petrol engine, linked to a 5-speed manual gearbox, and the 1.4 MPi, matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission – are used in the other variants in the i20 range. At the top of the range, and for the first time in the i20, a 1.0 T-GDi engine is available with 90 kW maximum power and 172 Nm peak torque. It is linked to either the 7-speed DCT or a manual 6-speed gearbox. The manual version has a top speed of 190 km/h, and the 1.0 T-GDi with the 7-speed DCT reaches 187 km/h.

By offering three engines with three transmission choices, the all-new i20 range caters for different drivers’ needs and delivers even more efficient driving. It also offers improved ride and handling, as well as steering, compared to its predecessor.

Thanks to its weight reduction of 4 % compared to its predecessor, the all-new i20 ensures it has very competitive CO2 values. This also means it drives more economically without compromising on driving pleasure.

Hyundai i20 2021

Fuel consumption for the 1.2-litre engine derivatives came in at 5,9 litres per 100 km, while the 1.4-litre engine scored 6,9 litres/100 km. The top-end 1-litre turbo derivatives carded 6,5 litres/100 km for the manual version, and 6,9 litres/100 km for the DCT.


The new i20 has been built with a reinforced body structure – a key area that is critical to occupant safety. The i20’s body is reinforced with 36% advanced high-strength steel.

Passive safety systems in the new i20 include 6 airbags (driver, front passenger and two curtain airbags) in the Fluid variants, and driver and front passenger airbags in the Motion derivatives.

An Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) are standard features in the whole range.

All models are equipped with Isofix latches for child seats.

Hyundai i20


The new Hyundai i20 range in South Africa consists of no less than 8 derivatives. Their prices are:

  • 1.2 Motion manual: R275,900
  • 1.4 Motion automatic: R305,900
  • 1.2 Fluid manual: R289,900
  • 1.2 Fluid manual – 2-Tone: R294,900
  • 1.0 TGDI Fluid manual: R330,900
  • 1.0 TGDI Fluid manual – 2-Tone: R335,900
  • 1.0 TGDI Fluid DCT: R355,900
  • 1.0 TGDI Fluid DCT – 2-Tone: R360,900

The all-new i20 has a /high residual value, thanks to its standard equipment offering, as well as its 7-year/200 000 km manufacturer’s warranty. If the vehicle is sold, the warranty is passed on to the next owner, thereby maximising its resale value, and generating peace of mind for the full warranty period.

A 4-year / 60 000 km service plan and 7-year / 150 000 km roadside assistance also forms part of the standard package.

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