Review of New Hyundai i20 1.2 Manual CVT
We have driven the i20 with the 1.0 turbo petrol (read our review here) and while that is fast along with being the i20 to buy, there are many for whom the turbo would be out of budget and in that case Hyundai has the 1.2 naturally aspirated engine petrol. It is a four cylinder unit and the engine that you can buy in all the trim levels including the base variant. We have tested the 1.2l petrol in both manual as well as driven the CVT for a bit as well.
Hyundai i20 1.2l Engine and Specs
The new i20 gets the 1.2l Kappa petrol BS6 which is available in two power outputs. The 1.2l manual makes 83 bhp and 115Nm while the CVT or IVT in Hyundai speak gets 88 bhp and that is 5bhp more over the manual. The 1.2l manual gets a 5-speed gearbox and the automatic is a CVT type which is also seen on the Verna sedan.
Hyundai i20 Driving Performance
The 1.2 like all Hyundai petrol motors is very smooth and easy to drive. You start it and it is very refined plus driving it in the city does make it very relaxing with a light clutch and gearbox. The 5-speed manual is easy to use and slots in nicely with minimal effort. The 1.2l petrol does lack some low-end torque which means in traffic to get the car going you do need to use the gearbox to downshift a bit more. The power delivery is better in mid-range where you can cruise at decent speeds. The performance is not strong as such as the turbo of course but the engine is enough for everyday use. In the highway, it will get up-to decent-sized speeds very well and you will not have a problem though we wished for an extra gear to cruise in for the manual.
The CVT is the nicer and smoother one for sure. It also removes the lack of torque that you feel due to the fact that you are not changing gears. At low speeds it is responsive and is the better option though out on the open road, it is not as fun to drive as the manual as the CVT makes the engine louder. As a comfortable plus relaxing car, yes the CVT is the better bet.
Hyundai i20 1.2 Mileage
Mileage is also a big concern for anyone buying any hatchback and more so with buyers for the 1.2l since they would be more mileage sensitive over the turbo petrol. The official mileage figure is 20.35 kmpl for the manual and 19.65 kmpl for the CVT. Expect 12-14 kmpl in city traffic while the auto will give 10-13 kmpl.
The i20 1.2l manual is available in all trims including the base and top-end trim. The CVT, however, is only available in Sportz and Asta but the Asta has nearly all features of the Asta (O) so that is not a big worry.
Hyundai is charging one lakh extra for the i20 CVT 1.2l over the manual 1.2l. The 1.2l manual starts at Rs 6.79 lakh while the top-end manual is Rs 9.19 lakh. The CVT is Rs 8.59 lakh to Rs 9.69 lakh. The manual is good for city use and a highway trip once in a while but we think the imt Turbo would be better however if your budget is less, then the 1.2l manual i20 makes sense for the lower asking price. Between the CVT and manual 1.2l the CVT is more relaxing and better suited to the i20 and also being an effortless city commuter so in that sense, if budget permits, the extra money for the CVT makes sense.
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