Nothing can come close to a hatchback as big as Hyundai i20 Active, that’s what a one of the spectators uttered on seeing this car at a dealership. It too made us realize what had worked for the Hyundai despite this Active being based on the same platform of Elite i20. To our realization, we found the hatchback is improved on ground clearance and faced revamp on front grille with skid plate added underneath poses it beefier than before. Even more, those rounded fog lamps added stealth and chunkiness to the attire. Mentioned down is the whole review of what you can see on spotting a one of these on the roads, or apparently at one of your friends’ neighbor.
Based on the same platform of Elite i20, the Active models gets skid plates, new bumpers, front grille, raised ground clearance of up to 190mm, plastic cladding on sides, new large fog lamps, daytime running lights, silver roof-rails and lots more on the list. Even not to mention the fuel-cap is redesigned.
The cabin is directly lifted off the Elite i20, but a zing at color-play provided sporty attire. Black and orange for the darker paintjobs, whereas blue and black for the lighter options. And top-end variant turns exclusive with loads of features mentioning smart key, cooled-glove box, height adjustment for driver’s seat, sporty aluminum pedals, adjustable steering wheels (telescopic and tilt), rear AC vents, music system with Bluetooth connectivity, 1GB storage space and lots more. Orange trims on the gear-lever, around air-con vents and other spots favor it for a sporty car, where Active is just meant for the road and partly off-road experience.
In the engine bay, power options are given from a 1.2L Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine and 1.4L U2 CRDi diesel. The former machine sends the max power of 83PS @ 6000rpm along with 11.7kgm of torque @ 4000rpm after mated to a smaller 5-speed manual gearbox. The latter (diesel) is more powerful than the former, and sends us the generous amount of 90PS @ 4000rpm with 22.4kgm of torque between 1500-2750rpm form a six-speed manual. No automatic version launched yet. As per the figures of ARAI, petrol car delivers fuel-efficiency of 17.19kmpl whereas the diesel keeps its head up with the figures of 21.19kmpl.
Though, we haven’t driven it, but since our friends got this chance to slip onto the backside of its steering, it was pretty much clear from their faces, except for raised ground clearance the drive was nothing distinct than its Elite sibling.