Hyundai i20 Active Review – First Impression

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.

  • Exterior

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.

Hyundai i20 Active Review

  • Interior

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.

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  • Engine

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.

Hyundai i20 Active Review

  • Overall

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.

Hyundai i20 Active vs Toyota Etios Cross vs Fiat Avventura: Spec Comparison

‘Cross hatches’ or ‘hatchback-turned crossovers’, both terminologies are suitable to convey cars like Hyundai i20 Active, Fiat Avventura and Toyota Etios Cross. Taking every of them into account for a comparison, we studied who is the best bet on paper, and do they really have a grunt to go for the off-roads, or at least can handle the world-famous half-paved roads of India for the brutal sense they do create the lucrative promises.  Find out with us whether the Active i20 will be able to stand in line to those formerly introduced models in the acute market of 1000 units a month restricted to niche and premium set of buyers.

  • Engine

In the state of petrol, Fiat offers max power off the mid-sized engine. Toyota Etios Cross with two options (1.2L and 1.5L) tops the chart with largest displacement and power, but ironically the small unit pulls it down on the list. And needed to push the car off the line first, it’s the Etios offering max torque, whereas Hyundai and Avventura compromised at a tie here.

Hyundai i20 Active

  • Petrol

  • Engines    Hyundai i20 Active    Toyota Etios Cross    Fiat Avventura
  • Displacement    1.2-litre    1.2/1.5-litre    1.4-litre
  • Power     83PS    80PS/90PS    90PS
  • Torque     115Nm    104Nm/132Nm    115Nm

  • Diesel

  • Engines    Hyundai i20 Active    Toyota Etios Cross    Fiat Avventura
  • Displacement    1.4-litre    1.4-litre    1.3-litre
  • Power     90PS    68PS    93PS
  • Torque     220Nm    170Nm    209Nm

Toyota Etios Cross

On the side of diesel, Fiat gets fixed by shortest engine, but it sends max power off that small machine. Hyundai didn’t managed to attain the top position in power delivery, but it will set you straight off the launch with its chunk of torque. Toyota in the diesel guise do not performed well. The huge machine of 1.4L lacked a way back in either of the plots.

  • Fuel-Efficiency

On the fuel-efficiency, Fiat lacks in both the fuel options. It’s Toyota to deliver more kilometres from a single litre of diesel, whereas the petrol’s performance wasn’t too bad either. Hyundai Active’s figures aren’t disappointing either.

  • Fuel Economy as per ARAI    Hyundai i20 Active    Toyota Etios Cross    Fiat Avventura
  • Petrol     17kmpl    17.71kmpl/16.78kmpl    14.4kmpl
  • Diesel    21.19kmpl    23.59kmpl    20.5kmpl


  • Dimensions

Emerging as the clear winner, Hyundai ranks on the top of all with regards to length, width, height and wheelbase. On the other side Fiat which had fallen short on every aspect despite holding a spare wheel at the back, wins on the note of ground clearance for offering maximum than the rivals. Avventura to an extent envied some compact SUVs for sitting this high on the heels after being converted to crossover from a hatchback.

Fiat Avventura

  • Overview

It’s Hyundai that packs more features and space for a comparatively bigger price tag. But for the built-quality Toyota has enticed Indians with sturdy machines carved by means of every quality measure known to Japanese. It’s the Fiat Avventura that has personally won our heart due to the tail-gate mounted spare-wheel, the only one to do so, and massive ground clearance like small SUVs.

Hyundai i20 Active Variants Explained

The market of hatchback-turned-crossover is very acute in India for many reasons; number one is the pricing, and second is lack practicality like a compact SUV – after all it is a hatchback underneath the skin with the raised ground clearance. Though, despite those negative claims working against the segment, India sees a number of them on road, Fiat Avventura, Toyota Etios Cross, Cross Polo, and now the Hyundai i20 Active to name some of the league. Here, minus the competition, we are about to explain the feature list of Hyundai i20 Active, and how it suits the condition of competition in the present day scenario.

  • Important Note: i20 Active comes in three variants, base, S and SX. The SX is not available in diesel trims.

Hyundai i20 Active Variants Explained
Hyundai i20 Active Base Variant

Hyundai is pronouncedly known for packing feature more than expectation, where the base i20 Active stands witness to those sayings. Manual AC vents including for the rear seats, halogen headlamps with escort technology, central locking, power windows on front says a bit of convenience. Further showing its generosity, carmaker also gave the 2-DIN integrated radio MP3 music system with 1GB storage, USB and AUX connectivity (no Bluetooth included and no tweeters for rear). Cooled glove box is standard, but option of adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel is missing.

Hyundai i20 Active S Variant

The second from bottom and the top-end variant for petrol buyers, i20 Active S includes all features from the base variant but adds rear defogger, ABS, driver airbag, electrically adjustable mirrors, impact sensing door unlock, projector headlamps with daytime running lights and cornering lights, adjustable driver’s seat, steering mounted controls, rear tweeters, Bluetooth connectivity, and the 16-inch diamond cut alloys makes up for the treat.

Hyundai i20 Active Variants Explained

Hyundai i20 Active SX Variant

This variant is only for diesel buyers. Packed up to the core, buyers will get the automatic headlamps, chrome on door handles, leather on steering and gear knob, telescopic and tilt adjustment for steering wheels, rear wiper with washer, smart key with push start button, front passenger airbag, steering position indicator on supervision cluster, 60:40 split rear seat with adjustable headrest, clutch lock, 2nd power outlet and cluster ionizer for the air-condition including entire functions of S variant.


Hyundai i20 Active Variants Explained

  • Mentioned below are the prices of i20 Active:


Hyundai Active i20 1.2 Base Variant: Rs 6.69 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai)

Hyundai Active i20 1.2 S Variant: Rs 7.43 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai)


Hyundai Active i20 1.4 Base Variant: Rs 8.0 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai)

Active i20 1.4 S Variant: Rs 8.74 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai)

Active i20 1.4 SX Variant: Rs 9.32 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai)


Active i20 1.2 Base Variant: Rs 6.38 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)

Active i20 1.2 S Variant: Rs 7.09 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)


Active i20 1.4 Base Variant: Rs 7.63 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)

Active i20 1.4 S Variant: Rs 8.34 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)

Active i20 1.4 SX Variant: Rs 8.89 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)

Hyundai Aims At Six Million Production Mark In India

Hyundai planning to expand its move in India extensively; it has said to reach the six million mark after the launch of i20 Active. This milestone aims for the Chennai manufacturing facility where the automaker achieved five million mark in October 2013.

Commenting about the orders received of i20 Elite, the previous launch of Hyundai, they bagged 1,03,960 bookings out of which 70,000 cars have reached their buyers and thirty thousand are still pending.

Hyundai posted a growth of 8 per cent last year, but they are aiming for a better result this time when the industry itself too speculates to surge ahead with great zest on a comparison note.

Commenting about the i20 Active at the launch, a top-hat of the company reported to a source, Hyundai had experienced immense growth in India and depending upon the same size improvement in future, it expects the Active to not only sell in this country but also export to countries of Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America.

Hyundai Aims At Six Million Production Mark In India

Apparently, the market for the hatchback cum crossovers is about 1,000 units a month, but the expectation says it shall reach higher figures in near future. Stating further, there will be 50:50 demand of petrol and diesel variant for Hyundai cars in India, the reason petrol became pocket-friendly in the past few days.

Though, we wish Hyundai luck and wait for the clock to kick out that six millionth car from the plant in Chennai. To raise the excitement, one can shoot us the feedback mentioning which model could make as 60,000,00th step of the milestone.

Hyundai i20 Active Launched In Mumbai Starting At Rs 6.69 Lakh

Media footages had become a statement for the carmakers, where making the max of it remains at the core of every marketing strategy. To further elaborate, the multi-city launches eloping every name in the industry it didn’t left Hyundai for an exception. Based on the bespoke trend, Hyundai launched i20 Active in Mumbai today for a price of Rs 6.69 lakh.

Based on the same platform of i20 Elite, the Active version differentiates itself by high ground clearance of 190mm, skid plates on front and rear, new bumpers, fresh fog lamps, daytime running lamps infused in the headlamps cluster beneath projector diodes, differentiated front grille, unique fuel-cap, tail-gate mounted spoiler, roof-rails and R16 diamond cut alloy wheels. The cabin too was nicely covered in black fabric contrasted by orange for the darker paint shades. The lighter shades receives black and blue theme. The cooled glove-box and rear AC vents are the unique features like its automatic key and push-start button. The steering gets telescopic and tilted adjustable function along with the driver’s seat adjustment. Rear parking sensors, ECM display for better vision of rear, impact sensing door unlock system, ABS and dual-airbags are some of the safety features seen in the top-end variant.

Hyundai i20 Active Launched In Mumbai Starting At Rs 6.69 Lakh

In the engine bay, power delivery is done by a 1.2-litre petrol engine of 83PS and 11.7kgm of torque. In diesel, the Active is more powerful than the other by delivering 90PS and 22.4kgm of torque. The petrol motor is mated to a 5-speed manual, where the diesel turns up with a six-speed manual.

Hyundai i20 Active Launched In Mumbai Starting At Rs 6.69 Lakh
Mentioned below are the prices of i20 Active ex-showroom Mumbai:


Active i20 1.2: Rs 6.69 lakh

Active i20 1.2S: Rs 7.43 lakh


Active i20 1.4: Rs 8.0 lakh

Active i20 1.4S: Rs 8.74 lakh

Active i20 1.4SX: Rs 9.32 lakh

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Hyundai i20 Active Launched At Rs 6.38 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi

How Active are you? That’s what Hyundai wants to ask everyone who will buy their new i20 Active – the crossover type variant of Elite i20, like Fiat Avventura and Etios Cross. Launched for a starting price of Rs 6.38 lakh with the petrol engine and Rs 7.63 lakh in the diesel trim, overall five trims are available including both the trims.

Hyundai doesn’t seemed to target the huge numbers with this Active, rather would sell it as a lifestyle product. Compared to the standard i20 Active receives plastic cladding around the base at the bottom, changed front grille, new front and rear bumper with rounded fog lamps, projector lamps and daytime running lamps used, new fuel enclosing lid and gloss finish on C-pillar. Skid plates, roof rails and new alloy wheels are the obvious ones.

The cabin appears carried over from the Elite i20 but the designers have worked out new combination to give a kind of change. To name them, lighter shades on outer get blue-black theme in the cabin, and the darker ones go with all black mentioning orange on some accents and gear lever.

Hyundai i20 Active Launched At Rs 6.38 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi

Above all, a major correction that Active i20 received which distinct it from the hatchback trim and makes to stand up in the line of crossovers is the ground clearance, notched by 20mm from the Elite i20’s 190mm.

Hyundai i20 Active Launched At Rs 6.38 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi

Hence, the aforementioned spunk grant the newbie a fresh image, where the engine continues to do the same with its 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel. The former produces 82bhp and 114Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The latter is found worth of 89bhp and 220Nm of torque after mating to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Hyundai i20 Active Launched At Rs 6.38 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi

  • Mentioned below are the prices ex-showroom Delhi:

Hyundai i20 Active Launched At Rs 6.38 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi


Active i20 1.2: Rs 6.38 lakh

Active i20 1.2S: Rs 7.09 lakh


Active i20 1.4: Rs 7.63 lakh

Active i20 1.4S: Rs 8.34 lakh

Active i20 1.4SX: Rs 8.89 lakh

Hyundai i20 Active Launched At Rs 6.38 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi

Hyundai i20 Active India Launch In March 2015

Hyundai getting aggressive with the launch of its i20 Active, sends the rendering of same via its official account for hinting the launch to happen soon in March 2015. Though, the date is not specified, but huge speculations goes with the event taking place in next month for the Elite i20 Active to stand against Toyota Etios Cross, Fiat Avventura, and VW Cross Polo.

Fluidic design language will be the major tool of Hyundai to hunt down rivals in the segment. For instance, some days back clear spy shots revealed, front grille will see a nimble change along with the bumper, fog lamps and more. A skid plate lures the front fascia to give a feel of a crossover from outside, which the plastic cladding sides also mimicking the same. Raised height, or ground clearance, is just expected from a vehicle of this category, otherwise all the done efforts may turn vague. However, the pricing of i20 Active is bound to be premium than the standard model, and will be positioned as a lifestyle product not a mass seller instead.

Hyundai i20 Active India Launch In March 2015

Well, going by the spy images there weren’t any signs of spare wheel mounted on tail gate, not even in the rendering it is motioned, missing out the most loved quotient for Indians from the i20 Cross. Hence, this must be brought to the notice of designers and shall be turned into reality, even as an accessory if not possible in the standard guise.

Hyundai i20 Active India Launch In March 2015

Though, it will be interesting to see how this Hyundai is going to fare against the odds of market conditions, which directly jumps to a compact SUV like Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster if left out from the hatchbacks proportion. Feel free to pen down your thoughts in the comments section below…