The waves rush. The dice spin. It feels like we can escape the cold and gray Switzerland during the autumn break and sip an iced tea on the beach.
But the sound of the sea comes from the speakers and drowns out the sound of the airstream. The cubes are ice blue, but only digitally in front of us in the funny, animated dashboard. They rotate around their own axis at regular intervals. There are nice gimmicks that give the cockpit of the new Hyundai i20 a completely new coolness.
A little bit of everything
The rather simple and sensible Korean has become a fresh and cheeky small car. With the expressive front and the jagged LED rear lights, it looks as hip as a Citroën C3 or Nissan Micra. The cockpit is a bit more sober than for example in the mini, but the i20 catches up with the digital instruments and the sounds of nature (in addition to the sound of the sea there is forest, rainy day, street café, warm fireplace and snow-covered village). And like its predecessor, it remains as practical and sensible as a Renault Clio or VW Polo. Because the space in the rear of the 4.04 meter long i20 is just right, although it is 2.4 centimeters shallower at 1.45 meters. The load volume is 352 to 1165 liters (mild hybrid: 262 to 1075 liters).
For every taste
When it comes to drive, the i20 offers a manageable selection: There is a one-liter, three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine with 100 or 120 hp and 172 or 200 Nm. Both are optionally available with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed automatic double clutch. The 120 PS version is a mild hybrid, which should reduce consumption by three to four percent. He treats himself to 5.5 liters, while the consumption of the 100 HP version is 5.6 (manual switch) or 5.8 liters (automatic). In terms of performance, the difference between the two engines is small. In hilly areas, however, the stronger variant is recommended, as it masters inclines less strenuously. But in the city, the version with 100 hp is enough.
Hardly any weaknesses
The chassis is a bit tight, but by no means uncomfortable. Even longer distances are no problem thanks to the quiet road location on the autobahn for a small car – even in Germany. At 180 km / h, the i20 drives completely calmly and the steering wheel lies quietly in the hand. The steering is smooth so that you can whiz through the city in comfort, but it doesn’t seem nervous. There is no wrong choice when it comes to the gearbox: The manual gearshift is pleasing with its short, precise shift travel. The automatic should shift a bit more promptly in first and second gear, but otherwise does its job unobtrusively.
The new i20 is available now. The entry-level version costs from 16,490 francs. The digital instruments are on board from 21,300 francs and the versions with the 10.25-inch touchscreen cost at least 24,700 francs. The 120 hp mild hybrid versions start at CHF 26,900. The i20, with its ambient noises from nature, really becomes a nature lover.