The i20 provides sensible and good value motoring. We take a look at all of the little details that could make or break the deal.
The i20 is available in three grades: Active (pictured in this gallery), Elite and Premium.
June 29, 2011 12:15 AM PDTUpdated: June 29, 2011 1:04 AM PDT
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There's a choice of three-door and five-door hatchbacks, but only if you're willing to live with the base-level Active trim.
The i20 predates the company's "fluidic design" style, so it's neither as dramatic nor as handsome as the
A 74kW/136Nm 1.4-litre petrol engine is standard on the Active. The Elite and the Premium have a more powerful 91kW/156Nm 1.6-litre engine under the hood.
The chrome on the automatic shifter catches and reflects sunlight as if it's auditioning for a spot in a solar array.
It's not terribly exciting, but the i20 features a logically laid out cabin and dash.
Speeds of 220km/h seem unlikely, unless there's an infinitely long stretch of downhill road.
The sound system features analog radio, a CD player, Bluetooth for hands-free and streaming and USB and auxiliary jacks.
Air conditioning is standard throughout the i20 range, but only the Premium is fitted with climate control.
All i20s feature wing mirrors that fold electronically at the touch of a button.
Steering wheel audio controls rank up there with sliced bread, but in the i20 range you'll only find them on the Elite and Premium models. Those models also feature leather-wrapped steering wheels.
The USB port can read flash memory sticks. iPods and iPhones can also be connected, and a special cable is no longer required.
A nice covered storage bin lives underneath the air con controls.
The glovebox contains a nook for the owner's manual, and is chilled.
Electric windows and mirrors are standard on all i20s.
Vision out of the car is good. Parking sensors are a dealer-fit option on all i20s.
If you're keen on fuel economy stats, you'll need to upgrade to either the Elite or Premium models.
Only the range-topping Premium model features an armrest for the driver.
There's nothing as fancy as xenon headlights to be had on the i20 range. You do get front fog lights on the Premium and the Elite, though.
15-inch steel wheels are standard on the Active. Alloy wheels, of 15- and 16-inch diameter, respectively, are found on the Elite and the Premium.
Leg room can be a bit tight if someone tall is sitting up front.
It's quite as cool as the VW badge that doubles as a boot latch and handle.
The boot can hold 295-litres of stuff, but the lip is high.
Boot space can be expanded by utilising the split-fold rear seats, which don't lie anywhere near flat.
Under the floor is a full-size spare wheel.
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