Few could argue with Hyundai’s claim that the new i20 Active has been built to make every day an adventure. The model’s look is the outcome of the brand’s fluidic 2.0 design philosophy but with a burly, off-road flavour.
The exterior is where most of the Active’s distinguishing details are seen. The headlamps, taillights, sculpted side panels and tailgate all reflect the look of the non-Active. What changes are the front and rear bumpers plus the side sills and wheel arches, which all gain off-road-inspired protective strips. Silver roof rails confirm the car’s uprated practicality, and rounded fog lights further separate the car as the more rugged option. The new model also sits 20mm higher than the hatchback to lift the body above uneven terrain.
The i20 Active is expected to be available with the same trims as the current model. This would give you a choice between S, SE, Premium and Premium SE, which equip the interior with varying amounts of features and materials. First glimpses of the cabin show a classy all-black interior and stitched leather seats. The centre console is uncomplicated and split into two areas, the upper holding a touchscreen and the lower a row of buttons between two dials. The rear will have room for three passengers and likely boast a 60/40 folding bench for carrying long items.
Three engines will reportedly be on offer when the car launches. This will include Hyundai’s latest 1.0-litre unit with 99bhp or 118bhp. The largest in the range will be a 99bhp 1.4-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel that generates 89bhp. The diesel should be highly economical and emit little CO2 just as the current Blue Drive units are. In the existing i20 they return an impressive 88.9mpg combined at their best and emit 84g/km of CO2. These figures may rise and fall respectively when the engines are in the Active.
Safety was a big part of the standard i20’s appeal and the same should be true of the Active. The manufacturer’s Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) will work alongside ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to keep you in control and the model out of trouble. Higher spec versions should come with Lane Departure Warning System, while parking sensors on the range-topping trim help to prevent low-speed accidents when navigating car parks.
The cabin’s touchscreen display is where the likes of integrated hands-free Bluetooth, DAB digital radio and satellite navigation will be accessed and operated. Images from a rear parking camera – where fitted – will also be displayed here. USB and auxiliary connections put music playback in your hands, and quite literally when using the steering wheel controls.
Hyundai’s i20 Active gives the i20 model a whole new and highly appealing character. Full details will be available from our team when they are released, and we recommend registering your interest with us now for every update as soon as it is known. Navigate to our used car listings and special offer pages for a look at all pre-owned Hyundai cars on sale and every current available deal.
You'll find a huge range of extras for the Hyundai i20 from Sturgess Hyundai. If you want to make your mark, personalise your car, stand out, you can choose from black alloy wheels, a carbon effect room graphic, front grille inserts and parking sensors, just a few of the many accessories available.
If you want to get your hands on this hot super mini, Sturgess Hyundai can help with a range of deals to suit your wallet. Come into our new dealership or take a look at the range of packages for new Hyundai cars. We also have a range of Hyundai i20 finance options that can be tailored to you.
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