Although sales for January have had a head start on the high street, but anyone buying a small car are wondering what happened to small price tags. The price tags of hatchbacks have gone so far up that a mid-range supermini costs in excess of five digits on the average. However, buyers of the Hyundai i20 are in for a pleasant surprise.
In spite of having outstanding levels of roominess, quality and safety, and a dynamics that can take on and beat the finest from both Japan and Europe, the diminutive Hyundai still has a price tag of at least £1,000 lesser compared to mainstream competition.
Set to be available for sale next year, the entry level 1.2-liter Classic will begin at just £8,195 for the three-door and with a five-door fetching an extra £450. In spite of the small price tag, all Hyundai i20s comes with air-conditioning, six airbags, dynamic head restraints, remote locking, electric front windows and a socket for auxiliary gadgets.
Add to all these, there is the assurance of Hyundai's Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, unparalleled in this category. The mid-range Comfort model, which is expected to be the top grosser and begins at a price tag of £8,995, adds 15-inch alloy wheels, matching body color door mirrors and handles, electric rear windows, full iPod incorporation, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, a six-speaker system and a trip computer.
Style is the flagship of the Hyundai i20 series, and comes with 16-inch alloys, climate control, part-leather upholstery, front fog lights and metal-look facia. The hood contains lots of technology also. The i20 will premiere with two fresh gasoline and diesel units, beginning with a superior 78PS 1.2-liter 'Kappa' gasoline which is foreseen to be the series' highest grosser. Its CO2 emission measurement of just 124g/km is about 15g less than equally-sized gasoline powerhouses from competitions and it brings back 54.3 mpg on the overall cycle.
Following in the series is a 1.4-liter, 100PS gasoline received from the Hyundai i30. The Hyundai i20 it bring back 50.4mpg on the overall cycle and generates 133g/km, which is even better than 1.0 liter engine of some competitions. Coping with the requirements low-emission, high economy diesel potency, the Hyundai i20's completely and lately developed CRDi engines both have a 1.4-liter capacity and offer 75PS or 90PS.
Discharges and fuel efficiency numbes are outstanding at just 116g/km and 64.2 mpg for the 75PS variant and 118g/km and 62.8 mpg for the bigger-wheeled 90PS version. This puts both i20 diesels in category 'B' for VED, acheving a tax discount of £35/year. Moreover, car drivers for companies will discover that they are taxed for benefit-in-kind at only 13%, providing considerable savings for those wanting to cut back.
And it doesn't mean that it is less safe just because it's small. To make the i20 the safest supermini is the focus of Hyundai. The firm believes that safety should not be restricted to the more expensive versions. Active Head Restraints and a total of 6 airbags are typical on all Hyundai i20s. 5-door versions will go on sale beginning on the 15th of January 2009, while April 2009 is the target date for the arrival of the first three-door Hyundai i20s.