Hyundai i20 wins car of the year 2021 award; beats Kia Sonet, Mahindra Thar

Hyundai i20, launched on November 5, 2020 and one of the largest selling vehicles, won the Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) award with 104 points compared to 91 points of Kia Sonet and 78 points of Mahindra Thar, in the hatchback category.

The Hyundai i20, a third-generation hatchback, was one of nine contenders competing for the most esteemed car award in India beating Kia Sonet, Mahindra Thar, Hyundai Aura Hyundai Creta, Tata Altroz, Kia Carnival, Honda City and the MG Gloster.

The premium hatchback is based on Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ global design language and is loaded with a variety of first-in-class and best-in-class features.

The jury comprised a panel of judges of experienced automotive journalists from the biggest publications in the country and the voting process involved each jury member carrying 25 points. The points were distributed among the top-five shortlisted models. Each jury member announced their winner for each category, the results of which were rechecked and collaborated to decide the actual winner. An external agency conducted the process digitally and validated its confidentiality. The Hyundai i20 won with a score of 104 points awarded by the jury.

The new Hyundai i20 flaunts a parametric jewel pattern grille flanked on both sides by LED projector headlamps with LED DRLs. The front is endowed with projector fog lamps with air curtains with the rear fitted with Z-Shaped LED tail lamps with the i20 logo. Features like shark fin antenna and 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels are also part of the premium image.

The new i20 also comes with a completely refreshed cabin and dashboard layout and is host to a 10.25-inch HD touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and connected tech, automatic climate control, multifunction steering wheel, blue ambient lighting electric sunroof, electrically- adjustable driver’s seat and plenty more.

The best- in- class features of  Hyundai i20 include digital cluster with TFT MID, wireless charger with cooling pad, sliding front armrest and  Bose seven-speaker sound system, while the first-in –class  features include multi-phone Bluetooth connectivity, coating, iMT, OTA map updates, hill assist control, Oxy-boost air purifier with oxygen and AQI, eco, emergency stop signal and TPMS. Additionally, the Bluelink connectivity technology in the premium hatchback offers 50 features.

The Hyundai i20 offers three powertrain options (a) 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine (83HP/88HP and torque 115Nm) with 5-speed MT or IVT automatic (b) 1.0-litre Kappa turbo-GDi petrol motor (120HP and 172Nm) with 6-speed iMT or 7-speed DCT automatic, and (c) 1.5-litre U2 CRDi diesel mill (100HP and 240Nm) with a sole 6-speed MT.

The Hyundai i20 offers 19.65 to 25.2 kmpl. The Manual Diesel variant delivers 25.2 kmpl. The Manual Petrol variant delivers 20.35 kmpl. The Automatic Petrol variant delivers 20.28 kmpl. The new Hyundai i20 is offered in four variants — Magna, Sportz, Asta, and Asta (O) — and is priced between Rs 6.80 lakhs and Rs 11.33 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi.

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