In order to get the maximum juice out of their existing products and reduce the spending cost on R&D, car companies have started to offer crossovers. Deriving cars from existing platforms requires least spending and the car companies more willingly experiment with such cars since the cost of failure is the least in this case.
Hyundai is the latest entrant in this segment and is now offering Hyundai i20 Active which has been derived from the Hyundai Elite i20. The i20 Active tries to offer the features of an SUV in a small sized car. We compare the specifications of the cars and see the existing difference.
The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing Hyundai Elite i20 Asta 1.4 CRDi (Diesel) with the Hyundai i20 Active 1.4 SX (Diesel) and Hyundai Elite i20 Asta 1.2 (Petrol) with the Hyundai i20 Active 1.2 S (Petrol).
Hyundai i20 Active Vs Hyundai Elite i20 (Design and Exteriors)
The Elite i20 is a stunning car and whichever way you look at it, it appears beautiful. The car has a sharp nose which uses an advanced headlight cluster, the large hexagonal grille compliments the lamps and other design elements. From the side, the low slung roof, makes the car look very sporty and elegant.
At the rear, the car uses the boomerang shaped taillights which look stunning at night. The overall design of the car is very pleasing and it is indeed the most beautiful looking car in this segment.
Since the i20 Active has been derived from the Elite i20, the silhouette of the car is largely the same. The only visual changes that we see can be attributed to the large and more muscular bumpers and plastic cladding and moulding that has been used all around the car. The front bumper and rear bumper have scruff plates and rear bumper also carries a pair of round brake lights which makes the car look different from the Elite i20. The headlamp cluster used on the i20 Active is slightly different and has LED DRLs and projector headlamps. On the roof of the car, there are roof rails which we do not find on the Elite i20.
Hyundai i20 Active Vs Hyundai Elite i20 (Interiors and Features)
The Hyundai Elite i20 has premium quality interiors and the switches and buttons are well placed. The multifunction 3-spoke steering wheel is wrapped in leather with the mid and top-end trims. The interiors are available in dual tone black and beige scheme.
There are front & rear door map pockets, passenger seat back pocket, rear parcel tray, and sunglass holder and the boot is spacious too at 285 litres. The driver’s seat is height adjustable, there’s front center console armrest with storage, a power outlet, a rear AC vent, engine Start/Stop button as standard feature. There’s an integrated 2 Din MP3 Audio system with USB, Aux-in and 1 GB internal memory which supports bluetooth connectivity and controls are mounted on steering wheel.
In terms of design, the interiors of Hyundai i20 Active are not very different. However, the car gets all black interiors with colour inserts around air-conditioning vents, gear knob and seats, which indeed look more sporty. Other than the different color scheme, there are not any changes in the interiors of the car.
Hyundai i20 Active Vs Hyundai Elite i20 (Engine and Transmission)
Both the cars use the same engines, however, they deliver different mileage figures on these cars. The cars are available with two engine options – 1.4 litre diesel and 1.2 litre petrol. The 1.4 litre diesel produces a maximum power of 88.73bhp at 4000rpm and peak torque of 220Nm between 1500-2750rpm. The petrol motor produces 81.86bhp at 6000rpm and peak torque of 114.73Nm at 4000rpm. The diesel engine is coupled with a 6 speed manual gearbox and the petrol motor uses a 5 speed manual transmission.
Hyundai i20 Active Vs Hyundai Elite i20 (Safety features)
The cars use ventilated disc brakes at front and drum brakes at rear. The braking system is complimented by ABS which prevents the wheel from locking up during hard braking. The top variants of the cars are also equipped with features like Airbags, central locking, engine immobilizer, ELR seat belts, park assist sensors with camera, door ajar warning, parking brake warning, headlamp on indicator etc. The Elite i20 has a total of ten variants to choose from and the i20 Active has five variants.
It goes without saying that a car that is developed from scratch and has not been derived from some other base product, would come out as a better product in most cases since there would be lot of thought put into the purpose of the car and would be designed around its intended capability right from the start. The derived products do give an impression of afterthought which is very hard to conceal.
We prefer the looks of the original car – Elite i20, the i20 Active does offer better ground clearance and is indeed more capable than the original car since it offers some off-roading capability too. However, when comparing it with the Elite i20 it falls short in the looks department where the Elite i20 excels.
Watch comprehensive video review of the i20 below
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