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September 2022 - Hyundai i20 Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variants explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Hyundai i20 diesel you should buy based on the ex-showroom prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2022 Caren’s diesel variants and the features to figure out which variant is worth buying for a good value for money and ownership experience. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the 2022 Hyundai i20 with another diesel-powered B2-segment hatchback — Tata Altroz.

Hyundai i20

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Hyundai i20 Diesel?

The pros or advantages of Hyundai i20 diesel are:

  • The i20 has a strong road presence because of its wide body, which is wider than even the C-segment sedans
  • The i20 is a rare B2-segment hatchback with a diesel engine and it deserves an applause
  • The diesel engine has a 25kmpl+ mileage figure and much better power and torque figures than the Altroz diesel
  • All variants are well loaded with features and justify the incremental price gaps over lower variants
  • Surprisingly, even the base variant offers enough features for a decent ownership experience

The Hyundai i20 diesel has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • diesel-ACMT combination is not available with the i20; currently, the Seltos is the only car with this powertrain option
  • A basic feature like split-folding rear seatbacks are not available in any variant
  • It gets only 2 cup holders for front seat occupants; you get only 1 if you buy the variant with the air purifier
  • The higher variants carry a high ex-showroom price for a B2-segment hatchback

What Is The Price Of Hyundai i20 Diesel Variants?

The Hyundai i20 diesel is available with 2 engines — a 1.2L normal diesel and a 1.0L turbo diesel. Both engines are available with manual and automatic transmissions, thus offering 4 unique engine-transmission combinations for customers.

The 1.2L normal diesel engine with the 5-speed manual transmission is available in all 4 variants with prices ranging between Rs. 7.07 lakh and Rs. 9.59 lakh. The 1.2L normal diesel engine with the CVT automatic transmission is available in Sportz and Asta (O) variants for Rs. 8.99 lakh and Rs. 10.61 lakh, respectively.

The 1.0L turbo diesel engine with 6-speed auto-clutch manual transmission is available in 4 variants with prices between Rs. 8.88 lakh and Rs. 11.03 lakh. Finally, the 1.0L turbo diesel engine with 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available in 3 variants with ex-showroom prices ranging from Rs. 9.90 lakh to Rs. 11.96 lakh.

HYUNDAI I20 PETROL VS DIESEL | PRICE COMPARISON

EX-SHOWROOM | SEPTEMBER 2022

Variant

Petrol-Manual

Difference

Diesel-Manual

Difference

Turbo Petrol-ACMT

Magna

Rs. 7,07,000

Rs. 1,35,700

Rs. 8,42,700

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-

Sportz

Rs. 7,97,000

Rs. 1,31,700

Rs. 9,28,700

Rs. 41,100

Rs. 8,87,600

Asto (O)

Rs. 9,58,500

Rs. 1,25,700

Rs, 10.84,200

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Hyundai i20 Petrol Vs Diesel — Should You Buy The Hyundai i20 Diesel?

Between the i20 1.2L normal petrol and 1.5L turbo diesel, the price difference varies hugely from variant to variant. It’s as low as Rs. 1.25 lakh for the Asta (O) variant. If you’re expecting to recover this higher upfront cost from better efficiency alone, then you will have to cover anywhere between 1.06 lakh to 1.14 lakh kilometres.

Note: This calculation is based on the official mileage figures and the September 2022 fuel prices in Delhi.

If you also value the performance benefits of the diesel engine like the higher power and torque output and an extra gear, then that should largely justify the price gap for the diesel engine. Once we take the mechanical advantages of the diesel engine into consideration, the km-to-breakeven figure drops drastically to more reasonable levels of 11,500km - 20,000km.

Similarly, with the turbo petrol engine and diesel engine, you’ll have to drive 32,000km to recover the upfront price gap. With the performance and mechanical differences, the figure changes a bit. For instance the turbo petrol engine has a higher power output than the diesel engine while the diesel engine has a higher torque output. The turbo petrol engine also gets the convenience of an auto-clutch manual transmission. With these differences taken into account, you’re looking at a km-to-breakeven figure of 19,500 for the Sportz variant.

KIA SELTOS PETROL VS DIESEL

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Petrol Variants

KM-To-Breakeven

KM-To-Breakeven (w/ performance benefit)

Cost Over Petrol

Magna Petrol MT

1,14,000km

20,000km

Rs. 1,35,700

Sportz Petrol MT

1,11,000km

16,400km

Rs. 1,31,700

Asta (O) Petrol MT

1,06,000km

11,500km

Rs. 1,25,700

Sportz Turbo Petrol ACMT

32,000km

19,500km

Rs. 41,100

Hyundai i20 Diesel Magna - Base Model Features

The base Magna variant of the i20 diesel costs Rs. 8.43 lakh (ex-showroom). The most notable features of the i20 Magna are:

  • Music system
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Remote central locking
  • Halogen reflector headlamps
  • LED DRLs
  • Day/night inside mirror
  • Front armrest
  • All power windows
  • Power mirrors
  • 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers
  • Manual AC with rear AC vents
  • Body-coloured outside mirrors, bumpers and door handles

This variant doesn’t get a few important features like:

  • Rear defogger
  • Rear washer wiper
  • Rear parcel tray
  • Rear camera
  • Tyre pressure sensors (TPMS)
  • Touchscreen
  • Height-adjustable driver seat

2022 HYUNDAI I20 MAGNA

BASE MODEL FEATURES

Safety & Entertainment

Functional

Style

Std. safety features

Follow-me headlamp

LED DRLs

Halogen projector fog lamps

Passenger vanity mirror

Black fog lamps garnish

Day/night inside mirror

4x map pockets

Black tail gate garnish

Remote central locking

Sunglass holder

Front skid plate

Impact-sensing auto door unlock

2x adjustable headrests

Body-coloured outside mirrors

Speed-sensing auto door lock

1-touch down driver window

Body-coloured door handles

Front seatbelt pretensioners

Foot rest/dead pedal

Body-coloured bumpers

ISOFIX

Gear-shift indicator

B-pillar black tape

Halogen reflector headlamps

Manual AC with rear vents

Metal-finish inside door handles

Music system

Front armrest

Roof antenna

Steering-mounted controls

All power windows

Black dashboard

4x speakers

Power mirrors

Fabric upholstery

2x tweeters

Rear USB port

Wheel covers

Bluetooth, Aux, USB

12V front power outlet

15-inch steel wheels

The base Magna variant gets most of the must-have features, but the higher Sportz variant adds several must-have features and also justifies the incremental asking price. So, we’ll suggest the Magna diesel buyers to upgrade to the Sportz variant if the budget permits.

Hyundai i20 Diesel Magna vs Sportz Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The Sportz variant of the i20 diesel costs Rs. 9.29 lakh (ex-showroom) and costs Rs. 86,000 more than the Magna variant.

HYUNDAI I20 MAGNA VS SPORTZ | PRICES

Powertrain

Magna

Difference

Sportz

1.5L Diesel-Manual

Rs. 8,42,700

Rs. 86,000

Rs. 9,28,700

The Sportz variant gets the following features over the base Magna variant:

  • Rear camera
  • Rear defogger
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Auto AC
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Larger 16-inch steel wheels with stylish wheel covers
  • Rear parcel tray

In this variant, you might miss important features like:

  • Rear armrest
  • Rear washer wiper
  • LED or projector headlamps
  • Keyless entry with push-button start/stop

HYUNDAI I20 SPORTZ

FEATURES OVER MAGNA

Safety & Entertainment

Functional

Style

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Driver rear view monitor

Chrome garnish on tail lamps

Rear camera

Digital instrument cluster

Larger 16-inch steel wheels

Rear defogger

Height-adjustable driver seat

Turn indicator on outside mirror

Parking sensor display

Auto headlamps

LED tail lamps

8-inch touchscreen

Rear parcel tray

Chrome window line

Wireless Android Auto

Power-folding outside mirrors with auto fold

Door sill plates

Wireless Apple Carplay

Auto AC

Stylish wheel covers

Voice commands

Cooled glovebox

Shark fin antenna

The Sportz variant adds a good number of must-have features and also justifies the asking price over the lower Magna variant. This variant is worth buying if you don’t want to stretch your budget further. We strongly recommend budget buyers to accommodate the Sportz variant in their budget.

Hyundai i20 Diesel Sportz vs Asta (O) Variant - Price, Feature Comparison

The Asta (O) variant of the i20 diesel costs Rs. 10.84 lakh, which is Rs. 1.56 lakh more than the lower Sportz diesel.

HYUNDAI I20 SPORTZ VS ASTA (O) | PRICES

Powertrain

Sportz

Difference

Asta (O)

1.5L Diesel-Manual

Rs. 9,28,700

Rs. 1,55,500

Rs, 10.84,200

The Asta (O) variant gets the following features over the Asta variant:

  • Front side thorax airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability control
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear armrest
  • Air purifier
  • Larger touchscreen
  • Telematics
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry with push-button start/stop
  • LED projector headlamps
  • Leather upholstery
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear washer wiper
  • Subwoofer
  • Bose sound system
  • Sunroof
  • Ambient lighting

It’s worth noting that this variant doesn’t get a 360-degree camera and split rear seats.

The Asta (O) variant offers the best value for money among the i20 diesel variants. If you want the upmarket features, then the Asta (O) is worth buying and it earns our top recommendation.

HYUNDAI I20 ASTA (O)

FEATURES OVER SPORTZ

Safety

Entertainment

Functional

Functional & Style

2x front thorax airbags

10.25-inch touchscreen

Rear armrest

Leather upholstery

2x curtain airbags

Telematics

2x rear adjustable headrests

Chrome door handles

Electronic stability control

Wired Android Auto

Air purifier

16-inch alloy wheels

Hill start assist

Wired Apple Carplay

Puddle lamps

Blue ambient lighting

Front height-adjustable seatbelts

Subwoofer

Keyless entry with push-button start/stop

Leather gear and steering wheel

Anti-theft alarm

Bose sound system

Sliding front armrest

Sunroof

LED projector headlamps

 

Cruise control

 

Cornering lamps

 

Wireless phone charger

 

Rear washer wiper

 

1-touch up driver window

 
   

Front USB charger

 
   

Boot lamp

 

Which Variant Of The 2022 Hyundai i20 Diesel Should You Buy?

Among the 3 diesel variants of the Hyundai i20, the Asta (O) is our top recommendation for offering a good number of features along with the best value for money. The Magna also offers a decent number of must-have features but we strongly recommend upgrading to the Sportz variant. It justifies the incremental cost over the Magna and offers a lot of useful features, which will drastically improve your ownership experience.

HYUNDAI I20 DIESEL-MANUAL

BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Magna

Rank 3

Rs. 8,42,700

Upgrade to Sportz recommended for more functional features.

Sportz

Rank 2

Rs. 9,28,700

Value upgrade over Magna

Asta (O)

Rank 1

Rs, 10.84,200

Top recommended

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Hyundai i20 Diesel?

The Hyundai i20 diesel has only one rival - the Tata Altroz. The i20 handily beats the Altroz diesel by offering more power, more torque, better fuel efficiency and 1 extra gear for relaxed expressway cruising.

HYUNDAI I20 DIESEL VS ALTROZ

DIESEL ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

i20

Altroz

Engine

1.5L Turbo

1.5L Turbo

Cylinder

4

4

Displacement

1493cc

1497cc

Power

100PS @ 4000rpm

90PS @ 4000rpm

Power:Weight

90.91PS/t*

78.25PS/t

Peak Torque

240Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

200Nm @ 1250 - 3000rpm

Torque:Weight

218.18Nm/t*

173.91Nm/t

Manual

6-speed

5-speed

Manual FE

25.2kmpl

23.03kmpl

*Estimated

You can use our Fuel Cost Calculator to see how much any petrol, diesel or CNG car will cost to run based on the latest fuel price in your city.

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What Are The Dimensions Of The 2022 Hyundai i20?

In terms of dimensions, the i20 offers phenomenal road presence as it’s wider than even the C-segment sedans and it’s almost up there with the C-segment SUVs like the Grand Vitara and Hyundai Creta. The i20 also has the longest wheelbase in its segment. Its wheel size, ground clearance and boot space are about average for a B2-segment hatchback.

HYUNDAI I20 vs COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

i20

Altroz

Length

3995mm

3990mm

Width

1775mm

1755mm

Height

1505mm

1523mm

Wheelbase

2580mm

2501mm

Ground Clearance

170mm

165mm

Boot Space

311L

345L

Fuel Tank

37L

37L

Tyre Size (Base)

185/65 R15

165/80 R14

Tyre Size (Top)

195/55 R16

195/55 R16

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2022 Hyundai i20 Diesel?

The 2022 i20 diesel is available in the following 6 monotone and 3 dual-tone colour options:

  • White
  • Silver
  • Grey
  • Brown
  • Dark blue
  • Red
  • Red with black roof
  • Dark blue with black roof
  • White with black roof

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we classify cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700 - 3850mm

Ignis, Nios, Swift, Tiago

       

B Segment

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Exceptions: New City, Virtus, Slavia

Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D1

4500 - 4750mm

Carens, XUV700, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Scorpio N, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D Segment

D2

> 4750mm

Gloster, Fortuner, Superb, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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