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Supercharged new Hyundai supermini revealed

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Hyundai i20

The Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition offers economy, low emissions and a turbocharged petrol engine.

The new Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition is packed with extra features that are designed to appeal to the growing number of drivers who prefer petrol and want a small capacity, turbo engine.

The manufacturer claims that the supermini fulfils a ‘growing trend’ for this type of petrol engine, specific to the model, and also boasts interior and exterior extras to offer a differentiator versus other trim levels in the range.

The new Hyundai i20 Turbo is based upon mid-spec trim from the SE and its power is provided by a 100PS (98hp), 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine combined with a five-speed manual transmission.

New Hyundai offers efficiency and ‘dynamism’

At 1,500rpm, its torque production is 171Nm and the manufacturer claims that this torque volume at low engine revolutions offers an ideal combination of efficiency and ‘dynamism’. The new Hyundai’s 0 to 62mph speed is 10.7 seconds with a maximum speed of 116mph.

Prices start at £12,975 and this new Hyundai supermini appears to be designed to appeal to drivers who want reasonable running costs together with relatively low carbon emissions and a modest fuel consumption. Hyundai claims that the i20 Turbo Edition averages 62.8mpg, rising to 72.4mpg when the extra-urban cycle is used. Urban cycle consumption is 49.6mpg.

Carbon emissions are around 104g/km, meaning that it can be taxed for free in the first 12-months, subsequently costing £20 a year at the current rates.

Styling and equipment

The new Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition is available as a five-door hatchback with modern styling and coloured c-pillars aimed at creating the appearance of a ‘floating roof’. It comes with 16-inch alloys to make it stand out from the SE and is available in Red Passion, Phantom Black, Stardust Grey, Sleek Silver, Aqua Sparkling and Polar White.

The i20 inherits the SE’s spec, with equipment highlights including a steering wheel in leather with audio and telephone controls, speed limiter, cruise control and Bluetooth. In addition, the European engineered, built and designed Turbo offers automatic headlights complete with dusk sensor, a reversing camera and seven-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system.

Another new Hyundai coming soon

From next month, another new Hyundai will be available in the form of the new Ioniq. This family-sized hatchback will be available as an electric vehicle or a petrol and electric hybrid. A plug-in hybrid version will also be available next year.

With the low emission government grant, prices for the new Ioniq start at £19,995. The hybrid offers a combination of a 1.6, 141ps petrol engine and an electric motor and can reach 115mph.

Successful sales for Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai hopes that the Ioniq will emulate the sales success of the new Tucson, which replaced the ix35. The ix35 originally replaced the Tucson in 2009.

Prices for the SUV start at around £19,000 and it is available in both all-wheel-drive vehicle and two-wheel drive format. Despite dropping the ix35 name, Hyundai is still offering a range of i vehicles including its smallest model, the i10, together with the i20, i30 and i40.

The Hyundai Santa Fe, meanwhile, is designed for drivers looking for a heavyweight 4x4. Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins is a fan and there is even a Team Wiggins special edition seven-seater 2.2 CRDi available.

Prices for the Santa Fe start at a little under £32,000 but this increases to £35,995 for the Team Wiggins version. The Santa Fe 4x4 is Hyundai’s longest running model in Europe, whilst the £48,000 Genesis remains the flagship of the range and boasts a 3.8-litre engine and intentionally eye-catching interior design.

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