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Hyundai i20 Turbo iMT First Drive Review at NATRAX

i20 Turbo at NATRAX

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7.5 / 10

The future of exciting yet affordable hatchbacks in this country can be bleak but automakers like Hyundai and Volkswagen have proven that there is still life in it. One could argue that the last decade was a golden age and there would be nothing close lớn the likes of the Fiat Punto Abarth, Maruti’s Baleno RS and the Tata Tiago JTP that defined the era but we beg lớn differ. It’s certainly a diminishing landscape in which the new Polo GT range will usually be greeted by homegrown rivals even though only the i20 Turbo remains on sale now.

Rear right three quarters

Here at CarWale, we like the kind of speed the i20 Turbo delivers, and our recent outing with the still more robust N-Line version left us shivering as we prepared lớn tour and Explore NATRAX, one of the most advanced vehicle testing facilities in the world. So it’s safe lớn say that for this review we won’t be talking about the i20’s boot space or how many features it has. This time it is lớn celebrate the joy of driving and speed.

NATRAX (short for National Automotive Test Tracks) near Indore is a brand new state-of-the-art automotive testing facility designed lớn test the dynamics of a vehicle and all of its moving parts. Here they have different types of proving platforms like highway, ramp, off-road and many more. What excites us is the brand new 3.6km track which is almost as long as the MMRT track in Chennai. I’m a huge fan of MMST now and the fact that we’re now an equally long way from Mumbai, it’s exciting.

Three quarters front left

But having spent some time driving on it, I’ve realized one thing here and that is that it doesn’t really look like a traditional circuit and we’ll get lớn that in a bit. First, let’s take a look at the car that brought us here from Mumbai. Well, it’s not a sports car with big horsepower but a modest but hey Indo-Korean hatch! At least it has a turbo petrol engine under the hood. The processing line at NATRAX is like an extremely high tech club circuit and I’m glad we had the chance lớn learn our handling in the i20. Now 120bhp and 172Nm might not seem like much, but at this narrow and twisty handling track, that’s the right amount of power.

Right front three quarters

The 1-litre engine in the i20 produces all the right noises we’re familiar with from a three-cylinder turbo but what’s surprising is that it sounds good in the front end too. It doesn’t look like it’s muffled when you push it for revs. One can feel the jostling in the rear when this engine is accelerated, and with the amount of second and third gear angles on this circuit, the i20 proves lớn be very enjoyable.

Rear left three quarters

Back on site, it’s a pretty long track now at 3.6km and the way it’s laid out is such that it’s a workout for both the car and the driver. There are elevation changes in the first half of the track, a few long straights in the middle, and a tight technical section at the end with close quarters and turns. There are hardly any running areas though, and instead you have gravel lanes on both sides throughout this entire facility. All in all, it’s an amazing circuit with a layout designed lớn gauge a car’s handling, grip and chassis balance. It’s also well paved and the pavement is very smooth giving you a new màn chơi of confidence as you try lớn speed through corner after lap after lap.

Front view

The i20 felt surprisingly sharp and lively even when I was held back by the clutchless iMT transmission. Now the funny thing is this is the same transmission that I enjoyed during our drive from Mumbai lớn Indore but at NATRAX, on this processing circuit, it just doesn’t feel right because I don’t have any clutch control period or option lớn do quick shift. Sure, for everyday driving it’s right lớn offer the convenience of less shifting clutches and at the same time, there’s some lớn do with driving but it’s definitely not an option. number one for this racing track. We have no complaints about the steering or chassis balance on the i20, though. It has a pretty decent grip for the power delivered given how narrow and fluid the track is. And for those times where I’ve pushed the limits of the front axle’s ability lớn keep me in line, the i20 didn’t produce any nasty surprises and was actually quite playful when I felt the rear end. slightly step out each time.

Rear right three quarters

So here’s the thing. I’m amazed with the new i20’s handling and grip. It’s not like the original roll-y, visit-y and now with turbo power, it’s also pretty quick on the straight. Now I would not have had the same impression when driving this car on public roads with so many restrictions. I’m so glad we were able lớn go lớn NATRAX and experience their incredible testing facilities. This extremely technical circuit is the perfect proof-of-concept for us lớn judge processor performance, and we can’t wait lớn go back, hopefully with something truly special. Crossed fingers.

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Hyundai i206.98 LakhonwardsAverage Factory Price


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i20 Turbo at NATRAX Overall Score7.5 / 10The future of fun yet affordable hatchbacks in this country is possibly bleak but carmakers like Hyundai and Volkswagen have proven that there is life in it yet. One might argue that the previous decade was the golden period and nothing will come close lớn the likes of Fiat Punto Abarth, Maruti’s Baleno RS and the Tata Tiago JTP that defined the era but we beg lớn differ. Sure, it’s a diminishing landscape, one wherein the influx of a new Polo GT would usually be greeted by homegrown rivals although now only the i20 Turbo remains on sale. Here at CarWale, we like the kind of speed the i20 Turbo delivers and our recent outing with the spicier still N-Line version left us quivering for another go as we prepared lớn visit and explore NATRAX which is amongst the most advanced vehicle testing facilities in the world. It’s safe lớn say, then, that for this review we will not be talking about the i20’s boot space or how many features it has. This time it’s all about celebrating the fun of driving and speed. NATRAX (short for National Automotive Test Tracks) near Indore is an entirely new state-of-the-art automotive testing facility designed lớn test the dynamic capabilities of a vehicle and all its moving parts. Here they have different kinds of proving grounds such as high speed tracks, a gradient track, an off road track and many more. What’s had us excited though is the entirely new 3.6km handling track which is nearly as long as the MMRT racetrack in Chennai. Now I am a huge fan of the MMST and the fact that we now have an equally long track not too far away from Mumbai is jolly exciting. But having spent some time driving on it, I have come lớn realise one thing here and it’s that it’s not really like a traditional circuit and we will get lớn that in a bit. First, let’s take a look at the car that’s gotten us all the way here from Mumbai. Yes, it’s no sports car with big horsepower but a humble Indo-Korean hatch but hey! At least it’s got a turbo petrol engine under the hood. The handling track at NATRAX is more like an extremely technical club circuit and I am glad that we had the opportunity lớn learn our way around it in the i20 which packs in just the right amount of punch for the tricky layout. Now 120bhp and 172Nm may not seem like a lot, but at this narrow and twisty handling track it’s just the right amount of power. The 1-litre engine in the i20 makes all the right buzzing noises that we are now used lớn from three-cylinder turbo engines but what’s surprising is that it sounds good on the top-end too. It doesn’t sound like its being strangled when you push it for revs. One can feel the shove in the back when this motor comes on boost and given the number of second and third gear corners on this handling circuit, the i20 proved lớn be good fun. Coming back lớn the venue, now it’s a fairly long track at 3.6kms and the way it’s laid out is such that it’s a workout for both the car and the driver. There are elevation changes in the first half of the track, a couple of long straights in the middle and a tight technical section at the end with switchback corners and nearly 90-degree turns. There are hardly any run off areas though and instead you have gravel lanes on both sides pretty much across this entire facility. All in all, it’s an incredible circuit with a layout that has been designed lớn gauge a vehicle’s handling, grip màn chơi and chassis balance. It’s also well paved and the road surface is so smooth that infuses a new màn chơi of confidence in you as you try lớn carry more speed through the corners lap after lap. The i20 felt surprisingly sharp and alive even though I was held back by the clutch-less iMT gearbox. Now the funny thing is that this is the same gearbox that I had otherwise liked so much throughout our drive from Mumbai lớn Indore but at NATRAX, on this handling circuit it felt out of place because I didn’t have any clutch control or the option lớn do quick shifts. Sure, for daily driving it’s right on point when it comes lớn offering the convenience of clutch less gearshifts and at the same time, some driving involvement but it’s certainly not the number one choice for this handling track. We had no complaints regarding the steering or the chassis balance on the i20 though. It’s got a decent amount of grip for the power on offer given how narrow and flowy the track was. And for times when we I did go beyond the limits of the front axle’s ability lớn keep me in line, the i20 didn’t throw any nasty surprises and was actually quite playful as I felt the rear end stepping out slightly every time. So here’s the thing. I am surprised with the way the new i20 handles and grips. It’s nothing like the roll-y, poll-y original and now with turbo power it’s also quite fast in the straights. Now I wouldn’t have had the same impression driving this car on public roads with so many limitations. I am glad we could make it lớn NATRAX and experience their incredible test facilities. This extremely technical handling circuit is the perfect proving ground for us lớn evaluate handling performance and we cannot wait lớn go back, hopefully with something really special. Fingers crossed. Pictures by Kaustubh GandhiHyundai i20₹ 6.98 LakhonwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom price
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i20 Turbo at NATRAX Overall Score7.5 / 10The future of fun yet affordable hatchbacks in this country is possibly bleak but carmakers like Hyundai and Volkswagen have proven that there is life in it yet. One might argue that the previous decade was the golden period and nothing will come close lớn the likes of Fiat Punto Abarth, Maruti’s Baleno RS and the Tata Tiago JTP that defined the era but we beg lớn differ. Sure, it’s a diminishing landscape, one wherein the influx of a new Polo GT would usually be greeted by homegrown rivals although now only the i20 Turbo remains on sale. Here at CarWale, we like the kind of speed the i20 Turbo delivers and our recent outing with the spicier still N-Line version left us quivering for another go as we prepared lớn visit and explore NATRAX which is amongst the most advanced vehicle testing facilities in the world. It’s safe lớn say, then, that for this review we will not be talking about the i20’s boot space or how many features it has. This time it’s all about celebrating the fun of driving and speed. NATRAX (short for National Automotive Test Tracks) near Indore is an entirely new state-of-the-art automotive testing facility designed lớn test the dynamic capabilities of a vehicle and all its moving parts. Here they have different kinds of proving grounds such as high speed tracks, a gradient track, an off road track and many more. What’s had us excited though is the entirely new 3.6km handling track which is nearly as long as the MMRT racetrack in Chennai. Now I am a huge fan of the MMST and the fact that we now have an equally long track not too far away from Mumbai is jolly exciting. But having spent some time driving on it, I have come lớn realise one thing here and it’s that it’s not really like a traditional circuit and we will get lớn that in a bit. First, let’s take a look at the car that’s gotten us all the way here from Mumbai. Yes, it’s no sports car with big horsepower but a humble Indo-Korean hatch but hey! At least it’s got a turbo petrol engine under the hood. The handling track at NATRAX is more like an extremely technical club circuit and I am glad that we had the opportunity lớn learn our way around it in the i20 which packs in just the right amount of punch for the tricky layout. Now 120bhp and 172Nm may not seem like a lot, but at this narrow and twisty handling track it’s just the right amount of power. The 1-litre engine in the i20 makes all the right buzzing noises that we are now used lớn from three-cylinder turbo engines but what’s surprising is that it sounds good on the top-end too. It doesn’t sound like its being strangled when you push it for revs. One can feel the shove in the back when this motor comes on boost and given the number of second and third gear corners on this handling circuit, the i20 proved lớn be good fun. Coming back lớn the venue, now it’s a fairly long track at 3.6kms and the way it’s laid out is such that it’s a workout for both the car and the driver. There are elevation changes in the first half of the track, a couple of long straights in the middle and a tight technical section at the end with switchback corners and nearly 90-degree turns. There are hardly any run off areas though and instead you have gravel lanes on both sides pretty much across this entire facility. All in all, it’s an incredible circuit with a layout that has been designed lớn gauge a vehicle’s handling, grip màn chơi and chassis balance. It’s also well paved and the road surface is so smooth that infuses a new màn chơi of confidence in you as you try lớn carry more speed through the corners lap after lap. The i20 felt surprisingly sharp and alive even though I was held back by the clutch-less iMT gearbox. Now the funny thing is that this is the same gearbox that I had otherwise liked so much throughout our drive from Mumbai lớn Indore but at NATRAX, on this handling circuit it felt out of place because I didn’t have any clutch control or the option lớn do quick shifts. Sure, for daily driving it’s right on point when it comes lớn offering the convenience of clutch less gearshifts and at the same time, some driving involvement but it’s certainly not the number one choice for this handling track. We had no complaints regarding the steering or the chassis balance on the i20 though. It’s got a decent amount of grip for the power on offer given how narrow and flowy the track was. And for times when we I did go beyond the limits of the front axle’s ability lớn keep me in line, the i20 didn’t throw any nasty surprises and was actually quite playful as I felt the rear end stepping out slightly every time. So here’s the thing. I am surprised with the way the new i20 handles and grips. It’s nothing like the roll-y, poll-y original and now with turbo power it’s also quite fast in the straights. Now I wouldn’t have had the same impression driving this car on public roads with so many limitations. I am glad we could make it lớn NATRAX and experience their incredible test facilities. This extremely technical handling circuit is the perfect proving ground for us lớn evaluate handling performance and we cannot wait lớn go back, hopefully with something really special. Fingers crossed. Pictures by Kaustubh GandhiHyundai i20₹ 6.98 LakhonwardsAvg. Ex-Showroom price

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