The i20 has become a popular sight on our roads and after receiving a minor nip and tuck last year, it has become even more alluring. Hyundai is certainly trying to capitalise on this with a plethora of new model updates.
Joining the 1.2 Motion and the 1.4-litre petrol engines is the 1.4 CRDi, equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel powertrain. This oil burner produces 66kW of power and a decent 220Nm of torque.
The power is delivered right through the rev range and while the driving experience can’t be described as riveting, the car does deliver on what it promises: efficient fuel-consumption figures. Sipping around 5 litres/100km and emitting 110g/km of Co2, the i20 is a frugal runaround and perfect for city driving, where it will probably spend most of its life.
The gates of its six-speed manual gearbox are well defined and easy to select, which aids in doing the 0-100km/h time in 13.5 seconds. It’s by no means a fire cracker, having a top speed of only 174km/h, but it does cruise along relatively elegantly once it gets going.
The cabin is fitted with typical Hyundai attire. The creature comforts are plentiful, from the radio/CD player with MP3 capability to the rear park assist and keyless entry, to name but a few. The interior is also well finished with high-quality materials and is ergonomically well laid out.
Overall, the i20 1.4 CRDi Glide does offer the perspective buyer something extra, particularly in the form of fuel consumption. Just one look at the recent fuel-price increases is enough to bring tears to your eyes.
However, the 1.4-litre diesel is only marginally more economical than the 1.2 Motion petrol derivative, which averages around 5.6 litres/100km, compared to the 5 litres/100km in the diesel. Add to this the extra R50 000 for the diesel model and you’ll really have to do a lot of driving to make up the difference. However, the 1.4 CRDi Glide does admittedly have a better spec level.
The introduction of a small diesel powertrain has ushered in a new era for Hyundai and has shown its ability to make frugal turbocharged engines.
The new i20 1.4 CRDi Glide comes standard with a 5-year/150 000km warranty and a 3-year/60 000km service plan.
i20 1.4 CRDi Glide manual R195 900