The i20 is a cute little car by Hyundai that is a perfect fit for anyone who is looking for something decent to move around in. In 2014 the i20 received a grand redesigning, especially the exterior was updated to something slightly more spicy. The interior got a big revamping as well, and ended up looking much more contemporary. In the tech department the car also went up a few notches. All in all, it turned the i20 in a more than decent driving experience. The i20 did get some new engines, but they weren’t revolutionary. That’s why Hyundai now brings us an updated powertrain in the i20. In addition, the 2017 Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition got some tiny exterior and interior tweaks to make it extra attractive.
Although labeled as a special edition, the Turbo Edition is actually identical to the i20 SE model it is based on. The only feature that sets it apart is a set of 16-inch alloy wheels, which are larger than the usual rollers offered with the SE trim. Finally, the i20 Turbo Edition may not completely be your cup of tea, in that case there is the compact, bes-selling 2017 Hyundai i30.
To start off with the i20 Turbo Edition’s exterior, we find it mostly unaltered from the “regular” Special Edition i20. In the United Kingdom there are six exterior colours available. This is actually two less as on the SE i20. The Turbo i20 unfortunately doesn’t get the fiery Mandarin Orange hue, which is a real shame. That colour would really bring out the more powerful engine of the i20.
Furthermore there’s the regular exterior of the i20. The car looks sturdy and modern with a relatively large grille and fancy fog lights. New and exclusive on the 2017 Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition are the 16 inch alloy wheels.
Hyundai offers the Turbo Edition in six exterior colors: Polar White, Aqua Sparkling, Sleek Silver, Stardust Grey, Phantom Black, Red Passion. These hues are actually the same you get with the regular i20 SE. The difference is that the standard model can also be had in Iced Coffee and Mandarin Orange.
All in all, we’re not sure if the i20 Turbo Edition is such a great buy. Also, since it’s only for sale in the UK, great similar alternatives for this car are the high performance hatch 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 and the stunning and especially fun 2017 Chevrolet Sonic.
Not many changes can be found in the interior either. The Turbo Edition gets the same standard features as the i20 SE gets, such as: Bluetooth, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and mobile phone controls. Then there’s the seven inch infotainment touchscreen that is also present on the Turbo Edition. All in all, these features are quite a level up from the i20 base model.
The seats of the car are made of cloth like on the Special Edition i20. However, the colour combination on the Turbo Edition is Black and Grey instead of Grey and Blue. Remarkable how a colour combination can alter the dynamics of an interior so much. However, we certainly believe that the Turbo Edition’s interior looks cooler.
Hyundai used the 2017 i20 Turbo Edition to try out their brand new 1.0 liter three cylinder engine. It can make 100 horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 in 10.4 seconds. Pretty fast for a one liter three cylinder! The engine is mated with a five step manual transmission and the engine comes with the Energy Regeneration System (ERS). When the car brakes the kinetic energy that is created is transformed into electricity and stored in the car’s battery.
In the tech department the 2017 Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition is doing just as well as the Special Edition. That means you can expect Bluetooth, digital radio, a rear view camera and automatic high beams with dusk sensor. The car comes included with satellite navigation and a seven year TomTom Live Services subscription. This system is useful in providing traffic info, speed camera alerts, weather and Live Point of Interest alerts.
Price and release date
The 2017 Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition has now gone on sale in the UK and in the UK only. This country is the only one that gets the turbo Edition option as such. Other European countries have got some updates such as the 16 inch alloy wheels on the higher trims of the i20. All in all, the market for the Turbo Edition was probably a bit less convenient there.
Anyway, the prices for the Turbo Edition start at £12,975. Interesting fact is that the regular i20 can be configured to be just like the Turbo Edition, but that price will then reach £14,025. That means the Turbo Edition amounts to a £1,050 discount and surely proves its worth in being released.