Hyundai has launched the i20 hatchback in Indonesia at the ongoing Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2016. The B-segment five-door hatchback, which is made in India, is powered by a 1.4 litre Kappa petrol engine with 100 PS and 133 Nm of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. It replaces the Hyundai Grand Avega in Indonesia.

The second-generation i20 first surfaced in August 2014, built in Turkey for Europe and India for the rest of the world. In India, the hatch is known as the Elite i20 and is available with two engine options – a 1.2L Kappa with 83 PS/115 Nm and a five-speed manual, and a 1.4L U2 CRDi turbodiesel with 90 PS/220 Nm and a six-speed manual. A jacked up SUV-style ‘Active’ variant is also sold in the subcontinent. The i20 name and body is also used by the Korean carmaker in WRC rallying.


In Europe, the supermini recently received downsized turbo engines. There’s a 1.0 litre three-cylinder unit with 100 PS/171 Nm and a 120 PS version of the T-GDi engine with the same torque figure.

In Indonesia, the Hyundai i20 is a premium hatchback model priced at 249 juta rupiah (RM76,454) for the manual and 263 juta rupiah (RM80,730) for the automatic. The red car with 16-inch ‘diamond-cut’ two-tone wheels is the actual Indonesian-spec, while the black one in the gallery below is merely a show car with lipstick and 18-inch rims.

With the locally-assembled Honda Jazz ruling the roost here in Malaysia, it’s probably not worth Hyundai-Sime Darby importing the i20 when a competitive price can’t be found. What do you think?