2016 Hyundai i20 Active Review

The second generation of the i20 has been released quite recently so it was a bit of a shock for most of us when the South Korean manufacturer released the 2016 Hyundai i20 Active at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

The car is meant as a higher end competitor for the Sandero Stepway and it is expected to be quite a great seller, especially since the car is likely going to be available for not much more money over the base version. Just like with the usual model, the Active features a very similar design and engines but both its running gear and some parts of the exterior have been revamped in order to fit the Active name better.

The Engine range

Under the hood of the 2016 Hyundai i20 Active there are the same engines as in the base model which is to be expected in this class. The base car will come on the market with a 1.2 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 engine good for 83 horsepower and 115 N*m of torque which is already better than its direct competitor. It is also quite likely that the Active will be one of the first cars to receive Hyundai’s new 1 liter turbocharged inline 3 which is expected to develop between 100 and 140 horsepower, more than enough for such a small car.

There are also two diesel engines available, a 1.1 liter turbocharged engine with 75 horsepower and little over 180 N*m of torque as well as a bigger 1.4 liter turbocharged diesel with 90 horsepower and 220 N*m of torque. The two will be great for people looking to put a lot of miles on their cars without having to invest too much in fuel. Unfortunately, just like with all of its competitors, the Active is only available with front wheel drive which is a bit of a shame considering its exterior is pretty impressive.

2016 Hyundai i20 Active
Power 98 HP @ 4500 RPM 118 HP @ 6000 RPM
Torque 126 LB-FT @ 1500 RPM 126 LB-FT @ 1500 rpm
Maximum speed 109 MPH 114 MPH
Type Kappa;3 cylinders in line;DOHC Kappa;3 cylinders in line;DOHC
Fuel consum. 58.9 – 61.4 mpg 54.3 – 56.5 mpg
CO2 106 – 111 g/km 116 – 121 g/km
62mph 10.9 sec. 10.3 sec.

Design – Interior and Exterior

Speaking of the design, Hyundai managed to achieve something great with this car because they kept its core unchanged. The basic design is the same as that of the 2015 i20 but the details add up to a very interesting look. It comes with bulkier front and rear bumpers, new 15 inch alloy wheels as standard while some models could even get 16 inch rims.

There are also two aluminum skid-plates in the front and at the back for the better protection of the underside of the car while the entire lower part of the car is wrapped in a black plastic shield which should be great for protecting the paint from rocks.

2016 Hyundai i20 Active
Overall length 4.065 MM (160.03 Inches)
Overall width 1.760 MM (69.29 Inches) (excluding door mirrors)
Overall height 1.529 MM (60.19 Inches)
Wheelbase 2.570 MM (101.18 Inches)


The inside of the 2016 Hyundai i20 Active has also been slightly changed in order to better fit the exterior design of the car. The dashboard received a small update with a new material while the seats received a new upholstery which is now available in a couple of new different colors. Unfortunately, the leather upholstery is still not available which is a bit of a shame, especially since the price of the car went up by quite a sizable margin.

The good part is that the base model will be quite well equipped with air conditioning, electric windows and a lot of storage spaces inside the cabin.

2016 Hyundai i20 Active main

2016 Hyundai i20 Active Price

So far we know that the 2016 Hyundai i20 Active is going to be launched on the market some time in the early 2016 and its price should be right around $1,500 more than that of the base car. It is unclear at this point on what type of trim levels it will receive but it seems that the car will likely be available both as a base and as a high spec model. For example, the new i20 costs around $13,630.

Its main competitors are quite cheap in comparison so it will certainly have to impress its customers in order to buy it. The biggest rival is Volkswagen CrossPolo.

dashboard 2016 Hyundai i20 Active

Leave a Reply

What is 13 + 13 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)