Hyundai i20 receives international design award

Hyundai has earned yet another international recognition for its vehicle design, after its i20 supermini claimed a prestigious iF Design Award.

The i20 won the award in the iF Design Awards Product discipline under the Automobiles/Vehicles/Bikes category, in recognition of the i20’s refined and distinctive appearance.

Influenced by Hyundai’s latest interpretation of its Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, which features on all of its new cars, the i20 features the same prominent hexagonal grille as the rest of the range.

According to Hyundai, its German-based design team paid particular attention to the supermini’s clean, elegant lines and the balanced proportions which marks it out as a Hyundai.

Floating roof

Its long bonnet and front-end design creates a powerful stance on the road, while gloss-black C pillars lend the i20 a unique floating-roof style look.

On the inside, the cabin features extensive use of soft-touch materials, with subtle jet black inserts paired with chrome details to create a modern and sophisticated interior appearance.

Peter Schreyer, Hyundai’s chief design officer, said: “It’s an honour for Hyundai to be once again internationally recognised in the iF Design Awards, with New Generation i20 following the success of All-New Genesis last year.

“Design plays a core role in shaping our brand and driving consumer purchases of Hyundai cars, so we’re delighted to receive such a prestigious accolade from a respected authority on design.”

The 2015 Hyundai i20 is a completely new car compared to its predecessor and went on sale in the UK earlier last month, after having first been revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Class-leading legroom

Designed as a rival to models like the Ford Fiesta, the i20 supermini features class-leading front and rear legroom with room for five occupants, plus a 326-litre boot that beats the Fiesta by a full 36 litres.

Five trim levels are available in total, with standard equipment across the range including electric windows, remote central locking and USB connectivity for mobile devices and smartphones.

From launch, five engine options will also be available, including two petrol engines available in a range of outputs, plus two diesel units to choose from as well.

A 1.2-litre petrol is available with outputs of either 74bhp or 84bhp, while a more powerful 99bhp 1.4-litre petrol unit is also available on models specified with SE trim or above.

Diesel engines include a 1.1-litre unit with 74bhp or an 89bhp 1.4-litre version. The smaller diesel is the most economical of all the range, with CO2 emissions of only 84 g/km.