The winner of Overdrive's 2015 Car of the Year award, the Elite i20, has a new cousin - the i20 Active. Contrary to what its name might suggest, the i20 Active is a crossover based on the Elite i20 and so its natural rivals are other puffed-up hatchbacks like the Etios Cross, the Cross Polo and the Fiat Avventura. But the i20 Active is more than just a beefed up hatchback with extra cladding. Scroll through to know more:
The i20 Active gets a significantly new front end over the Elite i20. The bumper gets large, round fog lamps with a cornering lamp function, a skid plate and an inverted hexagonal grille. The headlight unit also gets LED DRLs
The rear end mimics the theme seen on the fascia, with round reflector in the bumpers. A matte black cladding underscores the entire car to give it the rugged stance
Adding to the 'off-road' stance are satin-finished roof rails and a fuel-filler cap
The cabin carries forward the design from the Elite i20, but reflects the sportier side of the i20 Active with body-coloured inserts in the dashboard fascia and the upholstery
The i20 Active also gets sportier pedals
The i20 Acitve sits on a higher ground clearance, 190mm, which is 20mm higher than the Elite i20. To put things in perspective, the Avventura's ground clearance is 205mm, EcoSport is 200mm, EtiosCross is 174mm and CrossPolo is 165mm
For more details, read our review of the Hyundai i20 Active here.