Aug 212011

Korean carmaker Hyundai has launched a new super-efficient little car that ramps up the company’s range of highly-economical products. The i20 Blue, which joins the i10 Blue, is reputed to deliver an incredible 76.4mpg.

The new Blue version of the i20 uses a combination of the standard car’s 1.4-litre turbo-diesel CRDi engine with a range of technologies that boost the engine’s miserly use of fuel. Hyundai has added Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG), an undercover for the rear suspension, Michelin Energy low rolling-resistance tyres and rear wheel deflectors.

The CRDi engine in the i20 Blue already produces 90 horsepower. With the addition of these little efficiency tweaks, the car is now able to manage combined fuel economy 76.4mpg.

Hyundai I20 Blue Eco Car manages 76 Miles Per Gallon

Hyundai I20 Blue Eco Car manages 76 Miles Per Gallon

Rated at 63.6mpg in the USA and 3.7 litres per 100kms in the new-fangled fuel-economy rating scale that so many of us still struggle to understand, the i20 Blue looks like a worthy addition to the burgeoning ranks of super-efficient super-minis that have yet to make the full conversion to all-electric or hybrid mode.

The improvements in fuel economy means the i20 Blue enjoys a 14-percent improvement over the standard i20 model, the i20 90PS Style, which also comes with the same 1.4 CRDi engine (minus ISG). Greenhouse gas emissions are down, too, the Blue model slashing CO2 tailpipe emissions by 12 per cent, to just 98g/km, from the standard model’s 111g/km.

The i20 Blue is priced competitively, too. On the road, you’re looking at shelling out £13,195. For this, you can luxuriate in the 15-inch alloy wheels that come as standard on the i20 Blue.

That little turbo-diesel engine endows the i20 Blue with plenty of oomph. There is 220Nm of torque on hand to help drivers ensure they can snag any gap that opens up during the normal cut-and-thrust of daily commuting.

The i20 Blue comes with a six-speed gearbox, a nice move up from the standard car’s 5-speed unit. In the i20 Blue, the 3rd, 4th and 5th gears use modified ratios.

When all is said and done, despite those impressive fuel and carbon-emission figures, this little green Blue car can manage some impressive performance figures. Getting from standstill to 100kph takes just 13 seconds and the car can reach a top speed of 176kph.

The fuel-sipping, planet-friendly little i20 Blue also comes with Bluetooth connectivity that includes voice recognition, door mirrors that are electrically heated and folding, electric windows all-round, audio controls on the steering wheel, aux and USB connections, remote central locking and even air conditioning.

That’s quite an impressive level of equipment and should make the i20 Blue a serious contender in the ever-expanding sector of extremely fuel-efficient runabouts. The i20 Blue joins the i10 Blue, which Hyundai launched at the start of this year, and gives the carmaker two solid offerings in this space.

It’s a rather natty looking little beast, too. Depending on the choice of body colour, the front end can look a tad clumsy from some angles but overall, it’s a good design effort (though, admittedly, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder).

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