Hyundai gets active in the hatch market
Hyundai has updated its i20 and added a new model that is not so new, writes Mark Smyth
The compact hatch segment is competitive, very competitive. It always has been since the days of the great Citi Golf versus Tazz battle. Today it includes the Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris. There is the Renault Clio and Mazda 2, Kia has its Rio and in June Suzuki will launch its new Swift. The Polo dominates it by miles but the pie is big enough for everyone else to be able to get a decent slice. Over the years Hyundai has eaten quite well from the segment, with its i20 being the third highest seller in 2016 and 2017, albeit a long way behind Polo and Fiesta. Now the company has updated the range and added a new model too. That new model is the i20 Active, which replaces the previous Sport. It’s new to SA but it has been on sale in other markets for two years. Bizarrely, it is also not new in the sense that it doesn’t have the new design that features in the regular hatch. The hatch gets a full exterior makeover, with a new grille, new lights front and rear, new whee...