The New Hyundai i20 The most sensible “starter” ride out there!

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So, it’s finally time for your first new, “off the lot” ride you can proudly call your own. But the challenge is that there are a myriad of options out there and your mind is already swimming with possibilities. Here’s an opportunity to balance pragmatism with aesthetics by checking out the 2018  Hyundai i20 which returns with more than just a cool facelift. The changes are not just on the outside; there have also been mechanical tweaks which promise an all round better driving experience.

The first thing to grab your attention about the exterior is the front. Keeping to the Hyundai family style,  the grill is much larger and more defined in gloss black with classier head lamps. To complete the new styling cues,  the rear emphasises the width thanks to the  grey lower section which is finished off with jewelled lights, adding even more class to the formerly utilitarian people mover.

As you step inside, you will notice a much roomier cabin space, boasting height adjustable seats to accommodate taller drivers with even more space in the back.

The dashboard is covered in soft-touch materials, giving the i20 a bit more of an upmarket look and feel. Another welcome upgrade is the introduction of a proper infotainment system from the entry-level 1.2 Motion. This touchscreen setup is pretty easy to use. USB and Aux inputs have been added just below the air conditioning controls, and there’s also Bluetooth connectivity too! The controls on the steering wheel for the driver and a sound system with 4 speakers and radio/CD/MP3 functionality are a nifty addition in the often basic amenities that come with other cars in its class. There are electric windows at the front, while the rear makes do with manual winders.

With the B-segment rapidly pushing pricing into the regions of the more expensive sedans, it is a breath of fresh air to see that there is still value to be found in the i20 without compromising on features. The i20 is a great car that is both spec savvy and practical- with a 3 year/60,000km service plan and industry leading 7 YEAR/200,000km warranty. Now that’s a hatch back that is bound to accommodate your growing ambitions, especially in a era where financial planning should be a part of your everyday life choices, including buying your first car!

To test drive the i20 visit Molapo Motors on Tlokweng road, next to Indaba Hotel or visit www.molapomotors.co.bw for more on this cool ride.