Launched in September, the new generation Hyundai HB20 has caught the eye with its controversial design and features such as a direct injection 1.0 turbo flex engine, automatic emergency braking and involuntary lane alert, which have raised the bar in the compact hatchery category.
However, the "full package" is only available in the premium Diamond Plus version, which has a suggested retail price of $ 77,990, very close to the price charged by the Hyundai Creta 1.6 manual Attitude, which comes out for $ 80,990.
At the same time, the entry-level HB20 1.0 Sense costs $ 46,490 – the full configuration is 67.7% more expensive.
In this basic version, which Hyundai has not yet made available to the specialized press for evaluation, the hatch has basically the same design as the others – the manufacturer chose not to keep the previous generation as a more affordable alternative. But what does it offer?
Like the first-generation Unique option, the HB20 Sense is offered exclusively with a three-cylinder suction 1.0 flex engine, which now dispenses with the cold-start tank in favor of heated nozzles.
It kept its maximum power at 80 hp, but reached a little earlier at 6,000 rpm – in the predecessor, the peak power reached 6,200 rpm.
Already the torque remained at 10.2 kgfm at 4,500 turns and the five-speed manual shift also did not change.
Simple keeping the essence
On the outside, the HB20 Sense has replaced the "shark fin" style antenna of the more expensive versions with a conventional one. It also dispensed with foglamps and alloy wheels, replaced by 14-inch stamped steel units with hubcaps, wedging narrower tires, measuring 175/70 – versus 185/60 versions with rim 15 alloy wheels.
The exterior of the cheaper HB20 also features unpainted mirrors and door handles, while the front grille has a gray outline, which is the same pattern as the more expensive versions, which have a chrome frame. Taillights also feature simpler internal lighting arrangement.
In the cabin, finishing has been simplified and the serial list has been streamlined. The two differences from the HB20 Diamond Plus immediately noticed are in the dashboard and multimedia system.
Panel reminds one of Crete
THE cluster no need for the monochrome digital display that integrates speedometer and trip computer and features a more conventional setup, with analog tachometer kept on the left side and also pointer speedometer on the right side, with the equally monochrome trip computer screen, in the middle.
Some people will prefer this panel, similar to the one used in Crete, while in the more equipped HB20 it very much resembles the first generation Chevrolet Onix.
Even in the simplest configuration, the tachometer displays the background inspired by the checkered flag used in motor racing – also visible on the speedometer.
The sound system brings the basics and replaces the color touch screen, available from the aspirated Evolution 1.0 ($ 17,790), with a small monochrome display. It has USB port on center console, Bluetooth with streaming audio and access to phonebook and phone call history. It also has integrated steering wheel controls, but offers only two front-facing speakers.
Inside, black color predominates
As for the finish, no bicolor interior from the top setting. Except for the columns and ceiling, which feature beige trim, the rest is predominantly black, including the fabric seats.
The blue trim that runs through the panel of the HB20 Diamond Plus gives way to a silver piece, a hue also present at the base of the steering wheel, which does not need the leather trim, as well as the gear and sound system moldings.
On the doors, the door handles exchange the shiny appearance for a matte black finish and the rearview mirror controls are manual.
To compensate, the armrest on the front doors has a leather-like synthetic covering. The front windows are electric, yet do not bring the one-touch and anti-crush functions of the most expensive configurations. Behind, the windows are cranked.
The remote opening door switch is another missing item, as is the height and depth adjustment of the steering wheel. You can only adjust the height of the driver's seat. On the other hand, the HB20 Sense has electric locking of the doors and trunk, even with automatic function at speeds above 20 km / h.
The glove box and trunk have no illumination, which is not surprising in a compact entry, while the standard equipment list also includes air conditioning with analog controls, electric steering and Isofix child seat hooks. .
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