Hyundai HB20 2017: 10 important details before buying

The Brazilian market is full of cars that have broken paradigms, even in entry-level categories. An example of this are the compact cars that have changed the segment a lot since the 1970s. Chevrolet Chevette, VW Gol, Fiat Uno, Chevrolet Corsa and Peugeot 208 are some examples of models that, in one way or another, brought innovations to the segment. The Hyundai HB20 was one of the most recent in this regard.

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Launched in 2012, on a platform hitherto unprecedented in the brand and with a design designed specifically for Brazil, the Hyundai HB20 represented a watershed for the compact category. It brought a striking and daring style, already within the global standards of the South Korean brand, in addition to modern and efficient engines and well-stuffed versions.

Soon it began to compete for leadership among passenger cars with the Chevrolet Onix and Ford Ka. And even always behind the General Motors model in the license plates, the first generation has nothing to be ashamed of. Proof of this is the wide offer of Hyundai HB20 in the used and seminovos market, usually with good liquidity and low devaluation – or appreciation, in the crazy times we live today.

The Hyundai HB20 has the rear balanced with the rest of the set, with horizontal lanterns

In its penultimate year before the arrival of the second generation, the HB20 maintained the reasons that helped it to remain among the market leaders. Variety of finishing versions and mechanical sets, in addition to a set-up that privileges comfort, a well thought-out cabin and low overhaul cost. Understand 10 facts about the Hyundai HB20 model 2017.

1 – Variety of versions of the Hyundai HB20

The guy who takes care of industrial logistics at the Piracicaba (SP) plant deserves a Nobel – or, at least, an extra vacation. The Hyundai Motor do Brasil unit in the interior of São Paulo has always had to deal with countless versions of the compact since its birth. To give you an idea, the Hyundai HB20 in 2017 had 15 versions.

It’s not a typo, there were 15 versions of the hatchback alone – not to mention the adventurous Hyundai HB20X. They ranged from 1.0 and 1.6 16V naturally aspirated engines, 1.0 turbocharged engines and five or six-speed manual gearboxes, or six-speed automatic gearboxes.

2 – Compact hatch performance

The 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine was a pleasant surprise when it arrived with the Hyundai HB20 lineup. Aspirated, with dual control and variation in the intake, the Kappa family propellant even seems to have a power higher than the 80cv (ethanol) and 75cv (gasoline). It’s smart on sprints and just lacks power even at low revs on resumes – the torque of 10.2kgfm (e)/9.4kgfm (g) only appears at 4,500rpm.

It’s no exaggeration to say that the three-mug is more pleasing to run than the 1.6 16V Gamma that equipped the top-of-the-line variants of the 2017 Hyundai HB20. Of course, the 128cv (e)/122cv (g) of this unit deliver more power, and far of the propellant being bad, however, the level of harshness and noise bothers.

Hyundai HB20 hatch model 2017 dark champagne color four doors engine
The 1.6 16V engine develops 128hp(e)/122hp(g) of power, but runs rough

It is worth remembering that the larger engine was combined with the six-speed manual gearbox (the 1.0 manual has five gears), with the last gear very long and the first ratios shorter, which gives the hatch good agility. The six-speed automatic transmission guarantees comfort, despite the higher consumption (as you will see below) and brings an imprecision between the third and fourth gears.

3 – Turbo engine for Hyundai HB20

In April 2016, the Hyundai HB20 debuted its turbocharged variants, which entered the range as intermediate options. Despite the pleasant novelty, it was far from a turbo that excited like the Up TSI – regardless of the Volkswagen’s smaller weight and dimensions.

The same 1.0 Kappa engine now has a low inertia turbine with electronic control, fixed to the head, which, according to Hyundai, reduces the engine’s filling time. Without direct injection, the set yields 105hp (e)/98hp (g) of power and torque of 15kgfm (e)/13.8kgfm (g) at 1,400rpm. The transmission is always a six-speed manual.

4 – Fuel consumption of the Hyundai HB20

According to Inmetro’s energy efficiency table published in 2017/18, the Hyundai HB20 recorded consumption averages that were only reasonable for its more expensive options. Check the numbers in km/l:

versions Consumption with ethanol Consumption with gasoline Grades
Hyundai HB20 1.0 MT5 8.5km/l (city) 9.9km/l (road) 12.5km/l (city) 14.1km/l (road) B (category) B (general)
Hyundai HB20 1.6 MT6 8.1km/l (city) 9.9km/l (road) 11.6km/l (city) 13.8km/l (road) C (category) B
(general)
Hyundai HB20 1.6 AT6 7.1km/l (city) 9.4km/l (road) 9.9km/l (city) 12.5km/l (road) E (category) C
(general)
Hyundai HB20 1.0 Turbo 8.2km/l (city) 10.1km/l (road) 11.6km/l (city) 14.3km/l (road) C (category) B
(general)

5 – Know which is the good version of the compact hatch

For those who don’t want to spend a lot on purchase or consumption, a very efficient and functional car option for the city is the Hyundai HB20 Comfort Plus 1.0. The model comes with a very economical three-pot engine and a list of equipment sufficient for day-to-day.

Air conditioning, electrically assisted steering, trio (control of the windows for the four doors), on-board computer, height adjustment of the driver’s seat, internal opening of the fuel tank and trunk lids, alarm, on board, defroster, washer and rear window wiper, in addition to the mandatory dual airbags and ABS brakes are among the equipment of this version of the Hyundai HB20.

Hyundai HB20 hatch model 2017 dark champagne color four doors interior panel
The internal finish varies according to each version, but plastic predominates in several parts.

Stay tuned because in the 2017 lineup of the Hyundai HB20, the automaker has released a subvariant of the Comfort Plus called blueMedia. It is the name of the good and practical multimedia center of the South Korean brand that came as standard in these options of the compact line and already offered connectivity with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

6 – There is also the special commemorative series…

In 2017, Hyundai Motor Brasil celebrated its anniversary in the country with a special series with a little creative name: 5 Years Commemorative Edition. Available with the 1.0 engine and manual transmission and with the 1.6 automatic, it was based on the same Comfort Plus, only with a few more items.

In addition to the blueMedia central, the limited edition of 5,000 units is equipped with a rear parking sensor, a steering column with height and depth adjustments and a pocketknife key. On the outside, 15-inch alloy wheels, lanterns with translucent lenses of the top-of-the-line Premium version and a Brazilian flag on the side.

Hyundai HB20 hatch model 2017 dark champagne color four doors interior multimedia dashboard
blueMedia multimedia system has a touchscreen, which is not the biggest, but it is functional

7 – It has a sporty version of the 2017 Hyundai HB20

To fight with the Chevrolet Onix Effect, in early 2016 the Hyundai HB20 Spec was released. But just like the direct rival, it’s just a version with sports clothing, without any mechanical adjustments or preparation.

But the result was cool, with that sort of “thug” look. At the front, a honeycomb grille with a glossy black finish – same for the fog lights frame (these are projector-type) – and headlights with darkened lenses.

On the sides, mirror covers and door handles in gloss black, 15-inch darkened alloy wheels, as well as the side skirts, central pillars and the “shark fin” antenna. At the rear, the version’s emblem, exclusive design bumper, oval and chrome exhaust tip, spoiler and scenographic extractor.

Inside, there is a darkened finish, seats that mix leather and fabric, red and gloss black details, aluminum pedals, in addition to the console and gear lever and steering wheel covered in perforated leather with visible red stitching. The engine is 1.6 16V with automatic transmission.

Hyundai HB20 hatch model 2017 dark champagne color four doors interior rear seat
In the rear seat of the Hyundai HB20 the space is ideal for two people in relative comfort

8 – Maintenance of the Hyundai HB20

The 2017 HB20 is at the end of its five-year warranty, but the compact has always had one of the cheapest overhaul costs in the compact segment – ​​it was second only to the Nissan March and Versa duo, and paired with the Toyota Etios range.

Hyundai keeps the table of fixed values, even after 60 thousand kilometers. Check out:

1.0 aspirated

  • 60,000 km: BRL 786.61
  • 70,000 km: BRL 586.33
  • 80,000 km: BRL 795.09
  • 90,000 km: BRL 620.52

1.0 turbo

  • 60,000 km: BRL 829.63
  • 70,000 km: BRL 1,065.66
  • 80,000 km: BRL 838.11
  • 90,000 km: BRL 663.54

1.6 16V

  • 60,000 km: BRL 829.88
  • 70,000 km: BRL 629.60
  • 80,000 km: BRL 838.36
  • 90,000 km: BRL 663.79
Hyundai HB20 hatch model 2017 dark champagne color four doors interior trunk
The trunk of the Hyundai HB20 has a volume compatible with models in the compact hatch segment

9 – Main problems of the Hyundai HB20 2017

Reports in discussion groups with car owners and complaints filed on the Reclame Aqui website reveal some recurring defects in the first generation Hyundai HB20. Many occurrences point to failures in the sound display and even in the blueMedia central. Another common complaint is about dryness and cracks in the headlight lenses.

Window rubbers and doors with premature wear, difficulty starting in models with 1.6 engine and fuel gauge failures are also some common problems reported by Hyundai HB20 owners.

Also stay tuned if the 2017 Hyundai HB20 you have your eye on has met the following recalls:

  • Hyundai HB20 1.0 turbo 2016 to 2018, manufactured between 1/28/2016 and 2/5/2018, chassis 9BHBG51BAGP561697 to 9BHBG51BAJP870541, non-sequential, for inspection, repair or replacement of the brake booster vacuum control valve.
  • Hyundai HB20 1.0 2017, manufactured between 4/20/2017 to 5/26/2017, chassis 9BHBG51CAHP760125 to 9BHBG51CAHP768013, non-sequential, for inspection and replacement of the semi-axle constant velocity joint.

10 – Attention to the insurance of your Hyundai HB20

Insurance has always been an issue on the first generation Hyundai HB20. The prices of policies tend to scare in relation to the values ​​of rivals in the same segment – ​​to the point that the manufacturer starts to partner with companies to reduce the cost of coverage.

For this reason, make a quote with your broker to see how much the insurance will be, regardless of the version of the Hyundai HB20 year 2017.

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