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by Tim Beissmann

The Hyundai i20 range is now cheaper and simpler in Australia following the introduction of the similarly sized and priced all-new Hyundai Accent and the discontinuation of the Hyundai Getz.

The entry-level Hyundai i20 Active three-door manual is now available for $14,990 driveaway (until August 31), which represents a significant drop from its previous price of $15,490 before on-road costs.

The Elite model (now the range-topper following the discontinuation of the Premium variant) enjoys a $1000 price cut, meaning the most expensive i20 model – the Elite five-door automatic – starts at $19,490 before on-road costs.

The 91kW/156Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine previously employed in the Elite and Premium models is no longer available in the i20 (as it is used to power the Accent). This means the 74kW/136Nm 1.4-litre petrol engine – previously confined to the base model Active – now powers all i20s.

Hyundai Australia’s decision to drop the Premium model means a number of high-end features are now no longer available in the i20 range. The i20 Premium was the only model to include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control and leatherette/cloth seats, to name a few.

The Hyundai i20 has struggled to take hold of the light segment in Australia, with fans of the brand opting for the more familiar Getz instead. So far this year, Hyundai Australia has sold 11,151 Getz hatches compared with 3424 i20s.

Stock of the discontinued Getz is starting to run low, however, and Hyundai will be hoping Australians are prepared to make the jump to i20 once Getz is gone for good.