Hyundai ix20 LPG - the X factor
Hyundai's LPG policy pretty much depends on the destination market, so depending on the country you may be able to have some models converted, but not others, even though your across-the-border neighbour can choose from among a different selection at their local dealership. Anyhow, ix20's offered in Germany are optionally converted with Lovato systems fitted at the dealership or at Hyundai's logistics centre. The ix20's Blue version, factory-fitted with a start/stop system (here called ISG for Idle Stop & Go). Not only does it not interrupt the LPG system, but it actually enhances the car's fuel economy and financial savings.
With a 1,4-litre, 90 PS engine under the bonnet, the Korean subcompact van is an economical ride, as it only needs 6 litres of petrol per 100 km (while emitting 140 grams of CO2 per kilometre). With the ISG onboard, fuel consumption drops to 5,6 l/100 km, with emission dropping to 130 g/km on petrol and 111 g/km on autogas. The 125 PS, 1,6-litre unit offers better performance, but also requires more fuel – on average 6,4 l/100 km (CO2 emissions: 148/126 g/km on petrol/LPG, respectively) or 5,9 l/100 km (138/118 g/km) in the Blue variant. If you opt for the 1,6 engine option, you can choose between a 6-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed „auto”. The latter will sure deteriorate the car's fuel economy, but is more comfortable in city driving.
Lovato autogas systems used on Hyundais are supplied by the same company who provides the carmaker's sister company, Kia. Ecoengines, the importer of Lovato systems in Germany, adjusts them to particular Hyundai/Kia models, so that warranty conditions are the same regardless of fuel used and include the autogas components. This means conversion kits used on Hyundais are protected over a period of 5 years. Now that is an example to follow!
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