Hyundai i20

4/5
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Verdict

Hyundai are now received as a car company that supplies quality products. The i20 is a good looking car finished to a high standard but with a range of underpowered engines that let its performance down.

Performance

The Hyundai i20 comes with a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel option. The 1.2 three cylinder petrol engine with 75bhp is available with all three specifications. The 1.4 four cylinder option however, is only available in the Deluxe trim and mated to an automatic transmission and puts out 100bhp. The diesel option is a 1.1 litre with 75bhp. While power is the same as the smaller petrol option, the diesel feels slightly more urgent low down the revs. It is also the most economical engine of the three.

Ride & Handling

The i20 goes up against competitors like the Volkswagen Polo and the Ford Fiesta in the supermini segment. While the engines do not bring much of the a fun factor to the table, the Hyundai’s light steering makes for a bit of fun in the corners and it changes direction swiftly and with ease. There is plenty of grip too so body control is kept in check. The manual gearbox is a 5-speed option only and has a fluid feel to it helping you to feel more involved if you decide to tackle a back road. The i20 ride overall is quite comfortable, but for more fun factor, the Ford Fiesta is a more engaging option.

Refinement

The Hyundai i20 come with the choice of three trim levels. These are Classic, Deluxe and Premium. The Deluxe option like in the smaller i10 sibling is probably the best value for money offering a fully colour coded exterior with nice interior touches like a leather steering wheel and gear knob. If you like larger wheels for a better exterior look, the only extra the Premium pack brings over the Deluxe is 16 inch alloys. Bluetooth, hands free and full smartphone connectivity is all present and controllable via a multi-function steering wheel.

Quality & Reliability

The layout of the Hyundai i20’s interior is not the most inspiring aesthetically but a functional one all the same, with all buttons and control where they should be and easy to find. The quality of materials used on the dashboard are not of the highest standard and feel a bit rough and hard to the touch. When you compare it to the likes of the latest Opel Corsa interior, the Opel is light years ahead with a stylish design, quality finish and 7 inch touchscreen at the heart of the controls. It’s an interior feel that lacks the panache of some of its main rivals.

Safety & Security

The i20 scored 4/5 in Euro NCAP crash testing. It may not be full marks but the i20 is a very safe car. It is built from high-strength steel and comes with six airbags, electronic stability control and an emergency stop signal as standard. There are also a range of further safety enhancements on the options list. These include items like lane assist/departure warning and tyre pressure monitoring system.

Space & Practicality

The level of space crated by the Hyundai i20’s interior is very impressive. It is class leading with plenty of room in the front and rear for adult passengers. The latest model is lower, wider and longer than before. It gets a really impressive 326 litre boot (bigger than all other rivals) complete with a false floor that collapses to create even more room. The rear seats fold with a 60/40 split so you can open the cabin up fully to 1042 litres for storage of larger objects too.

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Key Facts

New Price
€15,995
Make

Hyundai

Model
i20
Variant
Petrol Classic
First year of model production
2015
Engine (L)
1.2
Transmission
Manual
Gears
5 speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback

Running Costs

Tax
€200
Tax Band
A4
Average Cost Per 200KM
€13.67
Cost of filling a tank
€59.13
Average L/100km
5.2
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
45
Fuel Tank Range (km)
865
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
112
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
74
Top Speed
160 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
13.6
Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Naturally
Torque
122

Space & Practicality

Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
326
Automatic Parking
No
Bluetooth
Available as optional extra
Cruise Control
Available as optional extra
Folding Rear Seats
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes
High Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
Available as optional extra
Power Steering
Yes
Rear Cup Holders
No
Reversing Camera
No
USB Connectivity
Yes
Kerb weight
1040
Tyre Size Front
185/65 R15
Tyre Size Back
185/65 R15
Wheel Base
2570

Warranty

Warranty All Components
5 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
5 Year warranty
Warranty Mileage
Unlimited
Warranty Roadside Assistance
5 Year AA Roadside Assist

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
4
Hill Hold Assist System
Yes

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The Hyundai i20 is a spacious supermini that takes on the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo.
Top Gear
Impressive follow-up to the mediocre original. The all-new i20 may have the competition worried.
What Car
The Hyundai i20 is roomy, well equipped and has a long warranty, but it's let down by an unsettled ride and a cheap-feeling interior.

Security

Air Conditioning
Available as optional extra

Dimensions

Boot capacity
326 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
185/65 R15 mm
Tyre size back
185/65 R15 mm
Rim size
6.0J x 15; 6.0J x 16 mm
Length
4035 mm
Width
1734 mm
Height
1474 mm
Wheel Base
2570 mm
Front Track (mm)
1474 mm
Rear Track (mm)
1513 mm
Kerb weight
1040 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1580 KG
Turning circle (m)
10.2 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent type McPherson
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent, spring
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Drum
Steering
Steering rack
Power
74 bhp