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Hyundai i20 Review

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

The all-new i20 is the third generation of Hyundai’s B-segment model, which first launched in 2008.

It is the first car in Europe to feature Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design identity. The supermini is characterised by the harmony between four fundamental elements: proportion, architecture, styling and technology. The design direction gives the all-new i20 a stylish character that is emphasised by its dynamic-looking front and rear bumpers.

At the side, a bold line and unique C-pillar design create an appealing look. Meanwhile, the interior space achieves an airy feeling inside the cockpit – but more on that later.


The latest i20 offers best-in-class connectivity with a range of high-tech convenience features. These include wireless phone mirroring and Bluelink technology. What’s more, the car is the first Hyundai model in Europe to feature a premium Bose audio system.


The i20 is also equipped with Hyundai SmartSense safety features and complies with the highest safety standards. Highlights include Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), and Lane Following Assist (LFA). Furthermore, the vehicle is equipped with eCall, a system which allows you to contact emergency services at the press of a button, or automatically in the case of airbag deployment.

Efficiency and Performance

The i20 is available with a 1.0 T-GDi 100PS 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain, as tested here. The electrical system contributes to a three to four per cent reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The model also comes with a newly-developed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). This iMT de-couples the engine from the transmission to enter into coasting mode, therefore saving fuel. You can expect over 50mpg – and with that manual ‘box, zero to 62mph takes 10.4s. Top speed is 117mph.


The all-new five-door i20’s dynamic proportions offer increased width and an enlarged wheelbase compared with the previous generation. This provides increased seating space for passengers in the back, with rear occupants able to enjoy more leg room and more shoulder room than before. Certainly, there’s enough space for five people – and the visibility is great for everyone on board. Cargo capacity has been increased by 26 litres, too – offering 352 litres of space for luggage with the seats up, and 1,165 litres with the seats folded down.

The Drive

On the move, the hatchback not only delivers an efficient drive, its ride, handling and steering are also much improved compared with its predecessor. In many ways, this Hyundai makes a fine small family car, and it’s certainly ideal as school-run transport. Sure, the i20 won’t give you heaps of driving entertainment, but stick it on your supermini shopping list and test it out alongside rivals such as the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta. Then take into account the five-year warranty that comes with the c.£21,000 car – and you may just find you’ll stop looking elsewhere.

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