The Hyundai i20 is a strong contender in the supermini class thanks to its spacious interior, sharp looks and well equipped spec levels. While it can’t quite match the VW Polo for all-round ability, and a Ford Fiesta will run rings around it for fun handling, it delivers a comfortable ride and decent kit for the money.
Where the i20 trips up is with its running costs, especially if you go for one of the naturally aspirated engines. Claimed fuel economy isn’t as good as similarly priced rivals, while higher emissions make it less attractive to company car users, too.
If fuel economy isn’t your priority, then the i20 is still worth checking out, as top-spec models are very generously equipped. Big-car kit such as sat-nav, climate control and heated seats are all fitted, while Hyundai’s five-year warranty is an attractive proposition for potential buyers.
In the closely fought supermini class, the Hyundai i20 is an alternative choice for buyers looking for a reliable, well equipped and spacious car for their money. While the first generation established the company in the supermini class – its predecessor, the Hyundai Getz, was on the small side to be a front-runner – the second generation introduced in 2014 set new standards for quality and space for the Korean maker’s supermini.
The i20 Mk2 uses an all-new platform which has since been seen on the new Kia Rio, and it translates into a more spacious interior and boot than ever. Even better is that Hyundai has given the latest i20 a sharp new look, with bold creases, a swooping bonnet and floating C-pillar design giving it a far more modern look than its predecessor.
Hyundai offers four basic trims – S, SE, Premium and Premium SE, while there are the occasional limited edition specials, such as the i20 Turbo Edition and i20 Go Edition. These models are all offered in five-door hatchback guise, and while there is a three-door model available, Hyundai markets that as the i20 Coupe. This has a slightly different trim range with only SE and Sport specs on offer, with the latter largely mirroring Premium trim in kit. In addition, Hyundai also sells a version of the i20 with off-roader looks, but no off-road ability, called the i20 Active.
Whichever trim you choose, you won’t get much in the way of options. The only real upgrade is metallic paint, and if you want extras, you have to move up to the next trim level. That does mean the top-spec Premium SE is very well equipped, though, with heated seats, mirrors and steering wheel, 16-inch wheels, lane departure warning, full parking sensors, sunroof and privacy glass all included.