feels solid, well put together and you get a lot of kit as standard
- Looks good
- Five-year warranty
- Cheap to buy and run
- Rivals are brilliant
- Five-door more practical
This sharp-looking small two-door is the Hyundai i20 Coupe.
Based on the five-door i20 hatchback, it’s a rival for the Ford Fiesta, SEAT Ibiza Sport Coupe (SC) and Peugeot’s 208 – a trio of incredibly popular cars. The plucky Korean has its work cut out to deliver driving fun and low running costs.
Designed to appeal to younger drivers, it even secures its own colour option called Tangerine Orange, with matching colour inserts in the interior trim. It also boasts a 336-litre boot and a redesigned front bumper.
Petrol engine options
Buyers only get the choice of two engines: a 1.2-litre petrol with 82bhp and a five-speed manual gearbox, or a 1.4-litre diesel with a six-speed manual.
With CO2 emissions between 106g/km (diesel engine) and 119g/km (petrol), you won’t pay more than £30 per year in VED car tax regardless of which version you pick in the 2015/16 tax year. Benefit-in-Kind tax for company car drivers will be attractive too, with the lowest monthly costs for a 20 percent tax payer of around £34 per month and no models over £50 per month at time of publication.
Trio of trim levels
You’ve got three trim levels to choose from, but even base-spec SE models get 16-inch alloys, air-conditioning, halogen headlights, front foglights, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and aux-in jacks, rear parking sensors and a pair of ISOFIX child seat lashing points in the rear.
Moving up to Sport nets you 17-inch alloys, automatic lights and wipers, climate control, LED rear lights, and uprated stereo and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Top-spec Sport Nav models get sat-nav built into a seven-inch colour touchscreen, which also features a rear-view camera and DAB digital radio.
Of course, another thing you get as standard with any Hyundai is the five-year Triple Care Package. This nets you a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty along with 24-hour roadside breakdown assistance and annual car health checks with the dealership. That adds some valuable peace of mind for many buyers, and can prove attractive for a lot of potential customers.
Should I buy one?
There’s not a lot around that directly competes with the Hyundai i20 Coupe. There are three-door hatchbacks like the SEAT Ibiza SC that provides a slightly more practical proposition with its hatchback bodystyle.
Other rivals include performance versions of the Ford Fiesta. Opt for the three-door Ford Fiesta Zetec S and its 140bhp provides much more impressive performance than the i20 Coupe can muster.
That said, the Coupe still provides fun, especially at lower speeds, and is great around town. The interior feels solid, well put together and you get a lot of kit as standard, plus it’s cheaper than its rivals. Read the full Hyundai i20 Coupe review to find out if it’s the car for you.