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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

It’s simple to find a good driving position in the i20 and the steering column adjusts for both height and reach. The instrument dials are clear and easy to read while a central display built into the top of the dash shows trip and stereo information. The stereo itself and air conditioning controls are placed high up, making them easy to use on the move; top models get a metal effect trim on the central console.

Build quality is impressive but some of the plastics used don’t have the high quality look and feel that’s found in some other cars of this size. The lower-spec models get a rather cheap-looking gear lever.

Hyundai i20 comfort levels are surprisingly high. The first thing you notice once inside the i20 is how firm the seats are. They’re certainly supportive, especially for the lower back, but on longer journeys the lack of softer padding can be uncomfortable. Still there’s plenty of space – both in the front and back. Even with a six-foot driver, an equally tall passenger in the back has enough space, although rear headroom is a little limited and it would be a real squeeze with three in the back.

It’s a very quiet car and even at higher speeds, road and wind noise are impressively low, making it a surprisingly good motorway car.