Facelifted Hyundai i20 to arrive in 2018

  • Updated styling for Hyundai's popular city car
  • Offered in three- and five-door forms
  • New driver-assistance and safety systems
  • 1.0- and 1.2-litre petrol engines only
  • On sale in the UK during autumn 2018

The Hyundai i20 has been overhauled for 2018, and now comes with a suite of new safety and connectivity technology, as well as a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It will initially be launched in five-door hatch and three-door coupe forms.

Externally, the facelifted i20 follows recent Hyundai design trends, so it comes with the cascading grille that’s an integral feature of the i30, and a sharp, chiselled style that’s far more appealing than the car it replaces.

It needs to stand out, given that it will be up against some very impressive rivals, including the Ford Fiesta, SEAT Ibiza, Volkswagen Polo and soon-to-be-replaced Vauxhall Corsa. The front and rear have been remodelled, while the five-door will be available with a panoramic roof for the first time.

What engines and gearboxes are available in the i20?

You’ll have a choice of two petrol engines. There’s a 1.0-litre T-GDI engine, which comes in 100hp and 120hp forms, and for the first time in the i20, you can specify a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. 

Offered in both the three- and five-door versions will also be a 1.2-litre engine, with 75hp or 84hp power output. Stop-start is available across the range, which contributes to lower exhaust emissions across the rane, although Hyundai hasn’t issued official figures yet.

Hyundai i20 (2018): tech, specs and interior space

Hyundai i20 (2018)

As is essential in this market sector, the i20 will be available with a number of personalisation options, including the ability to have a black roof to constrast the wide range of body colours. 

Inside, you get all of the connectivity features expected of a modern small car – the 7.0-inch infortainment screen, which is standard on S and SE models will be able to mirror smartphone content and the system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Hyundai says that it’s larger inside than before, especially in the luggage area. Boot capacity is 326 litres with the seats up, and passenger legroom is claimed to be larger than before.

Hyundai i20 (2018) safety systems upgraded

The car comes with the latest suite of safety systems that Hyundai calls its SmartSense active safety and drivers assistance systems. These include:

  • Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) city and interurban
  • Driver Attention Alert (DAA)
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)

Driver Attention Alert (DAA), which is standard on SE models and above, monitors driving patterns in order to work out how tired you are. Using steering angle, steering torque, the vehicle’s position in the lane, and driving time, it determines whether you’re still safe to be behind the wheel. This is new for Hyundai in this market sector.

Hyundai i20 prices and launch date

Hyundai has yet to release official pricing details, but expect the car to go on sale in the UK in the autumn of 2018. Given Hyundai’s recent history, it’s likely to cost more than the old model, but come with more standard equipment.

All models will be offered with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

Stay tuned to Parkers for the full Hyundai i20 hatchback review

Hyundai i20 (2018)