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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Small Hyundai crammed with tech

Hyundai i20 Hatchback (20 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £16,500 - £23,655
Lease from new From £238 p/m View lease deals
Used price £13,850 - £20,255
Used monthly cost From £346 per month
Fuel Economy 53.3 - 55.4 mpg
Road tax cost £155
Insurance group 12 - 16 How much is it to insure?
New

PROS

  • Sharp new styling
  • Credible Ford Fiesta rival
  • Tech is new and good
  • High resale value

CONS

  • Cheap feeling interior
  • Only one engine
  • Not as good to drive as Fiesta
  • Not one for luddites

Written by Murray Scullion on

Now in its third generation, the new Hyundai i20 sets itself apart from the old car with bold styling and new technology. These two things are seemingly what every new car does to separate it from old - but the Hyundai needed it. The previous i20 was no oil painting, and felt desperately old compared with its competitors.

Let's talk about the competition. The i20 goes head to head with supermini royalty in the shapes of the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, as well as also-rans like the Volkswagen Polo, SEAT Ibiza, Kia Rio and Suzuki Swift.

It's aimed at people who want something small, easy to drive and filled with tech, but don't want something as ungainly as a small SUV.

Hyundai i20 at a glance

The design is the biggest change. Those angular looks showcase Hyundai's new corporate face - expect future Hyundais in Europe to look a bit like this.

If you look at a new car versus an old car, you'll clock that it's entirely new. The front grille and rear lights are both very modern looking, with their various creases and lines. But the car has changed its dimensions compared with the old one too - the roof is 24mm lower, the body 30mm wider, while the wheelbase (the distance between the wheels) has increased by 10mm.

While Hyundai also reckons it's equipped with the 'most comprehensive' connectivity in the sector, and 'best in class' safety package.

Inside it's a tech-fest, featuring a customisable 10.25-inch digital cluster instead of old school binnacles behind the steering wheel, and another 10.25-inch centre touchscreen. Plus, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is available.

It also has a new engine - a 48-volt mild hybrid petrol. We'll get more into that in the engine section - but we will say here that it's broadly very, very good.

Shrinking model range

There's been a rationalisation of the model range. Hyundai says it's because hardly anyone buys the most basic cars anyway - for instance, more than 50% of Hyundai i30 sales in the UK are top-of-the-range i30N cars.

So now there are only three models to choose from, SE Connect, Premium, and Ultimate. All three feature generous levels of equipment for a car of this size, but just how well equipped you want your i20 will ultimately make your choice for you.

According to Hyundai, customers who opt for the most expensive, Ultimate spec i20 can also afford larger tech-filled cars, but want a small car that fits in with their lifestyles.

A hot-hatch N version to rival Ford's Fiesta ST is on the way too.

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Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Hyundai i20 including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

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