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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

A straight-laced small car for those after function over form or fun

Hyundai i20 Hatchback (15 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

  • Comfortable ride
  • Decent 1.0-litre engine
  • Should prove reliable
  • Spacious inside and in boot

 

CONS

  • Not particularly entertaining
  • Some materials poor quality
  • Base spec lacks important safety tech
  • Hyundai’s finance offering not the greatest

PROS

  • Comfortable ride
  • Decent 1.0-litre engine
  • Should prove reliable
  • Spacious inside and in boot

 

CONS

  • Not particularly entertaining
  • Some materials poor quality
  • Base spec lacks important safety tech
  • Hyundai’s finance offering not the greatest

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Verdict

Hyundai i20 review summary

Just like Aldi or Lidl, Hyundai has found itself moving from a left-field value-led offering to a genuine mainstream option, with quality products in recent years. Nowhere is this more evident than with its small cars – like the new Hyundai i20 hatchback here.

It has a serious job on its hands, though, because it aims to take the fight directly to the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia and Vauxhall Corsa, along with many other cars of this size such as SEAT’s Ibiza, the Peugeot 208, Renault Clio and even sister company Kia’s Rio.

Hyundai i20 side profile

We ran one as a long-termer - read more here

Wide engine range

From launch there were three petrol engines and two diesels to choose from, with either five- and six-speed manual gearboxes or a four-speed automatic to choose from. However, over the years it’s been on sale the range has slimmed down somewhat, with a 1.0-litre T-GDi turbo petrol engine introduced in 2015 quickly becoming the only one worth considering in the line-up. Recognising this, Hyundai dropped diesel from the i20 range altogether in 2018.

Hyundai i20 engine

Running costs are low with a few caveats: watch out for high insurance groups on some models and diesel engines doing low mileages can be costly to keep running due to extra maintenance.

Multiple trim choices

When introduced, entry to i20 ownership started at around £10,700 for the 1.2-litre (75hp) S model. All came well-equipped from the off, with six airbags, adjustable driver’s seat, hill-start assist, height and reach adjustable steering column, daytime running lights, electric front windows and body coloured exterior details as standard.

Hyundai i20 cabin interior design

The range was updated in 2016 and again in 2018, and the current trim structure features S, SE, Premium Nav and Premium SE Nav. All cars get decent levels of kit, such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen, but SE and up get crucial safety kit that could lower your running costs.

Hyundai i20 is easy to drive

This is no Ford Fiesta rival when it comes to on-road behaviour; it lacks the taut responses and upper-level of feedback offered by the Ford. But that’s not what buyers in this segment most often desire, and the i20 is a comfortable, relaxing car to drive. It’s damning it slightly with faint praise but this car feels entirely unremarkable on the move, thanks to light controls and soft supple suspension, but that’s actually the mainstay of its appeal.

The whole ownership experience should back that feeling up too, thanks to Hyundai’s standard five-year unlimited mileage warranty and fixed-price servicing costs also. As a value proposition it’s hard to beat in this respect.

Hyundai i20 sat-nav

The cabin feels like it’s constructed from quality materials while rivals should rightfully be worried about the amount of space on offer across the rear bench and in the boot behind.

The Parkers VerdictThe Parkers Verdict

A practical, comfortable, easy-to-live-with proposition that takes its fight directly to mainstream choices, while still offering incredible value makes it a strong contender for your cash.

Hyundai i20 rear three quarter

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