Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Clever infotainment system
  • Digital gauges as standard
  • Divisive two-tone dashboard

How is the quality and the layout?

Passable and excellent, in that order. Some of the interior plastics (such as the door handles and the door bins) feel a little cheap and nasty – but you’ll be pleased to know that Hyundai has pumped its money into items that really matter, such as the infotainment system.

The controls are well laid-out, too. We found the most important knobs and switches within the space of two minutes, which isn’t as easy as you’d think in a modern car. Hyundai also opted for physical climate controls with the i20 rather than having a sub-menu on the infotainment system. They work great – and they’re a lot easier to use on the road.

The two-tone interior colour scheme on the Ultimate model has divided opinions in the office, though. Some reckon the grey lower dashboard panel adds a welcome splash of colour to the i20’s cabin, while others think it cheapens the overall finish.

The plastics look fine on camera – but up close they look and feel remarkably similar to the sort of materials you’ll find in a Kia from the 1990s. The solid black finish on the i20 N Line’s dashboard does a better job of hiding the plastic’s humble roots.

Infotainment and tech

Here’s where Hyundai splashed the cash. Every version of the i20 comes with a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster – and buyers have a choice of two infotainment systems depending on the specification. Base-models come with an eight-inch screen, while Premium-spec cars and up feature a 10.25-inch unit.

You can’t really go wrong with either, as they’re both fast and easy to use. However, the larger display looks better – and the extra space makes it slightly easier to read navigation instructions. The Premium model is also only around £2,000 more expensive than the SE Connect variant, which is well worth it considering the amount of extra equipment you get.

Comfort

The i20’s driving position is quite accommodating. There’s plenty of adjustment in the steering column and the seat, which allows tall drivers to get a comfortable distance from the pedals without overextending their arms for the wheel. The only thing missing is lumbar adjustment, although the seats have some lower back support built into them.

You get plenty of space in the back, too – more than enough to allow tall drivers and tall passengers to make the same journey without complaint. The design is a little drab, but there’s no arguing with its functionality. Premium models and up also get a USB charging port for rear-seat passengers.

Hyundai i20 interior

Lower-spec cars (such as the i20 SE Connect and Premium) are quite softly sprung. A lot of that is down to their smaller alloy wheels and thicker tyres, but the setup makes the i20 an easier car to cover miles in. The sporty N Line variant is a bit stiffer, although the sacrifice you make in ride quality is repaid by improved handling. More on that later, though.