Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Should you buy a Hyundai i20?

Absolutely. If the Ford Fiesta really doesn’t tickle your fancy, the Hyundai i20 makes a good alternative. Granted, the cheapest i20 SE Connect is around £2,000 more expensive than the cheapest Fiesta Trend, but the Korean supermini comes with more standard technology and a better range of safety equipment. 

If you just want an economical and reliable runabout, the SE Connect should be all the car you’ll ever need – but the sharper styling and extra power of the N Line model (or even the i20 N hot hatch) might be enough to encourage keen drivers to open their wallets wider. Either way, you can’t go wrong. The i20 is a strong rival for all the superminis on the market.

What we like

The standard digital dashboard looks swish, the infotainment system is crisp and there’s tons of space inside for passengers and luggage. The i20’s 1.0-litre engines are also very economical (50mpg should be easily achievable if you’re careful) and the slightly more powerful N Line model is fun to drive. Hyundai’s six-speed manual gearbox is a joy to use, too. 

What we don’t like

The i20’s three-tier engine range is limited. We would have liked a more powerful model between the cheapest 100hp car and the 204hp i20 N (with, say, 140hp?) to compete with the Suzuki Swift Sport. The extra 20hp in the N Line model is welcome, but it doesn’t provide enough distance from the lower-spec cars. The automatic gearbox also doesn’t suit the car.

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