Combining competitive prices, lots of equipment and a good warranty, the Hyundai i20 could well tempt you away from the more familiar alternatives, but it’s not very stylish inside
The Hyundai i20 is a small hatchback that rivals the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia and Vauxhall Corsa. The i20 comes with either three or five doors and Hyundai has also added a slightly taller version, which we’ve reviewed separately, called the Hyundai i20 Active. There will also be a hot-hatch version called the i20 N.
The Hyundai i20 was first introduced in 2008, with a new model arriving in 2014, but a 2018 facelift has made it safer and more technologically advanced than ever.
There’s a new look on the outside, including new alloy wheel and paint options, while a seven-speed automatic gearbox joins the range for the first time.
On the safety side, the Hyundai i20 now gets SmartSense active safety, which is standard on SE trim and above and includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, drive attention warning and high beam assist.
The new Hyundai i20 ditches the smartphone cradle of the old 2014 car, now fitting a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth and DAB radio all thrown in. On more expensive models, a built-in sat-nav and live information services are added to the same system too.
Forget the entry-level S model - go straight for SE trim as it gets all of Hyundai’s additional features for a sensible price
You’ll see the trim structure remains the same: S, SE, Premium Nav and Premium SE Nav. Entry-level S models are well equipped, but it’s worth stepping up to SE for all of the aforementioned safety kit, its leather steering wheel and gear lever and rear parking sensors, all for a modest rise in price.
Engine choice hasn’t changed, either. You can have a 75hp 1.2-litre engine with S trim only, but it’s worth spending slightly more on Hyundai’s 84hp 1.2 or turbocharged 100hp 1.0-litre from SE trim and up, as you’ll welcome the extra power. The range-topping 120hp 1.0-litre option available only with Premium SE Nav trim isn’t really worth the extra cost.
If you want to take advantage of Hyundai’s new seven-speed auto, you’ll have to go for the 100hp 1.0-litre in any case.