Combining good value, lots of equipment and a good warranty, the i20 could well tempt you away from the more familiar alternatives. It’s just a shame it’s not a little better to drive
The Hyundai i20 is a small hatchback that rivals the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia and Vauxhall Corsa. Hyundai has also added a slightly taller version, which we’ve reviewed separately – it’s called the i20 Active.
You can now specify an integrated TomTom sat-nav system and a full-length panoramic sunroof. But aside from these additions the interior remains as before, with space for four adults, a decent boot and an unobtrusive dashboard design that’s low on flair.
That’s also true of the driving experience, which is competent and comfortable but not as engaging as a Fiesta – thanks mostly to steering that lacks weight and feel – taking something away from the fun of cornering.
The amount of standard equipment on the basic i20 come as quite a surprise and includes electric front windows, remote central locking, plus electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors. Most buyers are expected to go for SE, which adds essential air conditioning.
The i20 is decent on it's own, but it's surrounded by some very capable rivals
The all-new 1.0-litre petrol engine is exactly what the i20 needed to help it keep pace with the opposition – it was already spacious, well-equipped and decent to drive. The Volkswagen Polo might offer better perceived quality, and the Ford Fiesta is still the most fun to drive small hatchback currently on sale, but neither can offer the i20’s killer blow of a five-year/100,000-mile warranty as standard. To most families that’ll be an advantage that is almost impossible to ignore.
Hyundai is preparing to launch a hot-hatch version of the i20 that will sport an i20 N badge. See how we think it could look in our dedicated i20 N price, specs and release date article.
In the meantime, if you would like to read some more detailed and in-depth analysis of the i20, read the the Interior, Practicality, Driving and Specifications sections of our review over the following pages.