The Hyundai i20’s cabin is all about function over form. As a result, it’s all very easy to use and impressively roomy, but it looks very forgettable compared with other small cars
The Hyundai i20’s interior won’t win any beauty contests, but at least all the buttons and dials you’ll regularly use are logically organised and easy to reach. The dials in front of the steering wheel are easy to read and the 7.0-inch touchscreen you get as standard in all cars comes with bright and colourful menus.
Less vibrant is the Hyundai i20’s range of interior plastics. For the most part, they’re a sea of drab, uninspiring black trims. There are a few more soft, slightly squidgy trims on the dashboard and front doors than you get in the Skoda Fabia, but reach down into the Hyundai’s door bins or around its centre console and everything becomes about as hard and brittle as uncooked lasagne.
Besides rather basic S models, every Hyundai i20 comes with a plush-feeling leather steering wheel as standard, but there’s no option to brighten up its cabin with some colourful inserts or funky dashboard inserts. As a result, you’ll soon forget about the i20’s drab interior when you step foot in the sporty Ford Fiesta or funky Peugeot 208.
Classy colours? Posh materials? Inspiring design? Nope, the Hyundai i20 doesn’t have any of those, but at least it feels pretty solid and everything’s laid out nice and sensibly
Unlike the previous Hyundai i20, all models now come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard. Unlike in many small hatchbacks, this sits nestled in the dashboard rather than in a cheap-looking free-standing plastic frame on top. The screen itself is bright, colourful and easy to read, but it isn’t as sharp as the display you get in a Ford Fiesta.
Thankfully, you get a set of chunky shortcut buttons that let you quickly jump from one of the system’s features to another. As a result, you don’t have to take your eyes off the road for long to switch on the radio.
Speaking of which, you get DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity as standard, and you can even mirror your smartphone’s display using the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features. This isn’t particularly common on such small, affordable cars, and also lets you use a variety of navigation and music streaming apps through the Hyundai i20’s built-in screen. As a result, there isn’t really any reason to upgrade to the Premium Nav model with its built-in sat nav.
If you do, you’ll find it pretty easy to input a destination using the on-screen keyboard. The maps are bright and colourful and the directions are clear and easy to follow, but you can’t swipe or pinch the map screen to preview your route ahead like you can in most alternatives.
S models come with a rather weedy four-speaker stereo and the six-speaker unit in SE versions and above isn’t a particularly big improvement. You can’t upgrade the Hyundai i20’s stereo to a big-name unit like the Ford Fiesta’s excellent B&O system, either.