Unlike in most small cars, there’s room for four six-foot-tall adults to get pretty comfy in the Hyundai i20. Sadly, this roomy cabin comes at the expense of boot space…
The compact Hyundai i20 is surprisingly roomy inside for such a small car. There’s ample head and legroom in the front for tall drivers to get comfortable and the steering wheel adjusts for reach and height to make sure you get a good view of the dials.
Every Hyundai i20 comes with a height-adjustable driver’s seat so shorter drivers will have no problem getting a good view out, and the seats themselves are comfortable and supportive. You can’t get adjustable lumbar support to help reduce the risk of back ache on long drives, but you do get heated front seats in high-spec Premium SE Nav models.
Unlike the old Hyundai i20, this new model comes with front and rear doors as standard. As a result, you don’t have to get out to let passengers climb into the back seats and it’s a doddle to fit a bulky child seat using the standard Isofix anchor points. Unlike in some small hatchbacks, there aren’t any annoying plastic covers or folding flaps to get in the way, either.
Even with a six-foot-tall driver in the front, there’s just about enough space for an equally tall passenger to sit in the back. There’s plenty of space under the front seat for them to put their feet and there’s enough headroom that they won’t have to slouch to avoid touching the roof.
There’s plenty of shoulder room for three kids to get comfy in the back seats, but three adults will find things rather cramped on long drives. The central rear seat is narrower and harder than the outer two, but at least the rear floor is almost completely flat so your middle passenger has plenty of space for their feet.
The Hyundai i20 might be small, but it comes with a good number of handy storage spaces to help you keep its interior looking nice and tidy. The front door pockets are roomy enough to hold a 1.5-litre bottle and those in the back can carry a slightly smaller 1.0-litre one.
There’s space to squirrel away a few phones in the cubby under the front armrest (standard in Premium Nav cars and above) and the glovebox is big enough to hold a 1.0-litre bottle. All but S models come with a cooled glovebox, too – perfect for storing drinks on hot days.
It’s not all good news, however – you don’t get a folding rear armrest and the front cupholders are rather shallow and quite narrow so they’ll have trouble holding anything larger than a small cup of coffee.
The Hyundai i20 is something of a Tardis – it looks pretty dinky on the outside but there’s more room inside for adults than you get in almost any other small hatchback
The Hyundai i20’s 326-litre boot puts it ahead of the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta and on a par with the Skoda Fabia, but you can’t fit in quite as much luggage as in the roomier VW Polo. Still, there’s plenty of space for a baby buggy or a pair of large suitcases.
Unfortunately, there’s a very tall boot lip that makes lifting heavy items in and out rather difficult. Go for a Premium Nav or Premium SE Nav model, however, and you get an adjustable boot floor which (in its raised position) reduces this lip from around seven inches to less than four.
There’s space to store the parcel shelf under the boot floor, too, and you get a selection of velcro straps, tether points and two shopping hooks to hold smaller items nice and securely.
If you need to carry very large items and a passenger in the back at once, you can flip the back seats down in a two-way (60:40) split. Fold both back seats down and the Hyundai i20’s load bay grows to 1,042 litres – that’s slightly smaller than in most alternatives but still big enough to carry a bike once you’ve removed one of its wheels.
In models with an adjustable boot floor, the Hyundai i20’s loadbay is completely flat, so it’s easy to push large boxes all the way up behind the front seats.