2015 Hyundai i20 Coupe revealed

Hyundai today took the wraps off the i20 Coupe, and the company is keen to emphasise the sporty appearance of the three-door model when compared to its more practical five-door brother.

Despite our best efforts to explain the differences between a two and three-door car, Hyundai has tried to confuse things by claiming this three-door hatchback to be a coupe when it isn’t. We tried our best, we really did…

What’s new?

Hyundai’s German design studio has made several changes to set the i20 Coupe apart from other models in the range. The front end features an upturned version of the hexagonal grill from the five-door i20, which – combined with the fog lights sitting within bigger scoops in the front bumper – aim to give the coupe a more aggressive appearance.

The sides are much more heavily sculpted than the five door’s, and the more steeply raked roof line is 25mm lower. A chunkier bumper and larger rear spoiler announce the changes at the back. A new ‘Tangerine Orange’ paint colour unique to the coupe, and adds some orange flashes inside the cabin, too.

Aside from that, the interior is largely unchanged from the five door, except the slight reduction of headroom thanks to that lower roof. Boot space, however, is class leading at a volume of 336 litres.

What powers it?

The same range of petrol and diesel engines features in the Coupe as the larger five-door, save for the smallest petrol model which is omitted here. That means 1.2 and 1.4 litre petrol engine models are on offer, producing 83hp and 99hp respectively. Diesels come in the shape of a 74hp 1.1 litre and a 1.4 unit producing 89hp. A 1.0-litre turbocharged three cylinder petrol will join the line-up later in 2015.

Any alternatives?

The supermini segment is strongly contested, and although not every car in the class is available as a three-door, the likes of the highly capable Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208 and Volkswagen Polo are.

How much will it cost?

Prices are yet to be announced. Based on the five-door’s figures, expect to pay about £11,000 for the basic version.

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