Hyundai i20 hatchback

Price  £10,695 - £14,725

Hyundai i20 hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Cheap to buy and run
  • Plenty of equipment
  • Solid warranty
  • Dull to look at
  • Rivals better to drive
  • Not especially desirable

At a glance

The greenest
1.4 CRDi 90PS SE 5dr £14,725
The cheapest
1.2 75PS S 5dr £10,695
The fastest
1.4 CRDi 90PS SE 5dr £14,725
Top of the range
1.4 CRDi 90PS SE 5dr £14,725

"The Hyundai i20 is a decent choice if you’re after a solidly built, well equipped and good-value hatchback. However, its design and driving experience let it down."

The Hyundai i20 hatchback is a rival for the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Jazz. And that means it has some pretty fierce competition to face. In order to make sure the i20 stands out from its rivals, Hyundai has worked hard to ensure that it's cheap to buy and run, well equipped and solidly built, so you can rely on it no matter what.

The i20 comes in two different bodies (three and five-door) and three trim levels (Classic, Active and Style). The Style model is only available in five-door form. Even the entry-level i20 Classic three-door comes with air-conditioning, electric windows and a four-speaker stereo that you can connect your MP3 player to. As with all Hyundais, the i20 boasts a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

The engine range begins with a 1.2-litre petrol, which is also the pick of the bunch. It provides adequate performance on the open road and is very nippy around town.

The 1.4-litre petrol is the only one offered with an automatic gearbox. And while the 1.4-litre diesel engine promises more than 76mpg fuel economy, it costs £2,500 more than the 1.2 petrol, which is much nicer and quieter to drive.

With that in mind, our pick of the range is the i20 1.2 Classic, the cheapest model in the range. But we'd recommend paying an additional £600 for the five-door version. This improves access to the back seats – which is useful for young families or less mobile passengers – as well as providing shorter doors, making it easier to get in and out of in a row of parking spaces.

The i20 has been part of Hyundai's range since 2009. It was given a full five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating and all models include six airbags as standard.


MPG, running costs & CO2

4.2 / 5

The Hyundai i20 offers excellent fuel economy and should be very cheap to insure

Engines, drive & performance

3 / 5

Engines are fairly responsive, but the Hyundai i20 isn’t as much fun as Ford Fiesta

Interior & comfort

2.9 / 5

Dull interior design and materials means the Hyundai i20 interior isn’t great compared to rivals’

Practicality & boot space

3 / 5

Useful cabin storage and spacious boot means the Hyundai i20 delivers exactly what supermini buyers want

Reliability & safety

4.1 / 5

The Hyundai i20 should prove reliable in the long term and scores well for crash protection, too

What the others say

3.3 / 5
based on 3 reviews
3 / 5
"Spacious interior, great value for money and a comfortable ride. But dull looks, cheap interior plastics and less fun than its rivals."
3 / 5
"The i20 is an affordable car to buy, and the increased efficiency means you'll pay less to run it. Don't think that Hyundai is stingy with kit, either. It will do everything you ask of it, but competitors such as the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo will do them better. Still, the Hyundai is a shade cheaper than those competitors, so it's an excellent budget choice."
4 / 5
"The first thing you notice once inside the i20 is how firm the seats are. They're certainly supportive, especially for the lower back, but on longer journeys the lack of softer padding can be uncomfortable. Still there's plenty of space - both in the front and back."
What owners say 
4.1 /5 based on 83 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
24 Sep 2014
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