Review

Hyundai i20 hatchback

Price  £10,180 - £13,680

Hyundai i20 hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

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

At a glance

The greenest
1.4 CRDi 90PS Active Blue Drive 5dr £13,680
The cheapest
1.2 Classic 3dr £10,180
The fastest
1.2 Style 5dr £12,580
Top of the range
1.4 CRDi 90PS Active Blue Drive 5dr £13,680

"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-door 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-con, electric windows and a four-speaker stereo you can connect your MP3 player to. As with all Hyundais, the i20 boasts a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, too.

The engine range begins with a 1.2-litre petrol engine, 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 engine is the only one offered with an automatic gearbox. And while the 1.4-litre diesel engine promises more than 76mpg 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. It improves access to the back seats – 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 safety rating then, 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’s interior isn’t great compared to rivals’.

Practicality & boot space

3 / 5

Useful cabin storage and spacious boot means the Hyundai i20 represents 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."

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What owners say

4.18875
4.2 /5 based on 80 reviews
54%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
24 Sep 2014
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