The Hyundai i20 scores big on value for money, but it also represents a step forward in quality for the company's cars. It's very well built inside and neatly styled outside, making it a formidable rival for more established models like the Vauxhall Corsa. There's lots of standard equipment, reliability is excellent and the reassurance of Hyundai's lengthy five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty means you can buy with confidence.
- Cheap to buy and run
- Plenty of equipment
- Solid warranty
- Dull to look at
- Rivals better to drive
- Not especially desirable
A good choice of engines, three and five-door body styles, excellent standard equipment and the promise of hassle-free ownership make the i20 a strong contender for top honours in the supermini class. It's great value for money, and while it lacks the driving enjoyment of established cars like the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, the Hyundai counters with comfort, good build quality and ease of use. It's a somewhat sensible supermini choice, but for buyers on a budget, you'll find a lot of deals that make a lot of sense.
- Stylish looks
- Huge boot
- Best-in-class cabin space
- Breathless engines
- No touchscreen infotainment system
- Only one engine with CO2 emissions lower than 100g/km
The new Hyundai i20 enters one of the most competitive classes of the car market, where it faces competition from the Volkswagen Polo, Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta and Honda Jazz. The car is much bigger than the previous model, meaning the cabin is more spacious than before and rear legroom is now the best in class. Practicality is generally very good, too, with a large boot and plenty of storage. The two big disappointments with this car are the gutless engine range and the lack of a touchscreen infotainment system, which makes the car's interior look a bit dated compared to its rivals. An S Blue model provides buyers with a very economical, if very slow, option and the car comes with the peace of mind provided by Hyundai's five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.