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Hyundai i20 hatchback - Interior & comfort

There are serious tech upgrades inside but some cheap-looking materials disappoint

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Interior & comfort Rating

4.0 out of 5

Pros

  • Spacious
  • Good to drive
  • Lots of standard tech

Cons

  • Just one engine
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • No longer a bargain

The interior design has been completely overhauled, with a look inspired by executive models that includes a large screen perched above the dashboard, adjacent to the instrument binnacle. There's a serious amount of kit, and everything feels well screwed together, but perceived material quality appears lacking compared with the Ford Fiesta and especially the Renault Clio - our current class favourite. 

Hyundai i20 dashboard

Get behind the wheel, and the i20 feels modern and functional, with two 10.25-inch screens on higher trims - one above the dashboard and one inside the instrument cluster. Both are mounted near the base of the windscreen, making them easy to check at a glance. The main screen comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the instruments change colour if you change the car's driving mode. 

There are rotary dials for the climate control, which are easy and fast to use, and the dashboard has accents that span outwards from the air vents. The only disappointment is the look and feel of some materials; the dashboard and lower sections of the interior are swathed in a selection of black and grey plastics that aren’t very tactile. In the Fiesta and Clio, there are grains and patterns, and some chrome and gloss-black finishes.

Equipment

Even the entry-level SE Connect trim boasts a reasonable level of equipment but costing from around £18,500 it's no bargain basement supermini - a Renault Clio in Iconic trim costs under £17,000. An eight-inch touchscreen and 10.25-inch digital instrument panel is standard, however (the Iconic model of the Clio has analogue gauges), and there’s cruise control, air-conditioning, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Step up to Premium (costing around £2,000 extra) and upgrades include LED headlights and rear lights, folding door mirrors, automatic wipers, climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels. It's an impressive haul; a heated steering wheel is still a costly extra in some executive cars.

The range-topping Ultimate trim (for around £1,500 more) looks more stylish thanks to a contrasting roof, while added tech includes keyless entry and wireless smartphone charging.

Options

Hyundai tends to shy away from offering lots of options, instead nudging customers towards the trim level with all the equipment they'll need. One of the few things you can splash out on is a metallic or pearlescent paint finish, costing £550. This is a similar price to most rivals, but the SEAT Ibiza does come with free metallic paint.

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