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Hyundai i20 hatchback - Reliability & safety

Hyundai has a good reputation for building trustworthy cars

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

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Owners Rating

4.1 out of 5

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Reliability & safety 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

This is another area where the Hyundai scores strongly, thanks to a good reputation for reliability and safety, so we're hoping the i20 can top the four-star safety rating of its predecessor.

Hyundai i20 reliability

The outgoing Hyundai i20 came 68th out of the top 75 cars in our 2020 Driver Power survey, which isn't a bad result for a car just about to go out of production. Most impressively, just 4.2% of owners reported a fault in the first year - a lower proportion than the 17.3% of Ford Fiesta owners.

Safety

Hyundai isn't happy to settle for a sub-standard Euro NCAP safety rating again, giving the i20 one of the longest lists of active and passive safety equipment in the industry. Called Hyundai 'SmartSense', it includes intelligent speed-limit assistance, lane-keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking and automatic high-beam activation for the headlights. Lane-follow assist is added if you step up to Premium trim, while the Ultimate version adds blind-spot monitoring and cyclist detection.

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