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Hyundai i20 Review

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heycar review

      Launch year
      2020
      Body type
      Small hatch
      Fuel type
      Petrol
Russ Campbell

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Russ Campbell

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heycar rating
“Small car heaped with kit”

Best bits

  • Generous equipment levels
  • Spacious back seat
  • Mild-hybrid engine is nippy and cheap to run

Not so great

  • Drab interior fails to inspire
  • Ride isn’t very comfortable
  • Rivals are more desirable ownership propositions

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Overall verdict on the Hyundai i20

"Ten years is a long time in the car world and the Hyundai i20 is a small car that shows you just how far things have come, thanks to an equipment list that would match a top-of-the-range saloon from a decade ago."

Hyundai i20 2020

Jump inside and you’re met by two large displays including a digital instrument binnacle that used to only be an option on posh Audis. The centre touchscreen, meanwhile, is quick and slick to use and comes as standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can use your phone’s apps on the car’s big screen. 


Okay so the interior quality isn’t brilliant – a couple of levels down from a Volkswagen Polo, in fact – but hey, even basic models get cruise control and air conditioning, while mid-range cars add heated seats and a heated steering wheel. 


Space is another i20 strongpoint. There’s loads of room up front for tall adults and even if you're a towering specimen, tall passengers behind you won’t find their knees jammed against the back of your seat. Factor in the relatively large and well-shaped boot and this is the perfect small car for you if you have a growing family.


The old i20 was practical too, but what it didn’t have is the high-tech engine you get in this new car.  As well as being a tiny, three-cylinder turbocharged unit, it has a 48V power supply that allows for mild-hybrid technology giving decent performance and excellent fuel economy – you’ll get 50mpg without even trying. It’s the only engine available until the i20 N hot hatch goes on sale later in 2020. 


Sadly, in standard form, at least, the i20 isn’t the kind of small car you’ll long to drive but it grips well in corners and doesn’t suffer from pronounced lean. That said, a Volkswagen Polo does both those things but is better at soaking up bumps in the road and is quieter.


Fact is, the Hyundai lacks a little bit of polish but it makes up for this with a comprehensive suite of electronic driving aids. Top-of-the-range models can steer themselves on the motorway and have active cruise control that can accelerate and brake for you. 


You still have to do the driving in town, but the i20’s excellent visibility makes it easy to negotiate your way through bustling streets. Plus, rear parking sensors and a boot-mounted camera come as standard so you can easily squeeze into tight parking spaces. 


But can the i20 squeeze into your life? Well, the Ford Fiesta is more fun to drive, while the Toyota Yaris and VW Polo are more comfortable and feel posher, but the Hyundai gets close to its rivals on all of these fronts, is more spacious and has more equipment, if you like the sound of that it should be right up your street.


If you're looking for the older version, you need our Hyundai i20 (2015-2020) review.

Is the Hyundai i20 right for you?

If you’re not swayed by badges, a sporty drive or try-hard posh interiors then, yes, the Hyundai could be the car for you. Its pair of large infotainment screens make it feel very high tech and even the basic model has plenty of equipment. 


Factor in the spacious interior and Hyundai’s excellent five-year warranty and this is a car that could give your family half a decade’s worth of fault-free motoring.

What’s the best i20 model/engine to choose?

There’s only one engine to choose from at the moment and while the 1.0-litre 48V mild-hybrid motor is neither the punchiest nor the quietest amongst its peers, it's nippy and returns extremely strong fuel economy.  


Premium models get lots of useful kit – in addition to the strong levels of equipment offered by the basic car, you can get things like heated seats, a heated steering wheel and driving aids that mean the i20 can drive itself on the motorway. The step up to Ultimate spec, meanwhile, buys you a powerful Bose stereo and keyless entry.

What other cars are similar to the Hyundai i20?

When it comes to small hatchbacks, there's no shortage of choice with some excellent cars on the market. There’s the fun-to-drive Ford Fiesta, classy Volkswagen Polo, spacious Skoda Fabia, full hybrid Toyota Yaris, stylish SEAT Ibiza, trendy MINI five-door and many more. It pays to test drive as many cars as possible to find the one that suits you best. 

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Hyundai i20 rear

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Which car is better – Volkswagen Polo or Hyundai i20?

The Volkswagen Polo feels posher inside and is more comfortable – it's the car we would choose. That said, the Hyundai i20 has a longer warranty and more equipment so we wouldn't rule it out entirely.

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Is the Hyundai i20 good on a long drive?

The Hyundai i20 is good on a long drive, its relatively quiet at motorway speeds and mid-range models come with autonomous driving aids that make concentrating for hours less mentally draining.

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Is the Hyundai i20 safe?

The Hyundai i20 is very safe for its size. Even the old model got a four-star rating for safety from Euro NCAP and you can expect this new car – which has more safety kit fitted as standard – to improve on that score when it's evaluated in the coming months.

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