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For Peppy 1.2 petrol will be adequate for most drivers’ needs. Well-specced Classic trim makes the i20 as cheap as some smaller city cars.

Against The engine makes hard work of getting up to 70mph, and the car’s driving dynamics are far from the class best.

Hyundai i20 Hatchback

What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

The pick of the i20 range: you don’t need to get a more powerful engine, and the equipment list puts most rivals to shame.

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Key facts

12.7 secs
Top speed
104 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Of the various engines available in the Hyundai i20, you're best off with the entry-level 83bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine. It feels peppy for a small engine, and there's good flexibility, too. If you're after a gutsier petrol engine, choose the 98bhp 1.4.

Entry-level Classic cars come with air-conditioning, remote central locking and electric front windows, and that’s enough for it to be our favourite. Active spec adds alloys, electric rear windows, Bluetooth and front foglights, while Style models get luxuries such as automatic lights and wipers, climate control and a reversing camera that’s integrated into the rear-view mirror.

One of the biggest attractions is that the i20, like all Hyundais, comes with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

Reader test team says:

Hyundai i20 Hatchback 1.4CRDi 90PS Blue Drive Active 5dr

Overall, I think this is a superb car for the money. We bought ours secondhand, with 20 miles on the odometer (yes, twenty), and a year later it has…

Christopher Semple

3 out of 5 stars

Hyundai i20 Hatchback 1.2 Active 5dr

62 plate, bought new. Comes with a lot of nice gadgets The interior looks a bit cheap but that's expected from a car that costs less than 11K. 56mpg…

Tony Hessler

4 out of 5 stars

Hyundai i20 Hatchback 1.2 Active 5dr

A brief summary: relatively spacious, good build quality, barely acceptably quiet on motorways due to tyre noise, unexciting, frustratingly weak low…

David Amos

2 out of 5 stars

Hyundai i20 Hatchback 1.2 Classic 5dr

I bought this 2010 car in March 2013, so it's just 3 years old with 2 years of the Hyundai warranty left. My car had one owner, bought from new at…

Rosalind Bellamy

5 out of 5 stars
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