For A spacious interior, lots of standard equipment and keen pricing all work in the i20’s favour. The petrol versions are refined, too.

Against Sluggish performance, a firm ride and so-so interior quality mean the i20 falls short of challenging the best small cars.

Hyundai i20 Hatchback
33 5stars

The new Hyundai i20 is a sensible, well-priced supermini that has a lot of space and is well equipped, but is let down by its below-par engines.

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There are 13 Hyundai i20 versions available

Hatchback 1.2 75 S 5dr £10,695 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 75 S Air 5dr £11,445 TBA
Hatchback 1.1 CRDi 75 S Blue 5dr £12,445
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 84 SE 5dr £12,725
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 100 SE 5dr £13,325
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 84 Premium 5dr £13,725
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.1 CRDi 75 SE 5dr £14,225
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 100 Premium 5dr £14,325
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 84 Premium SE 5dr £14,725
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 CRDi 90 SE 5dr £14,725
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 100 Premium SE 5dr £15,325
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 CRDi 90 Premium 5dr £15,725
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 CRDi 90 Premium SE 5dr £16,725
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

We’ve tried every engine in the i20 range, except the low-powered 1.2-litre petrol, which comes only in low-end S and S Air versions. The high-powered 1.2 and the 1.4 petrol are refined in town, but they also feel pretty slow, especially if you’re driving up a steep hill or are travelling four-up with luggage.

If you’re after a diesel, then the 1.4-litre model is definitely the one to go for. While it can’t match the super-low CO2 emissions of the 1.1-litre S Blue version, it is a lot more refined and has stronger performance, which helps make the i20 more relaxing to drive.

Entry-level S versions make do with just two speakers and 15-inch steel wheels, so we’d step up to SE, which brings air-con, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, a leather steering wheel and two extra speakers. SE trim is roughly £1000 cheaper than the equivalent VW Polo, but the i20 doesn’t have a touch-screen infotainment system, unlike many of its rivals.

Reader test team says:

Hyundai i20 Hatchback 1.1 CRDi 75 SE 5dr

First of all its good to be back the reason for returning is not so good I purchased the New 2015 Hyundai i20 8 weeks ago in March and have had…

Edmund Rea

2 out of 5 stars

Hyundai i20 Hatchback 1.2 75 S 5dr

I have been driving this car for 2 years under lease from brand new. I am glad it was under warranty because I have had electronic failure , my whole…

Mags Hooley

3 out of 5 stars
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