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.
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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
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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.