Finding a good driving position isn’t hard. The steering wheel adjusts for height and reach, and a few tweaks of the levers on the side of the seat should be all most drivers need to get comfortable. It’s a shame that no i20 gets adjustable lumbar support even as an option, and you have to go for pricey Premium trim or up to get a front centre armrest. The pedals are a little offset to the right, too, although this does leave room for a raised left-foot rest.
The simple dashboard is easy to use by dint of having none of the complexities – such as a colour screen – that many rivals offer.
Straightforward air-con controls sit beneath a basic radio system, although it is worth noting that you have to go for mid-spec SE to get audio controls on the steering wheel. Only top-spec models, which are hard to recommend at the high price, get a 7.0in touchscreen.
Hyundai i20 visibility
The i20 has very good visibility in most respects. The front pillars are fairly slim and aren’t overly obtrusive at junctions. Rear parking sensors are standard on SE and up, which will be useful in tight spots because the chunky rear pillars cause a big blind spot. Only SE and up get front foglights.
Predictably, rear visibility is more restricted in the three-door, because of its chunkier rear pillars and a roofline that drops 25mm lower at the back, but again rear parking sensors are standard.
Even so, the i20 is one of the best in class for visibility, falling short only of the Skoda Fabia and VW Polo.
Hyundai i20 infotainment
Base S trim has a paltry two speakers, and no Bluetooth connectivity. SE cars have six speakers, Bluetooth and audio streaming, and a multifunction steering wheel, most of which is fairly logical to use, although it can be a bit fiddly to connect your phone and the monochrome readout in the dash looks dated.
More frustrating is that you have to go up to Premium spec, which is a fair jump in price, to get digital radio and a smartphone docking station (albeit including various other equipment extras). However, stick to cheaper (five-door only) Turbo Edition models and Hyundai will throwing in a crisp, responsive 7.0in colour touchscreen sat-nav unit - go figure. Premium Nav models also the same 7.0in colour touchscreen, but costs quite a bit more to buy. It’s a shame, though, that it doesn’t support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in either trim.
The three-door model range starts with SE, and steps up to Sport and Sport Nav, but the equipment you get is exactly the same as in SE, Premium and Premium Nav in the five-door.
Hyundai i20 build quality
The i20 feels solidly put together and fairly plush inside, with soft-touch plastics across the top of the dash and a good variety of colours and textures keep it from feeling overly bland.
However, there are some sharp edges around the base of the seats, and the switchgear doesn’t feel as nicely damped as that in the VW Polo.
You’re also quite restricted on what colour of interior you can have; most exterior colours come with a subdued blue-grey finish. One or two of the brighter metallic finishes come with black, brown or beige finishes.
The three-door is available only with a dour, dark slate grey interior, unless you choose metallic orange paint, which brings orange interior highlights.