What Car? says...
Talk about U-turns. The previous-generation Hyundai i20 was sold with the slogan “Follow your brain”, which, when all is said and done, meant forget all that namby-pamby emotional stuff – just make a logical choice for your next small car. Ergo, buy an i20.
All that’s gone out of the window now, though. Today’s Hyundai i20 is way funkier than the previous model. Its striking design has creases and angles in all the right places and there are options like two-tone paintwork.
While the current i20 didn’t feature in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey, the performance of the previous-generation model and Hyundai as brand suggest it should be reliable. The South Korean car maker came joint fifth out of 32 manufacturers in the survey.
The i20 is not available as an electric car but the only engine option – a 99bhp 1.0-litre petrol – does have mild-hybrid assistance. That means it has a small electric motor that provides a boost to acceleration and fuel efficiency but can’t drive the car by itself. There is no regular or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the i20 available.
The 99bhp 1.0-litre petrol unit is the best engine option for the i10 – because it’s the only engine option. As for the trim levels, we’d recommend the entry-level SE Connect version because it offers the best value for money. It comes with some useful kit, including automatic lights, cruise control, a rear-view camera and plenty more.
SE Connect is the entry point in the i20 line-up, and comes with helpful kit such as automatic lights, cruise control and a rear-view camera. Upgrading to Premium trim adds an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, climate control, heated front seats and privacy glass, plus larger (17in) alloy wheels.
The i20’s boot is reasonably big by small car standards, with a volume of 352 litres. That’s larger than you get in the Ford Fiesta and almost matches the Seat Ibiza and VW Polo. The i20’s height-adjustable boot floor also means you can reduce the lip at the entrance, making it easier to slide in large or heavy items.
|RRP price range||£19,725 - £26,230|
|Number of trims (see all)||5|
|Number of engines (see all)||3|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||40.4 - 55.4|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||5 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,051 / £1,787|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£2,103 / £3,574|