Hyundai i20 review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Cash buyers will discover that the i20 is similar money to a Ford Fiesta and actually, like for like, a tad more than an equivalent-spec Volkswagen Polo. It’s also quite a bit more than rivals like the Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia.

The i20’s predicted to hold onto a bigger chunk of its list price (after three years) compared with the Ibiza or Fabia, or the Fiesta for that matter. It should hold it’s price nearly as well as a Mini 5drAs yet we don’t have PCP finance prices, but strong resale values should help keep the monthly payments competitive.

The 1.0 T-GDi 48v Hybrid engine has good official economy and efficiency that puts it up at the sharp end of the class with rivals like the Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 125 Hybrid, which helps to keep your running costs and company car tax bills low. That said, proper hybrids (the i20 is a mild hybrid) like the Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris are even better. 

Equipment, options and extras

We’d suggest sticking with the entry-level SE Connect trim for the best balance of kit for your cash. It has most of what you might want, including all the infotainment and parking aids we’ve talked about, plus air-con, a leather steering wheel and gearlever, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, electric windows and mirrors and 16in alloy wheels. 

That said, Premium trim is also worth the extra if you can afford it and like the idea of 17in alloy wheels, heated front seats, privacy glass, power-folding door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and climate control.

Ultimate trim adds plush items like keyless entry, but it’s also quite expensive.

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Reliability

We haven’t any data on this i20 yet (it’s too new for that) but judging by Hyundai’s reliability record as a brand on the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about. It finished well up in 6th place out of 31, below Mini, Skoda and Toyota, but above all its other rivals.

Hyundai’s five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and five years of UK roadside assistance provide reassurance that only Kia’s seven-year cover can beat.

Safety and security

There’s no Euro NCAP crash test as yet, so all we can tell you is that the i20 comes with a host of safety aids to (hopefully) stop you needing the crumple zones.

The standard list includes automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian monitoring, a driver attention alert, eCall emergency assistance and lane departure assistance.

The top-spec Ultimate trim adds blind spot monitoring and cyclist detection for the AEB.

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Overview

The Hyundai i20 is a solid all-rounder with the ability to please many potential buyers. It’s roomy, reasonably well equipped, has a nicely fashioned interior, should holds its value well and offers good performance and economy. The main caveats are that it’s quite pricey next to the bulk of the small car class, it’s not as comfortable as the Volkswagen Polo nor as sporty to drive as the Ford Fiesta.

  • Roomy rear seats
  • Peppy and efficient engine
  • Strong resale values
  • Relatively pricey cash buy
  • Firm ride
  • Not as fun to drive as a Fiesta

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