In this section:
- Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
- Equipment, options and extras
- Safety and security
Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
Cash buyers will discover that the Hyundai i20 is similar money to a Ford Fiesta and actually, like for like, a tad more than an equivalent-spec VW Polo. It’s also quite a bit more than rivals including the Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia.
That said, the i20 is 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 even manage to hold its price nearly as well as a Mini 5dr. That’s good news because it means that PCP finance prices should remain competitive.
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, which makes it hard to recommend. N-Line trim adds a sportier edge to proceedings, giving you the most powerful engine and lots of N-Line specific styling both inside and out.
When it comes to reliability, the i20 should serve you well, thanks to Hyundai’s reliability record. In fact, in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey, Hyundai as a brand managed to claim joint 5th place (tied with Suzuki) out of the 32 included manufacturers. That’s below Toyota (2nd) and Mini (3rd) but above Skoda (13th) and way above Ford, which finished down in 27th.