In this section:
- Driving position and dashboard
- Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
There’s very little wrong with the essentials in the Hyundai i20, because the seat, pedals and steering wheel line up nicely, and there’s plenty of space for your left foot next to the clutch in manual models. The steering wheel also has enough reach and height extension to cater for most people, and the driver’s seat bolsters stop you spilling over your passenger around tight bends.
There are a couple of issues: there's no lumbar adjustment, even as an option, although to be fair the lower back support is pretty good anyway. The backrest angle is adjusted using a lever that has a set number of positions, rather then the finite control that a wheel adjuster offers.
Luckily, every trim level comes with rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera as standard, so you won’t struggle when it comes to reversing into a parking space. When it comes to seeing out at night, you’ll have to upgrade to Premium trim if you want LED headlights.
Sat nav and infotainment
Entry-level SE Connect comes with an 8.0in touchscreen, a DAB radio and Bluetooth, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality.
So far, we’ve only tried the upgraded system that comes as standard from Premium trim and up, and it's very good. It has a 10.3in touchscreen plus built-in sat-nav. The screen is sharp, the graphics look smart and you get a row of touch-sensitive shortcut buttons to hop between menus. There’s a slight delay swapping between the main menus, after which the software seems more responsive and it’s easy to find what you want after a bit of practice.