Hyundai i20 review

Category: Small car

Section: Performance & drive

Hyundai i20 2020 rear cornering
  • Hyundai i20 2020 front
  • Hyundai i20 2020 rear cornering
  • Hyundai i20 2020 dashboard
  • Hyundai i20 2020 rear seats
  • Hyundai i20 2020 boot open
  • Hyundai i20 2020 infotainment
  • Hyundai i20 2020 right panning
  • Hyundai i20 2020 front left static
  • Hyundai i20 2020 rear static
  • Hyundai i20 2020 front seats
  • Hyundai i20 2020 front
  • Hyundai i20 2020 rear cornering
  • Hyundai i20 2020 dashboard
  • Hyundai i20 2020 rear seats
  • Hyundai i20 2020 boot open
  • Hyundai i20 2020 infotainment
  • Hyundai i20 2020 right panning
  • Hyundai i20 2020 front left static
  • Hyundai i20 2020 rear static
  • Hyundai i20 2020 front seats
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

This section is as simple as it gets because there’s only one engine. It’s called the 1.0 T-GDi 48v Hybrid, and it’s a 99bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol with mild hybrid tech. That means there’s a very small electric motor and battery, which adds a little electrical ‘kick’ to the engine as you drive around.

All you’ll be aware of is that it pulls from about 1800rpm, feels hearty in the mid range, and, while it doesn’t feel hugely energetic in the final furlongs of the rev counter, it finishes the 0-62mph sprint in 10.4sec (11.4sec for the seven-speed auto 'box).

Or in other words, there’s plenty of poke for town or country driving. It certainly doesn’t feel lacking next to a Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 95 or Seat Ibiza 1.0 TSI 95, but you can, of course, opt for more powerful engines in those rivals should you wish.

Hyundai i20 2020 rear cornering

Handling

Because of the i20’s firm suspension set up, it doesn’t lean over too far when you corner quickly and the lack of bounce that we mentioned above also makes it feel very stable over mid-corner bumps. It has plenty of grip as well, although the playful balance that makes the Fiesta such a hoot to drive spiritedly isn’t quite replicated here.

The Fiesta also has sweeter steering. Not that the i20’s steering is poor; it feels sharp and eager to turn in to bends, but only once you’re past the initial nebulous patch just off centre. That vagueness also has you making little tweaks on the motorway to keep it tracking arrow straight.

Noise and vibration

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