There are four petrol engines available – a 1.2 with either 74bhp or 83bhp, and a three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbocharged engine with either 99bhp or 118bhp. A 99bhp 1.4 is the only automatic model in the range.
The 1.2s both have five-speed manual gearboxes. We’ve driven the higher-powered 1.2, which feels slow enough to need working hard even around town, while out on faster roads it can feel underpowered.
The 1.0 engine is certainly the best performer in the range. In either 99bhp or 118bhp guise, it feels good on the motorway, although the higher-powered 120 engine gets a six-speed gearbox and noticeably perkier response.
Diesel options are limited to a 74bhp three-cylinder 1.1 or an 89bhp four-cylinder 1.4. The 1.1 is almost as remarkable for its efficiency as it is for its slow, strained performance, which makes the more flexible, responsive 1.4 diesel a better bet.
The three-door i20 Coupe gets the higher-powered 1.2 petrol or both 1.0-litre turbocharged engines, but there are no diesel or automatic options.