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Used Hyundai i20 2009-2015 review

(2009 - 2015)
Hyundai i20 (09-15)
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What's the used Hyundai i20 hatchback like?

So you want a cheap, cheerful small car. You’re not that fussed about how exciting it is to drive – but you do care that it comes with as much space and peace-of-mind as possible. Step right up, because the Hyundai i20 is the used car for you.

Rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo steal more of the limelight because they’re more entertaining to drive or more attractively appointed inside, but the little Hyundai has become a popular choice thanks to its no-nonsense attitude.

The biggest selling point when new was the five-year, unlimited-mileage manufacturer’s warranty. That also makes the i20 a desirable used purchase, of course, because a three-year-old i20 will still benefit from two years’ remaining warranty, where most other cars will have none left. Check you're happy with the warranty terms and conditions before you buy, mind you, because longer warranties like these sometimes fail to cover everything you'd expect beyond the three-year mark.

The i20’s hassle-free way of doing things is even more apparent when you get behind the wheel. It’s easy to drive in town thanks to its compact dimensions, although the steering could be lighter.

That steering becomes too light at speed, mind you, and combined with pronounced body lean, means the i20 isn’t as much fun to drive as the class best. That said, the handling is always stable and predictable, and the ride is comfortable.

You get a choice of peppy petrol or frugal diesel engines, and all are reasonably hushed. Tyre and wind noise are kept to a minimum, too, making the i20 a reasonably calm thing to drive. And inside, while the dashboard is rather bland and the plastics used aren’t up to the standard even of the Ford Fiesta, let alone the Volkswagen Polo, everything does at least feel solid and well-built.

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