What's the used Hyundai i20 hatchback like?
Buyers after a well-built and handsome small car could do a lot worse than cast a glance at the Hyundai i20.
This generation was very popular and well-received and ran from 2015 until 2020. It sat in a hotly contested class, of course, one that included the iconic Ford Fiesta and the excellent Skoda Fabia, but it stood out against other used rivals due to the peace of mind of a long manufacturer's warranty. It was available in three and five-door forms, or as a rugged-looking SUV called the Active.
On the road, the 1.0-litre petrol engine is the best performer in the range, in either of its power outputs. Both feel good, even on motorways, although only the higher-powered 120 version gets a six-speed manual gearbox. The 1.2 and 1.4 petrols feel a little sluggish, even if they are quite refined, while the diesel options are both rather tardy in their responses and occasionally a bit noisy, too. The i20’s steering is slightly slow and heavy, although it's an easy and safe car to drive, with good grip levels and predictable handling. Its ride is generally comfortable, but it can be caught out by sharp road imperfections and feels a little choppy around town.
Inside, there's a good driving position with excellent visibility, and the dashboard is logically laid out and simple to use. The i20 feels solidly built and fairly plush relative to its main rivals, with good use of soft-touch plastics, and the 7.0in touchscreen infotainment on higher spec cars is responsive.
Space in the front is truly excellent, while rear-seat passengers get plenty of leg room and a good amount of space across the car. Added to that, boot space is one of the biggest in the class, with easy access and a height-adjustable floor on higher trims.
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