2021 Hyundai i20 verdict

With bold looks and fuel-sipping engines, next year's new Hyundai i20 is designed to shake up the small car class. We've been for an early drive to see how it's shaping up...

2021 Hyundai i20 prototype side

Sometimes a new generation of car doesn’t bring big changes, but this Hyundai i20 represents a Goliath-sized step over the old model, and it isn’t even finished yet. With a few more adjustments to its ride, and if the promise of a higher-quality interior and better noise reduction are fulfilled, this i20 could be a tempting proposition for buyers wanting a small but sporty hatchback that can both excite and reduce your fuel bills.

The i20 faces plenty of competition, of course, in order to move up the small car rankings, not least from the new Toyota Yaris as well as the class stalwarts we mentioned earlier, but this early impression leaves us thinking it might do just that.

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Hyundai i20

Price From £16,000 (est) Engine 3cyl, 1.0-litre petrol, 998cc Power 118bhp  Torque TBC Gearbox Seven-speed automatic 0-62mph TBC Top speed TBC Economy TBC C02, tax band TBC