Geneva motor show 2012: Hyundai i20

  • Refreshed looks for Hyundai i20 supermini
  • 84g/km 1.1-litre diesel joins range
  • On sale from May
Words By John McIlroy

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The new Hyundai i20 has been revealed, days before its public debut at the Geneva motor show.

The i20 face-lift includes a string of mild styling tweaks, designed to bring the Ford Fiesta-rival more into line with recent models such as the i30 and i40.

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It sits on the same chassis as the outgoing model, so it shares the same wheelbase, height and width; however, the different front and rear bumper designs extend the cars overall length by 55mm (30mm front, 25mm rear), to 3995mm. That means the i20 is now around 5cm longer than a Fiesta.

The biggest revisions come in the engine line-up, which now features two new diesel motors alongside the current 1.2- and 1.4-litre petrol units. The most radical of the new engines is a 1.1-litre, three-cylinder diesel, which produces 74bhp and 125lb ft of torque, and emits just 84g/km of CO2.

Theres also a revised version of the current 1.4-litre 89bhp unit; it gets efficiency gains that bring its CO2 emissions down from 111g/km to 96g/km.

The face-lifted i20 is due on sale in May; prices are expected to stay close to those of the current model, so expect entry-level versions to start from just under 10,000.

John McIlroy