Hyundai i20 counters whiplash injuries

* New Euro NCAP tests coming * Hyundai reacts by fitting special headrests * Supermini will still be 1000 cheaper than rivals...

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Jim Holder
21 October 2008

Hyundai i20 counters whiplash injuries

Hyundai's new i20 supermini is expected to score a maximum five-star rating in the revised Euro NCAP crash tests.

The five-door version of the car, which goes on sale in January, has been designed to cater for the new tests, which will assess whiplash injuries.

As a result, the car will be supplied with anti-whiplash head restraints as standard. The headrests work by moving upwards and forwards in a rear-end accident to support your head.

Despite the additional safety feature as standard, as well as six airbags, the i20 is still expected to undercut the best-selling Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa by up to 1000, while offering more standard equipment. However, stability control will remain a cost option on the i20.

There will be four engines available from launch, of which three are new ones a 78bhp 1.2-litre petrol, and 75 and 90bhp 1.4-litre turbodiesels. Buyers will also be able to opt for the 100bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine from the bigger i30.

A 1.6-litre diesel may also be available depending on demand. If it went on sale, it would give Hyundai a rival for Skoda's forthcoming Fabia vRS.

A three-door i20 is due in the spring.