On sale June 2018 Price from £12,500
The current Hyundai i20 faces something of an uphill battle in the small car market because, to buy one, you need to have sailed past the best-selling Ford Fiesta, avoided the brilliantly practical Skoda Fabia and completely blanked Seat's Ibiza, our current favourite small car.
It's a hard ask in anyone's book; and despite offering buyers lots of space and a generous list of standard kit, the current car fails to stand out amid such heady rivals. Small wonder, then, that Hyundai is updating the i20 to broaden its appeal.
2018 Hyundai i20 features
As is customary for a midlife update, there are minor styling tweaks designed to differentiate this i20 from the current one. There's a new front grille for the five-door hatchback, plus new front and rear bumpers, as well as new rear lights. There's also a selection of new 15in or 16in alloy wheels, along with the option of a panoramic sunroof and two-tone roof paint. The three-door i20 Coupé, meanwhile, is largely unchanged.
2018 Hyundai i20 engines
Many of the existing i20 engines have been carried over with the facelift, so the range still starts with a 1.2-litre petrol offered in 74bhp and 83bhp forms. Then there's a 1.0-litre turbo petrol with either 99bhp or 118bhp. It's the 99bhp version we recommend in the current car for its willingness to rev and reasonable running costs.
The sole petrol casualty of the facelift is the 1.4-litre petrol, which used to be the only engine available with an automatic gearbox. Instead, you can now have a seven-speed automatic gearbox with the 99bhp petrol. Elsewhere, gearbox options include five or six-speed manuals.
In a sign of the times, there's no longer a diesel engine option in the i20.
2018 Hyundai i20 interior
While the design of the i20's interior hasn't changed, it does now offer more features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, which allows users to control their smartphones through the car's 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system – available on Premium Nav and Premium SE Nav models. A USB charger is also included, so drivers can charge their devices on the move.
In addition, there's an upgraded suite of driver assistance systems, including lane departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking and a driver attention monitor. All of those systems come as standard on all but the most basic i20 models.
2018 Hyundai i20 price
Hyundai is expected to raise the i20's entry-level price from the £11,910 of today's car, but even if that price were to rise to £12,500 the i20 would still be considerably cheaper than both the Fiesta and Ibiza. And, as with the current car, dealers should regularly offer finance contributions or interest-free deals to keep monthly costs competitive.
The Korean company's standard five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty will help to entice new buyers, too. And, remember, you can always save through What Car? New Car Buying as well.
The best (and worst) small cars
Need something small and nimble? These are our favourite small cars and, if you keep reading, we'll tell you which one to avoid, too.
10. Honda Jazz
The Jazz has long bridged the gap between small cars and mini-MPVs and the latest version continues that tradition. It offers class-leading space and practicality, and should outlast you with its outstanding reliability. It's just a shame that the ride is rather unsettled.
Our pick 1.3 i-VTEC SE
9. Renault Clio
The Clio is an established name in the small car world and it's still a popular choice in the UK. There's plenty of scope to personalise this stylish hatchback, and while it's a little bit behind rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo when it comes to engine quietness, the diesel engine recommended here is a real delight.
Our pick 1.5 dCi 90 Dynamique Media Nav