Buyer’s guide to the Hyundai i20

Buyer’s guide to the Hyundai i20

Here’s what you need to know about Hyundai’s impressive i20

In the supermini segment, it’s models like the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo that all dominate where sales are concerned.

But there are plenty of other cars that are worth considering in this class too, not least the Hyundai i20. Arriving in a new generation last year, this supermini packs a far bolder design, more upmarket interior and new powertrains. Here’s what you need to know about it before buying…

What engines are offered in the Hyundai i20?

Though Hyundai offers a sporty ‘N’ hot hatch version of the i20, here we’re focusing on the standard hatchback. All versions of it also feature a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine that uses a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Power outputs of 99bhp or 118bhp are there to choose from, with both also available with the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 

In terms of performance, there’s not a huge amount in it between the engines, with the 99bhp version able to hit 60mph in 10.2 seconds and the 118bhp version achieving it in 9.9 seconds. It’s worth noting the more powerful unit is reserved for the sportier N-Line trim level, though. 

All versions are closely aligned when it comes to running costs, returning around 54mpg, with CO2 emissions of 117g/km. 

What trim levels are available in the Hyundai i20?

A selection of four trim levels are available on the Hyundai i20, with equipment highlights and prices as follows. 

SE Connect – from £19,035

All versions of the Hyundai i20 come with plenty of standard equipment, including 16-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. You also get loads of safety kit included, such as autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, high beam assist and a driver attention warning. 

N-Line – from £22,630

If you want sportier styling, take a look at the N Line model. Taking design inspiration from the Hyundai i20 N, it gets 17-inch alloy wheels, a dual exhaust, LED lights with signature running lights, along with a sportier body kit and racier interior trim. It also adds satellite navigation, climate control, electric folding mirrors and keyless entry.

Premium – from £21,235

In addition to the SE Connect model, Premium adds larger 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control, a front armrest and electric folding mirrors. You also get heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, LED headlights, rear privacy glass and interior mood lighting. 

Ultimate – from £22,535

At the top of the i20 range is the Ultimate, which brings keyless entry, a black roof, Bose sound system and wireless smartphone charging pad. You also get blind spot monitoring, lane follow assist and a smart grey dashboard. 

What about personalisation on the Hyundai i20?

Hyundai offers a decent degree of personalisation on the i20, with a good range of nine colour available, including brighter shades like Aqua Turquoise Metallic, Mangrove Green Pearl and Intense Blue Pearl. Selected shades are also available in a two-tone look, with a contrasting black roof available as an option on the N-Line, and standard on the Ultimate. 

Elsewhere, you can choose from entry strips for the doors, black or white stripes on the bonnet and roof and a rear protection guard.

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