2021 Hyundai i20 Review

5/5

Overview

‘Sensuous Sportiness’ is the new tagline behind the i20 which is the Korean firms entry to the Fiesta/Polo segment of the supermini market. It is an infinitely more attractive looking car than its predecessor as Hyundai seeks to push forward with its ethos based on practicality, reliability and value as well as bestowing its cars with daring styling and fancy interiors. 

Pros
  • Extensive list of standard equipment
  • Futuristic interior design
  • Typical Hyundai performance and reliability
  • Grippy handling
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
Cons
  • Some interior bits a bit plasticy

Exterior

Hyundai no longer want to lure buyers in just based on their extensive five-year warranty, they have got swish interiors, up-to-date technology and daring styling that is meant to give it some ‘emotional value’ according to Hyundai themselves. It is bigger than the previous model; lower by 24mm and 30mm wider, giving it a more squat stance and sporty presence. The longer wheelbase and body makes for a more spacious interior and an overall look that is more in keeping with its five-door hatchback body. 

Interior

Instead of your usual dials and instruments you get a 10.25-inch screen that can be easily navigated through dials on the steering wheel. It is pretty well equipped with even base-level cars getting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with the big touchscreen and automatic climate controls. Overall, it feels quite upmarket with a textured and hardwearing feel to the interior. The wheelbase is 10mm longer than the previous model, making for more space inside while there is also plenty of room in the rear. There are 351-litres of space in the boot which, while not massive, is still more than you get in an equivalent Fiesta. 

Performance

For town driving the engine is off most of the time and as such starting and stopping is virtually seamless. Acceleration is not bad at all for such an economical petrol car with 0-100 kilometers per hour clocking in at around 9.5 seconds.

Reliability

Hyundai’s reliability record is second-to-none and all models come with the Korean firm's legendary five-year warranty. 

Running Costs

SE Connect gets the eight-inch touchscreen with smartphone mirroring, cruise control, electric windows all-round, manual air-conditioning, rear parking sensors and LED running lights. So there is a LOT of car for your money, particularly as Hyundai’s PCP and hire-purchase deals are competitive. 

Handling

Although the new i20 feels secure and planted on the road, it still gently encourages you to take corners at ease. It’s a grippy little thing. 

Safety

All i20s come with active and passive safety systems with Hyundai claiming to offer ‘the most comprehensive safety package in the segment’. The extensive list of standard safety tech includes autonomous emergency braking, forward collision assist with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist & departure warning.

Summary

Exterior
80%
Interior
90%
Performance
80%
Reliability
90%
Running Costs
90%
Handling
90%
Safety
100%

‘Sensuous Sportiness’ is the new tagline behind the i20 which is the Korean firms entry to the Fiesta/Polo segment of the supermini market. It is an infinitely more attractive looking car than its predecessor as Hyundai seeks to push forward with its ethos based on practicality, reliability and value as well as bestowing its cars with daring styling and fancy interiors.