ENGINES – For many owners the i20’s petrol line-up will be the main attraction. If your annual mileage tally is low, it makes little financial sense to opt for diesel power. Fortunately the petrol motors are willing and refined, plus they turn in a wallet-friendly economy performance.
EXTERIOR – Critics might describe the i20 as unadventurous but there’s a lot to be said for the car’s modest appearance. Curvy enough in profile to demonstrate its hatchback role, the compact Hyundai presents a polished and mature face to the world.
INTERIOR – You won’t find many gimmicky gadgets or design features in the i20, which is always a good sign that a manufacturer is confident with its car’s appearance and performance. Durable-looking materials line the cabin, while occupant space is more than acceptable for a singleton owner or new family.
DRIVING – Offering a supple ride and high levels of refinement, the i20’s bias is clearly towards comfort. Good visibility and an adjustable driving position make it easy to drive, too. The willing petrol engines make town driving straightforward, while the diesel option offers a long-legged approach that will please drivers who frequent the motorway network.
OWNERSHIP – A compact car, the i20 is a breeze to drive and park in town. It’s also cheap to run, irrespective of engine type. The car’s light controls make it suitable for all ages and abilities, plus the car’s cabin is flexible enough to accommodate big loads thank to its hatchback layout and folding rear seats.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR – With many cars having lived most of their lives in the city, be vigilant for the usual array of parking dents and kerbed wheels. Also, low mileage cars might not be the bargain they seem, as numerous short journeys can do more harm than good to the likes of the exhaust and engine, so don’t be afraid to select a model that’s racked up a good number of miles. And for a car this new it’s important that its service history is complete – ask questions if you see any gaps.
2009: Hyundai launches its compact supermini class car, the i20.Available with both three and five doors; the bias towards petrol engines highlights the car’s city-centric role. The generous standard equipment levels are supplemented by a few choice extras. The high power petrol engine can be selected with an auto gearbox.
REASONS TO BUY – good value, easy on the eye, no shortage of standard kit
REASONS TO BEWARE – conservative styling, not a driver’s car, modest performance
PICK OF THE RANGE – 1.4 Style 5dr
WHAT TO PAY
2009 09 6,790
2009 59 7,120
2010 10 7,810
2010 60 8,320
2011 11 9,180
2011 61 9,605
Figures relate to showroom prices for cars in A1 condition.