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Meet the new Hyundai i20Back

Hyundaii20Price: £10,695 – £14,725

Summary

The all-new second generation Hyundai i20 sports an all-new look and more space, but has the company done enough to make the new supermini stand out against competitors?

Engine

Unfortunately, the same engine range from the previous i20 model has been carried over to the new one, but the engines have been tweaked to make them more efficient to pass the Euro VI regulations. There are three petrol engines and two diesel engines offered with the i20 but we predict the 84bhp 1.2-litre petrol – a 74bhp is also available – will be the most popular of the bunch offering a good mix of fuel economy – it returns 55mpg and emits 119g/km of CO2 – and performance. However, unlike its closest rivals, the i20 is lacking a three-cylinder turbo engine which will not be available until 2015.

Drive

Despite the 1.2-engine predicted to be the most popular, to drive it isn’t that energetic and it struggles to gather speed achieving 0-62mph in just 13.1 seconds as opposed to the Volkswagen Polo that can do it in a much quicker 10.8 seconds. However, once the i20 has gathered momentum it’s a much more pleasant car to be in – steering is weighted and refinement is excellent with little wind noise apparent even at high speeds. Pot holes and rougher surfaces are handled well too but if the car is full passengers may suffer from larger imperfections in the road.

Hyundaii201Cabin

The i20 is larger than ever before and even more spacious than one its main rivals the Polo, in fact, when it comes to interior space it beats every other supermini in its class. Rear headroom and knee room is generous enough for three adults to sit comfortably in the back and there’s a full length panoramic sunroof as standard on Premium SE models which helps to add to the airy and light feel. The boot is also a generous size, at 326 litres its larger than a Ford Focus.

Equipment

The i20 comes in a three or five door version with three different trims – Classic, Active and Style, although the Style is only available as a five-door car. Choose the entry level Hyundai i20 to benefit from a decent level of equipment to include air-conditioning, electric windows and a four-speaker stereo with MP3 compatibility. However, even top-spec Premium SE models are not fitted with a touchscreen infotainment and nav system – this is only supplied as an optional extra depite rivals such as Ford, VW and Vauxhall all offering sat-nav as standard.

Safety

The i20 is a safe car with the previous model receiving a five star crash test rating from Euro NCAP, and we expect the latest version to do even better thanks to the addition of more safety technology as standard even on the most basic model.

Hyundaii202Should I buy one?

If you’re seeking a spacious supermini, the new Hyundai i20 certainly offers this, and it comes with Hyundai’s competitive, five year, unlimited-mileage warranty as well, but its ride, performance and price tag do not match that of rivals such as the Vauxhall Corsa and VW Polo. If you can hang on until 2015 for the arrival of the new three-cylinder turbo engine, things could change significantly, but at present, we’d look elsewhere.

Posted by Leana Kell on 25/11/2014