2020 Hyundai i20: sharp styling, mild-hybrid engines, high-tech kit

The new i20 takes on popular hatchbacks such as the Ford Fiesta and Mini with economy-boosting mild-hybrid tech and sophisticated in-car kit

James Wilson
Mar 6, 2020

The outgoing Hyundai i20 is a strong value small hatchback that makes a lot of sense as a second-hand purchase, but appeals less as a more costly new car. The 2020 i20, however, aims to stand out with much more attention-grabbing styling, slick in-car technology and mild-hybrid engines to boost fuel consumption and reduce emissions.

Set for sale in late 2020, the i20 faces a serious challenge to be noticed against its many rivals. It has to compete with some of the most popular cars in the UK including the Ford Fiesta, Mini Hatchback, Skoda Fabia, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Micra.

With many drivers prioritising sophisticated in-car tech, Hyundai has upped the ante in this regard with two 10.3-inch digital displays available on high-specification models. Similarly, the new i20 will come with a raft of safety and convenience technology, such as autonomous emergency braking to keep driver and passengers safe and relaxed.

Thanks to pressure to include economy-boosting technology and a raft of safety kit on even the smallest models, prices for small cars have risen dramatically in recent years. Despite Hyundai making a name for offering top value cars, even the most basic 2020 i20 is likely to cost from £15,000 upwards. Read on for the full low-down on the all-new Hyundai i20 or click on the button above to search for an affordable used Hyundai i20 available for delivery now.

Quick facts

  • Order books to open in late 2020
  • Mild-hybrid technology expected
  • Sharp new exterior styling
  • Lots of new tech on board
  • Prices estimated from £15,000
  • Automatic and manual gearboxes

2020 Hyundai i20 engines and performance

UK buyers won’t have to agonise over engine choices as there is only one - a 1.0-litre petrol paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid setup. All in, the system is claimed to produce 99hp. This is the first time the Hyundai i20 has been available with hybrid assistance and while the tech should help reduce emissions and improve economy, Hyundai is yet to confirm exact figures.

When it comes to gearboxes, there are two options: a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which, like other dual-clutch gerboxes should be fast to change gear, smooth and efficient compared with a traditional automatic gearbox.

Meanwhile, option two is a six-gear manual, which features clever technology that allows the engine and gearbox can decouple (like what happens when you press a clutch pedal) to save fuel when the driver isn't accelerating.

Hyundai is yet to announce 0 to 62mph times and top speed figures, but it has stated that the new model is around 4% lighter than the old one, which in theory should help the car get up to speed more quickly than the old model.

2020 Hyundai i20 styling

Compared with the previous generation i20, the new model is far more distinctive, with angular lines and sharply contoured details giving it far more visual clout.

The sharp lines extend to everything from headlights and window frames to the doors and grille. Inside, there have been changes, too, the most notable being a dashtop media system and an odd-looking four-spoke steering wheel.

There are four new exterior colours (including blue, grey, turquoise and even brass-coloured hues) on top of six colours carried over from other models plus the option of a black roof. Several new 17-inch alloy wheels are also available.

2020 Hyundai i20 technology

Two 10.3-inch digital displays are available - an optional one in front of the driver, in place of the traditional dials, and the second being a central dashtop media system. It is worth noting, though, that as standard the more affordable i20s come with an eight-inch central display only.

Adding to the in-car tech count is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, which can now be operated wirelessly. If you're concerned that this will do no favours for your phone’s battery life, fear not: a wireless charging pad is also available. In addition to those, the i20 can now be specified with a Bose sound system.

Hyundai also offers the i20 with something called 'Bluelink', which includes Hyundai Live services. This is similar to other car makers’ platforms which bring real-time data into your car along with an accompanying smartphone application.

Together they offer features such as live traffic information and notifications of any specific maintenance work that the car requires. These services are often only free for a limited time - a couple of months or a year in many cases. However, for the i20 this period is the first five years after registration, so even if you buy a three-year old car, you'll still benefit from two years' service for free.

2020 Hyundai i20 practicality and safety

The new 2020 Hyundai i20 is lower, wider and longer than the model it replaces (by 24mm, 30mm and 5mm respectively). As a result, Hyundai is claiming that its new i20 comes with an extra 25 litres of boot space over the old model. This takes its total to 351 litres, which beats the Ford Fiesta. It's also not far off the size of a VW Golf, so if you need a small car with a big boot, the i20 is worth considering.

As for safety, Hyundai’s SmartSense suite of equipment is available. This includes features such as forward collision-avoidance assist, which monitors the road ahead and helps prevent a crash from occurring by warning the driver and applying the brakes. Other safety features include tech which helps motorists to stay in their lane, monitors for vehicles in their blind spots and alerts them of approaching cars when reversing out of a parking space or driveway.

2020 Hyundai i20 prices

Prices have yet to be confirmed but they are expected to start around the £15,000 to £16,000 mark, which puts the i20 in the firing line of the Fiesta, the Volkswagen Polo and the Seat Ibiza. Order books are expected to open in September 2020.

PCP finance costs are likely to be more important for many drivers. Hyundai doesn't always offer the best value finance costs, so if you're considering financing a new i20, it's wise to get like-for-like quotes on models such as the Ford Fiesta and Seat Ibiza, as these are often available with surprisingly affordable monthly payments. Alternatively, you'll get far more for your money by picking up a second-hand i20, with lower cash prices resulting in lower monthly payments. Click on the link below to search for the best used i20 deals.

2020 Hyundai i20 vs rivals

The Hyundai i20 is a supermini, so it competes against models such as the VW Polo and Seat Ibiza mentioned above. Meanwhile, the Ford Fiesta has been the UK’s most popular car for many years and so is another key model to beat.

Due to the popularity of this type of car, there is a supermini for almost all tastes already on sale. You want a rock-bottom purchase price? See the Dacia Duster. You want luxury? See the Audi A1. You want a jack of all trades? See the Ford Fiesta. You want zero-tailpipe emissions? See the all-electric Renault Zoe. There are even numerous options for those wanting a performance supermini (see the Peugeot 208 GTi).

As a result, the Hyundai i20 will need to be more sophisticated than the old model to if it wants to be the best supermini in any one area. Then again, the new generation i20 could toe the same line as its predecessor and offer a strong all-round proposition to drivers after a good value option, which is no bad thing.


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