2020 Hyundai i20: prices, specification and performance

The new Hyundai i20 supermini has arrived, with sharper styling, more luggage space and an impressive array of safety equipment as standard

James Allen
Nov 27, 2020

The Hyundai i20 has long been a supermini that, despite its appeal as a good value runabout, has very much been in the shadow of rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. So, can the latest version do enough to be a better choice than these more obvious options?

The i20 certainly moves the game on in the design front, as the new Hyundai’s sharp styling means it has a very different and more distinctive look to the old car. The new i20 also is starkly different to the old car when it comes to equipment - especially in terms of safety, as all versions of the new i20 come as standard with equipment that can help keep the car in its lane on the motorway, and an autonomous braking assist that can help prevent or mitigate the effects of a crash.

Some of the car’s on-paper stats are impressive, too. The claimed fuel economy of up to 55.4mpg is pretty good in comparison with rivals that have similar mild-hybrid petrol engines and, while it’s not quite the biggest you’ll find in a car of this size, the luggage capacity of 352 litres is also very large by supermini standards.

Prices for the new Hyundai i20 start at £18,595, so this isn't the cheapest small car, though you can expect save thousands even by going for a nearly new version. The latest i20 is available to order now with used versions likely to filter through over the coming months.

Quick facts

  • 100hp, 172Nm mild-hybrid engine
  • Manual and automatic gearboxes
  • Fuel economy of up to 55.4mpg
  • Spacious and well equipped
  • Priced from £18,595
  • On sale now

2020 Hyundai i20 prices and specifications

Prices for the new Hyundai i20 start at £18,595 for entry-level ‘SE Connect’ versions, and rise to £20,790 for mid-range ‘Premium’ models and £22,095 for the range-topping ‘Ultimate’ trim at launch.

This means the Hyundai is a bit more expensive than some of its main competitors (alternatives like the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Vauxhall Corsa all start from around £16,500), though that gap does close up a bit on versions that have similar engines to the i20.

As standard, all SE Connect cars come with features like 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a reversing camera, an eight-inch touchscreen media system and safety aids such as autonomous emergency braking. Premium versions get a larger 10.3-inch touchscreen, as well as heated front seats, climate control and built-in sat-nav, while the Ultimate trim fleshes out the spec even further with tech such as keyless entry and a safety assist that can alert the driver if it detects a vehicle obscured in one of the car’s blind spots.

From launch, there are also very few ways you’ll be able to customise the i20 to your liking. The only optional extras you’ll be able to pick from are one of the £565 optional paint finishes, and the £1,250 seven-speed automatic gearbox that replaces the standard-fit six-speed manual gearbox. This should make choosing a used model very simple - just go for the specification you want, with the gearbox that suits your needs in a colour you like.

2020 Hyundai i20 performance and fuel economy

The engine line-up is initially quite limited in the Hyundai i20, too: the car is currently only available with a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. Hyundai says the engine produces 100hp and 172Nm of torque, which should be plenty for drivers who’ll spend most of their time behind the wheel of an i20 in towns and cities - espeically as the i20 is a small and light car. It should also be more than enough for the car not to feel out of its depth on the motorway.

Fuel economy is also pretty good for this class of car: the Hyundai i20’s claimed fuel consumption figures of up to 55.4mpg are on par with what you’ll get out of a similarly-powerful Ford Fiesta, and are a bit better than like-for-like versions of the Vauxhall Corsa (52.3mpg) and Volkswagen Polo (54.3mpg).

This is in part because the i20 has a mild hybrid engine that uses a motor generator unit to give the engine a bit of electric assistance (and save a bit of fuel) when accelerating. However, unlike a conventional hybrid or plug-in hybrid car, it doesn’t allow the car to cover any distance under electric power alone.

2020 Hyundai i20 dimensions and practicality

If you’re after a supermini with a big boot, the Hyundai i20 should be a pretty good choice. While it’s some way short of the class-leading 391-litre luggage capacity in the Renault Clio, the Hyundai’s 352-litre load area is still quite large by supermini standards, and you can expand this even further to 1,165 litres by folding the rear seats down.

Hyundai hasn’t yet quoted any interior dimensions for the i20, other than saying the car’s wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) is 10mm longer than it was on the previous version, which should free up a little more interior room.

As the new i20 is barely any bigger overall than the previous generation version, that should mean it’ll have similar amounts of interior space - expect the car to have enough head and leg room for taller adults to not feel too hemmed in - wherever they sit.

 

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