Hyundai i20 (2015-present)

The Hyundai i20 hatchback is a solid and practical supermini that just lacks a bit of flair

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Very big boot
Spacious inside
Generally well equipped

Weaknesses 

A bit bland looking
Limited engine range for three-door
Touchscreen only in high-spec models
Best New Discount

Hyundai I20 Hatchback 1.0 t-gdi [120] premium se nav 5dr

Total RRP £18,640

Your quote £15,964

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Hyundai has for many years now built its reputation on sensible, no-nonsense cars that give you a lot of kit and space for your money. This second-generation model of the i20 supermini aims to continue doing that, but it isn’t quite stylish or interesting enough to stand out in the crowded and dynamic supermini class.

Key rivals for the i20 include the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, Seat Ibiza and Vauxhall Corsa. Hyundai calls the three-door i20 the i20 Coupe, which is an attempt to make the hatchback seem a bit sportier than it actually is.

Light steering and good visibility make the i20 good to drive around town, but out on the open road it doesn’t feel as sharp as the driver’s favourite the Ford Fiesta. Inside, offering plenty of room for passengers and their luggage is the name of the game. The i20 has one of the biggest boots in its class and adult passengers should be very happy in the back seats of the five-door.

Sadly, it doesn’t really look the part: many other superminis are both higher-quality and more stylish inside. And as you’d expect, the three-door i20 Coupe model is no match for the five-door when it comes to passenger comfort in the back seats. Also, the i20’s engine range is pretty lacklustre in the first place and the three-door has a greatly reduced choice of engines compared to the five-door.

The Euro NCAP crash-test result for the i20 was also slightly disappointing: it scored four out of five stars mainly because the latest active safety technology is optional on some models rather than being standard across the range.

Last Updated 

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 14:15

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Five years/unlimited miles
Boot size: 
326 litres
Width: 
1,734mm
Length: 
4,035mm
Height: 
1,474mm
Tax (min to max): 
£0 to £180

Best Hyundai I20 for... 

Hyundai I20 1.1 CRDi Blue S 5dr diesel hatchback
‘Blue’ is what Hyundai has chosen to call the ‘greenest’ models in its line-up. In the i20 that means a 1.1-litre diesel engine, no road tax and potentially over 88mpg fuel economy. Be warned, though: it’s extremely slow, taking 16 seconds to the 0-62mph sprint.
Hyundai I20 1.4 CRDI SE 5dr diesel hatchback
As neither the 1.2 or 1.4-litre petrol engines in the i20 are particularly good, we actually think the 1.4-litre diesel is the best all-round choice for everyday family motoring.
Hyundai I20 1.4 SE 5dr hatchback
‘Performance’ is a strong word to use about any Hyundai i20, but the 1.4-litre petrol engine (available only in the five-door as opposed to the supposedly sportier three-door) has the fastest on-paper 0-62mph time: an unremarkable 11.6 seconds.
Hyundai I20 1.4 Premium SE Nav 5dr Auto hatchback
Adding an automatic gearbox to the 1.4-litre petrol engine sends CO2 emissions through the roof (for £180 road tax) and diminishes an already pretty average driving experience. The range-topping Premium SE Nav trim level makes the i20 extremely expensive for what it is.

Hyundai I20 History 

August 2014: Hyundai reveals second-generation i20 five-door for 2015
December 2014: Three-door i20 Coupe revealed, also for 2015 sales

Understanding Hyundai I20 car names 

  • I20
  • Engine
    1.4
  • Trim
    Premium SE
  • Gearbox
    Auto
  • Engine
    There are two petrols (a 1.2 and a 1.4-litre) and two diesels (a 1.1 and a 1.4-litre) offered in the i20 five-door, while the three-door is only available with the more powerful of the 1.2s and the 1.4-litre diesel.
  • Trim
    The three-door i20 Coupe comes in three different versions (SE, Sport and Sport Nav) while the five-door has a more extensive range, comprising S, S Air, S Blue, SE, Premium, Premium SE, Premium Nav and Premium SE Nav.
  • Gearbox
    The three-door isn’t available with automatic transmission, but it’s an option with the 1.4-litre petrol engine in the five-door.

Hyundai I20 Engines 

Engines: 1.2, 1.4 (petrol); 1.1, 1.4 (diesel)

Your choice of engines in the Hyundai i20 depends on whether you want a three or five-door body. In the five-door, the selection begins with a 1.2-litre petrol engine, offered with either 74 or 83bhp. Their respective fuel economy and performance figures aren’t all that different, so you may as well save some money and get the less powerful one if this is your choice.

The 1.4-litre petrol is acceptably fast with a manual gearbox, but at just over 50mpg, its fuel economy isn’t great. It gets worse in both respects if you specify an automatic gearbox – something that we really wouldn’t recommend doing unless you really have to.

On the diesel front, the 1.1-litre engine’s efficiency figures look very good (particularly in extra-frugal Blue form), but its 16-second 0-62mph time is miserably slow, even for a small supermini. You’ll really find yourself struggling to keep up with the flow of traffic in this car and overtaking trucks and buses will be a perilous affair.

That’s why we think the 1.4-litre diesel – despite not being all that remarkable in isolation – is the best engine in the i20 range. It can approach 70mpg if driven gently, yet has sufficient power to handle town and motorway driving with ease.

The three-door i20 Coupe is only available with the 1.2-litre 83bhp petrol and the 1.4-litre diesel – so if you want the fastest or the most efficient i20, you’re stuck with the five-door.

Fuel

Mpg

Bhp

0 - 62mph

top speed

1.2

Petrol

58.9mpg

74bhp

13.6s

99mph

1.2*

Petrol

55.4mpg

83bhp

13.1s

106mph

1.4

Petrol

51.4 - 42.2mpg

99bhp

11.6 - 13.2s

106 - 114mph

1.1

Diesel

70.6 - 88.3mpg

74bhp

16.0s

99mph

1.4*

Diesel

68.9mpg

89bhp

12.1s

109mph

Hyundai I20 Trims 

Trims: S, S Air, S Blue, SE, Premium, Premium SE, Premium Nav, Premium SE Nav (five-door); SE, Sport, Sport Nav (three-door)

Three-door Hyundai i20 buyers again have a narrower choice here, but our pick of the line-up, the SE version, is offered in both bodystyles.

The five-door range begins with S, where standard kit is thin on the ground, but does include six airbags, power-adjustable mirrors, front electric windows, a split-folding rear seat and USB/MP3 player connection ports. S Air simply adds air-conditioning to that mix, while S Blue is the trim level for the most efficient version of the 1.1-litre diesel engine, adding a stop-start system that ‘pauses’ the engine when you stop in traffic, in order to save fuel.

SE has 16-inch alloys, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, electric windows front and rear, front foglights, lane-departure warning, a leather gearknob and steering wheel, luggage hooks in the boot and rear parking sensors.

Moving up to Premium gets you more speakers (six versus the SE’s four), a driver’s armrest, automatic headlights and wipers, climate control, LED lights and a smartphone dock. Premium Nav includes all this plus a seven-inch touchscreen sat-nav system, rear-view parking camera and DAB digital radio.

The Premium SE sports a panoramic sunroof that really brightens up the interior, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and front as well as rear parking sensors. It doesn’t have touchscreen infotainment, but again this is added by the Premium SE Nav trim.

Sport trim is exclusive to the three-door i20 and features 17-inch alloy wheels, a driver’s armrest, automatic headlights and wipers, climate control, power-folding mirrors and tinted rear glass. Similar to the Premium and Premium SE, there’s also a Sport Nav trim level that adds the seven-inch touchscreen with sat nav, a parking camera and DAB digital radio.

Hyundai I20 Reliability and warranty 

Judging by the results of Auto Express magazine’s 2015 customer satisfaction survey, the second-generation Hyundai i20 needs to make a big improvement on the reliability and build quality of its predecessor, which was ranked 167th and 192nd respectively in those areas out of 200 cars. This current model appeared too late to feature in the same survey, so it’s a case of waiting until the 2016 edition to find out how owners are getting on.

The one bright spot is, of course, Hyundai’s excellent five-year/unlimited mileage warranty – effectively the most comprehensive guarantee of any manufacturer (sister brand Kia’s lasts for seven years, but is limited to 100,000 miles).

Used Hyundai I20 

Hyundai’s cars have improved greatly in the last decade or so, but the brand still doesn’t have the cachet of VW or Ford, so they don’t tend to hold their value very well on the used market. This can be both the cause and result of big discounts from dealers and at the time of writing ya 1.4-litre petrol i20 in SE trim was available for nearly 20% under list on Buyacar.

The oldest examples of this second-generation Hyundai you’ll find will be coming up on their first year and early trends suggest the diesels will hold their value better than the petrols in the long run. So if you’re a fairly low-mileage driver, a year-old i20 in our preferred SE specification with the 1.4-litre engine for under the £10,000 mark looks like a great buy.

Prices below show typical BuyaCar discounts for our pick of new and used models. Scroll down further for the very latest new Hyundai i20 deals or search for all new and used Hyundai i20 offers.

List price

BuyaCar new

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for performance

Hyundai I20 1.4 SE 5dr hatchback

Price

£13,625

£11,295

£9,900

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17%

27%

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Best for families

Hyundai I20 1.4 CRDI SE 5dr diesel hatchback

Price

£15,025

£12,749

£11,415

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6%

16%

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Best for economy

Hyundai I20 1.1 CRDi Blue S 5dr diesel hatchback

Price

£12,745

£11,572

£9,700

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9%

24%

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Hyundai I20 Prices

Hyundai I20 Active

1.0t gdi active 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,818

You could save up to: £2297

Hyundai I20 Go SE

1.2 go se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,449

You could save up to: £2056

Hyundai I20 Premium Nav

1.0 t-gdi premium nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,689

You could save up to: £2451

1.0 t-gdi premium nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £15,751

You could save up to: £2639

1.0t gdi premium nav 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,065

You could save up to: £2345

1.0t gdi premium nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,065

You could save up to: £2345

1.2 mpi premium nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,924

You could save up to: £2316

1.2 premium nav 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,218

You could save up to: £2192

1.2 premium nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,218

You could save up to: £2192

1.4 premium nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £14,499

You could save up to: £2411

Hyundai I20 Premium SE Nav

1.0 t-gdi [120] premium se nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,964

You could save up to: £2676

1.0t gdi [120] premium se nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,343

You could save up to: £2567

1.2 mpi premium se nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,597

You could save up to: £2498

1.2 premium se nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,068

You could save up to: £2342

1.4 premium se nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £15,349

You could save up to: £2561

Hyundai I20 S

1.2 mpi s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,017

You could save up to: £1973

1.2 s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £10,239

You could save up to: £1666

Hyundai I20 S Air

1.2 s air 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £10,877

You could save up to: £1778

Hyundai I20 SE

1.0 t-gdi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,051

You could save up to: £2339

1.0 t-gdi se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £15,114

You could save up to: £2526

1.0t gdi se 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,858

You could save up to: £2132

1.0t gdi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,858

You could save up to: £2132

1.2 mpi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,861

You could save up to: £2129

1.2 se 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,028

You could save up to: £1982

1.2 se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,028

You could save up to: £1982

1.4 se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £13,309

You could save up to: £2201