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The all-new Hyundai i20 is a replacement for Hyundai Getz. Our review is based on various published car reviews online and reliability data available. Getz was the most popular model, but with i20 sales were steady in 2011. However, Hyundai may launch performance packs in 2012 for i20.

It is a good replacement for Getz, and most of the car buyers appreciated the new model. It is a small hatchback and probably a best alternative for Volkswagen Up, which was recently launched. The close competitors are Vauxhall Corsa and Toyota Yaris. It is nicely styled and perfectly engineered with a solid body and comfortable high-quality interior. You will enjoy the engine smoothness, and it provides calm drive on the motorway.

You can choose between two powerful engines 1.2 litre petrol and 1.4 litre diesel that provides ample power. Hyundai i20 is perfect for any car buyer because of generous equipment levels, five years warranty and low running costs. It is a fully loaded package that doesn’t hurt your budget. In other words, it is cheap to buy with easily affordable running costs and full of features. Car is well-managed for safe driving, and it is stunningly amazing car for such a low price. It might not attract few buyers because there are other competitors offering better drive.

Hyundai i20 prices

Hyundai i20 Trim Price
1.2 Classic 3door £9,895
1.2 Classic 5door £10,395
1.2 Comfort 3door £10,745
1.2 Comfort 5door £11,245
1.4 Comfort 5door £11,745
1.4 CRDi 74 Comfort 5door £12,395
1.4 Style 5door £12,745
1.4 CRDi 89 Blue 5door £13,345
1.4 CRDi 89 Style 5door £13,895

Power & Performance

The entry-level 1.2 litre engine with the 78bhp offers good economy and it is the most preferred engine. More than 50% i20s on the road use the entry-level 1.2 litre engine because of a good performance overall.

It is not the fastest, but it provides a smooth and economical ride in and outside of town. Engine performance is perfect for a town car with an average fuel economy of 54mpg. You can quickly move around town with i20. However, the CO2 emissions are relatively high with 124g/km. The 1.4 litre petrol engine offer more power, but you can find the difference during high-speed. It is borrowed from i30. The automatic transmission option is available with this engine only.

You can also choose between two diesel engines 1.4 litre CRDi with 75bhp or 90bhp. Both the engines are cheaper to run with an average fuel economy of 64mpg. For 2012, little performance upgrades are expected, but no news for big change. Reviewers have found changes in emissions when aerodynamics is improved. These changes are also seen on diesel engines.

Hyundai i20 drives good and absorb small bumps well although at higher speeds, it is not smooth as other competitor cars. Handling is remarkably good through the corners. The steering is smooth that offers good feel and grip. Thanks to the low weigh that makes the drive nimble five-speed gearbox, and soft clutch improve the driving dynamics significantly.

Interior & Exterior

When you get inside the car, you will notice quality and comfort. Seats are firm that is something unusual for low price car. Seats are designed to support the lower back, but unsuitable  for long journeys. There is plenty of space to stretch yourself even if you are six feet tall. Rear seats have limited headroom like other competitors, which is common and nothing to complain about.

Hyundai i20 is a quiet car, road noise is kept to least making it a surprisingly good motorway car. Entry level vehicle comes with air conditioning, remote central locking and electric front windows, which make the car outstanding. Car is loaded with features like alloys, electric rear windows, steering wheel mounted controls and a MP3 player cable. The Style trim comes loaded with half leather seats, leather steering wheel, fog lights and climate control. There is enough storage of 295 lire that be increased with back seats folded down.

Safety & Reliability

Hyundai i20 is one of the safest cars to drive it receives five out five-star rating in Euro NCAP’s crash tests. It comes with six airbags along with Active Head Restraints, and stability control is standard. It is a pretty safe small car to drive.

Hyundai has a good record of reliability and there are no complaints in past three years. You are also covered with five-year warranty.

eBest Cars Verdict

It is a perfect hatchback and a good alternative to many highly priced vehicles. The base model is well equipped with features and equipment. Green credentials are not as good as competitors, but fuel economy is good. It is not heavy on your budget and a good choice for a town car.

Hyundai i20 Pictures


About the author: Ahmad Wali


Ahmad Wali is associated with automotive industry from past 4 years. Also the member of the Cars Edition Magazine and critique for latest car reviews. Apart from Automotive industry he is an Entrepreneur running blog network including UK eBest Cars. Say Hello on twitter


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