7th May, 2021

Motoring: Hyundai’s new and improved i20 is a worthy rival to the Ford Fiesta

Malvern Editorial 16th Apr, 2021

Hyundai – i20 SE Connect

REVIEW By Tony Yates

I HAVE not tested a Hyundai in a while, so I thought it was about time I tested the new i20 – a car that was on my list of top10 cars to review during 2021.

The i20 for me is the ‘family car’ – the comfort blanket as to say.

This is the car you will use to take your wife and children on holiday in and the car you will use for many years to come as you navigate your way through the trials of life.

Power and Efficiency:

My test car was fitted with a Turbocharged 1.0 litre T-GDi 3-cylinder petrol engine (+48v mild hybrid system) that has 100PS and 172Nm of torque – which puts it right up there with the likes of the Ford Fiesta eco edition.

The i20 also has a decent 0-62 time of just over 10 seconds and a top speed of 117mph – meaning it will easily keep up in brisk traffic or manage very well on the motorway.

Remember, the i20 is not a pocket rocket.

YES, it looks very sporty with its angled lines and flashy alloys– but when all said and done, in my book – It’s what I would call reserved and reliable, and let’s remember, these are all the things that will make you and your family very happy indeed.

On the road:

As I said earlier – the i20 is perfect for driving the children to school, pottering around in town, or taking you and your family on a real adventure.

The ride quality is not what I would have liked it to be – it’s a little bit soft for me– although this is pretty much what most people want in today’s world.

So, soft is good.

What I will say though is that it felt amazing into the corners and the suspension dealt with most of the surfaces with ease and although the ride itself was soft – you really can throw the i20 into any corner and come out the other side with all your hair still in place and with a grin the size of Mount Rushmore.

Design & Technology:

On the outside, the i20 looks elegant and well thought out from a design point of view – even with its loud Blue exterior paint job.

In the past, I may have said Hyundai interiors were in my book a little bland.

Well, I’m happy to report the new i20 has none of that and it is festooned with lots of gadgets to keep you happy.

Plus, all the surfaces feel nice and are not scratchy, or look like I made them.

To be honest, its functional and everything is in the right place.

Some of the standard equipment on the i20 includes; Centre Console Display – (8.0”) Touchscreen Display Audio with Smart Device Integration, Digital Supervision Cluster (10.25”) Bluetooth® Connectivity with Voice Recognition, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) Forward Collision Assist (FCA) (AEB) with Pedestrian Monitoring, 16” Alloy Wheels, Lane Keep Assist (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and a whole lot more.

To sum up: The i20 is a great alternative to the Ford Fiesta and is a worthy contender here because it has bags of interior space and a large boot.

If you are thinking of buying one, then I would take the i20 out for a test drive before you hit the Ford showroom.

Price: from £18,595

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