Hyundai i20 2018 review

Our Verdict
Hyundai i20
Hyundai i20

The second-generation Hyundai i20 is a very spacious, well-kitted and keenly priced addition to the competitive supermini segment, but is ultimately let down by its weak engines

  • First Drive Hyundai i20 2018 review
    Optional dual-clutch automatic gearbox and exterior styling tweaks modernise Hyundai’s supermini, but it’s still not an exciting drive
  • First Drive 2016 Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition review
    Packed with standard kit, the Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition is great value, but the driving experience still leaves us cold
Tom Morgan, Online Reviews Editor
6 June 2018
Follow @tommorgan3
What is it?

A fresher-faced, better-equipped version of Hyundai’s entry in the hotly contested supermini segment.

The i20 has been around in its current guise since 2014, but with the Seat Ibiza now established as front runner, and the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta not far behind, Hyundai is aiming to stay within reaching distance of the podium with a few much-needed mid-life nips and tucks.

Major mechanical changes? Aside from the option of a new automatic gearbox, not very many. Opt for the 99bhp 1.0-litre T-GDi engine and you can now choose between a five-speed manual ‘box or a seven-speed dual-clutcher.

The 74bhp and 83bhp atmospheric 1.2-litre petrols both come mated to a five-speed manual transmission, while the more potent 118bhp turbo has a six-speed gearbox. Everything gets auto start-stop as standard in the name of fuel efficiency.

Hyundai’s SafetySense suite of driver aids now comes as standard on all but the most basic trim level, while even entry-level S models get an upgraded infotainment system.