Hyundai i20

Hyundia i20 motability car front and backThe new for 2015 Hyundai i20 is 3 or 5 door small hatchback similar in size to the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo the previous model was a touch ‘budget’ whereas this new car is smarter in every department, sadly the engines are all carried over from the previous version which is a shame. This new i20 is longer, lower and wider than before, with a wheelbase that has increased by 45mm – meaning there’s more space inside for passengers, boot size is class leading at 326 litres and certainly ticks the boxes for design, comfort, practicality and equipment levels.


Hyundia i20 motability car dashboardThe Hyundai i20 is available in four trims, ‘S’, ‘SE”, Premium and Premium SE, the entry level ‘S’ with air conditioning is imaginatively titled S Air, but we would move straight up to the SE as on top of the basics you add cruise control, 16″ alloy wheels, bluetooth, front fog lights, lane departure warning system, rear parking sensors and a CD/Radio player (not DAB) The Premium trim adds a front armrest, privacy glass, climate control, automatic lights and wipers and a dashboard mounted smartphone holder/charger, the range topping Premium SE adds a panoramic glass sunroof, heated front seats and steering wheel and front and rear parking sensors.


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The new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged has now arrived offering 99 bhp and economy of 64.2 miles per gallon making this the pick of the manual gearbox engines, the automatic choice is limited to the 1.4 litre petrol sadly. The other five powertrains are a 74bhp or 84bhp version of the 1.2-litre petrol that can return 55.4 mpg, a 99bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine or in diesel form a 74bhp 1.1-litre three cylinder that can return 88.3 miles per gallon and an 89bhp 1.4-litre four-cylinder that offers 68.9 mpg. The i20’s 84bhp five speed manual 1.2 isn’t turbocharged so feels lethargic and short on power. A 0-62mph time of 13.1 seconds highlights its power deficiency. The 1.4-litre diesel has far more urgency about it if a little loud at idle but on the move power delivery is smoother and the car is quicker.
The Hyundai i20 is a good car but it can’t quite compete on the engine front, we look forward to the new 1.0 turbo until then the Renault Clio and Peugeot 208 are great cars that are better value this quarter as both a Manual or Automatic option.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Autumn Best Buy – Hyundai i20 5 door ‘SE’ 1.0 petrol 99 bhp manual   –   £58.50 per week   (You keep £1.25 per week plus any increase in DLA/PIP in year 2 and 3)

Autumn Best Buy – Hyundai i20 5 door ‘SE’ 1.4 petrol 100bhp Automatic   –Nil Advance Payment (£61.06 wpms)