Hyundai i20 (2009 – 2015) At A Glance
The Hyundai i20 is the replacement for the dated Getz and it's a huge improvement in both quality and design. So much so in fact, the Hyundai i20 is a genuine rival to more established small hatchbacks like the Toyota Yaris and Vauxhall Corsa.
It majors on value for money with competitive prices and generous standard equipment levels. The i20 also comes with a five-year warranty as standard, backing up the feeling it has of a very well built and durable car. But this hasn't been at the expense of comfort or interior quality.
Inside it's neatly laid out with a comfortable cabin, intuitive controls and a classy steering wheel design. True, some of the cheaper models can feel a little sparse inside (with rather less appealing plastics used) but they still share the same robust feel. Refinement is impressive too and on the move there's little engine or road noise, so motorway cruising is pleasantly stress free.
Thanks to neat steering and well set-up suspension, the Hyundai i20 is good to drive, striking an impressive balance between handling and ride comfort. This is backed up by a small but strong choice of engines, with one CRDI diesel and two petrols available.
It's actually the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol that is the best choice. It's urgent and revs freely, making it ideal for nipping in and out of city streets plus it's more than happy at motorway speeds. Best of all, it is capable of 54.3mpg and works well with the positive five-speed gearbox.
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Ask Honest John
What's the best small automatic car for £5000?
"What would be the best small automatic car to buy for under £5000? Ideally, something which is good for the occasional trip outside the city."
We'd recommend a Hyundai i20 or Suzuki Swift. Both are reliable little cars with good automatic gearboxes that'll keep up with traffic on the open road.
How easy is it to retrofit electric wing mirrors?
"I have a 14-plate Hyundai i20 and would like to know if I can install electric mirrors instead of the manual ones. There is a space on the door for the wires."
It's possible, but you would require a considerable level technical knowledge to do this. A Haynes manual might assist with the wiring diagram, you will also need the wiring loom, plastic covers and controllers. Might be best to speak to an independent Hyundai specialist. You should be able to find one with our Good Garage Guide: https://good-garage-guide.honestjohn.co.uk
Is it worth spending more to get a manufacturer approved-used car?
"My Hyundai i20 was written off recently. My insurer has offered me £3695 to find a replacement. I found one on the AA used car website from for that price, but it's not AA-approved. Can I buy it with confidence? It comes with 12 months MoT, three months warranty and free breakdown cover. a Hyundai-approved car is £4150, so I would have to put my own money in. I don't want to, but is it wiser to do that? Both dealers are far away from me so if something went wrong I couldn't easily take it back. Can I hold out for more money from insurer? They say they've done their research and I can get a car for £3695."
You found a car for £3695. An insurance settlement does not buy you a car with a dealer warranty because that would be 'betterment'. You'll probably have less argument buying from the Hyundai dealer, so might be worth the extra £450. A dealer is automatically liable for any major fault that could have pre-existed the sale of the car for six months from the sale of the car.
Why is my fuel economy 7mpg less in winter?
"Why is my fuel economy 7mpg less in winter? Since the weather has got colder, my fuel economy has got a lot worse. From an average of 43mpg in summer, I’m now only getting 36mpg. Apparently it shouldn’t drop by more than 3mpg, at most, because of the cold. Is that correct?
The temperature gauge slowly rises to just under half way, stays there and never wavers. The heater does get quite hot, but never that hot. It has been suggested that this big drop and poor mpg could be caused by a faulty thermostat. Would the diagnostic computer not have spotted this? Do you think this could be the problem? It’s going to cost me £170 for the garage to replace, which I don’t want to pay if I don’t have to."
Depends how far you regularly drive the car and therefore how much of your motoring is on enriched mixture and how much is on normal mixture. If you are regularly driving 20-mile journeys then fuel economy should not be more than 2-3mpg worse in winter. But if most of your runs are short, then it could easily be 7mpg worse.