Hyundai i20 (2009–2015)

Model History

July 2008

All-new Hyundai i20 launched at Paris Motor Show

Features Hyundai’s trademark chrome-topped grille and teardrop headlamps at the front, while striking stacked rear light clusters give the rear end a distinctive look. Generous levels of standard equipment. Roomy and comfortable inside. Decent rear legroom. Takes 3 across the back seat.

Engine range: 1.4 chain cam diesel (based on i30's 1.6) with 75 or 90PS, both with 220Nm torque and 6 speed manual; 1.6 chain cam diesel with 115 or 128PS, both with 260Nm torque and 6 speed manual. 1.6 chain cam petrol with 126PS and 157Nm available with 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto; 1.4 chain cam petrol with 100PS and 137Nm torque available with 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto; and 1.2 chain cam alloy block Kappa petrol with 78PS and 5-speed manual. (1.6s had not reached the UK by the end of 2009.)

Based on the all-new i20 the i-blue car concept delivers a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. Modifications include: full-length under floor covers, a 15 millimetre reduction in ground clearance, changes to the front and rear aerodynamics, low rolling resistance tyres and high performance, low friction engine oil. The i20 i-blue concept is fitted with Hyundai’s all new state-of-the-art 1.4 CRDi diesel engine, which produces 90PS and generates 220Nm of torque. To further improve economy, it drives through a six-speed manual gearbox – instead of the car’s usual five-speed unit. With a CO2 output of just 99g/km and a fuel consumption figure of 68mpg, the i20 i-blue set new standards for the sector.

December 2008

Prices start at just £8195 for the entry level 1.2-litre Classic. Despite the low price, all i20s are equipped with air-conditioning, six airbags, active head restraints, remote locking, electric front windows and an aux-in socket. In addition there is the reassurance of Hyundai’s Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty – unique in this class.

The mid-range Comfort model – expected to be the best seller and starting at £8995 – adds 15-inch alloy wheels, body colour door mirrors and handles, electric rear windows, full iPod integration, steering wheel mounted audio controls, a trip computer and a six-speaker system.Flagship of the i20 range is the Style, equipped with 16-inch alloys, climate control, part-leather upholstery, metal-look facia and front fog lights.

The i20 launched with two new petrol and diesel engines, starting with an advanced 78PS 1.2-litre ‘Kappa’ petrol which is expected to be the range biggest seller. Its CO2 rating of just 124g/km was around 15g less than similarly-sized petrol engines from rivals and it returns 54.3 mpg on the combined cycle.Next up in the range is a 1.4-litre, 100PS 1.4-litre petrol borrowed from the i30. In the i20 it returns 50.4mpg on the combined cycle and produces 133g/km – better that some rivals’ 1.0-litre engines.

Meeting the demand for low-emission, high economy diesel power, the i20’s all-new CRDi engines both have a 1.4-litre capacity and offer 75PS or 90PS. Emissions and fuel economy figures are exceptional – at just 116g/km and 64.2 mpg for the 75PS version and 118g/km and 62.8 mpg for the larger-wheeled 90PS model. This places both i20 diesels in band ‘B’ for VED, making a tax disc cost just £35/year. Furthermore, company car drivers will find they are taxed for benefit-in-kind at just 13% – offering significant savings for those wanting to downsize.

Active Head Restraints and a total of six airbags are standard on all i20s.Five door models went on sale January 15, 2009, with the first three-door i20s arriving in April 2009.

i20 1.2 Classic 3-dr £8,195
i20 1.2 Classic 5-dr £8,645
i20 1.2 Comfort 3-dr £8,995
i20 1.2 Comfort 5-dr £9,445
i20 1.4 Comfort 3-dr £9,495
i20 1.4 Comfort 5-dr £9,945
i20 1.4 Comfort 5-dr auto £10,845
i20 1.4 Style 5-dr £10,845
i20 1.4CRDI 74 Comfort 3-dr £9,995
i20 1.4CRDI 74 Comfort 5-dr £10,445
i20 1.4CRDI 89 Style 5-dr £11,845

February 2009

i20 three-door launched

The i20 three-door went on sale in the first quarter of 2009, adding a lower entry-level price to the i20 2009 line-up.

1.2 petrol manual Classic and Comfort: 0-60 12.6 seconds; top speed 103mph; combined mpg 54.3; CO2 emissions 124g/km. VED 2009/10 Band D: £120pa VED 2010/11 Band D £90; Insurance Group 3E/8E

1.4 petrol manual Comfort: 0-60 11.3 seconds; top speed 112mph; combined mpg 50.4; CO2 emissions 133g/km. VED 2009/10 Band E: £120pa VED 2010/11 Band E £110; Insurance Group 4E/12E

1.4 petrol manual Style: 0-60 11.3 seconds; top speed 112mph; combined mpg 50.4; CO2 emissions 142g/km. VED 2009/10 Band F: £125pa VED 2010/11 Band F £125; Insurance Group 4E/12E

1.4 petrol automatic Comfort: 0-60 is 12.6 seconds; top speed 107mph; combined mpg 45.6mpg; CO2 emissions 146g/km. VED 2009/10 Band F: £125pa VED 2010/11 Band F £125; Insurance Group 4E/12E.

1.4 75PS diesel manual Comfort: 0-60 15.9 seconds; top speed 100mph; combined mpg 64.2; CO2 emissions 116g/km. VED 2009/10 Band C: £35pa VED 2010/11 Band C £30; Insurance Group 3E/10E

1.4 90PS diesel manual Style: 0-60 13.3 seconds; top speed 106mph; combined mpg 64.2; CO2 emissions 118g/km. VED 2009/10 Band C: £35pa VED 2010/11 Band C £30; Insurance Group 4E/11E

In 2010, ISG technology including stop start and Bosch system of regeneration alternator will bring i20 1.2 Kappa petrol engine under 120g/km.

March 2010

i20 Blue launched

The i20 blue features the U2 1.4-litre diesel engine, designed and engineered at the R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and produces 75PS at a lower rpm level of 4000, while generating 220 Nm of torque. The power train is mated to the latest six- speed manual transmission. Producing just 98g/km of CO2 emissions, the i20 blue is scheduled to go into production in 2011. A noticeable change from the driver’s perspective is the application of a Hyundai-specific Idle Stop & Go (ISG) system. This cuts the engine when the car is stationary and restarts it when the clutch pedal is depressed. With ISG, an alternator management system is added to maximise energy regeneration during braking and disconnecting the alternator when it’s not needed.

July 2010

i20 updated

Improvements announced: lower emissions and Bluetooth standard on all apart from base models. Minor changes to the aerodynamics and engine have resulted in a boost in fuel efficiency for all engines, while the interior is now more stylish and better equipped.

The best-selling 1.2-litre petrol engine, already one of the most efficient in the class, drops its emissions by 5g/km to 119g/km. This results in a tax disc costing just £30 and company car tax benefit-in-kind rates of just 10 per cent. CO2 of the 1.4-litre drop even further, with the Style models down by 13g/km to just 129g/km. This results in a drop of two Vehicle Excise Duty bands and a 4.3mpg improvement.

The two diesel engines also see significant savings, with the 75PS model dropping by 6g/km to just 110g/km. The 90PS version gains a six-speed gearbox which helps it achieve a 7.2 per cent improvement in fuel economy.

These improvements have been made possible by adding a small spoiler to the underneath of the car to improve airflow around the wheels, fitting an Eco Drive indicator in the instrument panel to suggest the best point to change gear, using low friction engine oil and an alternator management system.

Inside, there are two blue additions. Firstly, the dashboard and instrument illumination is now blue rather than red, bringing the i20 into line with larger Hyundai models. Bluetooth phone connectivity with voice recognition is now added as standard on all models except the entry-level Classic.

The new i20 is available to order now, with prices starting at £9,520. All i20s are covered by a manufacturer-backed, unlimited mileage Five Year Warranty and are equipped with ESP and air conditioning as standard.

January 2011

Facelifted i20 Bluedrive 1.4 diesel comes in under 100g/km so VED and Congestion Charge exempt from April 2011.

August 2011

The second sub-100g/km CO2 model in Hyundai’s range is available now priced at £13,195. The i20 Blue follows on from the success of the smaller i10 Blue, and makes use of intelligent stop and go (ISG), low rolling resistance tyres, rear wheel air deflectors and a suspension cover.

The i20 Blue is based on the 1.4 CRDi 90PS Comfort model, but with these additional features CO2 emissions are reduced from 111g/km in the regular Comfort trim to 98g/km in the Blue model. That means £0 first and second year VED rate and congestion charge exemption. Fuel consumption is down, too – the i20 Blue manages an official combined cycle figure of 76.4mpg.

Standard equipment includes 15-inch alloy wheels , Bluetooth with voice recognition, electric heated and folding door mirrors, electric front and rear windows, steering wheel mounted audio controls, USB/ AUX-in, air conditioning and remote central locking .

March 2012

Facelift shown at Geneva Motor Show bringing look of i20, in line with new i30. Gets same 1.1-litre, 3-cylinder ‘U-II’ diesel engine as KIA Rio that generates 75 ps diesel engine, down to 84g/km CO2 and in the future a new turbocharged 1.2 T-GDI Kappa engine. This unit is not yet confirmed for application in a production vehicle, but would be well suited to a B / C segment car. Key facts: Displacement 1.248cc 4-cylinder, T-GDI, DOHC 16v Direct injection CO2 emissions less than 110 g/km.

What does a Hyundai i20 (2009 – 2015) cost?

List Price from £14,380
Buy new from £12,398
Contract hire from £157.06 per month