Hyundai i20 (2015–)

What's good

Offers a comfortable and relaxing drive.

Cabin is well made, using quality materials.

Practical and spacious, with a large boot and good rear legroom.

Awarded a four-star Euro NCAP rating in 2015. Adult occupant safety was 85 per cent, child safety 73 per cent, safety assist 64 per cent and pedestrian safety 79 per cent.

What to watch out for

Engines aren't up to the standards of the latest from Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen.

Not the most enjoyable hatchback to drive on a country road.

20-12-2016: High oil consumption of 1 litre per 1000 miles reported on April 2016 Hyundai i20 (engine not mentioned).

28-6-2017: Report of "flat spot between 1st and 2nd gear and slight hesitation/power loss intermittently." on 2016 Hyundai i20 at 12k miles. Dealer repladed clutch under warranty (oil seal leak). Car seemed ok for a few days after that but the symptons started again. Owner took the car back but dealer couldn't find any fault after a road test. After trying some fuel cleaner and a few tanks of VPower the symptoms still persist and the hesitation / judder is more or less constant throughout the gears. This is more noticeable on slight increase of acceleration. At high motorway speeds the car seems fine though.

26-10-2018: Report of clutch juddering in 1st and reverse gear in 2016 Hyundai i20 at 26,600 miles. Happens when setting off then settles down. Clutch already replaced twos. First time at 8k miles due to a failed cranksahft end seal. Then at 17k miles in January 2018 because of judder. Dealer found high thin high spots all over flywheel, and clutch cover slight high spot round marks indicating clutch discs/clutch cover not engaging properly. Required new flywheel and clutch kit. They replaced clutch cover, disc, flywheel, bolts and release bearing. Owner now worried that same could be happening again.

22-2-2019: Report of corroded brake discs, front and rear, on 2016 Hyundai i20.

31-7-2019: Report of 2017 Hyundai i20 suffering hailstone damage to its roof. The cars parked alongside were undamaged, so owner saw this as a weakness.

30-1-2020: Report of failure of clutch of August 2019 Hyundai i20. Clutch slipping soon after delivery and Hyundai and dealer eventually agreed to clutch and flywheel replacement. Problem has now reappeared at 3000 miles.

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