Review: Hyundai i20 Coupe (2015 – 2017)
Looks great. Practical and spacious cabin. Relaxed driving dynamics.
Performance and handling don't match the looks. Only two engines on offer initially with a wait for the 1.0-litre turbo.
Hyundai i20 Coupe (2015 – 2017): At A Glance
The three-door Hyundai i20 isn’t just a shrunken down facsimile of the five-door – it gets a look all of its own and a name to match - the i20 Coupe. With its ‘floating’ roofline and narrow rear window, along with a roof spoiler and muscular rear haunches, it looks quite the little hot hatch.
Sadly it isn’t as exciting as it looks – the i20 Coupe is actually relaxed and easy-to-drive, which is partly down to the engines on offer. There are just two to choose from initially – a 1.2-litre petrol with 84PS and a 1.4-litre diesel with 90PS. Both offer fairly leisurely performance, with 0-62mph taking more than 10 seconds. Thankfully a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine is due shortly after launch.
On the road the i20 Coupe is friendly and easy going, rather than exciting and entertaining. The suspension provides good ride quality even on rough roads and there is plenty of grip, though there is no real sensation through the light steering and the feathery gear change doesn't feel particularly rewarding. That will suit some drivers and leave others frustrated.
Practicality is good, with space in the rear for adults, though getting in and out will be far easier for an agile child. The boot is large for a car this size at 311 litres, plus it is wide, but it has a load lip that would make loading heavy, bulky items difficult.
Unlike the five-door i20, the Coupe has a simple trim structure, with SE, Sport and Sport Nav grades, all of which come well equipped as standard. Cruise control, alloy wheels, Bluetooth and parking sensors come fitted to all cars, while upper trim levels gain extras such as larger alloy wheels, automatic lights and automatic wipers.
It might look the part, but the i20 Coupe lacks the dynamic flair and fun factor of rivals like the SEAT Ibiza SC or the three-door Ford Fiesta. If, however, you want your sporty styling to come with everyday usability and comfort, the i20 Coupe is worth a look – but be aware that the five-door offers better value for money and superior practicality.
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Hyundai i20 Coupe (2015 – 2017): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 311–1011 litres
The sloping roofline and narrow rear window might make you think the i20 Coupe is far less practical than the five-door, but there is a surprising amount of rear head and legroom. Most adults will be comfortable in the back even on longer journeys, though the fairly tight access means the rear row is better suited to carrying children.
The boot is a good size at 311 litres, which is ever so slightly behind the 326 litres of the five-door, but still ahead of many conventional hatchbacks including the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. It’s well shaped, making it ideal for shopping and trips away. The only niggle is a high load lip, which becomes a problem when loading and unloading bulky or heavy items.
Aside from that the i20 Coupe is about the same as the five-door car, which is a good thing. Material quality is up there with the best and the layout is neat and simple. The instruments are clear and the minor controls for air conditioning or audio are easy to understand and get used to. There’s also a nifty mount to keep smartphones in sight and charged.
The trim structure for the Coupe is more simple than for the five-door, kicking off with SE rather than S. That means all cars get air conditioning, alloy wheels, cruise control, parking sensors, Bluetooth and LED running lights. The Sport gains luxury extras like larger wheels, while the top Sport Nav gets a 7-inch touchscreen, DAB radio and navigation.
SE is the base trim level and comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, electric windows, LED running lights, cruise control, speed limiter, four-speaker audio system, steering wheel mounted audio and phone controls and front fog lights.
Sport trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic lights, automatic wipers, climate control with auto defog, power folding door mirrors and six-speaker audio.
Sport Nav is the top trim and adds a seven-inch touchscreen with navigation, DAB radio and reversing camera.
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What's the Hyundai i20 Coupe (2015 – 2017) like to drive?
Despite its sporty styling, the i20 Coupe is really a relaxed, sedate car on the road. Ride comfort takes precedent over stiff suspension and agile handling, giving the i20 Coupe an easy-going character on poor quality British back roads, while in town the light controls and slick gearchange make parking and stop-start traffic jams effortless.
That’s very Hyundai-like, but it doesn’t really tally with the Coupe name and stylish looks. That said, there is plenty of grip and the i20 Coupe is surefooted through corners, with decent body control unless there are sudden direction changes involved. It's just a shame that its capability isn't allied to some excitement and verve.
The engine range is simple, with two choices. The petrol option is a 1.2-litre with 84PS, which is a bit long in the tooth now. It needs to be revved hard to offer useful performance, though once settled down to a cruise it is quiet enough. Unfortunately it isn’t as economical as the more modern turbo engines offered by rivals - it produces 119g/km of CO2 and has official economy of 55.4mpg.
The 1.4-litre diesel engine is better all round, with 90PS on tap and peak torque of 240Nm available from 1500rpm. That makes it more flexible than the petrol on faster roads and better suited to overtaking or joining a fast flowing motorway. Emissions are 106g/km and economy is 68.9mpg, but there is a hefty £2000 premium to pay over the petrol.
Thankfully there is a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol on the way with 120PS. Due towards the end of 2015, this should give the i20 Coupe more exciting performance, plus it is set to deliver lower emissions and better economy than the 1.2-litre, but for less of a premium than the diesel engine.
|1.0 T-GDI 100||63 mpg||10.7 s||104 g/km|
|1.0 T-GDI 120||59 mpg||10.2 s||112 g/km|
|1.2||55 mpg||12.8 s||119 g/km|
|1.2 Blue Drive||55 mpg||12.8 s||115 g/km|
|1.4 CRDi||69–71 mpg||12.1 s||106 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Hyundai i20 Coupe (2015 – 2017)
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