Hyundai i20 (2015 – 2020) Review

Hyundai i20 (2015 – 2020) At A Glance

4/5

+Functional and spacious interior, good value for money (especially high spec models), long warranty.

-Not as fashionable as the latest SEAT Ibiza or Ford Fiesta. Naturally-aspirated petrol engines are slow. Entry-level models are fairly basic.

Insurance Groups are between 4–11
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

Neatly designed, comfortable, well-equipped and easy to drive, the Hyundai i20 is precisely what most car buyers want. It faces stiff competition from stalwarts like the Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa but, while it might not do any one thing exceptionally well, it is still a perfectly good alternative to the best sellers.

Designed and built in Europe, the i20 is nicely suited to life on UK roads, with suspension and steering that make it easy to drive on rough British tarmac. It is quiet too, with good sound insulation even when there is a diesel engine under the bonnet. Road noise is well suppressed thanks in part to fairly small wheels – the largest alloys on offer are 16-inch.

Buyers can choose from a 1.2-litre petrol with 75PS or 84PS, plus there is a 1.4-litre petrol with 100PS and from mid-2015 a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol with 100PS or 120PS. Unfortunately the 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre options are getting a little long in the tooth now, needing to be worked hard to deliver useful performance. The turbo engine is a much better choice.

The cabin of the i20 is as well presented as the exterior, with a neat, classy layout and a quality finish. Entry-level models are fairly basic with wind-up windows in the rear, but upper trim grades represent very good value for money with luxuries like cruise control, heated seats, a heated steering wheel and Bluetooth.

Those who want a classy small car can’t go far wrong with the i20. Until the arrival of the 1.0T GDI it may not have offered the best engine range in this class, but there is little else to pick fault with. Build quality is excellent, driving dynamics are relaxed and practicality is good – plus there is a five-year unlimited mileage warranty to give buyers some extra peace-of-mind. 

Real MPG average for a Hyundai i20 (2015 – 2020)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

79%

Real MPG

33–74 mpg

MPGs submitted

301

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Can you recommend a small, automatic car with a raised seating position?
"I am looking for a small automatic, and because of my age, thinking of buying one online as elderly ladies and second hand car salesmen don't really mix. The problem with buying online is I can't sit in the car before it arrives and see if the driving position is good for me. I can't get into/out of a very low slung vehicle that easily, so looking for something a bit higher off the tarmac. I've been walking round the supermarket car park looking for inspiration.Have you got any suggestions for me please? "
The Hyundai i20 Active has a raised ride height, is cheap to run, easy to drive and roomy inside for its size. You'll pick up a nice version (2016 model, around 40,000 miles) for £9,000. If you have a larger budget, check out the Honda Jazz – it has a taller ride height, more room and also a hybrid engine that'll get superb fuel economy. It'll cost you, though, expect to pay £20,000 for a 2021 car with less than 5,000 miles. We'd always advise trying a car in person before buying, so a dealer forecourt does have its benefits. Read reviews of both cars below. https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/hyundai/i20-2015/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/honda/jazz-2020/
Answered by Russell Campbell
What should we replace our 2008 Ford Fiesta with?
"My daughter is selling her 2008 Ford Fiesta. She has £6000 to spend on a used vehicle of Fiesta-size. Suggestions, please?"
Another Fiesta would be a good choice – particularly one with the reliable 1.25-litre petrol engine. Alternatively, we'd recommend a Hyundai i20. It's a great little car and you should be able to find one with the remainder of its five-year warranty.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Should I swap my Vauxhall Corsa for a Kia Rio?
"I currently have a 2010 Vauxhall Corsa. Although it's a really slow car, I've liked it as it's roomy inside and feels solid and safe. It's just passed its MOT but urgently needs 2 new tyres and, at some point, new brake pads. I had to have the timing chain replaced last year, which wasn't cheap and a few other things - so I was looking at a new car. A few people said to get a Kia and I've seen a 2017 Kia Rio for £8999 - but I don't know if that's a good price/good car. The Kia Sportage looks a good car but I don't really need such a big vehicle and would need to get an older model to afford one. What do you think? Thanks."
The Kia Rio's a good little car. It'll be a bit more spacious than your Corsa and, as you've said, will come with a lengthy amount of warranty remaining (provided it's been serviced correctly). Also consider the very similar Hyundai i20 or, if practicality's important, a Honda Jazz is also a good choice. The Kia Sportage is a great car but, as you say, quite a bit bigger than your Corsa or a Kia Rio. If a slightly bigger crossover vehicle appeals, consider a Suzuki Vitara. It's a bit smaller than a Sportage and will be very reliable and cheap to run.
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Can you recommend a safe, small, used car for me?
"I'm looking for a sturdy, used, small car. I have been considering the Honda Jazz, Skoda Fabia (which I currently have), Toyota Yaris and not sure after that. Economical, safe and an easy drive is important to me. Do you recommend any cars, please? I'm looking to spend around £9000. Although I'm well into my 60s, I enjoy driving and I drive a lot. I would be very grateful for any advice. Also, not sure in regards to petrol, diesel or hybrid - or manual or automatic. I haven't got a clue in reality! Thanks."
The good news is that your shortlist is already very strong. We'd recommend a small petrol or hybrid model (unless you cover a lot of motorway miles – more than 12,000 a year, in which case a diesel might be more appropriate). Deciding between automatic or manual is down to personal preference, really, although the DSG automatic gearbox used in the Fabia isn't the most reliable. A hybrid Toyota Yaris would be a very sensible choice – cheap to run and very reliable. We'd also recommend the Hyundai i20.
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