Hyundai i20 Coupe (2015 – 2017) Review

Hyundai i20 Coupe (2015 – 2017) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Hyundai i20 Coupe is a good-looking, low-cost small fastback. But it’s a shame that it doesn’t have exciting driving dynamics to match.

+Looks great. Practical and spacious cabin. Relaxed to drive.

-Handling doesn’t match looks. Limited engine range. Average performance.

Insurance Groups are between 5–10
On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure

If you want a used small car with a dash of style, the Hyundai i20 Coupe could be for you. Not many buyers will be aware of this rival to the Ford Fiesta, or the stylish Peugeot 208. As a three-door, the Hyundai i20 Coupe is not as practical as its more common five-door hatch sibling, but attractive looks make it an appealing option. Read on for our full Hyundai i20 Coupe review.

The Hyundai i20 Coupe isn’t just a three-door version of the five-door – it gets a look all of its own and a name to match.

With its ‘floating’ roofline and narrow rear window, along with a roof spoiler and muscular rear haunches, it looks quite the junior hot hatch

Sadly, it isn’t as exciting as it looks – the Hyundai i20 Coupe is actually relaxed and easy to drive, which is partly down to the engines on offer.

There are three to choose from, kicking off with 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, the 1.0-litre turbocharged engine comes in 100PS and 120PS forms.

On the road, the Hyundai i20 Coupe is friendly and easy going, rather than exciting and entertaining.

The suspension provides a good ride quality, even on rough roads, and there is plenty of grip. But the steering is light and lacks feel, and the feathery gear change isn’t particularly rewarding.

That will suit some drivers and leave others frustrated.

Practicality is good, with space in the rear for adults, although getting in and out will be easier for an agile child.

Luggage capacity is generous for a car of this size at 311 litres, plus the boot is wide, but it has a load lip that makes loading heavy, bulky items difficult.

Unlike the five-door Hyundai i20, the three-door 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 are 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 Hyundai i20 Coupe lacks the dynamic flair and fun factor of used car 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 Hyundai i20 Coupe is worth a look – although the five-door offers better value for money and superior practicality.

Fancy a second opinion? Read heycar's Hyundai i20 review here.

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