Evolution: Hyundai Getz To New Generation i20
Superminis Help Manufacturer Come Of Age
Hyundai's superminis helped the manufacturer come of age as they evolved from the Getz, to the i20, and now the New Generation i20.
The Getz launched in 2002 among notable praise. It claimed titles such as Scottish Small Car of the Year 2003, UK What Car? Budget Car of the Year in 2004, and 2003 Fifth Gear Budget Car Champion.
Strengths included the practical 5-door layout, spacious cabin, low running costs and no-nonsense image. Even now – 13 years after launch – a cared for second-hand example can be a valuable asset.
In 2009, the First Generation Hyundai i20 replaced the Getz. It inherited its predecessor's strengths and added more refined handling, superior equipment and fresher styling. It was a worthy alternative to big class sellers such as the Vauxhall Corsa and Toyota Yaris. The newer examples are still covered by the manufacturer warranty which makes them a low risk, used, purchase.
New Generation i20
The New Generation i20 launched in 2015 to further raise the stakes. It can be distinguished externally by the large front grille which is typical of the manufacturer's current range.
Hyundai says the engine line-up is “tuned to optimise day to day driveability”. Petrols include the: 1.2 75PS (5-speed manual), 1.2 84PS (5-speed manual, 1.4 100PS (6-speed manual or 4-speed auto).
Diesels are: 1.1 75PS (6-speed manual) and the 1.4 90PS (6-speed manual). Fuel consumption ranges from 42.2mpg to 88.3mpg, emissions from 84g/km to 155g/km, and 0-62mph times from 11.6 to 16 seconds.
The chassis has been tuned for European tastes and roads. The front suspension has a new shock absorber valve system which – the company says - “harmonises ride and handling” for a smoother drive.
The interior - in high specification form - feels reminiscent of a car from a higher class. Hyundai says its cabin has “class leading combined front and rear legroom”. Cargo capacity is up to 326-litres rising to 1,042-litres with the rear seats flat.
The top of the range Premium SE Nav trim has a wide range of sophisticated equipment. Highlights include the: rear-view camera, satellite navigation, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, front/rear parking sensors and tyre pressure monitoring system.
These complement the lane departure warning technology that monitors the motorist's steering inputs. If the vehicle wanders off-line – perhaps because the driver is tired – he/she is alerted.
New Hyundai i20 prices range from £10,695 to £17,400.