Forecourt Update: New Hyundai i20
Everything you need to know about the new five-door supermini
Hyundai i20 is a five-door supermini that rivals the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa.
Its purpose – as well as to keep its manufacturer's range up to date – is to “further develop perceptions of the brand”. In other words, to emphasis that it can compete on merit with the bigger selling manufacturers and is not a low cost, inferior, alternative.
What Are The Engine Options?
The Hyundai i20 is powered by five engines, four of which come courtesy of its predecessor (with improvements to “enhance drive-ability” and reduce emissions).
Petrols include the 1.25-litre 75PS and the 1.25-litre 84PS (5-speed manuals). Both – based on provisional figures – average up to 60mpg and have emissions of 109g/km.
Alternatively, the new 1.4-litre, 100PS, petrol can be teamed with 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Expect up to 53mpg with emissions as low as 122g/km.
Diesel engines include the 1.1-litre 75PS and 1.4-litre 90PS. Both are teamed to 6-speed manual transmission. The former – based on provisional figures – averages up to 85mpg with emissions of 86g/km. The more powerful engine weighs in at 76mpg and 97g/km.
What Equipment Is There?
New Hyundai i20 trim levels have not been confirmed but a straightforward, three or four, tier system is likely. Every version has six airbags including front, side and curtain. Furthermore, all have an electronic stability program and stability management system that – in combination - “reduce wheel spin or loss of control on low friction surfaces”.
Also standard is emergency stop signalling that activates the hazard warning lights if the driver suddenly brakes heavily. Its purpose is to warn following motorists to take care.
Furthermore, every trim has a seatbelt reminder system for every occupant, plus automatic central locking that seals the doors once the car reaches a pre-defined speed.
Anything Else I Need To Know?
The Hyundai i20 is slightly longer and wider than its predecessor (+40mm and +24mm, respectively. Cargo capacity is 326-litres which is a 10% improvement. The boot's 1,027mm opening is – according to the manufacturer – the “broadest in the segment”.
Production started in October 2014 and it goes on sale in November in the United Kingdom. Prices are yet to be confirmed, but expect a starting point of about £10,200.