Hyundai i20 S is the most affordable version of this supermini class vehicle. It is practical, efficient, safe and well equipped.
Hyundai i20 S: What Is It?
The Hyundai i20 S is the most affordable, entry level, version of the manufacturer's supermini class vehicle. Its purpose is to be a practical workhorse that excels in an urban environment. Unlike some competitors, it has 5 doors rather than 3 to make rear access straightforward. It also has “class leading combined front and rear legroom”, the manufacturer says. Cargo capacity is 326-litres – which is competitive – rising to 1,042-litres with the rear seats folded flat. The i20 is also easy to manoeuvre in town thanks, in part, to its compact proportions. It is 4,035mm long by 1,734 wide.
Hyundai i20 S: What Engine Does It Have?
The Hyundai i20 S is powered by a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, 75PS petrol engine that is teamed with 5-speed manual transmission. The charge to 62mph takes 13.6 seconds and top speed is 99mph. This powerplant averages 58.9mpg, returns 68.9mpg on the extra-urban cycle, and manages 47.1mpg through town. Carbon emissions are 112g/km which equates to Road Tax Band C. This ensures it can be taxed for free in year 1 and £30 thereafter (at the current rates).
Hyundai i20 S: What Equipment Does It Have?
The Hyundai i20 S has a wide range of safety features. Highlights include the front, side and curtain air bags and electronic stability programme. The latter, if necessary, brakes 1 or more wheels to help maintain a safe line through corners. This complements hill-assist that prevents it rolling back while starting on a slope. The i20 also has a tyre pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes, and door locks that automatically secure the cabin as it pulls away. The locks release if there is a collision. Furthermore, if it brakes hard – perhaps as a pedestrian steps into its path - the hazard lights flash to alert the following motorist.
Less safety focussed toys include power steering, electric front windows, power mirrors, remote central locking, driver seat height adjustment, USB/AUX connection, MP3 stereo and the perimeter alarm.
Hyundai i20 S: Anything Else I Need To Know?
Hyundai has worked hard on the styling. It says “every feature line is confident (and) every curve “subtly seductive”. It argues that the low, wide, stance and sloping roof “hint at its energy”, and “the gloss black c pillars and dynamic front and rear light designs add to its individual character. It is “poised for plenty of fun.”
Hyundai i20 S: How Much Is It?
The Hyundai i20 S costs £10,995. This includes a 5 year, unlimited mileage, warranty that can transferred to all subsequent owners if the car is sold. Optional extras include the 3 year, fixed price, service plan that costs £349. The 5 year version is priced at £649.