Hyundai i20 – Eco Car

Though not the most exciting or involving car in this sector, the Hyundai i20 is far above average and offers great value. The low price, excellent economy, superb standard specification and long warranty ought to please the wallet. Motorists seeking excitement behind the wheel will probably look elsewhere. Try Ford’s Fiesta before choosing the i20. They Hyundai I20 is available from £9,520 - £9,980 OTR.

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Hyundai i20 – Car Tax Band (VED)

The Hyundai i20 is available in three categories; classic, comfort and style. With either a 1.2-1.4 litre petrol or a 1.4-CRDi diesel engine. The 1.2-litre version is cheap on tax, Band C (£30 a year from April 2011) and free in the first year. Be careful if choosing the 1.4-litre petrol, especially with the automatic gearbox, as car tax rises substantially and fuel economy with the automatic is noticeably lower. The 1.4 Crdi 75PS 5 speed diesel model falls into Car Tax B which also is free in the first year and £20 thereafter.

Hyundai i20 – Co2 Emissions

The 1.2-litre available in the i20 gives the car very low CO2 emissions of 119 g/km. The 1.4-litre diesel 75PS 5 Speed is slightly better at 110 g/km C02. The models with an automatic gearbox have higher co2 emissions.

Hyundai i20 – Safety Features

Many Hyundai models come with an excellent range of safety features as standard, and the i20 is no exception. All models come with front, front side, and full-length curtain airbags as well as anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic stability programme (ESP).

Hyundai i20 – Miles Per Gallon

The 1.2 petrol-engine i20 can get more than 55mpg on the combined cycle and up to 65.7 on the urban. The diesel version can exceed 74mpg, so fuel costs are low. Car tax is potentially very cheap or non-existent and insurance should be cheap. Throw in the five-year warranty and the i20 looks set to offer cheap ecologically friendly motoring.

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Hyundai i20 – Interior Space

Though interior space is on par with the i20’s competitors, the rear is a bit cramped and lacks legroom. Some might find the chassis a bit stiff compared to rivals, and the i20 loses marks for the relative lack of sophistication in its ride, which can be a bit bumpy.

Hyundai i20 – Design

The Hyundai i20 is a noticeable improvement on the model it replaces, the Getz, and displays plenty of attention to quality but some interior materials can still feel a bit cheap. Despite this, build quality should be good. Overall, the i20’s design and engineering, while falling a bit short of many European competitors, support the quality feel.

Hyundai i20 – Speed

Even with the 1.4-litre diesl engine, the i20 is merely okay. It certainly won’t set the road on fire and takes longer to reach 60mph than many rivals (16 seconds). The cheaper 1.2-litre, which at least feels energetic, is a better option taking only 12.9 seconds to reach 62mpg. The diesel engine offers great fuel economy but doesn’t quite feel right in this car.

Hyundai i20 – 5 year Warranty

Once you factor in the purchase price and the long warranty, the i20 presents a very practical option in this sector. There is good, though not outstanding room in back for two adults. The boot offers good space. Standard equipment levels are excellent and the i20 is actually very good on the road.

Hyundai i20 – Conclusion

The Hyundai i20’s handling is good but not excellent. It lacks the fluidity, crispness and sophistication of some of its more adept European rivals. Some drivers will find the chassis stiff while others may enjoy the hard-sprung feel. Still, the car’s light controls, ESP and good grip levels mean handling is better than average.

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