Small car with an average price from a Korean manufacturer. A few years ago, this mixture would hardly have expected anything. But times have changed: The Hyundai i20 surprises in many ways and is pleasantly restrained, especially when it comes to consumption.
But first of all to what is so important in small cars today as in large cars: the look. Thanks to the brand-typical and expressive face, the second generation of the small car, which has been available for half a year, fits perfectly into the Korean model range. Pulled down and more distinctive headlights, a crisper rear due to the vertically arranged rear lights and the overall sharper lines make the car no longer so softly washed, but look much sportier and at first glance larger. An important aspect - after all, its competition like VW Polo, Mazda 2, Opel Corsa, Ford Fiesta or Seat Ibiza no longer looks like better strollers, but all make an adult impression today.
In the interior, the driver and front passenger cannot complain about cramped conditions and adults are still tolerable on the back seat of the five-door model. The well-cut seats provide enough support even when the pace is brisk. In the trunk there is space for 326 liters, if the rear seats are folded down, 1.042 liters fit in. Class leader VW Polo swallows significantly less with 204 and a maximum of 952 liters.
In the two-tone interior, scratch-resistant plastics predominate, but they do not look cheap and are not particularly sensitive. The buttons and important functions are in the right place and thank goodness to understand without using the very thick instruction manual.
You can roll with the little one through everyday car driving in a very relaxed manner. Of course, this is largely due to the engine: Under the hood of the test car, the most powerful 1,4 liter petrol engine with 74 kW / 100 PS ensures progress. And they get the five-door car weighing a little over a ton going. Apart from the very high touring range, the unit works quite quietly. The Korean also managed to accelerate easily without much effort, after which it got a bit tough. In addition to the noise insulation, the chassis is also a success, as it drives the i160 through our battered roads with absolute ease for a vehicle of this class.
The Hyundai springs smoothly and harmoniously, it also moves very agile, directed by a steering system that could give a little more feedback, however. All in all, a very solid performance. However, even with 100 PS it is not enough for real driving pleasure. The i20 collects points for consumption. If the manufacturer quantifies this for the strong gasoline engine with an average of 5,5 liters, we achieved a smooth six liters with a reserved driving style. We have rarely been this close to the manufacturer's specifications with a petrol engine.
Rational aspects count above all in the small car segment. Of course, the vehicle has to please, but the price / utility ratio must also be right. Our test car started in the third trim level, so it always has a radio with CD player and Bluetooth hands-free system, electric window regulators for front and rear, a lockable, coolable and illuminated glove box, air conditioning, a heated steering wheel, seat heating and a cruise control system on board , Equipped in this way, 15.850 euros are due. The starting price with the weaker petrol engine (55 kW / 75 PS) is 11.950 Euro. However, whoever chooses the basic version has to do without air conditioning or radio. They are not even optional. Then prefer to choose the 1.600 Euro more expensive medium equipment Classic, because we can find these things.
Overall, the Hyundai i20 is a convincing offer. What he lacks in comparison to competitors like VW Polo, Mazda 2 or Opel Corsa, is actually only a committed fan base alongside Image. In no other vehicle class is a Korean model otherwise so close to the best competitors or in some categories even ahead of them. This also includes the icing on the cake for all Hyundai: five-year guarantee with no mileage limit.
Author: Adele Moser / SP-X